Nico Vascellari’s “Oltre” in the Sala d’Arme

Nico Vascellari’s “Oltre” in the Sala d’Arme

Oltre is the final part in the trilogy of the Italian artist’s semester in Florence.

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Thu 07 Dec 2023 1:36 PM

Starting on December 8 until January 7, Nico Vascellari’s Oltre will be shown in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala d’Arme throughout the holiday season.

Alessio by Nico Vascellari during filming. Ph. Andrea Paoletti

Oltre is the final part in the trilogy of the Italian artist’s semester in Florence, which began with his exhibition at Forte Belvedere in June and continued with a behind-the-scenes performance of Alessio in the Salone dei Cinquecento in October. The last iteration of the art project consists of a video installation of that performance, which was inspired by meeting Alessio, a young person who lives close to the artist’s studio.

Alessio by Nico Vascellari during filming. Ph. Andrea Paoletti

Produced several years after his last performance in a museum space, Alessio represents a turning point in Vascellari’s live work. Instead on focusing on the artist’s own body, a multitude of young dancers form the core of the staging, who move in unison, repeating poses and gestures as if they were within a loop that involves and moves spectators. It reflects on the rules of non-verbal communication and the ability that we each have to recognize the Other. In this case, Alessio.

Alessio by Nico Vascellari during filming. Ph. Andrea Paoletti

The video installation Alessio will be gifted to Florence’s civic collection thanks to the support of the Italian Council, a project by the General Direction of Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Over the next few months it will be presented at the Haus der Kunst (in Munich) and MSU (Zagreb).


The Sala d’Arme will remain open to the public daily from December 8 to January between 2 to 7pm.

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