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Massimo Bartolini Studio Matters +1
Exhibition 1 February – 14 April 2013

Massimo Bartolini (born 1962, Cecina, Italy) is internationally renowned for his immersive, experiential art. His work is often talked about in terms of metamorphosis and experimentation – he makes art which changes space and our experience of it and which acknowledges, in its finished form, the processes by which it was made.

This exhibition engages directly with this, by presenting one major installation together with a selection of small sculptures and works on paper, taken directly from Bartolini’s studio and exhibited here for the first time. Though he is known for large installations made on site, the studio still matters to Bartolini: in his words, ‘In the studio is where I really think. But since I’m not a conceptual artist, I need to do something while I’m thinking’. The small sculptures and works on paper – ‘studioworks’ – are what he does.

This exhibition opens with La strada di sotto (The Street Below), a glowing field of coloured lights of the kind used during street celebrations in Sicily. It continues with a selection of the objects and images that Bartolini has been making while thinking over the past 10 or so years. In the context of the confident visual statement made by the installation, these are uncertain objects whose status and meaning are in flux. They are not models for major sculptures – they are simply what they are; containers for thought or maybe impulses towards it.

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with S.M.A.K, Ghent, who will show the studioworks together with a different installation – Organi (Organs) – in June 2013

Massimo Bartolini Exhibition Guide
Map of works in upper gallery
Gabriel Orozco Learning Resource
Family Fun Guide

Massimo Bartolini - Studio Matters +1 Web Film

Talks and Events

Artist’s Talk
Massimo Bartolini in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery about the works in the exhibition and his practice.

Work/Table: Thinking through Making Seminar
Art historian Jo Applin (University of York), artist Claire Barclay and curator Philippe Van Cauteren (S.M.A.K., Ghent) considered how artists test out ideas and materials by making work on a small scale and working towards larger plans. Chaired by Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.

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Exhibition Poster

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This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Massimo Bartolini exhibition, Studio Matters +1, which ran from  1 February – 14 April 2013.

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Exhibition DVD

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This DVD features Massimo Bartolini discussing his exhibition Studio Matters + 1 which ran from 1 February – 14 April 2013 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

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Fruitmarket Gallery Publication

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This publication Massimo BartoliniStudio Matters +1 looks at La strada di sotto (The Street Below), 2011 made from a field of coloured lights of the kind used during street celebrations in Sicily.

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Artist's Edition : Print #1 ('Arrowhead')

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Print #1 (Arrowhead‘) is one of three etchings produced in Edinburgh on the occasion of Bartolini’s exhibition Studio Matters +1 which directly relate to the paper aeroplane works from the artist’s studio.

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Artist's Edition : Print #2 ('Diamond/Kite')

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Print #2 (Diamond/Kite‘) is one of three etchings produced in Edinburgh on the occasion of Bartolini’s exhibition Studio Matters +1 which directly relate to the paper aeroplane works from the artist’s studio.

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Artist's Edition : Print #3 ('Starburst/Firework')

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Print #3 Starburst/Firework‘ is one of three etchings produced in Edinburgh on the occasion of Bartolini’s exhibition Studio Matters +1 which directly relate to the paper aeroplane works from the artist’s studio.

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