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Duilio Forte

Italy Born in: 1967

Duilio Forte is a half-Italian half-Swedish artist and architect. He was born in Milan in 1967.

His works explore natural and man-made spaces. Poetic spaces. By transposing and actualizing the power of myth he constructs timeless events from a new era: the ArkiZoic.

In 2008 he began an artistic enquiry into the multi-faceted identity of the mythical horse Sleipnir. In Nordic sagas, Sleipnir is Odin's fabulous steed. In Duilio Forte's work, it is a medium through which to rethink the human-nature relation. His Sleipnirs' are sacred spaces. Within, the nature of time itself may be felt in its most authentic form. This research led to the construction of temporary and permanent installations, in cities and forests, in fields and rivers. A herd of Sleipnirs has marched upon such different places as the Venetian Lagoon, the Milan Triennale, Palazzo Carignano in Turin and the Vittoriale along Lake Garda.

Besides the work devoted to Sleipnir, other imaginary animals, breeds crossing myth and hi-tech, are finding a home in the centre of Milan, at the Montanelli gardens. Here Duilio Forte is working in syncretism with the spirit of the place by rebuilding what used to be the old city zoo, but with mythical, fantastic, extinct or “merely" dreamt-up beings, fitted with enough technology inside to enable them to interact with visitors.

The past and the future intermingle in the ArkiZoic era. In a sense, archeology and science-fiction deal with the same subject-matter, the dreamtime-of-time. Integrating this work in daily experience, Duilio Forte builds edifices to safeguard ancient domestic rites: saunas and living spaces. Meanwhile, new traditions are established at the atelierFORTE, founded on March 13, 1998, and at the summer school in Sweden. Here, architecture returns to the workshop, to the patient practice of apprenticeship, its shadowing silences and knowledgeable gestures, back to the working table, to wood and iron. The workday is based upon the ArkiZoic manifesto, which was presented on February 22, 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin's birth. It contains seven rules which touch upon the artistic process as well as upon daily practice. Overall, they reaffirm the subversive value of a resourceful, enterprising attitude to life, as an antidote to all that is dull or banal, a key to the unexpected, the experimental and, ultimately, to evolution.

Twice a guest of the Venice Architecture Biennale, invited to the XXI International Triennale in Milano and ICIF Prize nominee, Duilio Forte currently collaborates with NABA Milano and other Italian and foreign institutions.

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Duilio Forte, Finis Extra48761, Painting

Duilio Forte

Finis Extra48761, 2020
26.5 x 26 x 2 cm
Painting

€ 380

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 1, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 1, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

Duilio Forte, Finis Extra 78737, Painting

Duilio Forte

Finis Extra 78737, 2020
33 x 41 x 4 cm
Painting

€ 480

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 40, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 40, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 10, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 10, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 5, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 5, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

Duilio Forte, Ligatus I 33589, Painting

Duilio Forte

Ligatus I 33589, 2020
65 x 64.5 x 5.5 cm
Painting

€ 320

Duilio Forte, Julbock 1618, Painting

Duilio Forte

Julbock 1618, 2019
30 x 25 x 2 cm
Painting

€ 220

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 80, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 80, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

Duilio Forte, ArkiZoic Ark 3, Print

Duilio Forte

ArkiZoic Ark 3, 2019
8 x 14 x 0.1 cm
Print

€ 50

During La Belle Epoque

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During La Belle Epoque
From July 5, 2018 To July 12, 2018

Metaphrasis - Art as a translation of a vision

MoBe Art Gallery Art Collector

Metaphrasis - Art as a translation of a vision
From March 20, 2018 To March 26, 2018

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