Casagrande & Recalcati

The artist duo CASAGRANDE & RECALCATI, who live and work in Milan, feel a connection to the tradition of still life. The flower paintings, titled Hypervanitas, take up the idea of baroque vanitas images, and their close connection with the ephemeral. The flower paintings, titled Hypervanitas, refer to the idea of baroque vanitas paintings, and their close connection with the ephemeral. The paintings are reflections of the inevitable passing of time and illustrate various stages of beauty in continuous metamorphosis. The artist duo, who has already worked for Dolce & Gabbana, skillfully celebrates beauty, materiality, and transience in their paintings. Their latest oil paintings on canvas depict lush, floral compositions that, on closer inspection, already seem to be slowly wilting. The paintings by the artist duo transport us to an imaginary Garden of Eden, which is subject to slow degradation. Here nature portrays itself as a morbid beauty. Everything is fleeting but preserved thanks to the meticulous art of painting.

1966

Degree in Architecture, Tutela e recupero del patrimonio storico e

Architettonico (Preservation of historic and architectonic heritage),

Politecnico of Milan.

Thesis: Baudelaire: la metamorfosi della città e l’architettura barocca

come allegoria del tempo (Baudelaire: metamorphosis of the city and

Baroque architecture as allegory of time), with Professor Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

2021

Ipervanitas, Spazio Big Emotion, Pallanza (VB)

2020

Taking care: sordid details following, Leo Galleries, Monza

2019

Ipervanitas. Azimut headquarters, Monza, curated by Alberto Moioli.

Ipervanitas. La natura come memoria, Leo Galeries, Monza, curated by Susanne Capolongo.

2018

Ipervanitas, Sladmore Contemporary, London, cureted by Gerry Farrel.

2013

Ipervanitas, MyOwnGallery, Milan.

2008

Il giardino del centauro, C Dream, Genoa.

2021

Little Joys, Impulse Gallery, Lucerne, curated by Elena Bittner.

7 Vizi, Monastero della Misericordia, Missaglia, curated by Simona Bartolena and Armando Fettolini.

15x15/20x20, Punto sull’Arte, Varese, curated by Sophia Macchi.

2020

Autoritratto, Binario 7, Monza, curated by Simona Bartolena.

Inspiration in isolation, Sladmore Contemporary, London, curated by Gerry Farrel.

Natura morta, Spazio Heart, Vimercate, curated by Simona Bartolena.

2019

Art Miami, with Sladmore Contemporary, Miami.

Start Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery, with Sladmore Contemporary, London.

68 pezzi facili, Consadori Gallery, Milan, curated by Vittorio Locatelli.

IV Mostra Galeotta, hypogeum of San Francesco, Matera, curated by Giancarlo Lacchin.

2018

Art Miami, with Sladmore Contemporary, Miami.

Group show, AWP Gallery, Banbury Oxfordshire, curated by Alexandra

Williams.

Natura Viva, Federico Rui Gallery, Milan, curated by Federico Rui.

Io sono natura, Cultural Association Renzo Cortina, Milan, curated by

Susanne Capolongo and Stefano Cortina.

2017

II Mostra Galeotta, Spazio BIG Santa Marta, Milan, curated by Giancarlo Lacchin.

The China Town Biennial, Davide Gallo Gallery, Milan, curated by Davide Gallo.

The Mayfair Dog Show, Sladmore Contemporary, London, curated by Gerry Farrel and Cath Kidston.

2016

First floor exhibition, Sladmore Contemporary, London, curated by Gerry Farrel.

IN:SIGHT, I.C.C., Birmingham, curated by Glyn Washington and Holly Eldridge.

2014

Autenticit(t)à, Regie Poste at Uffizi, Florence, curated by Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

I Bronzi di Riace. Nostos. Il Ritorno, National Archeologic Museum, Reggio Calabria, curated by Marcello Sestito.

2013

Preziosi non preziosi, Benappi Gallery, Turin, curated by Nadia Benappi.

OPEN 16, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice, curated by Paolo De Grandis and Carlotta Scarpa.

2011

OPEN 14, International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice, curated by Paolo De Grandis, Carlotta Scarpa and Gloria Vallese.

Cracked Culture?/Eastern borders. The Quest for Identity in Contemporary Chinese Art, 54° Biennale of Venice, Illuminazioni, collateral event curated by Wang Lin and Gloria Vallese.

2006

Incontri con il colore – cromatismi d’autore, “Abitare il tempo”, Verona, curated by Vittorio Locatelli.

Resin New 01, Triennale of Milan, curated by Enzo Bua.

2014 - 2004

Costa Cruises, series of large-scale paintings for the following ships:

Costa Diadema (2014)

Costa Fascinosa (2012)

Costa Favolosa (2011)

Costa Deliziosa (2010)

Costa Pacifica (2009)

Costa Luminosa (2009)

Costa Serena (2007)

Costa Concordia (2006)

Costa Magica (2004)

2012

Regione Lombardia, Flower 07, Palace of Government of Lombardy, Milan.

2010

Dolce&Gabbana, Rose, private house, Coumayeur.

2009

Dolce&Gabbana, Gold ceiling, private house, Milan.

2007

Dolce&Gabbana, Ritratto di volta I and Ritratto di volta II, menswear flagship store, Milan.

Jackerson, Lilium I, showroom, Milan; Lilium II, showroom, Moscow.

2006

Swarovski, Lace floor, Index, International Design Exhibition, Dubai.

2004/2005

Dolce&Gabbana, Room I and Room II, “Villa Olivetta”, Portofino.

2003

Municipality of Prato, La grande voliera, “Antico Caffè delle Logge”, Praetorian Palace, Prato.

2014/2018

Costa Cruises: curatorial project for the following ships:

Costa Diadema (2014)

Costa Fascinosa (2012)

Costa Deliziosa (2010)

Costa Luminosa (2009)

2009

Group exhibition, Experience the Costa Word, Temporary Museum of Design, Superstudio, Milan.

Solo exhibition, Carla Tolomeo Mai sedersi sugli allori, C Dream, Genoa.

2019

Leonardo, Neoleonardo, Iperleonardo: The myth of Leonardo da Vinci in the era of virtuality, Politecnico of Milan.

2011

Identità multiple e dinamiche nella città contemporanea, artistic high school Marco Polo, Venice.

2009

Arte a bordo, Temporary Museum of Design, Superstudio, Milan.

2008

Ultima Cena: meeting with Mario Donizetti on the latest disastrous restorations, Politecnico of Milan.

2007

Presentation of professor Marco Dezzi Bardeschi’s book “Restauro due punti e a capo”.

Interventi di arte contemporanea in ambiti preesistenti, Marangoni Institute, Milan.

2010

AA.VV., curated by Sandra Casagrande and Roberto Recalcati, Il Re(stauro) è nudo. Frammenti di un dialogo nel tempo, Libraccio, Lampi di stampa, Milan.

since 1996

They have been writing on the magazine Ananke, Cultura e tecniche della conservazione, directed by professor Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

Among their articles:

- I nuovi mostri, Parco Sempione: oggi si replica!;

- Testori Giovanni, via Piave, 21: L’entomologo della periferia milanese;

- Pubblicità e restauro: vietato invecchiare!;

- Baudelaire: la metamorfosi della città come allegoria del tempo.

2015

Roberto Recalcati, “Searching for an apprentice with experience”, Proceedings of the XVIII – IPSAPA Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference.

The Usefulness of the Useless in the Landscape-cultural Mosaic: Liveability, Typicality, Biodiversity, Federico II University, Neaples.

Roberto Recalcati, “Milano grand guignol, new forms of urban monstrosity”, Proceedings of the VIII study day of INU, Italian National Institute of Urban planning, Federico II University, Neaples.

2014

Roberto Recalcati, “Growing old prohibited! The vengeance of the porn restorer”, Proceedings of the international conference on heritage and sustainable development Heritage 2014, edited by Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira and Cristina Pinheiro, Green Line Institute.

2013

Roberto Recalcati, “The Contemporary City in a Deceiving Search of Identity”, Proceedings of the International EAAE – ARCC Congress Cities in transformation, Politecnico of Milan, edited by Martina Lansberger, Michele Caja, Marco Bovati and Giancarlo Floridi.

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