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Wheels of Fire by Massimo Antonaci at Rossi & Rossi
25 November, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 27 January, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Rossi & Rossi, in partnership with Giovanni Martino, is showing Wheels of Fire, an exhibition by the Italian-born, New York-based artist Massimo Antonaci. Recognised for his daring use of material, Antonaci’s works in tar and glass — mediums he ceased using in 2000 – have received international acclaim. His work on papyrus begins where those on glass finished, transmuting a force, characterised by the artist as ‘man’s own shadow’, which materialises as a circle rendered on handmade papyrus sheets. The artist’s sole motif throughout — a circle, or wheel — is replete with symbolism and mystery. Like fire, the colours of Antonaci’s wheels are, at times, black, white or gray, and, at others, resemble flames evaporating into ether.
Wheels of Fire is exhibited alongside a selection of rare and complete medieval Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts from the McCarthy collection. Comprised of eleven canonical manuscripts dating from the 13th to 16th century, the elaborate script and calligraphy of the folios venerate Prajñāpāramitā (the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Prajñāpāramitā refers to a perfected way of seeing the nature of reality, as well as to a particular body of sutras, and to the personification of the concept in the Bodhisattva known as the ‘Great Mother’.
The exhibition will run until 27 January. A reception for Antonaci will take place on Saturday, 25 November, from 3pm–6pm at Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong.