The main characters of the project #iosonogiordanobruno, at Macro Asilo of Rome from 1 to 30 October 2018, are The Triumphant Beast, that is the sum of the vices that afflict and, at the same time, characterize humanity and its eldest sons: Ignorance, Apathy and Beastliness, with which it’s easy to identify oneself. On the other side there is Mnemosyne or Memory, guardian of experience, that offers us wisdom that lets us know how virtuous behavior brings benefits to the whole community, while defective behavior causes harm to everyone, and mainly to ourselves, because in this case we lose the sublime opportunity to be human and not bestial!
Memory is also the mother of Knowledge: Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, Logic, Poetry, Astrology, Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics which, in this post-digital age, seem to be the only antidotes to the Triumphant Beast.
The Residency will conclude with the recording of the audio version of the artist’s edition of “The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast”, gathering together the voices of the giordies, those visitors who - by reading step by step the full text - become the main characters of the artistic action. The giordies are in fact those who rebel against Vices and expel the Triumphant Beast, thanks to Mnemosyne, or Memory and Knowledge.
During the reading, the giordies will wear the yellow t-shirt of Giordano Bruno: their voices will be recorded and will form the audiobook, while the pictures will become part of the official gallery of the project.


2017

Ria Lussi prefers an apparent fragility that increases the iconographic pathos, while re-proposing the aesthetic theme by incorporating the surface with its multiple depths in the different levels of transparency / Think about it, it’s no small thing that an artist manages to engage so deeply with the epidermises, breaking the arts & crafts of certain “popuspr” materials / Glass, neon or the illuminations transmute without losing their identity, cutting abnormal trajectories as only artists can make happen / Non-conforming trajectories are the blue-print of Ria’s inventive biology: and we see the cornerstones of humanistic thought (her references to philosophical and literary texts are many) giving form to a new iconic species, endowed with memory and vision, empathic by nature, alien in so far it is “other”.

Gianluca Marziani



LA SPERANZA

2017

“What are you doing, Hope, not surprising me, not prompting me?” Resuming the ancient technique of luminaries, Ria Lussi build a 7-meter-high art work dedicated to Spoleto , a call for rebirth and optimism after the tragic earthquake of 2016. Presented by Gianluca Marziani, in collaboration with Municipality of Spoleto and Collicola Palace Visual Arts, the installation, is born form a pluriannual work of Ria Lussi on Giordano Bruno and on his book “Spaccio de la Bestia Trionfante”. During the event the artist’s book will be distributed, in a limited edition, translated in contemporary Italian by Daniele Teclemariam and with the linguistic advice of Agata Azzellini, introduced by fifteen emblematic Ria Lussi’s drawings.

Spoleto | Giardini di Viale Matteotti

Lit up every day at sunset



LA BESTIA TRIONFANTE

2016

Giordano Bruno is probably the first man to sink his gaze into a nature considered life-infinite-matter, and who unveiled to the blind mind of his contemporaries an unexplored universe, with perfect coherence.
His amazing cosmo-ontological vision claimed, as an inevitable consequence, the necessity of a new ethic, able to reevaluate traditional values, responsible for the crisis that Europe (which had “as many beasts as vices, in the sky”) was going through.
The crisis that us contemporaries are going through is perhaps more extensive and profound than the one Giordano perceived at the beginning of the year 600. Maybe we completely ignore that we’re living. Life is an even greater danger: we are glass, like the mitochondrial “Warriors of Light” of Ria Lussi – we better not get hit! All is lost when we fall.
Piero Castoro

altramurgia | masseria di cultura internazionale

statale SP 328 km 45 Altamura - Corato
Enlightenment from sunset till midnight



MITOCHONDRIA

2016

«Ria Lussi’s Mitochondria is a never-ending mystery that disclos- es and reveals. A journey through multiple forms of expression explored with her endless creativity. The will to experiment, moored to the important theme of “procreation”. The vitality of her motto “all is energy, everything evolves” is the perfect synthesis of those power plants that activate cells: Mitochondria. Texts by Umberto Palestini» Umberto Palestini

L.S.D.

2015 "LUSSI secondo DAVERIO"

«Sometimes nomina sunt consequentia rerum (names are the consequence of things). How many unexpected lussi there are in the brightness of her work…
And furthermore, for those who are not too distracted, to recall is better: the etymology of “lusso” (luxury) is lux. How much light there is in these sculptures!!!» Philippe Daverio

E.O.L.

2014 "EMPERORS OF LIGHT"

Through twelve portraits, from Julius Caesar to Constantine XI, the Series chronicles the transformation of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, which "illuminated" as it was by the Christian doctrine throughout its long history, renewed its moral code over time.

Testi di Gianluca Marziani e Adriano Berengo

M.I.

2014 "MATRIX IMPERATORUM"

This work, designed especially for the Callicola Visual Arts Building of Spoleto, joined the original framework of the Twelve Light Emperors of the Floridi Doria Pamphilj Series. Almost three meters high, the Matrix Imperatorum is now part of the 2.0 Collection of the Museum.

Spoleto | Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive

Biblioteca Carandente

W.O.L.

2012 "WARRIORS OF LIGHT"

Visitors? Guests? Creatures? Mitochondrial devas?
Each W.O.L. is fierce and benevolent at the same time, helpless in its astonished innocence.
Forged by fire: ready to face earthly residence, not devoid of danger.

Testi di Jean Blanchaert

H.A.D.

2010 "HAVE A DREAM"

I have a dream, you have a dream, may you have a dream, for if they are not dreams, what are they? The characters I draw come to light unbeknown to me and come, I believe, from inifinity.
Or rather I cannot say neither where they come from nor where they go.
They seem to have stories to tell and are here on earth, a little unwary, disoriented.....

Testi di Umberto Palestini e Massimiliano Floridi

WHO AM I?



I was born in Milano and live in Rome.


I studied as a painter in Paris
as a visual designer in Urbino and translation in Trieste.
When I draw, it is usually with a black Bic pen. No turning back is allowed.  
The mediums I like to use are neon, silk, glass because they are all fragile and yet resilient materials.
They maintain a shiny, almost inappropriate luminosity and at the same time, like human life, they could break in a moment.
On the cosmogeny of beings that spring (persistently) from my pen, I will say nothing.
To those that meet them, interpret.....

Recent Exhibitions

2017

"Fragile"
Roma, Galleria Mucciaccia Contemporary.
Catalogue Carlo Cambi Publisher: Text by Gianluca Marziani.

2017

"La Speranza" Spoleto, Giardini di viale G. Matteotti.

2016

"La Bestia Trionfante" Altramurgia, Masseria di Cultura internazionale.

"Mitochondria" Urbino, Casa Raffaello e Orto botanico.
Catalogue Baskerville. Text by Umberto Palestini.

2015

"Lussi di Penelope" Milan, Biblioteca del Daverio
Published by Giunti. Text by Philippe Daverio.

"Matrix, Mater, Mother" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola.
Curated by Gianluca Marziani.

"Close Up" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola
Primo piano sulla pittura italiana Curated by Gianluca Marziani

2014

"Imperatori di luce" Curated by Gianluca Marziani.
Texts by Gianluca Marziani and Adriano Berengo.
Geneva, Villa del Principe;
Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola;
Rome, Galleria Doria Pamphilj;
Milan, Villa Necchi Campiglio.

"Baculus" Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola
Curated by Studio ‘A87

2013

"Warriors of Light in support of Women of Madagascar"
Rome, Galleria Rosso20sette

2012

"Death Dance" Porto Ercole, Forte Stella.
Curated by Maurizio Cont and Gianmarco Serra.

"Warriors of Light" Milan, Galleria Blanchaert e Biblioteca del Daverio.
Text by Jean Blanchaert.

"Il Vulcano, l’estuario" Trapani, Palazzo della Vicaria, Fondazione Sgarbi.

"Excesses of an Estuary" Rome, Ambasciata Americana - Mel Sembler Gallery

2011

"Orfeo" Rome, Libreria e Galleria Ferro di Cavallo
Curated by Lena Salvatori.

2010

"Have a dream" Milan, Galleria L’Affiche and Rome, Galleria Tricromia.
Texts by Umberto Palestini and Massimiliano Floridi.

Since the times of splendour of the Renaissance, important Italian families have called on artists to portray the Caesarean Emperors and thereby embellish their galleries. A sculptural narrative to reinforce the stature of the present following on the heels of an illustrious past through the privilege of historical comparison.
Following the century-long tradition of patronage of the arts, the Floridi Doria Pamphilj family has revived the commission as a form with which to develop a vision, reinstating the ritual of an age-old custom and at the same time adding a contemporary touch. The connotations of a new form of patronage is condensed today in the Contemporary Series project. This first commission, which focuses on a new group of Emperors, came to be thanks to the couple, Massimiliano Floridi and Gesine Doria Pamphilj. Through twelve portraits, from Julius Caesar to Constantine XI, the Series chronicles the transformation of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, which "illuminated" as it was by the Christian doctrine throughout its long history, renewed its moral code over time. A new light, that of Christianity, expressed by the artist through the medium of glass, a fragile and precious material that crosses the expressive boundary of contemporary sculpture. The artworks were produced in Murano in collaboration with the master glass masters of Berengo Studio.
From October Emperors have been exhibited in Genova, in the Garden of Villa Del Principe, in Spoleto at Palazzo Collicola, and in Rome in the magnificent Cortile del Bramante of the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Special rotating bases, moved by solar panel, have increased the scenic poignancy of the installation by weaving unending variations of light as they stand out in the open at the mercy of the weather.
MITOCHONDRIA are the power station of cells. It is inside these mysterious structures that the foundation of life occurs: the production of energy.
Life is marked at birth with the crossing of a threshold.
It is something marvellous and simple that we all share.

Following the installation with the series of the Emperors of Light made of Murano glass in the gardens go the Doria Pamphilij palace, Rome and Genova, and after the huge Matric Imperatorum neon, at Collicola Palace in Spoleto, the art practice of Ria Lussi land, with her elusive and highly emotional characters, at Raphael’s birthplace, Urbino.
Here the artist magically bound with the early work of Raphael, the fresco showing a young lady reading, while she is holding, almost careless, a baby sleeping after crying. Around this amazing work, Ria Lussi creates a site-specific installation full of pathos and surprises, following a zig-zag path, in which she unveil a complex artistic research, built around a universal theme: the birth as moment of transition, as a threshold in which through the torn circle life take always new shapes. As a counterpoint for this emotional journey, there are 2 extraordinary representation of Leonard as young and as old man, that are witness and inspiration of the artist, the same way he was for Raphael…
During May, for the first time, the artist will show 5 Rosari as a tribute to Mary, these are anthropomorphic hollow sculptures, made to host only long stem roses. Roses are, indeed, the symbols of joy and pain of each life. The materials used vary from video, to collage, from glazed glass to blown glass and neon.
In the meanwhile in the Botanical Garden of Urbino, the exhibition continues with some sculptures of the Warriors and Emperor of Lights, following a the will of the artist to bring people’s attention to a place where her work is in a dialogue with natural light and where the human fragility, represented by the extremely fragile glass sculpture exposed to gather condition, is in the centre, essence of her research.