During  this summer season you will be able to visit Galleggiamento (Floating) in Bagheria, an individual exhibition by Hidetoshi Nagasawa, led by Bruno Corà at Adalberto Catanzaro Gallery.

Nagasawa was born in 1940 in Manchuria and when he was young he moved near Tokyo, city where he studied Architecture and Interior Design.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa – courtesy of the gallery

His artistic growth reflects year after year the evolving of his artistic works. In the‘60s he becameomes close to Conceptualism creating verbal games carved on metallic sheets. From the‘70s onward, he devoted himself to sculpture making use of gold, marble and bronze mainly merging traditional exotic themes with western culture. In the‘80s, he started creating spaces going beyond sculptore towards architecture.

This overview is useful to understand the artist and the work he decided to present in Sicily. More specifically, in Bagheria Nagasawa presents some works in copper and three original big marble sculptures made in antique Libeccio, Perlato di Sicilia and Nerello di Custonaci (three types of Sicilian marble). Nagasawa’s sculptures are made of one of the heaviest materials and conveys a great sense of lightness.

Playing wisely with empty and full parts, harmony and proportion, light and shadow, he gives us three master pieces symbolizing fusion between the two worlds he illustrates: West and East become one real and tangible reality. Nagasawa’s goal seems to have been reached. A life devoted to experimentations has led him to creating a space far from the worlds he is attracted to. A personal space where weight is cancelled by shake and everything is in a mild harmony.


Article by Virginia Glorioso

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati