Performance art
Vanessa Beecroft



Vanessa Beecroft Artist




Vanessa Beecroft it's a'Italian artist among the greatest exponents in the artistic expression of the living picture. Born in Genoa in 1969, she comes from a cosmopolitan family, made up of an Italian mother and an English father.

Vanessa Beecroft spends most of her childhood in a small village on Lake Garda, Malcesine, immediately showing her artistic inclinations.
Back in Genoa, after attending the art school, she graduated in painting at theLigurian Academy of Fine Arts making itself known for its marked originality in tackling different disciplines with a modern attitude.
After attending the show courses of "The key", a well-known association from Campopisano, Vanessa Beecroft chooses to attend the Faculty of Architecture and then move to theBrera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where he graduated in Scenography in 1993.

At this point the ascent of her artistic journey begins for Vanessa Beecroft, which leads her to exhibit her living works in some of the main museums of the world, traveling between the Old and New continent always looking for a dimension that could fully represent the its free and original expression. His creed is based on the value of performance, which must be enjoyed by a large audience and perceived according to one's own interiority. No great explanations are given to Vanessa Beecroft's works, since according to her conception art must be free from conditioning and allow the single individual to question himself on an intimate and personal level about the meaning of what he is seeing, adapting it to the unique and unrepeatable feeling of one's soul.
The depictions are therefore admired and often exalted by critics, precisely because of the disruptive value that the woman has managed to give to an artistic expression such as that of the tableau vivant even dating back to Caravaggio's time.

A taste of what his future would have been occurred when he was still attending the Milanese institute, which during the first Salon decided to propose one of his creations at the Luciano Inga Pin Gallery, which met with considerable success among those present, students but also teachers and professors impressed by such audacity.

Vanessa Beecroft's works can be cataloged as real performance, which include the presence of naked or semi-naked women within a skilfully orchestrated scene. Fundamental components are light and colour, which underline a harmonic composition capable of subtending a hidden message that the public has the task of understanding and making its own.
These performances are often accompanied by a musical component, precisely to underline the dramatic and subtle line that distinguishes them from a classic tableau vivant of the past.
The characters move in a decidedly choreographic way, following the artist's instructions to the letter, obsessively attentive to every action that is carried out during the performance.
The public is often enchanted in observing these figures that gracefully whirl in space, giving an effect of elegance and refinement and winking at the world of fashion and external beauty, which always arises from an inner delicacy that is important transmit.

The themes most used by Beecroft are the gaze, sensuality and desire, which can be transmitted even without the aid of words but only by skillfully modulating the progress of the body within the space, in a sort of refined dance that only l The kindest and most elevated soul is capable of perceiving its revolutionary scope.

Many of his main works have no title, but refer to the place where they were made, taking the form of a sort of small theatrical show in which the artist puts all the knowledge and skills acquired during his scenography studies .

There are numerous venues where it was possible to observe some of his performances in motion, such as the Guggenheim in New York or the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Kunsthalle di Vienna.

However, some installations have a permanent nature and are currently visible in high-level museums, especially in our country.
It is the case ofARCOS - Museum of Contemporary Art of Sannio, located in Benevento and loved by enthusiasts of the sector for the works on display, the Gallery of Modern Art Palazzo Forti in Verona, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, which projects a video titled Vanessa Beecroft 48, a series of reflections on the relationship between art and globalization of great interest to the artist's fans and capable of outlining his life and philosophy, the MACK - Crotone Museum of Contemporary Art, known for the progressive spirit, the MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, which displays a photo and a slide, and finally the MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, home to numerous cultural initiatives and characterized by an interesting section dedicated to the figurative arts of the major world artists.

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