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BOOK LAUNCH│Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini

London & Gent


March 08—12, 2023

Massimo Bartolini presents Hagoromo in dialogue with the curators




2 dates around the world


Book edited by Luca Cerizza, Cristiana Perrella 

Published by Nero



WED 8 MAR 2023, 7-8PM



SUN 12 MAR 2023, 11AM

S.M.A.K.  Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GENT




Hagoromo traces the artistic life of Massimo Bartolini from 1989 to 2022, becoming the largest publication ever dedicated to the famous Italian artist. 
In the Japanese Nō theatre, “Hagoromo” is the title of a play featuring the fisherman Hakuryo, a magical mantle of phoenix feathers and a Tennin, a dancing spirit. A story that gives its name both to what Massimo Bartolini considers his first mature work and to this publication, aimed at retracing the stages of his more than thirty-year artistic career in chronological order.

The book is a comprehensive monograph about Bartolini, from his beginnings to today and is intended as a guide to orient in a multifaceted research, made up of an incredible variety of languages and materials: from performative works to drawings; from large public installations to small sketch-works assembled in the studio; from sound sculptures to photographs and videos.
The publication is divided into four parts: the first brings together the curatorial texts and essays by international authors who explore the themes and the language of Massimo Bartolini; the second houses a rich iconographic section arranged chronologically; the third is an in-depth look at the sound installation In là (2021-2022), created specifically for the museum spaces on the occasion of the exhibition and accompanied by the polyphonic score of the musician Gavin Bryars; the last one houses the most complete bio-bibliographic materials collected so far on the artist.

Commissioned and coordinated by Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, edited by Luca Cerizza and Cristiana Perrella, and published by NERO, Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini is supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), a program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.




Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini 
Book edited by Luca Cerizza, Cristiana Perrella 
Published by NERO

A.TITOLO / Francesca Comisso e Luisa Perlo, Massimo Bartolini, Fiona Bradley, Gavin Bryars, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Carlo Falciani, Chus Martínez, Jeremy Millar, Cristiana Perrella, Marco Scotini, David Toop, Andrea Viliani

Biography and Bibliography 
Gabriella Valente 

Managing Editor 
Camilla Mozzato 

Editorial and Iconographic Coordination 
Carolina Feliziani, Vittoria Pavesi 

Clara Ciccioni, Carolina Feliziani

Project supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition 
Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini
Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci 
September 16, 2022–May 7, 2023
Curated by Luca Cerizza with Elena Magini






Massimo Bartolini was born in 1962 Cecina (LI) Italy where he lives and works. He Studied to Istituto Tecnico per Geometri B.Buontalenti of Livorno and at Accademia fine arts. In Florence. He’s currently teaching at Academy di Bella Arti Bologna, and at NABA Milan.
His work is investigating the uncanny side of architecture and object and the idea of Music as a forming force. “In Bartolini’s oeuvre a metamorphosis of the world invites us to share the instants resulting from a process of transformation: to the transformation of the external the artist adds the possibility of an inner transformation through a call to contemplation and meditation that is inherent to each of his projects” J.Fernandes. 
Since 1993 shown in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad.

Luca Cerizza (b. 1969 in Milan) is a freelance curator and art writer. He currently lives in Turin
and Milan, where he has been teaching curatorial studies and museology in the MA program of
NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) since 2006.
He is the author of Alighiero e Boetti: Mappa (Afterall, London, 2008 / Electa, Milan, 2009) and
of an extensive number of essays on post-minimalist practices and art from the 1990s onward,
including recent texts on Ian Wilson, Kazuko Miyamoto, Pieter Vermeersch, Katharina Grosse,
Elodie Seguin, Diego Perrone, Vincenzo Agnetti and Massimo Grimaldi. Cerizza is the editor of
an anthology of texts by art critic Tommaso Trini (Johan & Levi, Milan, 2016) and of recent
comprehensive monographs on Gianni Pettena, Diego Perrone (both Mousse, Milan, 2020) and
Massimo Bartolini (NERO Editions, 2022, with Cristiana Perrella). He has been an editor of
Kaleidoscope magazine (2009-2013), a regular contributor to Frieze (2006–13), and is now a
contributing editor to Flash Art.
In the last 25 years Cerizza has an extensive practice as curator in different institutions in Italy
and abroad. Among his latest projects the major solo exhibitions on Tomàs Saraceno (Museo di
Villa Croce, Genova, 2014, with Ilaria Bonacossa), Kazuko Miyamoto (The Japan Foundation,
Delhi, 2015), Parbhakar Pachpute at NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2016,
with Zasha Colah), Gianfranco Baruchello (Raven Row, London, 2017), Tino Sehgal (OGR,
Turin, 2018), and Vincenzo Agnetti. NEG: suonare le pause (Padiglione de L’Esprit Nouveau,
Bologna, 2021, Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bozen, 2022 and ongoing). He recently
curated (with Elena Magini) the survey exhibition of Massimo Bartolini at Centro Pecci in Prato
(September 2022-April 2023).

see also
September 16, 2022—May 07, 2023
Massimo Bartolini. Hagoromo
November 24, 2022 6:00 PM
Presentazione del catalogo Hagoromo

 Massimo Bartolini 1989–2022 (NERO, 2022)