Nanni Menetti


From 12 to 23 December 2021

The Exhibition

Cryographies, from the Greek scriptures of frost. 

Nanni Menetti has been working with writing material for years, which lately has involved natural frost. A unicum in the history of art. Cryographies,  are an absolute invention of him. It is a whole new form of declining the Duchampian ready madeintended, in case, to bring back to our attention nature and the need, for us, to safeguard all its salvific and pure (but precisely salvific because it is pure) creativity.  

In the artist's intention, the Cryographies, find their reason for being on three levels: in the artist's private life, repaying him for the disappointments he felt as a child when the arabesques of his frozen windows vanished in the sun; in the history of art, since they allow him to realize, 2500 years later, the dream of the painter Zeusi to paint by canceling the human hand, an absence themed in general in the libretto that the artist published at the Campanotto Publisher of Udine (Nanni Menetti, L’artista non ha mai avuto mani) and, finally, in the criticism implicit in them of the distorted use that our culture has come to make of the representationIn fact, Menetti does not exhibit photographed or represented Cryographies, but directly the constructions of the frost, to which he has managed to give duration and permanence over time. 

The Artist

Nanni Menetti is an Emilian artist who has been active in the field of poetry and visual arts for over forty years.

Lorenzo Montano National Prize (poetry) in 1995 and Guglielmo Marconi International Prize (visual arts) in 2000. 

Central to his work is the attention to both human (chiro-graphies) and natural (cryo-graphies) writing. 

He has exhibited in Italy and abroad.

Among others, wrote about him: Renato Barilli, Antonio Bisaccia, Stefano Bonaga, Giorgio Bonomi, Alessandra Borgogelli, Beatrice Buscaroli, Omar Calabrese, Giampiero Cane, Vittoria Coen, Claudio Cerritelli, Claudia Collina, Leonardo Conti, Valerio Dehò, Giuliano Gramigna , Roberto Mori, Giampaolo Paci, Silvia Pegoraro, Lorella Pagnucco Salvemini, Roberto Roversi, Giorgio Sandri, Claudio Spadoni.

His Works are present in various public places and museums including:

the Collezione of Mambo, Bologna; the Collezione d’Ateneo University of Bologna (Aula Magna di Santa Lucia); the Pinacoteca in Ravenna; Casa Cini in Ferrara; the Collezione d’arte contemporanea of Banca UniCredit in Bologna; the Collezione d’arte dell’Accademia di Romania in Roma; the Collezione d’arte contemporanea of Marshall University in Minnesota (USA); the Collezione d’arte contemporanea of Ca’ La Ghironda - Bologna; the Centro di Poesia contemporanea of University of Bologna; the Dipartimento di Discipline storiche of University of Bologna; the Collezione of Associazione Italo-Francese in Bologna; the Collezioni comunali d’arte in Forlì, in Foggia, in Macerata (Ripa San Ginesio), in Caltanissetta (Montedoro), in Castel San Pietro (Bologna), in Pavullo (Modena); the Collezione Rainbow in Cagliari; the Collezione del Premio internazionale G. Marconi c/o the “Circolo artistico” in Bologna; the art collection of the Museo d’arte delle Generazioni italiane del ‘900 “G. Bargellini” in Pieve di Cento (BO); the Collezione IBACN of the Regione Emilia Romagna; the Collezione d'arte of Assemblea legislativa della Regione Emilia-Romagna; the World Museum 2000 of Fiorenzo Brindelli, Cesano Maderno (MI). The Collezione Marina Giusti del Giardino (Genus Bononiae – Musei della città); the Collezione d'arte of the Fondazione Tito Balestra – Castello Malatestiano – Longiano (FC); La collezione d'arte generale of Genus Bononiae – Musei della città; the art collection of the Museo O.A.S.I. of Paolo Gualandi – Tole' di Vergato – Bologna.

Under the name of Luciano Nanni he taught Aesthetics and Semiotics of Art at the University of Bologna. Among his books, a special mention to: Per una nuova semiologia dell'arte, Garzanti (1980), Contra Dogmaticos, Cappelli Editore, 1987;Tesi di estetica – in risposta a Umberto Eco, Book Editore (1991) Della poetica – come vive e nasce un'opera d'arte, Book Editore (1999), Il silenzio di Ermes, Meltemi (2002) e Communication: The Power of Location, Peter Lang, New York (2000).


With the patronage of