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The new textile work by Bertozzi & Casoni depicts a honeycomb masking the form of a skull. Made of entirely hand-knotted silk, it has a uniquely living appearance because it changes colour with the changing light. The work is set in a ceramic frame, also in the form of a honeycomb, with over a thousand ceramic flowers sprouting from it.


Bertozzi & Casoni is a partnership that was set up by Giampaolo Bertozzi (Borgo Tossignano, Bologna, 1957) and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni (Lugo di Romagna, Ravenna, 1961), in Imola in 1980. Their art education began at the Istituto Statale d’Arte per la Ceramica di Faenza in an atmosphere dominated by a post-informal coldness then in fashion. They were more interested in the figurative sculptures of Angelo Biancini, with whom Bertozzi worked in his studio at the school. Gianna Boschi’s decorative art and Alfonso Leoni’s conceptual radicalism. When they had completed their studies, Bertozzi and Casoni attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, started their business and took part in events focusing on the main ideas and figures of new ceramic.

They have exhibited at the Tate Museum – Liverpool in 2004, at Cà Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna in Venice (2007), at Castello Sforzesco in Milan (2008), at Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York (2005, 2010, 2015), at the Venice Biennial (2009, 2011), at All Visual Art in London (2012), at Museum Beelden aan Zee in Aia, at Beck & Eggeling Gallery in Düsseldorf and at Galleria Cardi in Pietrasanta (2013), at Sperone Westwater in Lugano and in the beautiful rooms of Palazzo Te in Mantova (2014), at Galleria Tega in Milan, at Galleria Poleschi in Lucca, at Mambo in Bologna and at Expo in Milan (2015).