Chiara Lecca

By 27 June 2019 Artists

CHIARA LECCA

CHIARA LECCA

Biography

Chiara Lecca was born in 1977 in Modigliana (province of Forlì-Cesena, IT) where she lives and works. She grew up closely to nature and animals in the family farm. Of those years marked by strong discoveries, she kept precious memories that largely define her artistic work. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she focuses on the relationship between human being and nature willing to show the distance between them created by contemporary society. Moreover, she aims at highlighting the contradiction inherent in the collective behavior that removes the instinctive human nature in favor of the rational side. The artist creates sculptures and installations where the opposites organic/inorganic, natural/industrial live together, inviting the spectator to question human’s origins. Animal derivates become matter for a process of an ambiguous semiotic turn.

Rabbit ears, hides and furs, ox and pig bladders – treated with taxidermy – take on new and unexpected forms where nature dialogues with the industrial and architectural components coming from the productive process, such as wood, ceramic, polyurethane and synthetic resin. In 2016 Chiara Lecca was selected among the finalists of the XVII Cairo Prize and exhibited at Palazzo Reale, Milan. Her work was presented in various institutions in Italy and Europe: in 2019 she was artist in residence at MACRO Asilo in Rome and in 2018 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid. Solo exhibitions were held in institutions such as: Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza and Collezioni Comunali D’Arte – Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna (2017), Ghisla Art Collection Foundation, Locarno (2016), Naturkundemuseum Ottoneum, Kassel (2015), Villa Rusconi, Castano Primo, Milan (2013), MAR – Museum of City Art, Ravenna (2010).

Chiara Lecca also took part in group exhibitions in these institutions: Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea “Vero Stoppioni”, Santa Sofia and Museo Civico Varoli, Cotignola (2019), Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo (2018), Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck (2017), Palazzo Reale, Milan (2016), Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau (2016), Museo Poldi Pezzoli and Gallerie d’Italia, Milan (2013), International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza (2012), Spazio Thetis, Venice (2011), PROGR Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern (2008). The artist has been collaborating with Galleria Fumagalli since 2008. In the very same year her solo exhibition “Del maiale non si butta via niente” was held at the gallery in Bergamo, followed in 2010 by the catalog “Quintoquarto” with texts by Martina Cavallarin and Valerio Dehò. The gallery also promoted the publication of the monograph “Quod Paret”, published on the occasion of her solo show at Naturkundemuseum Ottoneum, Kassel in 2015.

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Biography

Chiara Lecca was born in 1977 in Modigliana (province of Forlì-Cesena, IT) where she lives and works. She grew up closely to nature and animals in the family farm. Of those years marked by strong discoveries, she kept precious memories that largely define her artistic work. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, she focuses on the relationship between human being and nature willing to show the distance between them created by contemporary society. Moreover, she aims at highlighting the contradiction inherent in the collective behavior that removes the instinctive human nature in favor of the rational side. The artist creates sculptures and installations where the opposites organic/inorganic, natural/industrial live together, inviting the spectator to question human’s origins. Animal derivates become matter for a process of an ambiguous semiotic turn.

Rabbit ears, hides and furs, ox and pig bladders – treated with taxidermy – take on new and unexpected forms where nature dialogues with the industrial and architectural components coming from the productive process, such as wood, ceramic, polyurethane and synthetic resin. In 2016 Chiara Lecca was selected among the finalists of the XVII Cairo Prize and exhibited at Palazzo Reale, Milan. Her work was presented in various institutions in Italy and Europe: in 2019 she was artist in residence at MACRO Asilo in Rome and in 2018 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid. Solo exhibitions were held in institutions such as: Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza and Collezioni Comunali D’Arte – Palazzo D’Accursio, Bologna (2017), Ghisla Art Collection Foundation, Locarno (2016), Naturkundemuseum Ottoneum, Kassel (2015), Villa Rusconi, Castano Primo, Milan (2013), MAR – Museum of City Art, Ravenna (2010).

Chiara Lecca also took part in group exhibitions in these institutions: Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea “Vero Stoppioni”, Santa Sofia and Museo Civico Varoli, Cotignola (2019), Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo (2018), Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck (2017), Palazzo Reale, Milan (2016), Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau (2016), Museo Poldi Pezzoli and Gallerie d’Italia, Milan (2013), International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza (2012), Spazio Thetis, Venice (2011), PROGR Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern (2008). The artist has been collaborating with Galleria Fumagalli since 2008. In the very same year her solo exhibition “Del maiale non si butta via niente” was held at the gallery in Bergamo, followed in 2010 by the catalog “Quintoquarto” with texts by Martina Cavallarin and Valerio Dehò. The gallery also promoted the publication of the monograph “Quod Paret”, published on the occasion of her solo show at Naturkundemuseum Ottoneum, Kassel in 2015.

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Works

Chiara Lecca, Che razza di porco sei? (blister), 2004. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, print on paper, 23x50x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Che razza di porco sei? (blister), 2004. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, print on paper

Chiara Lecca, Che razza di porco sei? (blister), 2004
Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, print on paper, 23x50x40 cm
Chiara Lecca, Coypu panties (blister) 2006. Taxidermy, PVC, fabric, DVD, print on paper, 40x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu panties (blister) 2006. Taxidermy, PVC, fabric, DVD, print on paper, 40x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu panties (blister) 2006
Taxidermy, PVC, fabric, DVD, print on paper, 40x60 cm
Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 64x94x4 cm

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 64x

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008
Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 64x94x4 cm
Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 104x84x4 cm

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 104

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008
Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 104x84x4 cm
Chiara Lecca, Winter landscape #3, 2007. Resin, taxidermy, bones, salt, stone dust, 60x120x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Winter landscape #3, 2007. Resin, taxidermy, bones, salt, stone dust, 60x120x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Winter landscape #3, 2007
Resin, taxidermy, bones, salt, stone dust, 60x120x50 cm
Chiara Lecca, White Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Shearling, 2010
Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm
Chiara Lecca, Black Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black Shearling, 2010
Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm
Chiara Lecca, Coypu, 2010. Fur, PVC, steel blades, 53x30x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu, 2010. Fur, PVC, steel blades, 53x30x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu, 2010
Fur, PVC, steel blades, 53x30x110 cm
Chiara Lecca, Red rabbit, 2010. Fur, PVC, 80x30x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Red rabbit, 2010. Fur, PVC, 80x30x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Red rabbit, 2010
Fur, PVC, 80x30x50 cm
Chiara Lecca, Misses (Fiorenza, Patrizia, Roberta, Carlotta, Irene), 2010. Taxidermy, metal, rubber band, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Misses (Fiorenza, Patrizia, Roberta, Carlotta, Irene), 2010. Taxidermy, metal, rubber

Chiara Lecca, Misses (Fiorenza, Patrizia, Roberta, Carlotta, Irene), 2010
Taxidermy, metal, rubber band, variable dimensions
Chiara Lecca, Bigbubble #5, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, synthetic resin, 31x17x17 cm

Chiara Lecca, Bigbubble #5, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, synthetic resin, 31x17x17 cm

Chiara Lecca, Bigbubble #5, 2012
Animal bladder, metal, synthetic resin, 31x17x17 cm
Chiara Lecca, Blackbigbubble #3, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, polyurethane, acrylic paint, 65x22x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, Blackbigbubble #3, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, polyurethane, acrylic paint, 65x22x22

Chiara Lecca, Blackbigbubble #3, 2012
Animal bladder, metal, polyurethane, acrylic paint, 65x22x22 cm
Chiara Lecca, Black belly #1, 2013. Ceramic, 63x26x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black belly #1, 2013. Ceramic, 63x26x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black belly #1, 2013
Ceramic, 63x26x22 cm
Chiara Lecca, White belly #2, 2013. Ceramic, 58,5x19x19 cm

Chiara Lecca, White belly #2, 2013. Ceramic, 58,5x19x19 cm

Chiara Lecca, White belly #2, 2013
Ceramic, 58,5x19x19 cm
Chiara Lecca, Fake Marble, 2013. Animal bladder, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Fake Marble, 2013. Animal bladder, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Fake Marble, 2013
Animal bladder, glass, variable dimensions
Chiara Lecca, Golden Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, 180x200x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Golden Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, 180x200x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Golden Still Life, 2016
Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, 180x200x120 cm
Chiara Lecca, Dark Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, marble, glass, 170x200x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Dark Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, marble, glass, 170x200x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Dark Still Life, 2016
Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, marble, glass, 170x200x110 cm
Chiara Lecca, Fenders (Frontale #5), 2016. Windshield, fender, sheep leathers, 200x150x25 cm

Chiara Lecca, Fenders (Frontale #5), 2016. Windshield, fender, sheep leathers, 200x150x25 cm

Chiara Lecca, Fenders (Frontale #5), 2016
Windshield, fender, sheep leathers, 200x150x25 cm
Chiara Lecca, Masks, 2016. Glass, animal leathers, 4 elements

Chiara Lecca, Masks, 2016. Glass, animal leathers, 4 elements

Chiara Lecca, Masks, 2016
Glass, animal leathers, 4 elements
Chiara Lecca, Lapped Rocks, 2017. Blocks of mineral salt, animal saliva, 90x72x72 cm

Chiara Lecca, Lapped Rocks, 2017. Blocks of mineral salt, animal saliva, 90x72x72 cm

Chiara Lecca, Lapped Rocks, 2017
Blocks of mineral salt, animal saliva, 90x72x72 cm
Chiara Lecca, Golden Domestic Economy, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Golden Domestic Economy, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, glass, variable dimensio

Chiara Lecca, Golden Domestic Economy, 2016
Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, glass, variable dimensions
Chiara Lecca, Animal Fate (Auriga), 2018. Polyurethane, animal bladder, metal, 300x300x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Animal Fate (Auriga), 2018. Polyurethane, animal bladder, metal, 300x300x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Animal Fate (Auriga), 2018
Polyurethane, animal bladder, metal, 300x300x120 cm
Chiara Lecca, Silver Sharp Pulp, 2018. Enamel on pottery, metal, leathers, 150x40x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Silver Sharp Pulp, 2018. Enamel on pottery, metal, leathers, 150x40x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Silver Sharp Pulp, 2018
Enamel on pottery, metal, leathers, 150x40x40 cm
Chiara Lecca, Vermilion Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 170x60x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Vermilion Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 170x60x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Vermilion Sharp Pulp, 2018
Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 170x60x60 cm
Chiara Lecca, White Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 160x50x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 160x50x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Sharp Pulp, 2018
Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 160x50x50 cm

Works

Chiara Lecca, Che razza di porco sei? (blister), 2004. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, print on paper, 23x50x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Che razza di porco sei? (blister), 2004. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, print on paper

Chiara Lecca, Coypu panties (blister) 2006. Taxidermy, PVC, fabric, DVD, print on paper, 40x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu panties (blister) 2006. Taxidermy, PVC, fabric, DVD, print on paper, 40x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 64x94x4 cm

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 64x

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 104x84x4 cm

Chiara Lecca, Moths and butterflies, 2008. Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, cardboard, collage, 104

Chiara Lecca, Winter landscape #3, 2007. Resin, taxidermy, bones, salt, stone dust, 60x120x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Winter landscape #3, 2007. Resin, taxidermy, bones, salt, stone dust, 60x120x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black Shearling, 2010. Ram coats, metal structure, PVC, 130x50x200 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu, 2010. Fur, PVC, steel blades, 53x30x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Coypu, 2010. Fur, PVC, steel blades, 53x30x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Red rabbit, 2010. Fur, PVC, 80x30x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Red rabbit, 2010. Fur, PVC, 80x30x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, Misses (Fiorenza, Patrizia, Roberta, Carlotta, Irene), 2010. Taxidermy, metal, rubber band, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Misses (Fiorenza, Patrizia, Roberta, Carlotta, Irene), 2010. Taxidermy, metal, rubber

Chiara Lecca, Bigbubble #5, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, synthetic resin, 31x17x17 cm

Chiara Lecca, Bigbubble #5, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, synthetic resin, 31x17x17 cm

Chiara Lecca, Blackbigbubble #3, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, polyurethane, acrylic paint, 65x22x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, Blackbigbubble #3, 2012. Animal bladder, metal, polyurethane, acrylic paint, 65x22x22

Chiara Lecca, Black belly #1, 2013. Ceramic, 63x26x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, Black belly #1, 2013. Ceramic, 63x26x22 cm

Chiara Lecca, White belly #2, 2013. Ceramic, 58,5x19x19 cm

Chiara Lecca, White belly #2, 2013. Ceramic, 58,5x19x19 cm

Chiara Lecca, Fake Marble, 2013. Animal bladder, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Fake Marble, 2013. Animal bladder, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Golden Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, 180x200x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Golden Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, 180x200x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Dark Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, marble, glass, 170x200x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Dark Still Life, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, ceramic, wood, marble, glass, 170x200x110 cm

Chiara Lecca, Fenders (Frontale #5), 2016. Windshield, fender, sheep leathers, 200x150x25 cm

Chiara Lecca, Fenders (Frontale #5), 2016. Windshield, fender, sheep leathers, 200x150x25 cm

Chiara Lecca, Masks, 2016. Glass, animal leathers, 4 elements

Chiara Lecca, Masks, 2016. Glass, animal leathers, 4 elements

Chiara Lecca, Lapped Rocks, 2017. Blocks of mineral salt, animal saliva, 90x72x72 cm

Chiara Lecca, Lapped Rocks, 2017. Blocks of mineral salt, animal saliva, 90x72x72 cm

Chiara Lecca, Golden Domestic Economy, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, glass, variable dimensions

Chiara Lecca, Golden Domestic Economy, 2016. Taxidermy, PVC, metal, fabric, glass, variable dimensio

Chiara Lecca, Animal Fate (Auriga), 2018. Polyurethane, animal bladder, metal, 300x300x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Animal Fate (Auriga), 2018. Polyurethane, animal bladder, metal, 300x300x120 cm

Chiara Lecca, Silver Sharp Pulp, 2018. Enamel on pottery, metal, leathers, 150x40x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Silver Sharp Pulp, 2018. Enamel on pottery, metal, leathers, 150x40x40 cm

Chiara Lecca, Vermilion Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 170x60x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, Vermilion Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 170x60x60 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 160x50x50 cm

Chiara Lecca, White Sharp Pulp, 2018. Pottery, leather, metal, twine, 160x50x50 cm

Press

Arte

May 2019
“Chiara Lecca indaga il limite sottile tra inganno e realtà”

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Exibart

November 2017
“222 artisti emergenti su cui investire”

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Arte

July 2017
“Le sorprese che riserva la scultura di Chiara Lecca”

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Corriere di Bologna

19 January 2017
“A fior di pelle, i totem di Chiara Lecca”

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Il resto del Carlino

19 January 2017
“Lecca, nature morte e brividi A fior di pelle”

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Arte

May 2015
“Cortocircuiti, la verità nella finzione”

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Arte

December 2008
“Horror con humour”

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Press

Arte

May 2019
“Chiara Lecca indaga il limite sottile tra inganno e realtà”

Read article  →

Exibart

November 2017
“222 artisti emergenti su cui investire”

Read article  →

Arte

July 2017
“Le sorprese che riserva la scultura di Chiara Lecca”

Read article  →

Corriere di Bologna

19 January 2017
“A fior di pelle, i totem di Chiara Lecca”

Read article  →

Il resto del Carlino

19 January 2017
“Lecca, nature morte e brividi A fior di pelle”

Read article  →

Arte

May 2015
“Cortocircuiti, la verità nella finzione”

Read article  →

Arte

December 2008
“Horror con humour”

Read article  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

CHIARA LECCA
…del maiale non si butta niente

Opening 15 November 2008
18 November to 22 December 2008

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

CHIARA LECCA
…del maiale non si butta niente

Opening 15 November 2008
18 November to 22 December 2008

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

Exhibition  →

Institutions

Chiara Lecca

Lapped Rocks (2017)
Retroterra, curated by MCZ
Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza
Ph. Olimpia Lalli

Chiara Lecca

Fake Marbles (2013)
Quod Paret, curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti
Naturkundemuseum Im Ottoneum, Kassel
Ph. Werner Maschmann

Chiara Lecca

Bigbubble series (2012)
Mimicry, curtaed by Fabio Carnaghi
Villa Rusconi, Castano Primo, Milan

Institutions

Chiara Lecca

Lapped Rocks (2017)
Retroterra, curated by MCZ
Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza
Ph. Olimpia Lalli

Chiara Lecca

Fake Marbles (2013)
Quod Paret, curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti
Naturkundemuseum Im Ottoneum, Kassel
Ph. Werner Maschmann

Chiara Lecca

Bigbubble series (2012)
Mimicry, curated by Fabio Carnaghi
Villa Rusconi, Castano Primo, Milan

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