I was inspired by some drawings for a book of mine, Decrescita, Architettura della nuova innocenza (Corraini, Mantova 2006), in which the theme of the relationship between architecture and nature is expressed through visual suggestions taken from the classical world, and a project for a large fountain that was intended to recall the theme of the Mediterranean as a sea of migrations and meetings. I have translated these drawings into small "transparent sculptures" where the geometric layout alludes to the harmony of proportions of the classical world, while the figurative element is invariably an expression of the theme of encounter, of conviviality, of the human-divine relationship that is in all things and which is perhaps the guiding thread of my research. – Riccardo Dalisi
The book, published to coincide with Riccardo Dalisi's exhibition of the same name at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, is edited by Anna Maria Laville and includes texts by Paolo Giulierini, Claudio Gambardella and Angela Tecce. Through images of the works and installations, Vincendo il tempo retraces not only the links between classical and contemporary art, but also the experimental vocation of an author who has deeply marked Neapolitan culture (and not just that) in recent decades: playing on materials and forms, proposing an imaginative vision of reality, Dalisi defines the canons of an aesthetic that manages to find beauty and creative impetus in the dimensions of everyday life.
Born in Potenza in 1931, Riccardo Dalisi has always lived in Naples, where he teaches at the School of Architecture at the Ateneo Federiciano. An internationally renowned artist and designer, his works can be found in numerous private collections and in the most prestigious European and international museums (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Denver Art Museum; Museo d'Arte, Montréal; Museo della Triennale di Milano, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has dedicated a room to Riccardo Dalisi with a permanent exhibition).