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Helidon Xhixha

The great exhibition dedicated to Helidon Xhixha

Fiorentina Summer offers an important monographic exhibition dedicated to the contemporary artist Helidon Xhixha. Set up in the splendid scenery of the Boboli Garden, from June 27 to October 29, the exhibition, in the In Ordine Sparso title, will try to explore the concepts of chaos and order through a series of imposing sculptures and installations.

The artist is famous for its use of reflective stainless steel, transforming it into a series of abstract objects that reveal their imposing majesty and beauty. With the success of recent years, first at the Venice Biennale 2015 (unforgettable "Iceberg", a four-meter stainless steel sculpture floating on the waters of the Grand Canal) and following the London Design Biennale 2016, the artist secured a position among the tops of the art world, making its sculptures immediately recognizable by the public.

For the exhibition in the Boboli Garden, the artist has sought to deepen complex issues related to Chaos and Order, inspired by sacred nature and geometry. Exposure will be divided into two sections where the difference between Chaos and Order will appear immediately clear.
In the Limonaia of the Garden of Boboli, the artist will look to nature in order to discover the chaos. His primary source of inspiration is that of the Naica Crystal Caves in Mexico: Xhixha formulates a complex response to seemingly random compositions, where at the same time we find works of art marked by his characteristic imprint, the same which made him recognizable in Worldwide. Limonaia will become an artistic response to the caves themselves; large column structures immediately attributable to the artist, will form a contraversial plot where the visitor will be able to enchant, losing himself during the exploration. Installation will bring a visual and enthusiastic response to the idea of ​​chaos in itself; no scheme below, no regularity will be identifiable in the entire corpus of the work. Beauty, once again, will be found in intangible and casualty.

The artist's response to the concept of Order will be inspired by the basic theories of sacred geometry. Great structures have been created in response to the golden section, including similar mathematical principles, whose roots lie in nature. Perhaps the most astonishing works to be exhibited will be the monumental ones: Knowledge and Infinity. The works will reveal intricate levels of geometry and motives; causing the spectator's eyes to exaggerate wonder.

The artist
Defined as "one of the most interesting sculptors of the contemporary scene" by renowned art critic Luca Beatrice, in recent years Helidon Xhixha has become one of the most important figures in the art world. Born in Albania, Xhixha currently lives and works between Milan and Dubai. His sculptures and installations in stainless steel must be known for his works, which have been very successful both at critics and professionals in the industry and in the general public. He has commissioned, in several countries around the world, public and large installations. For most of his career he has chosen to concentrate mainly on the use of high quality polished stainless steel. He feels the relationship of this material with the light and the phenomenon of reflection, a factor that has become as important as the material itself. "I do not scrimp the materials; use materials to sculpt light. " One of the most famous monumental works of Xhixha is undoubtedly Iceberg, a four-meter stainless steel sculpture that was created for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 floating on the waters of the Grand Canal to remind us of the risks that can be encountered on the planet if there is no remedy to the problem of climate change.