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Houston, December 11th 2019

We are very proud to announce the recent acquisition of Giuseppe Stampone’s work Architecture of Intelligence by THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON.
Stampone’s main themes research are pedagogical activities as a way to formalize artworks, the connection with art history, and the relationship with other artists. Stampone explores these three subject matters, overlapping them and always posing new questions about the role of the artist in the contemporary world.

The artist’s recent production focuses on the reinterpretation of masterpieces from European Art History: just like altar pieces, within a secular universe and painfully yet clearly sensitive to the humanitarian emergencies of our times, the works reinterpret famous paintings such as Mocking of Christ by Fra’ Angelico, Abduction of Europa by Rembrandt, or The Painter’s Studio by Gustave Courbet. In this mighty agony, Stampone measures himself with the need to reconnect the so-called Western civility to his responsibilities, and opens to a critical reaction on the position of art compared to the spheres of power, both in the present and in the past.

In his interpretation of Goya’s Colossus, Stampone maintains the geometry of the 19th century composition.
Colossus is a painting dated 1808 which was a prelude to the catastrophe that would have occurred in Spain for the War of Independence.
Stampone wants to highlight the environmental crisis using the monster (the Colossus) that interprets the force of nature, with its bursting energy.
The city is considered as the contemporary nest to reunite as well as the place in which globalization determines this naturalistic crisis, the environmental malaise.

The use of the Bic pen refers to time dilation  and in this work on wooden board the artist adopts the technique of veiling: layer after layer the drawing that we see comes out.
This artwork is a proper homage to the City of  Houston, specifically made to integrate the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts.

Houston is one of the most exciting and globalized cities of the US, with an overload of electricity, lights, pollution, and smog.
Famous for its important oil and gas resources, Houston is a cosmopolitan city that makes us doubt of its capacity to survive in the near future, a common problem in our time.
Architecture of Intelligence is the definition of a process rather than the title of a work, and this process is the encounter with other authors. The narration stemming from Architecture of Intelligence distances itself from hegemonic narratives, which, by definition, tend to simplify, assimilate pre-existing models and schematize relationships. 

Siamo molto orgogliosi di annunciare la recente acquisizione di Architecture of Intelligence di Giuseppe Stampone da parte di THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS di Houston.

Giuseppe Stampone da sempre opera una reinterpretazione di dipinti storici in chiave contemporanea perché c’è una connessione con l’attualità e col periodo storico in cui sono stati prodotti: nel passato lo ha fatto con Manet, Gericault, Giorgione, Piero della Francesca, Tiziano.
In Architecture of Intelligence si tratta de il Colosso di Goya, un quadro del  1808 che preludeva alla catastrofe che ci sarebbe stata in Spagna per la guerra d’Indipendenza.

Stampone vuole evidenziare la crisi ambientale usando il mostro (Il Colosso) che interpreta la forza della natura, con la sua energia prorompente.
La città è il luogo di aggregazione della contemporaneità e anche il luogo dove la globalizzazione determina questa crisi naturalistica, il malessere ambientale.
L’uso della penna Bic è riferito alla dilatazione del tempo e in questo lavoro su tavola l’artista adotta la tecnica della velatura: strato dopo strato ne esce il disegno che vediamo.
Giuseppe Stampone riflette molto sul tempo del fare il dipinto e sostiene che Oggi bisogna tornare a fare nell’accezione più concettuale del verbo, un fare non più meccanico-manieristico.
L’artista si riappropria del proprio tempo. La velatura è una sovrapposizione di spazio e tempo, il tempo che scorre. L’artista decide ogni giorno di disegnare come atto concettuale e nel farlo si riappropria del proprio tempo intimo. 
La globalizzazione dell’arte pretende che si producano velocemente tante opere e Giuseppe Stampone reagisce invece impiegando molto tempo contro un sistema dell’arte bulimico e velocissimo. 
Il lavoro che entra a far parte della collezione permanente del Museum of Fine Arts,  è un omaggio a Houston, una delle città più interessanti degli Stati Uniti, che vive la frenesia del mondo globalizzato, del sovraccarico di elettricità, di inquinamento e smog. 

Houston, famosa per l’energia, il petrolio e il gas naturale, 
è una città cosmopolita che ci chiediamo come si alimenterà nel futuro.

Giuseppe Stampone, 1974

Italian, Lives and works in Rome

Since 2017 Giuseppe Stampone is an associated member of Civitella Ranieri Foundation in New York, since 2013 he is associated member of The American Academy of Roma, and in the same year he was invited to a residency in the Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art (YMCA) of Gwangju in South Korea. 
His works Have been exhibited in international art shows, museums and foundations including: Biennial of Architecture in Seoul, South Korea (2017); Triennial of Ostenda, Belgium (2017); 
56th International Art Biennial of Venice, Italy (2015); Biennial of Kochi-Muziris, Kerala, India (2012); 11th Biennial of Havana, Cuba (2012); Biennial of Liverpool, UK (2010); 14th and 15th Quadriennial of Rome, Italy (2004 – 2008); Museum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, U.S.A (2016); The American Academy of Roma, Italy (2008 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015); Art Kunsthalle of Gwangju, South Korea; Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center of L’Avana, Cuba; MAXXI – National Art Museum of XXI Century of Rome, Italy; MACRO – Contemporary Art Museum in Rome, Italy; Foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy; Triennial Bovisa, Milan, Italy; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland; GAMeC – Modern and Contemporary Museum of Art, Bergamo, Italy; The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn – NYC, U.S.A.. 
His works have been included in several museum, such as: MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy; Foundation of Biennial of Kochi-Muziris, Kerala, India; 
Foundation of Biennial of Sidney, Australia; Foundation of Quadriennial of Rome, Italy; MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy; Phelan Foundation, New York, U.S.A.; GAMeC Museum of Bergamo, Italy; Wilfredo LAM Contemporary Art Museum, L’Avana, Cuba; Birbragher Foundation, Bogotà, Colombia;
La Farnesina Collection, Rome, Italy; La Gaia Foundation, Busca, Italy; Pecci Contemporary Art Museum, Prato, Italy. 

Giuseppe Stampone is represented by THE POOL NYC.

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