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Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978, now he lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.

Arena starts from history to create his works, in particular from the political and social events that have characterized the recent past. Episodes, which have often been hidden or silenced, take on new life thanks to the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

Francesco Arena’s research is centered around ways of thinking about temporality, questioning the notion of history, by revealing irruptions in the course of things that seem to conform to a linear development marked by causes and effects. The historical and the personal are constantly intertwined in the artist's work in the representation of historical events based on a factual relationship with himself. We frequently encounter the use of the artist’s anthropometric data (such as weight, body mass, height, distance from his eyes to the floor), acting as tangible figures to quantify history.

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Selected Works

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Ash Horizon

2018

Moroccan gray stone, cigar ash

166.5 x 20 x 20 cm (65 916 x 7 78 x 7 78 inches)

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Granito con minuto (triangolo)

2022

Granite, magnetic tape

94.6 x 94.6 x 2 cm (37 14 x 37 14 x 2532 inches)

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Stone Head

2021

Granite

15 x 25 x 15 cm (5 2932 x 9 2732 x 5 2932 inches)

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Keats between cubes

2016

Bronze, steel wire

10 x 15 x 185.5 cm (3 1516 x 5 2932 x 73 132 inches)

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Angolo Stanco (hommage à la mort de Walter Benjamin)

2018

Iron, performer, chair

200 x 200 x 200 cm (78 34 x 78 34 x 78 34 inches)

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Cabin around studio around pillar

2014

Iron, performance

532 x 395 x 4 cm (209 716 x 155 12 x 1 916 inches)

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8 Arms with Times

2018

Bronze, analog magnetic musicassette tape

178.5 x 10 x 1 cm (70 932 x 3 1516 x 38 inches)

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Division of the square (Nietzsche)

2016

Metal, wire, different materials

100 x 100 x 2 cm (39 38 x 39 38 x 2532 inches)

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Medio, pollice, rosa

2020

Bronze ring

70 x 20 x 6 cm (27 916 x 7 78 x 2 38 inches)

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Cube (Mrs. Dalloway)

2018

Moroccan gray stone, Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

21.1 x 21.1 x 21.1 cm (8 516 x 8 516 x 8 516 inches)

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Marble between 1 year

2018

Agenda from 1978, agenda from 1977, marble

18.5 x 20 x 21 cm (7 932 x 7 78 x 8 932 inches)

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Brackets (Madrid horizon)

2014

Galvanized metal, various materials

185 x 20 x 25 cm (72 2732 x 7 78 x 9 2732 inches)

Installation

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Cubic Metre of Seawater as a Diagonal, 2019
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Cubic Metre of Seawater as a Diagonal, 2019
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Les sculptures meurent aussi, 2010
Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse

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Sette, uno, quattro, 2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

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Sette, uno, quattro, 2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

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Autumn Lines, 2016
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Bajo el brazo: entre la palma de la mano y la axila, 2018
CaixaForum, Barcelona

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Bajo el brazo: entre la palma de la mano y la axila, 2018
CaixaForum, Barcelona

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Escamas, 2019
Casa Vicens, Barcelona

News

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Francesco Arena

Afterimage Jul 2 - Feb 19, 2023
MAXXI
Rome
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Francesco Arena

Le Futur derrière nous. L’art italien depuis les années 1990. Le contemporain face au passé Jun 12 - Aug 28, 2022
Villa Arson Nice
Nice
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Francesco Arena

Dieci minuti e un soffio Mar 30 - Jun 23, 2022
Palazzo Borromeo
Milan
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Francesco Arena

Measured Stones Feb 5 - Mar 26, 2022
NoguerasBlanchard
Madrid
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Francesco Arena

Un’edizione di DAMA diffusa nel centro di Torino, guidata da Boetti Nov 6
Exibart
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Francesco Arena

APERTO by DAMA Oct 30 - Nov 7, 2021
Palazzo Carignano
Turin
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Francesco Arena

Como la vida misma Oct 22 - Dec 13, 2021
Blue Project Foundation
Barcelona
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Francesco Arena

Terza mostra: Tre cose Sep 8 - Nov 18, 2021
Galleria Rafaella Cortese
Milan
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Francesco Arena

Utopia Dystopia: the myth of progress seen from the South Jul 9 - Feb 21, 2022
Museo Madre
Naples
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Francesco Arena

Carta Bianca Jun 25 - Sep 26, 2021
Museo Gigi Guadagnucci
Massa
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Francesco Arena

Camera Picta Jun 19 - Sep 12, 2021
Galleria Civica Trento
Trento
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Francesco Arena

Come pesci nell’acqua Jun 5 - Jul 18, 2021
Museo Tornielli
Rome
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Francesco Arena

The paradox of Stillness: Art, Object and Performance May 15 - Aug 8, 2021
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis
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Francesco Arena

Otto angoli Feb 19 - Apr 30, 2021
Studio Trisorio
Naples

Exhibitions

Revelations on a shapeless sphere

Fonteta
Jun 17 - Aug 28, 2022

For the second consecutive year, we are delighted to present a collaborative project between galleries Bombon, Galeria Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard. The proposal for this summer once again brings together artists from the three galleries and from different generations in an exhibition format that will be based on the exquisite corpse principle, with a text by poet Eduardo Escoffet written for the occasion.

Focusing on this act of collective exchange, during the summer of 2022, the artists invited to participate, the first of them Pere Noguera (La Bisbal del Ampurdán, Girona; 1941) , will be in charge of selecting the first group of artists, and so on in succession, until closing a cycle of exhibition proposals made up of works spanning different generations and imaginaries.

Chapter 1: Opening Saturday 25 June
Pere Noguera, Luis Gordillo, Ludovica Carbotta (Room 1)
Pere Noguera, Anna Dot, The Late Estate Broomberg & Chanarin (Room 2)

Chapter 2: Opening Saturday 16 July
Ludovica Carbotta, Muntadas, Francesco Arena (Room 1)
The Late Estate Broomberg & Chanarin, Jordi Mitjà, Rasmus Nilausen (Room 2)

Chapter 3: Opening Saturday 6 August
Francesco Arena, Victoria Civera, Perejaume (Room 1)
Ángela de la Cruz, Rasmus Nilausen, Lola Lasurt (Room 2)

Chapter 4: Opening Thursday 18 August
Perejaume, Pere Llobera, Ignacio Uriarte (Room 1)
Lola Lasurt, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Fernando Prats (Room 2)

c/ Empordà, 10, Fonteta, Girona
Jun: Friday to Sunday from 5 to 9pm
Jul and Aug: Monday to Sunday from 5 to 9pm

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Measured stones

Madrid
Feb 05 - Mar 26, 2022

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Angolo Stanco

Barcelona
Sep 26 - Nov 16, 2018

Francesco Arena’s research is centred around ways of thinking about temporality, by revealing irruptions in the course of things that seem to conform to a linear development marked by causes and effects.

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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016

“The press is a watchdog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can’t be right all the time. He doesn’t bark only when he sees or smells something that’s dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” -Dan Rather (American journalist and a former anchor for CBS Evening News)

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Meditaremos em silêncio a diferença entre nós

Madrid
Nov 14 - Jan 09, 2016

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3 Ludwig reflections and 1 horizon

Madrid
Nov 15 - Jan 17, 2015

The exhibition parts from an investigation around the cabin built by Ludwig Wittgenstein on a fjord in the remote town of Skjolden (Norway) in 1911.

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The Story Behind | Pilastro

Barcelona
Sep 05 - Oct 04, 2013

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