La Piazza


Solo show


29.May.24 - 27.Jul.24


Via dei prefetti, 17
00186 Roma


Magazzino is pleased to announce the opening of La Piazza (The Square), second solo exhibition by Francesca Leone in the gallery after Si può illuminare un cielo melmoso e nero? (Can one illuminate a dark and mirky sky?) in 2020.
The show will open Wednesday May 29 and will be on view until July 27, 2024.

The title refers to a central place for towns’ and cities urbanistic. From the times of the Greek agorà, social and political life of communities revolve around squares. A place created by men for men, whose centripetal force reflects itself in the furnishings that often decorate them. Equestrian monuments, fountains and obelisks that celebrate deeds and undertakings of a humanity that has guaranteed itself wellbeing and freedom through control and oppression.

In this exhibition Francesca Leone offers a reinterpretation of an archetypical place, with a project conceived for the gallery spaces, in which emerges a reflection about man and its conflictual relationship with nature.

A circular location hosts a structure with an ambivalent soul between an obelisk and a massive vegetal element, which seems to expand and take control of its surroundings. The chosen materials contribute to feed the misunderstanding: often used in Leone’s work, recycled materials create an oxymoronic relation with the strange vegetal universe that they represent; an universe in which new flowers can blossom from scrap, rusty tubes and taps. A landscape made of steel and dark shades in which Nature tries to get its centrality back.

Exhibition views