Vivianne Duchini in Venice: A journey through lost wax

A conversation with artist Vivianne Duchini on her piece 'Tocante' which was made using the traditional lost-wax casting technique

Vivianne Duchini, an Argentinean sculptor known internationally for her impressive and evocative bronze sculptures, will present 'Tocante', her new monumental work for the exhibition 'Personal Structures'.

Duchini has chosen for this exhibition a work she created during the isolation imposed by the pandemic. The lack of contact with loved ones inspired the artist to call the work Tocante.

The sculpture is inspired by the bronze horses in St Mark's Basilica in Venice. "I represented the horses as if they were reminiscent of ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman sculptures found under the sea, almost always with parts missing but with their beauty intact. That period when the works were underwater marked a parallel with their isolation and their subsequent discovery, their reunion with the world. A celebration of touch as a fundamental sense of the artist in creating and relating to the world".

Tocante, which depicts two life-size horse busts embracing each other, was made using the traditional lost-wax casting technique, which takes at least six months and involves close collaboration between Vivianne Duchini and the Florentine craftsmen of the historic Fonderia Art'ù. The work will be on display at the Giardini della Marinaressa from 23 April to 27 November 2022. At the same time, "Roma", a smaller bronze sculpture, will also be on display in the rooms of Palazzo Bembo. A video will tell the story of how the work was created.

Vivianne Duchini in Venice: A journey through lost wax

A conversation with artist Vivianne Duchini on her piece 'Tocante' which was made using the traditional lost-wax casting technique

29.04.2022
17.00 — 18.30

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