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'Kiss, Kick, Kiss' by Davide Sgambaro in Cologne
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‘Kiss, Kick, Kiss’ by Davide Sgambaro in Cologne

Categories: Culture and creativity -Visual Arts
The winning artist of the Cantica21 competition is exhibiting his works in Germany. A retrospective of his most recent pieces.
Davide Sgambaro
Davide Sgambaro

The Italian Cultural Institute of Cologne presents ‘Kiss, kick, kiss‘, an exhibition by the artist Davide Sgambaro, which can be visited from 10 December 2021 to 7 January 2022.

The exhibition is part of the Cantica21 project, an initiative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Culture to promote Italian contemporary art, supporting the production of works by emerging artists and exhibiting them abroad as part of a large-scale, scattered art exhibition which involves the Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates.

Winner of the Cantica 21 competition with the work ‘I push a finger into my eyes (Kiss, Kick, Kiss)‘, owned by MAMbo, Davide Sgambaro is presenting this installation in Cologne together with new pieces which are the result of his work on the socio-economic insecurity of the individual and on the fluctuating relationship between success and failure.

The series of sculptures entitled ‘I push a finger in my eyes (Kiss, kick, kiss)’ is inspired by the ‘kiss, kick, kiss’ technique, which is used in the business world to communicate bad news (e.g. a dismissal) by preceding it with an expression of appreciation and following it with praise. Hence the artist’s intention is to create a sort of fragile monument to precariousness with his installation, in which the multilayered glass contains and protects (kiss) the explosion of a firecracker (kick), which is only shown in its final form, hence only after the explosion has occurred, in all its marvellous fragility (kiss).

The exhibition will be a short, documentary journey that looks at the artist’s recent output.

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