Stefano Arienti


Stefano Arienti had created his work for his exhibition entitled Antipolvere (March 25th – July 16th, 2017), which was held at the Galleria Civica museum in Modena. He then donated it to the Goffredo Bellini Museum. The large canvases were inspired by the cathedral organ shutters painted by Romanino in 1524. The side that is not visible, with the figures of St. Andrew and St. Erasmus, led the artist to imagine them, experimenting and reinventing.

Born in Asola, but adopted by Milan, Stefano Arienti is one of the most important Italian artists of his generation, and one of the best known on an international level. His background was in scientific studies, but he then undertook his artistic career in the 1980s when he started spending time with prominent figures in the culture scene of Milan, including Corrado Levi, during which he obtained important critics awards. His works are based on pre-existing materials, objects, and images – from the great artists of the past to pop culture – altered in form and interpretation, in which their meaning is modified in a horizontal and antilinear creative process. Arienti addresses the key themes of Contemporary Art, such as the nature and role of the image and the concept of originality. In more recent years, he tried his hand at creating and installing large works in monumental spaces, but always as the result of a cognitive process that starts from a historical and cultural context.