Massimo Bartolini

Hagoromo (English Edition)


In Japanese Nō theater, Hagoromo is the title of a pièce featuring the fisherman Hakuryo, a magical mantle of phoenix feathers, and a Tennin, a dancing spirit. A story that gives its name both to what Massimo Bartolini considers his first mature work and to this publication, aimed at retracing in chronological order the stages of his more than 30-year artistic career. 

The book is an all-encompassing monograph on the artist from his beginnings to the present, and is intended as a guide to navigate his multifaceted research, made up of an incredible variety of languages and materials: from performance works to drawings; from large public installations to small works-sketches assembled in the studio; from sound sculptures to photographs and videos. 

The volume, which accompanies the exhibition at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato (curated by Luca Cerizza with Elena Magini), is divided into four parts: the first collects curatorial texts and essays by international authors that explore Massimo Bartolini’s themes and language; the second hosts a rich iconographic section arranged chronologically; the third is an in-depth look at the sound installation In là (2021-2022), created on the occasion of the exhibition specifically for the museum spaces and accompanied by the polyphonic score by musician Gavin Bryars; and the last hosts the most comprehensive bio-bibliographical materials collected so far on the artist.

The volume is edited by Luca Cerizza and Cristiana Perrella, and was produced on the occasion of the exhibition Hagoromo. Massimo Bartolini at the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato (Sept. 16, 2022–May 1, 2023). 

The publication brings together contributions by A.TITOLO / Francesca Comisso and Luisa Perlo, Massimo Bartolini, Fiona Bradley, Gavin Bryars, Luca Cerizza, Laura Cherubini, Carlo Falciani, Chus Martínez, Jeremy Millar, Cristiana Perrella, Marco Scotini, David Toop, and Andrea Viliani. Bio-bibliographical materials were compiled by Gabriella Valente. 

The book was produced thanks to the support of the Italian Council (10th Edition, 2021), a program for the promotion of Italian contemporary art in the world of the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea of the Ministero della Cultura.

  • 21 x 28 cm
  • 472
  • EN
  • 2023
  • 978-88-8056-197-2