6 Dec 2022

«This work is called “Achilles and the tortoise” and I am Achilles» artist’s book by Raffaele Luongo

With the partecipation of Galleria Il Ponte

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6December 2022



Museo Novecento

Free admission subject to availability


Raffaele Luongo


Sergio Risaliti

Artistic Director Museo Novecento

Pietro Gaglianò

Art critic, educator and independent curator

Desdemona Ventroni

Art historian, teacher and expert researcher of contemporary art archives and repertoires

Three text-scores that describe, in the form of a diary, the construction of two handcrafted audiocassettes on trestles: This work is entitled “Achilles and the tortoise” and I am Achilles is the title of the book by the artist Raffaele Luongo (Caracas, 1966 ) which will be previewed at the Museo Novecento on Tuesday 6 December, at 6:00 pm, in the Sala Cinema.


The meeting, in the presence of the artist, will be introduced by Sergio Risaliti, director of the Museo Novecento, with speeches by Pietro Gaglianò, art critic, educator and independent curator and Desdemona Ventroni, art historian, teacher and expert researcher contemporary art archives and repertoires.

The story starts from the construction of two sculptures and the preparation of the installation in the gallery, which become three piano scores. The music is the final part of a process built to transfigure the two sculptures as the product of actions, in a music that is the representation of the same actions perceived from a different plane, an incommensurable plane, like a cube is compared to a square and therefore like a musical phrase it is compared to a handcrafted audio box. “Scores transform actions into musical notes: the shift expands my point of view. I think of myself as an agent who occupies and observes from a different plane, exactly as I do when I move aside to see Holbein’s skull of ambassadors.” “It’s been ten years since I built the first case. Ten years in which the hesitant idea of ​​a single work developed, revealing itself in a form that now seems to me to have always been this. I go back trying to capture all the moments of these past years: I am everywhere and present in all this portion of time. I observe and listen to the work. I observe Andrea next to the walnut case. I observe myself…”.

Raffaele Luongo, This work is called “Achilles and the tortoise” and I am Achilles

Limited edition of thirty copies, numbered from 1/25 to 25/25 and from I/V to V/V, created by the Il Ponte gallery, containing three scores by Raffaele Luongo and one of his original works on Hahnemühle paper, signed by the artist.

The scores were printed on Fedrigoni 170 g/m2 Freelife Vellum paper and bound in cardboard by Bandecchi & Vivaldi, Pontedera, Pisa.
The canvas briefcase was handcrafted by Armando D’Amico, Naples.

Finished printing in Florence in January of the year 2022.

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Raffaele Luongo

Born in 1966 in Caracas, Venezuela. He lives and works between Naples and Florence. He trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. Among the personal exhibitions we note Andrea moves the dark box and I move the light one until obtaining an alignment of the sound, Il Ponte gallery, Florence, 2022; I still linger, reason why, Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Naples, 2011; Baruffa in Galleria, Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Naples, 2006. Group exhibitions include To form a collection, The Show Must Go ON, Museo Madre, Naples, 2017; 30th Anniversary, Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Naples, 2016; Thought and Matter, curated by Alessandro Demma and Massimo Scaringella, Capri, Certosa di San Giacomo, 2016; Mother Courage: Art, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Villa Rufolo, Ravello, 2009; Farnesina Experimenta Collection, curated by M. Calvesi, L. Canova, M. Meneguzzo, M. Vescovo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, 2008; Subtle Energies of Matter, curated by M. Vescovo, Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China National Academy of Painting, Beijing and He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2008; ABRACADABRA, Vitrina de las Galerìas Italiana presentes en ARCO 2008, Italian Cultural Institute, Madrid, 2008; Inhabitants Environments, curated by Silvia Lucchesi, Il Ponte gallery, Florence, 2007.

Pietro Gaglianò

art critic, educator and independent curator, he deals with projects declined between art and the public sphere. Central to his books and exhibitions is the experimentation of hybrid formats between art and social sciences. On the subject he has published, in addition to numerous essays, The syntax of freedom. Art, pedagogy, anarchy (Gli Ori, 2020) and Memento. The obsession with the Visible (Postmedia Books, 2016).

Desdemona Ventroni

she is an art historian and PhD, she is a teacher and expert researcher of contemporary art archives and repertoires connected to the activity of artists and exhibition spaces, scientific referent for the Galleria Schema archive. She has carried out research activities at the chair of Contemporary Art History at the University of Florence and has been a long-time collaborator of the Education Department of the Pecci Center, as well as researcher and editorial manager of the Specchio dell’arte Film Festival in Florence. Author of articles and essays on Italian and international art between the second half of the twentieth century and the early 2000s, she has curated numerous exhibitions and reviews including Boom 60! It was modern art (Museo del Novecento in Milan, 18 October 2016 – 12 March 2017) and Schema 50. A gallery among the neo-avant-garde 1972-1994 (Centro Pecci/Prato, 10 June 2022 – 26 February 2023).


Jacopo Manara


Costanza Savelloni


Giulia Spissu