Art About Beauty and Infirmity
Collezione De Iorio – Trento, Italy
As a radiologist, Mauro De Iorio has a unique view and understanding of the human body. In his profession, beauty and infirmity are closely interconnected. No wonder that both aspects are centrally featured in his collection. De Iorio acquired his first work of art-Giulio Paolini's Orfeo from 1976-in 2002. Numerous other pieces followed. In scouting for new works, he doesn't pay much heed to the art market or critical reviews. For him, collecting ultimately comes down to whether a work is capable of moving him emotionally or whether it has a symbolic dimension. Examples here include Ettore Spalletti's monochromatic light-blue canvases, with colors you can lose yourself in, or Andra Ursuta's Broken Obelisk, a deeply melancholic object that sits in a blue chair. The works can be seen in three different locations in Trento: in an apartment in a centrally located historic building, a modestly maintained showroom, and at De Iorio's medical center.
Frankfurt am Main-based writer Sandra Danicke is a correspondent for the art magazine Art, where she reports on contemporary artists and all art historical time periods. In addition, she holds a PhD in art history and works as an editor for the Frankfurter Rundschau and as a freelance journalist for Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
All images courtesy Collezione De Iorio, Trento
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