Senza tema

Francesco Cima, Jingge Dong, Nicola Facchini, Margherita Mezzetti,Carolina Pozzi, Paolo Pretolani


Curated by

Daniele Capra, with Thomas Braida, Nemanja Cvijanovic, and Nebojša Despotovic


From 9 February to 23 March 2019, opening Saturday 9 February at 6.30 p.m.


For its second show in the new rooms in the M9 district in the centre of Mestre, the Galleria Massimodeluca is presenting Senza tema, an exhibition project the protagonists of which are painters under the age of 30 who are for the first time debuting in the world of contemporary art.


The project, curated by Daniele Capra, has collected together some fifteen works on canvas, mostly figurative, by a group of very young artists who paint and who are studying at, or have studied at, the fine arts academy in Venice. They have been invited to take part in the show after having been encouraged by colleagues already active and recognized within the art system. In fact the curator has asked Thomas Braida, Nemanja Cvijanovic, and Nebojša Despotovic each to suggest two young artists who they esteem and in whom they see great potential from an expressive or linguistic point of view.


So Braida has invited Nicola Facchini (Trieste, 1990) and Carolina Pozzi (Seriate, 1994). Cvijanovic e has chosen Jingge Dong (Beijing, China, 1989) and Paolo Pretolani (Assisi, 1991), while Despotovic has invited Francesco Cima (Pietrasanta, 1990) and Margherita Mezzetti (Siena, 1990). As Capra has explained, “This way of working, which is overtly political with respect to the logics of the art world today in which the participation of each person is almost exclusively individual and is undertaken in an individualistic form, sparks off a generational continuum between the artists and reinforces their network of relationships and the sharing of opportunities.”


The show’s Italian title is purposely ambiguous and lends itself to a double interpretation. It refers to the absence of an iconographic, processual, and conceptual leitmotif, which has been given carte blanche (“senza tèma”, without a theme) but, above all, it alludes to fearlessness (“senza téma”, without fear), to the jaunty, courageous, and audacious attitude that young artists have in their wish to go beyond themselves and to challenge the world.