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19 Jan – 12 Mar 2023

Christian Balzano

Fuori dal mondo

“It is on this earth that men exert power and crave riches, throwing humanity into disarray, and triggering fratricidal wars”: this is what we read on the map engraved around 1580 by the cartographer Epichtonius Cosmopolites, the so-called Fool’s Cap Map.

Curated by:Marco Tonelli
Organized by:MUS.E e Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo
Where:Museo Mediceo and Galleria terrena
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From January 19 to March 12, 2023 Palazzo Medici Riccardi will host the new exhibition Christian Balzano, Fuori dal mondo, promoted by Città Metropolitana di Firenze with the patronage of Regione Toscana, organized by MUS.E and Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo and cureted by Marco Tonelli.

 “It is on this earth that men exert power and crave riches, throwing humanity into disarray, and triggering fratricidal wars”: this is what we read on the map engraved around 1580 by the cartographer Epichtonius Cosmopolites, the so-called Fool’s Cap Map.

Inspired precisely by this eccentric image that speaks of vanitas and the madness of men, Christian Balzano has conceived the exhibition project Fuori dal Mondo, which aims to raise questions about the condition of the planet in its current state, and above all to ask a fundamental question: “Can the historical and cultural identity of a place, of a community, be completely upset and changed by living with other people, with different identities?”.

From this question comes an exhibition divided into six stages deeply linked to each other – which we could define as real stations of passion in today’s world, ranging from the pluralism of religion to contaminated and contaminant nature, from continents and intertwined flags to critical boundaries. All the works on display share the use of fabric and cloth, i.e., a material that, by means of its twines, symbolizes the skin itself and the flesh of nations in all their geopolitical complexity.

While taking up recurring themes of Balzano, linked to the poetics of globalization and openly critics of the borders, imposed and violent, to social integration or climate change, Fuori dal Mondo is laid out in the rooms of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, as if it were the account of an imaginary journey through the real world – a mad sailor’s route that takes place on the skin of the globe. Dragged by the tumultuous flow of contemporaneity, to whose contradictions Balzano responds by turning the fragility and chaos of globalization into the fragility and beauty of the work of art, viewers can (and must) give their own personal interpretation.
Iconic but also indented, created with processes that are chemical and natural at the same time (documented moreover with a video on display), and designed according to careful cartographic reconstructions: Balzano’s works reaffirm that the present we are living in (even if it does not give any reassurance, as well as it does not mark any finish line, despite all its uncertainties and atrocities) is the only active force we can take hold of to avert the failure and keep alive the idea of a world connected in alternative ways. The practice of art and the figure of the artist himself (like, probably, that of every artist), as Balzano conceives it, fit perfectly to the helm of this difficult and paradoxical sailing. Only out of this world, in fact, will the world appear in its fragility and entirety.


Christian Balzano was born in Livorno in 1969 and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
In 2022 he was invited to the first edition of the Contemporary Art and Culture Festival “ArtRizoma”, entitled 8 minuti dal sole, in Gerace, Roccella Jonica and Santa Caterina dello Ionio, curated by Alessandro Romanini and Rocco Guglielmo. The same year he took part in the group exhibitions ArtInsolite at the Civic Theatre of Lajatico, curated by Filippo Lotti, and Il trionfo della luce at the Archaeological Museum of Santa Scolastica in Bari, curated by Roberta Giuliani and Maurizio Vanni.
In 2019 he was invited to the 14th International Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Massimo Scaringella, at the Museum “Oscar Niemeyer” in Curitiba, Brazil, and inaugurated the traveling solo exhibition (in the previous years, it took place in Treviso and Milan too) Resilienza with an installation at the Banca Generali headquarters in Como, curated by Marco Bazzini.
In 2017 he won the tender for the Permanent Monument to the Resistance in Piazza della Libertà in Certaldo (province of Florence).
In 2016 he inaugurated the solo exhibition A pelle viva, curated by Marco Bazzini, at Palazzo Grifoni, headquarters of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di San Miniato (province of Pisa).
In 2015 he was invited by Massimo Scaringella to the 4th Biennal del Fin del Mundo, at the Parque Cultural of Valparaiso (Chile), and took part in the group exhibition Praestigium Italia I ― a Benetton project curated by Luca Beatrice at the Foundation “Sandretto Re Rebaudengo” in Turin and at the Cini Foundation of Venice.
In 2014 he was a Resident Artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art “Youngeun” in Gwangju, with a final exhibition, and took part in the group exhibition The Time We’ve Spent and Time to Leave at the Zaha Museum in Seoul. Furthermore, he was invited by the Italian Institute of Culture in Tripoli (Libya) to a workshop entitled The Raft at the Art House Gallery of Tripoli, and took part in the Do Ut Do project, curated by Cristiana Perrella and the Scientific Board of the Foundation “Seragnoli” at the Museum “MAXXI” in Rome, the Museum “M.A.D.RE.” in Naples, and the Museum “MAMbo” in Bologna. Finally, he inaugurated the solo exhibition Assolutamente Sconsigliato at the Civic Art Gallery and at the Museum “M.A.G.MA.” in Follonica (province of Grosseto), curated by Maurizio Vanni.
In 2013 he took part in the group exhibition Mine at the Gallery “Underline” in New York, curated by Casey Burry, and was invited to the Pavilion of the Republic of Costa Rica at the 55th Venice Art Biennial, “Liberi(-A)”, curated by Fabio Anselmi and Francesco Elisei, also winning the 64th Prize “Francesco Paolo Michetti” in Francavilla a Mare.
In 2012 he was invited by the Italian Institute of Culture in Washington DC to create a solo exhibition at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, as part of the Open House.
In 2011 he took part in the “Thai-Italy Art and Cultural Exchange 2011” project, curated by Maurizio Vanni and Sasivimol Santiratpakdee, at the Art Center of the Silpakorn University in Bangkok, and was invited to the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial, at the Italy Pavilion (Tuscany Region), curated by Vittorio Sgarbi at the Center for Contemporary Art “Luigi Pecci” in Prato. In the same year he was invited to the 4th edition of the Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, as part of the exhibition Behind the Mirror, curated by Maurizio Vanni.
In 2010 he created the solo exhibition Luci del Destino and Uomo Versus Animale? at the Museum “Lu.C.C.A.”, curated by Luca Beatrice. On “Art Basel”, he took part in the group exhibition Exhibitalia, set up in the Art District of Miami, branding the side of the Fiat 500 for Fiat Automobiles.
Between 2009 and 2010 he was in Argentina with a traveling exhibition entitled Luci del Destino, curated by Maurizio Vanni, Massimo Scaringella, and Cecilia Cavenagh, and organized by the Lu.C.C.A Museum in collaboration with the Fine Arts Pavilion at the Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, the Contemporary Expressions Center in Rosario, the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts “Franklin Rawson” in San Juan, and the Museum “Las Lilas De Areco” in San Antonio De Areco.
In 2008 he created the event-exhibition Non è vero ma ci credo, curated by Mimmo Di Marzio at the Gallery San Lorenzo in Milan, and he also took part in OPEN XI in Venice Lido, curated by Paolo De Grandis.