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Bertozzi & Casoni

  • Giampaolo Bertozzi & Stefano Casoni Srl
  • Ceramicist
  • Imola, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Bertozzi & Casoni Ceramicist
Contact
Italian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 0542640136
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When art mimics modern life

  • • They met in the famous ceramics town of Faenza
  • • Their partnership has endured for 40 years
  • • Their eclectic inspiration ranges from classical forms to Youtube

When two masters join forces, the result can be so powerful that the partnership becomes legendary. This is the case with Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Casoni, whose paths crossed in the Istituto d’Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza – a centre of excellence that unfortunately has since closed – and who met again at the end of their studies. “I am three years older than Stefano,” says Giampaolo. “As soon as I obtained my diploma I opened my own workshop. Stefano asked if he could assist me in his free time from school, in order to practise and earn some money. When he graduated, it seemed only natural to continue our collaboration. So in 1980 we set up Bertozzi & Casoni.”

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Works

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Scegli il Paradiso

This ornamental piece depicts the Madonna cutting flowers with a lawnmower, while the baby Jesus plays at her side with a frog. The mower bears the inscription “Scegli il Paradiso” and the garden represents a portion of paradise. The cut flowers flourish again in the Madonna’s mantle in a continuous cycle of death and rebirth.

Height 196 cm
Length 190 cm
Width 85 cm

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Estate

This three-dimensional polychrome ceramic sculpture revisits a famous style of portrait painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (d. 1593), in which the heads are made up entirely of objects such as fruits and vegetables.

Height 74 cm
Length 65 cm
Width 40 cm

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Vassoio delle vite estreme

This polychrome ceramic piece depicts a pile of broken eggshells and old magazine cuttings scattered over a turquoise tray. Eggs, ancient symbols of life and fertility, are shown here shattered and discarded. Bertozzi & Casoni’s works often recreate scenes depicting the aftermath of human consumption and the fragility and transience of human life, paradoxically given permanence through the medium of ceramic.

Height 17 cm
Length 64 cm
Width 34 cm

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Brillo box con pappagalli (Brillo boxes with parrots)

Polychrome ceramic parrots have made their home in this tower of Brillo boxes, also made entirely out of ceramic. The idea for the work was inspired by Andy Warhol’s replicas of Brillo boxes, which he displayed stacked in galleries as if they were in a supermarket aisle.

Height 240 cm
Length 190 cm
Width 220 cm

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Nulla è come appare (Nothing is as it seems)

An elegant polychrome ceramic parrot contemplates the waste left behind in a disused first-aid kit. A recurring theme in many of Bertozzi & Casoni’s works is modern consumption and its resulting detritus.

Height 58 cm
Length 43 cm
Width 18 cm

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