Giulia Poppi, artist. Born in Modena, based in Frankfurt am Main and Bologna.
My sculptures are devices made with coloured lights, fake transparencies, anatomical archetypes or, sometimes, tiny mechanisms hidden in an interstice. They dream of sounding like an onomatopoeia, attracting like a vintage erotic magazine, dancing like a sea animal, and settling like a paradise in a food can.
They could be a rigid membrane or a softshell.
Sometimes I think of my sculpture as a movie or a picture. But I need physical experience. The matter is genuine and ambiguous. It can rapidly change.
I showed my work in independent art spaces, galleries and institutions, among others: Spazio Volta (Bergamo, 2021), Straperetana (Pereto, 2021), la Quadriennale (Roma, 2020), P420 (Bologna, 2016, 2018), CarDrde (Bologna, 2019), Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio (Bologna, 2019), Mambo (Bologna, 2017), Localedue (Bologna/Torino, 2017), Campo Base (Torino, 2019), Biennale Giovani (Monza, 2017). I produced works in collaboration with industrial brands like Illy and Plastopiave. Between 2016 and 2018 together with two other artists, I founded and curated the artist-run space Malgrado garagino. My works entered public and private collections.
2021 Sffsssshh, curated by Edoardo Decobelli, Spazio Volta, Bergamo
2018 SbrankSbunkdum, curated by Mattia Pajè, Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio, Bologna
2017 Medusa Medusa Medusa, curated by Localedue, Bologna a Nexst, Turin
2014 Collyer, Fondazione Zucchelli, curated by Bruno Bandini, Bologna
Group exhibitions (selection)
2021 The New Abnormal, Straperetana 2021. Curated by Saverio Verini, organized by Galleria Monitor, Pereto (AQ)
2020 Domani Qui Oggi, curated by Ilaria Gianni, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
L’aureola nelle cose: sentire l’habitat, Premio Michetti. Curated by Guido Molinari, National Gallery, Bologna
L’aureola nelle cose: sentire l’habitat, Premio Michetti. Curated by Guido Molinari, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare (PE)
La Meraviglia, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence
2019 There’s a Monster Coming!, Curated by Campobase, Campobase, Turin
Room 114 XY, curated by Massimo Bartolini, Car Drde, Bologna
Carbonio e Silicio, curated by Cuoghi Corsello, Istituto Crescenzi-Pacinotti, Bologna
2018 Percorsi Divaganti, curated by Davide Ferri and Francesca Bertazzoni, P420, Bologna
2017 The Tourist, curated by Mattia Pajè, Montevideo, Uruguay
Scenic City, curated by Paolo Chiasera and Carmen Lorenzetti, National Gallery, Bologna
Biennale Giovani di Monza, curated by Daniele Astrologo, Ducal Palace, Monza
Esercizi di stile, curated by Francesca Manni, MAMBO, Bologna
2016 La Grandezza delle Mani, curated by Lelio Aiello, P420, Bologna
Making of an artist, curated by Pierluigi Tazzi, Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago (FI)
Senza titolo, curated by Anteo Radovan, Spazio Radicchio, Bologna
Spusul Merd, curated by Cuoghi Corsello, Labas, Bologna
Percorsi, curated by Giuseppe Lufrano e Davide Rivalta, Conservatorio G.B. Martini, Bologna
2015 HxBxP, curated by Davide Rivalta, Ex Unicredit, L’Aquila
A Lasso, A Loop, curated by Tyler Coburn, Jahresausstellung, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich
2021 Scholarship, Premio AccadeMibact, Rome (winner)
2020 Emilia-Romagna collection purchase award (winner)
JaguArt Stop 9 Bologna, The Italian Talent Road Show, curated by Artissima (selected)
Premio AccadeMibact, best artists from italian art academies (selected for the exhibition)
2019 Premio Art UP, critics and collectors prize, Bologna
2018 Art Collection, illycaffè, design jar (winner)
2014 Scholarship, Zucchelli Foundation, Bologna (winner)
Recidency and workshop
2021 Ultravioletto.art residency in collaboration with Plastopiave srl company, Conegliano Veneto (TV)
2019/ La Meraviglia. Curated by Sergio Risaliti. Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence
2017 Scenic City, curated by Paolo Chiasera, Pinacoteca Nazionale Bologna
Tirarsi fuori, curated by Franco Vaccari, Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna
2016 Making of an artist. curated by Pierluigi Tazzi. Fondazione Lanfranco Baldi, Pelago (FI)
2015 A lasso, a loop. Curated by Tyler Coburn. Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich
Art fairs and festivals
2019 Artefiera, Bologna (with Fondazione Zucchelli, Bologna)
2017 Nesxt Turin (with Localedue, Bologna)
2021 222 artisti emergenti su cui investire (222 emerging artists worth investing in), curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, Exibart, Rome.
2020 Domani Qui Oggi. Curated by Ilaria Gianni, Viaindustriae Publishing, Foligno.
La Meraviglia. Curated by Sergio Risaliti, La Progressiva, Florence.
71° Premio Michetti: L’aureola nelle cose: sentire l’habitat. Curated by Guido Molinari, Corraini Edizioni, Mantua.
2016 Making of an artist. Curated by di Jaya Cozzani e Pierluigi Tazzi. Baldecchi&Vivaldi Editor, Pontedera.
2022 Talent Zoom, interview by Paola Tognon, Exibart/115.
2021 Studio Visit, interview by Saverio Verini, Artribune/n.63/nov-dic21/annoXI
Artists, interview by Adriana Talia Insideart/anno17/#121
2020 There Is A Fog That Bicycles Lean On, Interview by Ginevra Ludovici, Made in Mind Magazine.
2021 Giulia Poppi At Spazio Volta, Les Nouveaux Riches
Studio Visit, interview by Saverio Verini, Artribune
Polka Puttana. Travelling show
2020 There Is a Fog That Bicycles Lean On. Interview made by Ginevra Ludovici, Made in Mind Magazine.
Giulia Poppi, “Passagatto”. Audio description, YouTube Chanel Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea.
Fanta Vergini Senza Paura di Giulia Poppi | Sergio Risaliti. Artwork’s audio comment by Sergio Risaliti.
2019 CampoBase. Un confronto tra curatori e artisti, a Torino. Interview made by Giuseppe Arnesano, Artribune.
Giulia Poppi, Irene Adorni e Flavia Tritto. There’s a monster coming!. Exhibition’s review. Juliet Art Magazine.
2018 MALGRADO \\ Intervista a Giulia Poppi. Interview made by Elena Solito. Formeuniche.
Regione Emilia Romagna, Bologna
Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence
Fondazione Zucchelli, Bologna