Pre-Texts by Alberto Orioli

The exhibition presents a selection of mixed-technique works realized with newspaper cuttings from all over the world with the addition of screws and metal knick-knacks which give the panels a strong three-dimensional impact.

Pre-Texts becomes the opportunity to highlight the profound changes in the field of information which experiences the transition from “printed” news to “digital” news entrusted to the web. It also represents an alibi to linger over the use of language and the pretext to transform words that are devoid of meaning into suggestions of a universal and ancient language entrusted to the emotion of pure visual pleasure.

The exhibition presents about 30 works, some of which have never been displayed, to represent the love for written and printed words and the homage paid to the writings of all the world.

“Orioli has created a strange mixture between Mallarmé and D’Annunzio. And the game he played was fully successful. A closer look indeed shows that the words he introduces already broken into fragments in his collages are not too far away from the Mallarmean void. As the author himself admits, they are “desemantized” words. Except that the void can be felt but cannot be seen, as Orioli conceals it in simulacra, that can even be in baroque style, that denounce the impossibility of silence (and of solitude) in a time that obsessively summons us in order to better disperse us. (And make us feel more lonely).”
Emilio Isgrò for “Pre-Texts”

Alberto Orioli, a native of Ferrara living in Milan, deputy editor and columnist of the Sole 24 Ore, has been a journalist for over 30 years and covers work, real economy, economic policy, besides taking care, of course, of the news editing of the newspaper. He is the author with Carlo Azelio Ciampi of “Non è il paese che sognavo” [“This is not the country I was dreaming of”] (Il Saggiatore) and of “Figli di papà a chi?” [“Who did you call rich boys?”] (Sole 24 Ore). After fifteen thousand editorial meetings, over the last few years he has been reflecting over the sense of his profession and, in his free time, he practices it using various supports, in another way and, maybe, in another world.

Mudec Art Wall is a space, inside the Museum Bistrot, dedicated to contemporary art, and to photography with a selection of works by living artists.