Duilio Forte

Country of Origine: Italy
Country of Residence: Italy
Discipline: Visuals Arts 3D
Other(s) Discipline(s): Visuals Arts 2D, Video
Email: duilioforte@yahoo.it
WebSite: http://www.atelierforte.com

Duilio Forte is a half-Italian half-Swedish artist and architect. He was born in Milan in 1967.

His works explore natural and man-made spaces. Poetic spaces. By transposing and actualizing the power of myth he constructs timeless events from a new era: the ArkiZoic.

In 2008 he began an artistic enquiry into the multi-faceted identity of the mythical horse Sleipnir. In Nordic sagas, Sleipnir is Odin’s fabulous steed. In Duilio Forte’s work, it is a medium through which to rethink the human-nature relation. His Sleipnirs’ are sacred spaces. Within, the nature of time itself may be felt in its most authentic form. This research led to the construction of temporary and permanent installations, in cities and forests, in fields and rivers. A herd of Sleipnirs has marched upon such different places as the Venetian Lagoon, the Milan Triennale, Palazzo Carignano in Turin and the Vittoriale along Lake Garda.

Besides the work devoted to Sleipnir, other imaginary animals, breeds crossing myth and hi-tech, are finding a home in the centre of Milan, at the Montanelli gardens. Here Duilio Forte is working in syncretism with the spirit of the place by rebuilding what used to be the old city zoo, but with mythical, fantastic, extinct or “merely” dreamt-up beings, fitted with enough technology inside to enable them to interact with visitors.

The past and the future intermingle in the ArkiZoic era. In a sense, archeology and science-fiction deal with the same subject-matter, the dreamtime-of-time. Integrating this work in daily experience, Duilio Forte builds edifices to safeguard ancient domestic rites: saunas and living spaces. Meanwhile, new traditions are established at the atelierFORTE, founded on March 13, 1998, and at the summer school in Sweden. Here, architecture returns to the workshop, to the patient practice of apprenticeship, its shadowing silences and knowledgeable gestures, back to the working table, to wood and iron. The workday is based upon the ArkiZoic manifesto, which was presented on February 22, 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. It contains seven rules which touch upon the artistic process as well as upon daily practice. Overall, they reaffirm the subversive value of a resourceful, enterprising attitude to life, as an antidote to all that is dull or banal, a key to the unexpected, the experimental and, ultimately, to evolution.

Twice a guest of the Venice Architecture Biennale, an ICIF Prize nominee, Duilio Forte currently collaborates with NABA Milano and other Italian and foreign institutions.



Main recent exhibitions and works


Sleipnir XL – Temporary installation – Italian cultural institute – Stockholm – Sweden

Sleipnir Meano – Permanent installation – Borgo dei Creativi, Meano (BS)
Sleipnir Tidonis – Permanent installation – CArD, Pianello Val Tidone
Sleipnir Cine – Temporary installation at Open, Lido di Venezia
Sleipnir Spiken II – Permanent installation, Grythyttan, Svezia
Sleipnir Park – Temporary installation, Giardini Indro Montanelli, Milano
Harpago Salis – Temporary installation, Magazzini del Sale, Venezia
Sleipnir 1861 – Temporary installation, Piazza Carignano, Torino
Sleipnir XXXIII – Temporary installation, Triennale di Milano
Sleipnir Lúg – Temporary installation, Lugano, Canton Ticino (CH)
Sleipnir Alea – Temporary installation, ART.4, Fossano (CN)
Sleipnir Volta – Temporary installation, Streetscape2, Como
The centuries long detail – Collective exhibit, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea
Sleipnir Argus Junior – Temporary installation, Trepponti di Comacchio (FE)
Sleipnir Bok – Permanent installation, Grythyttan, Svezia
Sleipnir Argus – Permanent installation, Casa Museo Remo Brindisi, Lido di Spina, Comacchio (FE)
Semi-Equi – Double solo exhibit, GAM Galleria d’arte moderna Genova Nervi
Sleipnir Drusi – Installazione permanente, Libera Università di Bolzano
Sleipnir Steam – Permanent installation, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano
Castra Exemplorum – Temporary installation, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano
Huginn – Temporary installation, Paratissima, Turin
Sleipnir Automatum – Permanent installation at Grythyttan, Sweden
Sleipnir Thermarum – Permanent installation at Terme del Bacucco, Viterbo
Eva-sioni – Exhibit, Palazzo Vernazza, Lecce
Il Volo dei Corvi – Presentation of sculpture HugMun, AtelierFORTE, Milan
Le Segrete di Pastrengo – Collective exhibit, Pastrengo, Milan
Bois de Boulon by Missoni – Set, Milan
Flux III + HugMun II – Misiad Milano si autoproduce, La Fabbrica del vapore, Milan
Convivalis + HugMun I – Tabarellis, SpazioRT, Milan
Desk SKV – Capi d’opera, curated by Ugo La Pietra, Fondazione Cologni, Palazzo Morando, Milan
Huginn&Muninn – Sauna, Piacenza
Sleipnir Lambrus – Installation at Officina Temporanea – Ventura Lambrate District, Milan
SKELETOMACHIA, solo exhibit by Duilio Forte, Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan
STRUTTURE DEL NORD, Solo exhibit by Duilio Forte, ONO Arte Contemporanea, Bologna
ASGARD – Solo exhibit, AtelierFORTE
La Casa di Ulisse, curated by Alessandro Guerriero, La Fabbrica del vapore, Milano
Phoenix Turris – 012 Profetica, curated by Fortunato D’Amico and Chiara Canali, Torino
Sleipnir Ex Silva – Permanent installation at Politecnico di Milano
Opening of  the art gallery Ono Arte Contemporanea, Bologna
Mammuthus Belli – Temporary Installation at Mediateca degli Atellani and Terme di porta Romana, Milano
La Foresta di Sleipnir – Temporary Installation at Rotonda della Besana, Milano
SCRIBUS – 20 designer at Biologiska, curated by Fredrik Farg and Emma Marga Blanche, Stockholm
Sleipnir Biologiska – Temporary Installation at Biologiska Museet, Stoccolma
SLEIPNIR – Solo exhibit, AtelierFORTE
Fafnir, IL TESORO DI BOMISA, Triennale di Milano
WOOD 2010, Virserum Art Museum, Svezia
Sleipnir Convivalis Quintus – XII Biennale di Architettura, Venezia
Sleipnir Ratatoskr – Permanent Installation in Grythyttan, Svezia
Sleipnir Albus – Temporary Installation in Capalbio (GR)
Ospiti inaspettati, Casa Boschi di Stefano, Milano
Sleipnir Trebuchet – Temporary Installation at Triennale Bovisa, Milano
Sleipnir Troll, Spazio RT, Milano
Isflamma – International ice & fire art festival, Hallefors, Svezia
before 2009
Sideropithecus Fortis – Affetti da cretinismo, via Pastrengo, Milano
Sleipnir Nuncius – Temporary Installation at Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera (BS)
ArkiZoic Obsessio, Solo exhibit by Duilio Forte, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze
Sleipnir Florentia – Temporary Installation at Fortezza da Basso, Firenze
Yggdrasill Steneby – Solo exhibit by Duilio Forte, Dåls Långed, Svezia
Sleipnir Venexia – Temporary Installation at XI Biennale di Architettura di Venezia
Sleipnir Spiken – Permanent Installation at Grythyttan, Svezia

Main recent publications

2014: Catalogo TDM7 Triennale di Milano, Il Giornale, Il Corriere della Sera, Madame Figaro, La Stampa
2013: Inventario, Artribune, TicinoSette, Arkitekten, Interni, Ottagono, Il Resto del Carlino, La Nuova Ferrara
2012: Wired, Norr Magazin, Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, Elle Decor, Sky Arte
2011  CasaVOGUE, Elle Corea, DCasa, GCasa, Design Diffusion News, Rai5
2010 NewYork Times, Domus, Sole 24 Ore, Corriere della sera, BundPic Cina
Until 2009 Nordisk Interior, Abitare, Interni, Of Arch, Lotus, Bravacasa, La Repubblica

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