The Martellate, the beautiful ones. Marcello Maloberti breaks the Milan Triennale

Marcello Maloberti, Martellate, Installation view at Triennale Milano.Photo by Andrea Rossetti (3)
Until 25 April 2022 the Milan Triennale hosts the exhibition Marcello Maloberti. Hammered curated by Damiano Gullì.

IN WRITTEN VOICE is the project that the artist has been carrying out for thirty years now Marcello Maloberti (Codogno, Lodi, 1966). A choral project, made up of written and oral voices directly stolen from life: personal phrases, quotes from others, poetic rather than political statements, words arising from visions, ironic epigraphs, verses as sharp as cutting blades.

Entering the hall of the Impluvium of Triennial one has the distinct sensation of having just reached a dimension disconnected from the common conception of space and time. Indeed, it seems to have landed in a contemporary locus amenus, inhabited by dynamic, complex and stratified relationships centered on the power and value of the word. The strength of the sign that becomes meaning, black on white, as simple as it is eternal. Maloberti’s thoughts stand out so decisively and monumental in the white space of a sheet, exasperated in a tension activated by steel pliers that ensure its expressive voracity. They bounce here and there, triggering powerful sensitive short circuits, free and liberated dialectics, between the ego and external reality. They talk to each other, striking the observer who comes out impregnated with life. Hammered she decided, ready to give but also to receive.

Marcello Maloberti, Martellate, Installation view at Triennale Milano.Photo by Andrea Rossetti (3)

Maloberti’s works alone, in their two-dimensionality, would be enough to involve the viewer. However, it is in the encounter with the oral form, chosen for this exhibition, that the viewer has the opportunity to actively participate, internally projecting pungent hallucinations of personal life mixed with the imperative suggestions of the artist’s thoughts. The voice of Lydia Mancinelli (Rome, 1936)in a performative act, accompanies the reading of Maloberti’s phrases, quoting the latter in random order and with different intensity, contributing in turn to hammering – by delivering direct blows – the soul and intellect of the audience.

Like Proust’s madeleine, Maloberti’s words evoke moments of real life, sensations; past contexts or to be invented, offering us the possibility to explore tortuous roads, intertwined plots of humanity capable of leading each individual into an ecstatic state, at the same time collective and universal. Necessary and authentic emotions that today’s society wants us to unlearn.

Maloberti’s Martellate are a hymn to life, a fight against mass anesthetic and apathetic forms. The exhibition, an opportunity to explore and get involved in the punctual micro-cosmos of lively words. Words that become images. Images of dreams and reality. The hammers, the beautiful ones, make you feel really good.

Marcello Maloberti, Martellate, Installation view at Triennale Milano.Photo by Andrea Rossetti (3)
Marcello Maloberti, Martellate, Installation view at Triennale Milano.Photo by Andrea Rossetti (3)

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