Ornaghi & Prestinari

Opening October 24, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00pm

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Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, in collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art and Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the artist duo Ornaghi & Prestinari, curated by Vittorio Calabrese. The opening reception took place on Monday, October 24, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00pm. 

Based in Milan, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari have worked together since 2009 and have exhibited their work throughout Italy and Europe. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will present a series of new works that will include both sculpture-installations and works on paper and on wood, attesting to the artists’ interest in materials and in new interdisciplinary methods of approach. Blending together pictorial and plastic figuration, reflections on key motifs from 20th century Italian modern art, conceptual art and personal experiences, Ornaghi and Prestinari raise questions about the importance of authorship and craft in a post-artisanal world.

Their practice is centered on the dualities between thinking and acting, focusing particular attention to spontaneous and unpredictable intuitions. Ornaghi and Prestinari are interested in investigating the intimacy of domestic objects: it is under this premise that they transform everyday objects like a such as a “moka” espresso maker (Mattino, 2016) or a beer bottle (Chapeau, 2016) into alabaster sculptures, thus elevating familiar objects to a higher and new dimension.

Ornaghi & Prestinari will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Magazzino Italian Art, which will be presented on November 2, on the occasion of a talk with the artists in the auditorium of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari:

Valentina Ornaghi (b. 1986, Milan) and Claudio Prestinari (b. 1984, Milan) began their university education at the Polytechnic of Milan, graduating respectively in Industrial Design and Architecture. They both continued to study at the IUAV in Venice. Ornaghi and Prestinari have participated in various workshops and residencies, including Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’arte (Turin, 2011) and VIR-Via Farini in Residence (Milan, 2013). In 2012, they won the “Regione Veneto prize” and received a grant from “Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa” (Venice). In 2014, Ornaghi and Prestinari had a solo exhibition “Familiare” at the Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), and in 2016 the “Estudio Carlos Garaicoa” invited them to “Artista X Artista”, the first international artist residency program in La Habana, Cuba. Ornaghi and Prestinari have taken part in several international exhibitions, both in experimental spaces and institutions, including Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, 2016; Aguila de Oro, Havana, 2016; Le Centquatre, Paris, 2015; Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2015; Museo Pietro Canonica of Villa Borghese, Rome, 2015; Biblioteca Ariostea, Ferrara, 2013; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, 2012; Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, Pécs, 2012; GMB - Centre for Contemporary Art, Bratislava, 2012; Hamburg Kunsthaus, Hamburg, 2012; KCCC -Klaïpeda Culture Communication Center, Klaïpeda, 2012; La Fabrique, Mountrouge, 2011; Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, 2009.