Stefano Arienti frequented the Italian art scene, together with other young artists, at the time of renewal following the seasons dominated by Arte Povera and Transavantgarde. His distinctive reworking of everyday materials and objects – encyclopaedias, paper, postcards, polystyrene, fabric and modelling clay – is combined with a deep interest in the concepts of wonder and interaction on the part of the spectator.
Born in Asola (Mantua) in 1961, he moved to Milan in 1980, where he still lives He graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 1986 with a thesis on virology and travelled mainly in Europe, North America and Asia, participating in artist residency programmes in San Francisco, Boston and San Antonio (USA), New Delhi (India) and Clisson (France). He taught at the Giacomo Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and the IUAV University of Venice.
artistic experimentation in the public's breath
Opera Aperta is a clear homage to Umberto Eco’s intuition: art lives in the public’s breath. Through his experiments, Arienti challenges traditional conceptions by showing how seemingly distant worlds can meet from an artistic point of view.
Like a rare seashell on the beach, his work invites the viewer to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Just as a book exists if someone reads it, a work of art is such, or rather begins to be such, when someone observes it and desires it.
Culture and the enterprise
Starting from a work of participation and sharing by the artist with the employees of Marca Corona, Opera aperta illustrates the profound dialogue between the cultural sphere and the entrepreneurial fabric, creating a narrative path that winds between the inside and outside of the company spaces. The essential assumption encompasses the conception of an artistic product versus those who will enjoy it: the work-culture comes to life through those who experience and interpret it.
Stefano Arienti insinuates himself into the twentieth-century investigation that finds a moment of growth and revolution in the enlargement of the public. Indeed, the artist has exhibited in prestigious institutions worldwide, ranging from emblematic Italian venues such as the MAXXI Museum in Rome to the prestigious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as the Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennial and Gwanjiu Biennale.
In the “Opera Aperta” exhibition, Arienti will also retrace some of the stages of his artistic evolution, exhibiting iconic pieces such as Turbine, Formelle, Alghe and Meridiane, creating a bridge between his experimental tradition and contemporaneity.
Maria Vittoria Baravelli
A curator of art and photography, she likes to tell the world of culture to the new generations through social channels, so that nothing of our heritage can be forgotten. Since 2018 she has been a member of the board of directors of Mar, the Art Museum of the city of Ravenna; since 2023 she has been in the panel of the Lucio Dalla Award for new talents. For years she has been trying to bring the corporate world into dialogue with the world of art and photography, as in the case of Barilla, Mondadori and Marca Corona. For the Mondadori Group’s photo agency, since 2022 she has been in charge of the valorisation and dissemination of several historical archives including Marisa Rastellini’s archive and will be the curator of the exhibition dedicated to Mario De Biasi’s centenary. She has written and still writes for Il Corriere della Sera, Exibart, Artribune and Posh.
She has a regular column in the monthly Marie Claire Maison where she describes how to decorate our favourite places with works of art that represent us.