Fabrizio Plessi

The Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi (Reggio Emilia, Italy, 1940), considered one of the pioneers of video art in Italy, combines his fascination with materiality, which comes from the tradition of Povera art, with an interest in video, experimental media and the facilities of specific location. He has been the first to use a television screen as the basis for transmitting an uncontrollable digital flow of water and fire. Sound performances, ephemeral architectural structures, television sets and theater are the backdrop, in which Plessi embeds his video sculptures and where the use of technology appears as a natural element.


He trained at the Artistic Lyceum and at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice and later he will be the professor of painting. Since 1968, water has become the central theme of his study, appearing again and again in his installations, films, videos and performances. Plessi's work is developed in two fundamental lines, both conceptualization of aquatic images and different direct actions with water as protagonist.


His art drinks much of nature, juxtaposing water and fire as elements of the world of construction, leads us to reflect on the origin of everything, makes us create our own ideas around history, memory, time and the landscapes, whether natural or built. In this way, his work reflects the ambiguity of the visual image, the deceptive perception of reality by the senses and the relationship of man with his environment.


The artist has regularly participated in international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial (since 1970) and Documenta in Kassel. In 1989, under the title "One man show" he has made a project especially for the stand of the Miguel Marcos Gallery at the Art Cologne'23 fair. Later he participated in the ARCO Madrid editions, represented by our gallery and had several solo exhibitions at the gallery's headquarters in Madrid and Barcelona. In 2000 he created the Italian pavilion for the Hanover Expo, with a monumental installation of 44 meters in height. His individual exhibitions have taken place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao; the Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Valencian Institute of Modern Art; and the Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona. In 2011, his great project "Vertical Seas" was presented at the newly opened Venice Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2013, near the Alpine Brenner pass, the Plessi Museum was inaugurated, conceived as an integral piece of architecture, sculpture and design, integrated harmoniously into the natural environment.