(1940 in Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Fabrizio Plessi is born in Reggio Emilia in the 1940. He lives and works in Venezia and Palma de Mallorca.
He is considered one of the pioneers of video art in Italy, surely the first to have used television monitors as an independent material, conveying an unstoppable flow of water and digital fire.
His many participations in the Venice Biennale since 1970 along with many international film and dance festivals, keep on outlining his profile as an artist devoted to innovative and groundbreaking experiments. Sound performance, architecture, television and theater sets are the background onto which he has grafts his videosculptures, with the use of technology reduced to a natural element, a humanized material to coexist with rather than fight against. Nonetheless, drawing remains today one of his fundamental creative inputs and stimuli.
He has exhibited countless times in the international arena, with recurrent participations in important exhibitions like Documenta in Kassel or major anthologies held in various museums of the world: from the Guggenheim in New York to the one in Bilbao, from the Civic Museum of Reggio Emilia to the Scuderie Del Quirinale in Rome, from Martin Gropius Bau of Berlin at the IVAM in Valencia and the MoCA in San Diego, to the Ludwig Museum in Budapest and Koblenz, from the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover to the Museum of Modern Art in Mallorca, from the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna to the Mirò Foundation in Barcelona. In 2011 the Venice Biennale Pavilion celebrated its opening after years of absence with an impressive exhibition by Plessi entitled “Mari Verticali“. His site-specificinstallations have been evocative for ancient, gothic, iconic and monumental spaces such as Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Lonja of Palma de Maiorca or the Sala dei Giganti in Palazzo Te in Mantua, demonstrating a passion for classicism and for the spectacularity, confirmed also by the electronic scenographies realized for “Titanic“, “Icarus“, “The Threepenny opera”, “Romeo and Giulietta”, soundtracked with music by composers such as Philipp Glass and Michael Nyman. In 2015 he represented the Belarus Pavilion for Expo Milano with a monumental electronic sculpture, while in Venice the Liquid Life / Liquid Life exhibition was held in the Arsenale exhibition halls and the G. Franchetti Ca ‘d’Oro Gallery; in 2017 he conceived “Fenix DNA” for Venice Teatro La Fenice: an evocative total work of art, immersive and multi-sensory. At the Passo del Brennero, the futuristic Plessi Museum was inaugurated in November 2013, entirely designed by the artist as an enormous work of architecture, sculpture and design that integrates perfectly with a naturalistic vision of the surrounding environment. He taught “Humanization of Technologies” at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne.