SANDRO CHIA. L'ESERCITO DELL'IMPERATORE
Sando Chia, one of the most important artists of the Transavanguardia, “created his personal salvation army” in 2010. Coloured terra cotta warriors, archers and horses are the reinterpretation of the impressive army found in China, in Xi’an, which had been created in the 3rd century b.C. for Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum.
Alberto Fiz declares that the polychrome sculptures made by the tuscan artist turn into contemporary icons, ready to venture towards a second life. Chia intervenes without inhibitor brakes; intense colours infiltrate in the folds of matter, and the painting “is not limited to mere decoration, indeed it becomes an accomplice, so much so that it develops a transformation process that undermines the very nature of the object, offering it an aesthetic added value”.
The bilingual volume, in Italian and English, was published in the occasion of the exhibition (B area/Milan, 17th May – 19th July), and it is enriched by a photographic repertoire of Chia’s works, by shots of the original archeological site and by biography and bibliography.