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NUTRIRSI DI BELLEZZA
Venice, 14 October and 11 November 2022

On the occasion of the 7th edition of the Festival Dentro l’arte, on 14 October and 11 November 2022 from 5 to 6 p.m., ‘Affetti/Effetti. Architecture, Painting and Sculpture’ was held at Elena Guaccero’s house in Venice. Participants were able to discover the secrets of her home-studio, her paintings, her sound sculptures, and more thanks to her daughters Anna Maria and Alessandra Rocca who welcomed us and Silvia Pichi of BarchettaBlu’s Dentro l’Arte staff who told us the stories behind Guaccero’s works!

Festival dentro l'arte

Festival dentro l'arte 2022

Festival dentro l'arte 2022

Nutrirsi di Bellezza

NUTRIRSI DI BELLEZZA
Venice, 22 October and 20 November 2021

On the occasion of the 6th edition of the Dentro l’arte Festival , on 22 October and 20 November 2021 from 5 to 6 p.m., ‘Affetti/Effects. Architecture, Painting and Sculpture’ was held at Elena Guaccero’s house in Venice. Participants were able to discover the secrets of her home-studio, her paintings, her sound sculptures, and more thanks to her daughters Anna Maria and Alessandra Rocca who welcomed us and Silvia Pichi of BarchettaBlu’s Dentro l’Arte staff who told us the stories behind Guaccero’s works!

Art Night Venezia 2019

ARTNIGHT 2019

As part of the ARTNIGHT 2019 event, the University of Warwick in Venice presented two exhibitions on different themes and using different languages, but which shared the same sensitivity that characterizes the world of women: Elena Guaccero’s Creatures and Anna Zemella’s People of the Lagoon. Both exhibitions were accompanied by the music of Cecilia Nicolè’s HerTiltedMoons.

Elena Guaccero’s Creatures was a fascinating exhibition curated by Guaccero’s daughter Anna Maria Rocca. It was based on an idea by Maurizio Buttazzo who wanted to recreate the ‘wardrobe of wonders’ that Guaccero had built in her new home in Venice to display the hundreds of brightly coloured wooden characters she made in the 1980s and 1990s. She created each one piece-by-piece, cutting them and smoothing them, and assembling them with small bolts to make them capable of movement. The result is a sort of futuristic party with a huge variety of colourful, articulated ‘Meccano’ puppets.

Gagliano del Capo, August 2013

Le creature di Elena Guaccero (Elena Guaccero’s Creatures), is the title of the exhibition curated by Ada Martelli and organized by the Association Via Vai nello storico Palazzo Comi a Gagliano del Capo (LE). Thanks to this initiative, the artist has returned to Puglia by means of her works: paintings, collages and a selection of pupazzi: her fantastic, brightly painted, 3D wooden figures. The exhibition also includes an installation featuring the video Squaring the Circle, Guaccero’s playful solution to one of the most well-known problems of Greek geometry.

Backstage

Venice, October – December 2012

The Arkè Art Gallery, in San Samuele, hosted an exhibition of works by Elena Guaccero entitled Art Is a Game and Games Have Their Own Rules. It was the first time Guaccero’s work were displayed at a public exhibition (during her lifetime, she only showed her works in a family context, as if her creative and manual work were nothing more than a game). After research into the artist’s archive carried out by her eldest daughter Anna Maria Rocca, this small public exhibition was organised. It features some of the Guaccero’s most significant pieces that summarize the painstaking work carried out during the last 30 years of her life.

All her works, from collages to wooden puppets, are entirely made by hand, with the use of the simplest tools, paper and cardboard, glue, scissors, pencil, saw, colors and brush.

“…with infinite patience and precision, Elena Guaccero designs and makes her pupazzi and other objects with the aim of stimulating our imagination. They bring us back, albeit briefly, into a dimension of play that we thought was hopelessly lost, but that perhaps was only hidden in the depths of our being.” Giovanni Bianchi

Venice, April 2011

A series of initiatives for children around the theme of chemistry entitled Giocosamente Chimica was held during the Reading Month organised by the Barchetta Blu association. One of these – an exhibition of works by Elena Guaccero that were inspired by the incredible and innumerable geometric shapes present in chemistry – was held at the Serra dei Giardini.

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