An exhibition of installations, sculptures, paintings and tapestries by artist Enrico David was inaugurated at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. The exhibition “Enrico David: gradations of slow release”, organized with the support of the Italian Embassy, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA Chicago), was opened by a conversation between the artist and the Chief Curator of the Washington Museum, Ste’phane Aquin, on the creative journey of the Italian artist who resides in London, on his sources of inspiration and the ideas that are the basis of his creative work.
The works of Enrico David present the visitor with a unique vision of the human shape and the ever-changing sense of being. Often fragile, vulnerable, grotesque and changeable, David’s imagery presents a universal reading of human experience, albeit through a deeply personal formulation. Together with Chiara Fumai (Rome, 1978-Bari, 2017) and Liliana Moro (Milan, 1961), David (Ancona, 1966) is one of the three artists selected by the curator Milovan Farronato to represent Italy at the next Venice Biennale scheduled from 11 May to 24 November 2019. David had already participated in the Biennale in 2013 and, previously, in 2003. In his speech at the inauguration of the exhibition, which will remain open until 2 September, the Ambassador of Italy, Armando Varriccho recalled the consolidated and fruitful collaboration with the Hirshhorn Museum and the pioneering and creative spirit of the Italian artist David who, the Ambassador said, represents “one of the distinctive traits of Italian art and culture since the time of Leonardo da Vinci, whose death 500 years ago is celebrated this year”. “Characteristics,” Varricchio concluded, “that to this very day still fascinate the American public”.