23 Nov 2021

The Fragility of the Contemporary and the Permanence of the Temporary: November 23

Two meetings with the restorer Livio Nappo to discover the Jenny Saville exhibition

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Museo Novecento


Livio Nappo

Art Restorer

Marco Ciatti

Art historian and Superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure

Free entry

A cycle of two meetings conceived by the restorer Livio Nappo who on 10 and 23 November will guide the public to discover the exhibition by Jenny Saville from an unprecedented point of view.

“The idea of ​​these events starts from the certainty that talking about conservation problems of contemporary works of art to a heterogeneous public represents a limit” comments Livio Nappo. “The challenge of these meetings is to create precisely this basic competence, bringing the public back to contact with the artist’s material, in order to fill that sensory gap that belongs to the average visitor. In fact, we are often used to approaching a work only through the gaze, living an incomplete experience, because it lacks the tactile, olfactory, auditory data on the subject being observed”.

Restorer of Cultural Heritage at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Livio Nappo has achieved a specialization in paper and parchment materials, dealing directly with the graphic works present in the Jenny Saville exhibition. The meetings will have a tactile-practical component around which the restorer will build the narration of the path to discover the works of the British artist: through a series of artist’s paper samples marked with charcoal and sanguine, the public will have the opportunity to have a concrete comparison with the work of the restorer and the works of Jenny Saville. The details of the events are as follows:

Tuesday 23 November, The fragility of the contemporary and the permanence of the temporary, ancient and modern techniques in the art of drawing

Jenny Saville’s work has its roots in traditional artistic techniques. His sincere rapture for the work of the great Michelangelo offers the possibility of returning to the classic graphic gesture and declining it countless times to the modern. The skillfull use of graphite, pencil and pastel, mixed with the products of industrial modernity, opens up endless doors to the contemporaneity of the means of expression and allows the observer to establish an ancestral contact with the work of art. But what future lies with the tools used by Jenny Saville?

Livio Nappo

Livio Nappo, born in 1981, passionate about paper and parchment materials, as well as printing and binding techniques, obtained the title of Restorer of Cultural Heritage at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence.
For years he has collaborated and worked for private collectors, important national and international museums, foundations, private and public entities, for which he carries out restoration interventions on assets of undisputed value. In 2008 he developed a new conservation and display system for paintings on parchment which he summarizes in a monographic publication published by Campanotto Editore, while since 2018 he has collaborated as the only papyrus restorer on the “Crossing Boundaries” project at the Egyptian Museum in Turin.
He regularly intervenes at the Ferrara and Florence Restoration Fairs and writes for specialist magazines such as Kermes and OPD Restauro. In collaboration with sector technicians, he investigates aspects related to great modern and contemporary works as well as the creation, production and conservation of materials such as magazines, magazines, comics, playing and collectible cards, philatelic material, shares, bonds and public debt, postcards, photographic prints on paper.

Event Area

Jacopo Manara

Ph Credits

Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio