In the frame of the Milano Fashion Week, T14 is happy to present a site specific installation by artist Umberto Chiodi hosted by Valli boutique. The Valli shops since 1907 have specialized in the trade of textiles and fabrics for high fashion clothing. Starting from a fabric, chosen among the wide Valli’s collection, Umberto in collaboration with the window dresser Massimo Petruzziello, realizes a site-specific installation in which all the elements are intentionally ambiguous, positioning them at the border between the work and the object from exposure-sample. A luminous assemblage is presented inside the shop window, developed starting from Chiodi’s recent "Vacuum Generators" artworks cycle. It is a sculptural object that becomes, paradoxically functional. The same hanging artwork, has an ambiguous character, appearing almost like an object taken from a textile sample book. Chiodi picks up the texture of the fabric, creating a surreal, playful and at the same time disorienting stage scene in this mimesis among different elements. In this installation Massimo has renounced to a game of volumes, going to smooth the fabric, with the intent of creating an ideal backdrop for Umberto’s work. The shop window itself becomes a work of art, visible to all passers-by, even the most distracted.

Umberto Chiodi (Bentivoglio 1981) lives and works in Milan. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. His work was presented by the historic Cannaviello Art Gallery (Milan), the Michael Schultz Gallery, (Berlin), the Sophia National Gallery of Fine Arts. He has participated in numerous exhibitions collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad, in institutions such as: Palazzo Reale in Milan, Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone, Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of San Marino, State Institute of Culture in Sofia, Esentai Gallery in Almaty, Aeroplastic Contemporary in Brussels. He is among the shortlisted of the Cairo Award in 2011 and one of the winners of Michetti Prize in 2012. His works are found in private and public collections in Italy and abroad. He has collaborated with fashion brands Saverio Palatella and Mila Schon. With the designer Daizy Shely he realized the fabric prints for the s/s 2018, f/w 2018 and the current s/s 2019 collections. He also teach Visual Arts at the Free Academy of Fine Arts (LABA) of Brescia .


Umberto Chiodi