Massimo Bartolini: Hagoromo

Centro Pecci, Italy

16 September 2022–8 January 2023

We are delighted to announce Massimo Bartolini’s exhibition Hagoromo, at Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci. 


The exhibition, realised in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo showcases a new installation – the largest the artist has ever created – specifically designed for the Centro Pecci's museum spaces, guiding onlookers around the works created at different moments in his career. Avoiding the familiar retrospective layout based around a chronological or thematic display of works, the show encompasses an unexpected sequence of surprising and revealing encounters.

Hagoromo is the title of a well-known Japanese Noh theatre play, which tells the story of a fisherman who one day finds the hagoromo, the feathered cloak of the Tennin, a female celestial spirit of supernatural beauty that is part of Japanese mythology. When the spirit asks for her cloak back without which she cannot return to heaven, the fisherman replies that he will only give her back her cloak  after seeing her dance.

 (1989) is also the title of what Bartolini considers to be his first mature work: inside his old studio on a well-illuminated stage, a musician improvises saxophone music. A female dancer reacts to the music, moving inside a parallelepiped on wheels that looks like a tiny home.


The exhibition is accompanied by Hagoromo: Massimo Bartolini 1989–2022, the most complete publication ever dedicated to this Tuscan artist. Edited by Luca Cerizza and Cristiana Perrella and published by NERO, the book is a project supported  by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), program to promote Italian contemporary art on the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

For more information, read the full press release on the Centro Pecci Website.

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Photos: Ela Bialkowska OKNO Studio
16 Sep 2022