Felice Varini

The work of Felice Varini is part of a systematic logic that follows a single guiding principle: Varini appropriates a space by installing her painting, which merges with the forms on-site, and only finds coherence from a very specific point of view that is determined by the artist. From this point, the shapes that cover the walls – seemingly in a random manner – interconnect to form, for instance, a perfect circle. But as the artist says, “it is not through this primary point of view that I consider the work to be complete; the work is comprised of all of the points of view that the spectator may apply to it.”

Born in 1952 in Locarno, Varini has practised her painting in widely diverse locations since the 1980s, ranging from hangars and warehouses to prestigious historic monuments. Thus her work 7 droites pour 5 triangles was visible on the façade of the Théâtre de l’Odéon, in Paris, during the Nuit Blanche in 2003, and Huit Carrés in the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles, during the exhibition “Versailles off”, in 2006. It has also been presented in office spaces such as the headquarters of the Société Générale in La Défense, Paris. In 2007, the Port of Saint-Nazaire requested her intervention during the biennial “Estuaire”, for which Varini created Suite de Triangles. Her work can be found across the globe, from Nagoya University in Japan, to the Singapore Biennale in 2008, on the Cardiff Bay barrage in 2007, where she produced 3 Ellipses for 3 Locks, and, in 2006, at the Whanki Museum in Seoul, with Ellipse jaune évidée par 7 disques.

The Musée Antoine Bourdelle, the Osaka Art Kaleidoscope and the Maison Rouge each devoted an exhibition to her in 2006 and 2007.



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