18 May - 21 July 2023
curated by Marcello Smarrelli

On Wednesday 17 May 2023, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere will be presenting NO DIAMONDS IN THE SKYDavide Mancini Zanchi’s first solo exhibition in Rome curated by Marcello Smarrelli, with a text by Saverio Verini.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 18 May to Friday 21 July 2023.

Davide Mancini Zanchi uses painting, sculpture, installations, and performance art in a conceptual, ironic fashion. His poetics are characterised by the production of objects and scenarios where traditional artistic media exchange roles and functions mixed with elements taken from everyday life. The performative experience, the irreverent, carefully devised approach, the use of heterogeneous materials, and the plurality of cultural references set in motion a process of decontextualisation of reality that produces disorienting, impactful scenarios.

For Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, the artist will be presenting NO DIAMONDS IN THE SKY, the title of which is inspired by the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – a site-specific installation conceived for the SILOS space and inspired by his most iconic cycle, that of the Skies. Mancini Zanchi has created many skies dotted with bright white stars, a direct reference to the frescoed vaults of churches and sacred buildings erected throughout Italy, particularly in the Middle Ages.

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No Diamonds In The Sky, Installation view at Silos, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, 2023. Courtesy Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, credits Carlo Romano.