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Languages and Horizons

Maurizio Nannucci
2005

Maurizio Nannucci is an internationally renowned Neon artist. This commission directly connects two of Bury Art Museum’s main interests; in international working partnerships and in text, or language, art.

This artwork is a circle of neon light text installed in the 1901 rotunda of the main entrance space of Bury Art Museum in a way that makes it impossible to read as a coherent ‘sentence’ without the effort of a circular walk or spinning on the spot below it. And where is the start?

Intensely horizontal, the piece appears to be a spinning plane between the ground and first floors, its midnight blue light penetrates and merges the upper and lower spaces.

Nannucci says of his art; “It (colour) becomes an integral element in the writing, which is not only a collection of words but the material through which I express myself…Colour remains a primary fact. It is, after all, the first thing the viewer notices.”

Maurizio Nannucci studied at Florence’s Fine Art Academy and in Berlin before working for many years with experimental theatre groups as a set designer. During the first half of the 1960s, he consolidated the basic elements of what would become his visual language by exploring the rapport between art, language, and image, and by creating the first Dattilogrammi, in which words reclaim their strength as symbols.