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Dario Ghibaudo

Dario Ghibaudo was born in Cuneo, lives and works in Milan. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions since 1990. He exhibited in Italy in Venice at the Open 2005, international exhibition of sculpture, and in Milan at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. Abroad, in Brussels, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Yerevan, Buenos Aires. In Cuneo, he is the author of the celebratory monument to Giuseppe Peano entitled Curva di Peano, created in 1998. His works include the Archive of the artist’s noses (by Andrea Serrano, Orleans, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Enrico Baj and others). The nose is placed on paper, placed in a cardboard box that collects it as a packaging box. For the artist, a nose recalls an entire face, imagining an entire portrait where the somatic features are mentally reconstructed around a single detail. The virtual archive, created in 1994, now has 70 examples of work. The noses, a selection of 15, were exhibited for the first and only time in Germany in ’98. Also worth mentioning is the project based on the enlightenment system of cataloguing and scientific recording, the vast cycle in continuous growth since 1990, the Museum of Unnatural History, full of creatures and fantastic characters, all works made strictly of synthetic materials.

Dario Ghibaudo

Dario Ghibaudo was born in Cuneo, lives and works in Milan. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions since 1990. He exhibited in Italy in Venice at the Open 2005, international exhibition of sculpture, and in Milan at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. Abroad, in Brussels, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Yerevan, Buenos Aires. In Cuneo, he is the author of the celebratory monument to Giuseppe Peano entitled Curva di Peano, created in 1998. His works include the Archive of the artist’s noses (by Andrea Serrano, Orleans, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Enrico Baj and others). The nose is placed on paper, placed in a cardboard box that collects it as a packaging box. For the artist, a nose recalls an entire face, imagining an entire portrait where the somatic features are mentally reconstructed around a single detail. The virtual archive, created in 1994, now has 70 examples of work. The noses, a selection of 15, were exhibited for the first and only time in Germany in ’98. Also worth mentioning is the project based on the enlightenment system of cataloguing and scientific recording, the vast cycle in continuous growth since 1990, the Museum of Unnatural History, full of creatures and fantastic characters, all works made strictly of synthetic materials.

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“It is unnatural everything that is educated by man”
Jean Jaques Rousseau

Masked as playful scientific catalogue the works by Dario Ghibaudo out of his series “Museum Of Unnatural History”, ongoing since 1990, truly face the theme of the human condition. Animals and plants out of the ordinary, that at first sight seem recognisable, are gradually discovered from the viewer as the most exotic and improbable fruits of a wild imagination, or a genetically modified experiment, turned wrong. The anomalous is perceived more than seen, also in this case, exactly as it happens in the real natural world, as much as in human society and even in psychology. The borders of “normality” are fluid and change so radically following so many factors such as culture, religion, geography, politics, family dynamics and education, that except for some extreme cases, are very hard to set.
The collection of Ghibaudo’s weird creatures remind us of our inner weirdness, exotism and unicity as to underline that all the peculiar characteristics that make each one of us as a unique being, are our strength. At the same time, those characteristics could be the triggering excuses for all those social tensions and discriminations fruit of the human difficulty of accepting what is different and external of our own personal micro-cosmos, on a personal level as much as on the communal one. A fact underlined by the many references to the captivity of exotic animals, plants and “curiosities” – people included – collected by explorers and scientists over the centuries.
Ghibaudo gives life to his astonishing, fantastic creatures, going further than Salvador Dali, who created monstrous sculptures in bronze, just by stretching their proportions. Dario gave his animals life, skin, breath, thoughts and emotions. We believe the artist that they are one hundred per cent real, thanks the choice of the material he uses. Limoges porcelain is one of the most fragile materials used for sculptures. By choosing it, the artist tells us that the world and the existence of these creatures are fragile, they are an endangered species, needing protection and respect, as a symbolic invitation to protect and nourish ourselves and all the peculiarities making us unique. 

 

Structured as a 17th-Century Museum of Natural History, the project is subdivided in halls and ideally split into major topics of “ironical-scientific” research: Anthropology, Entomology, Rare Specimens, Botany, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Anamorphosis, etc. Continuing with the hall of the Busts, the hall of Inks on paper, the hall of artist Noses and the large stone sculptures and, in the last few years the “Marvellous Creatures” shaped in porcelain or white clay or even in concrete and marble powder.
As of today, Dario Ghibaudo has created twenty-one halls.
Since 1994 he has been working on the Archive of artist’s noses, a project that as of now counts around seventy specimens among which there are the casts of the noses of Andrés Serrano, Orlan, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Enrico Baj, Piero Gilardi, Stefano Arienti and others.
In 1997 he produced an 18 minutes long documentary movie directed by Alberto Valtellina and entitled “L’uomo è cacciatore” (“Man is a hunter”).
In 2000 he produced the 16 minutes long documentary movie “Furio” and in 2010 “Incontro con il Comandante Giovanni Pesce e la staffetta Nori Brambilla” (“Meeting with the Captain Giovanni Pesce and the courier Nori Brambilla”) again with the Lab80 Film company of Bergamo, and the 42 minutes long short movie “Il vizio della memoria” (“The voice of memory”) which tells about the underwater feats of Guidobaldo Dalla Rosa Prati.
His works are part of public and private collections: Chateau d’Oiron (Fr), Kunstmuseum of Stuttgart, Mart of Rovereto, the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art of Yerevan (Armenia), the Vaf collection of Francoforte, the collection of the Igav Foundation in Turin, La Gaia collection of Busca (CN).

Exhibitions

2019

Matanzas (Cuba), Bienal de l’Habana – “Rìos Intermitentes” a cura di Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Torino, Reggia di Venaria Reale, “Cani in posa”, a cura di Francesco Petrucci

2018 

Verona, Arte Fiera con Galleria Pack

Roma, Galleria De Ambrogi Cluster art gallery “Creature Meravigliose” solo show a cura di Luigi de Ambrogi 

Roma, Visionarea Art Space “Magno Subsidio” solo show a cura di Luigi De Ambrogi 

Milano, Galleria Pack, Sala XVIII – “Creature Meravigliose”, solo show a cura di Luigi De Ambrogi

2017 

Spoleto, Casa Romana “Sculture da viaggio” solo show a cura di Gianluca Marziani

2015 

Andora, Palazzo Tagliaferro “Museo di Storia Innaturale” solo show a cura di Matteo Bergamini

Oiron, (Fr) Chateau d’Oiron, “Musèe d’Histoire In-Naturelle”solo show a cura di Paul- Hervè Parsy e Patrick Amine

2014 

Torino, Paolo Tonin Arte Contemporanea “Sculture da viaggio” solo show

2013 

Milano, Museo Poldi Pezzoli e Gallerie d’Italia, “Wunderkammers” a cura di Martina Mazzotta e Lavinia Galli 

Mosca, 5° Biennale di Arte Contemporanea di Mosca. Evento speciale. Group show a cura di Martina Corgnati Parigi, 

Saint Germain en Laye (F) Musée d’Archéologie Nationale “Le Nouvelles Folies Francaises” group show a Cura di Patrick Amine 

Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Borges “Venti per Una – America Latina. Venti regioni per una Italia. Venti artisti per una mostra” group show a cura di Martina Corgnati

2012 

Spoleto, Palazzo Comunale, Cappella di San Ponziano, “50+1 Sculture in città tra memoria 1962 e presente 2012” group show a cura di Gianluca Marziani 

Yerevan (Armenia) Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art “Remote Sensing” group show a cura di Martina Corgnati 

Milano, Fondazione Maimeri, “Il dolore di altri animali” group show a cura di Elisabetta Longari

2011 

Torino, Deutsche Bank “Vernissage” group show a cura di Palazzo Leonardo Arte e Cultura 

Torino, Galleria Zabert “Sala XV Antropologia Culturale I peccati capitali sono otto” solo show a cura di Matteo Bergamini 

Rovereto (TN) MART “VAF Percorsi riscoperti” group show a cura di Gabriella Belli e Daniela Ferrari

2010 

Milano Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro “La scultura italiana nel XXI secolo” group show a cura di Marco Meneguzzo 

Parma, Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati “Cinquecentocinquanta pesci fuor d’acqua” solo show a cura di Patrick Amine

2009 

Venezia, 53° biennale, Evento esterno, Ca’ d’Oro Galleria Franchetti, “L’anima dell’acqua” group show a cura di Silvia Fabbri

2008 

Torino, Paolo Tonin Arte Contemporanea “Museo di Storia Innaturale, Sala XIII pesci e anfibi: Cinquecentocinquanta pesci fuor d’acqua” solo show 

Milano, Fondazione Stelline “Cento e più ceramiche per il paradiso” group show a cura di Sergio Calatroni

2007 

Bollate (Mi), Fabbrica Borroni “La nuova figurazione italiana to be continued” group show a cura di Chiara Canali 

Milano, Palazzo della Triennale. “Anni Settanta il decennio lungo del secolo breve” group show a cura di Francesca Alfano Miglietti

2006 

Torino, Palazzo delle Esposizioni “ManifesTo” group show a cura di Riccardo Passoni 

Shanghai-Pechino, Urban Planning Exhibition Center “Nature and metamorphosis” group show a cura di Marisa Vescovo

2005 

Torino, “ManifesTO” group show a cura di Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea 

Torino, Paolo Tonin Arte Contemporanea, “Museo di Storia Innaturale, Sala X Etnografia: Calpestabile” solo show 

Genazzano (Roma) Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea “PlotArt Europa” group show a cura di Gianluca Marziani 

Venezia Lido, “Open 2005 Esposizione Internazionale di Scultura” group show a cura di Paolo De Grandis 

Milano, Loggia dei Mercanti e Palazzo della Ragione “Miracolo a Milano” group show a cura di Alessandro Riva 

Francoforte, Die Galerie “Un’estate italiana Figurative Kunst aus Italien” group show a cura di Klaus Wolbert

2004 

Siena, Complesso Museale di Santa Maria alla Scala, Palazzo delle Papesse, Magazzini del Sale “Ipermercati dell’Arte” group show a cura di Omar Calabrese 

Genova, Magazzini del Cotone “Quotidiane Meraviglie” group show a cura di Alessandro Mendini

Francoforte (D), “Figurative Kunst aus Italien” group show a cura di Klaus Wolbert 

San Gabriele (Teramo), “XII Biennale di Arte Sacra” group show a cura di Marisa Vescovo 

Torino, PaoloTonin Arte Contemporanea “Museo di Storia Innaturale, Sala XII Etnologia: SIAMO DEI” solo show. Testo di Roberto Mussapi 

Berchidda (SS), Museo PAV “Mind the gap” group show a cura di Giannella de Muro e Antonello Fresu

2003 

Trento, MART Palazzo delle Albere “Tendenze attuali dell’arte italiana” group show a cura di Marco Meneguzzo 

Darmstadt (G), Mathildenhohe Institute “Aktuelle Positionen italienischer Kunst” group show a cura di Fondazione VAF

2002 

Prato, Cantieri Culturali Ex Macelli “Sumptuous” group show a cura di Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea 

Milano, Palazzo dell’Arengario “Tutto l’odio del mondo” group show a cura di Alessandro Riva 

Parma, Palazzo Pigorini “Una Babele postmoderna” group show a cura di Edoardo Di Mauro

2001 

Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni “Dalla Mini al mini” group show a cura di Gianluca Marziani Torino M.A.U. Museo di Arte Urbana, Galleria Campidoglio group show a cura di Edoardo di Mauro

2000 

Milano, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea “Sui generis” a cura di Alessandro Riva 

Mannheim (D) Galerie Angelo Falzone “Museo di Storia Innaturale, Sala XI, I Diorami” solo show a cura di Gianluca Marziani 

Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni “Welchome” group show a cura di Gianluca Marziani 

Trevi (Pg), Flash Art Museum “Ironic” group show a cura di Michele Robecchi e Giacinto Di Pietrantonio

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