Sidival Fila - AMAZONIA
4th-8th December 2019
(Miami Beach) - .pdf download

SIDIVAL FILA - La materia svelata
6 Settembre - 5 Ottobre 2019
@ Palazzo Merulana - Via Merulana 121 - Roma (Italia)

Sidival Fila: Documentario
(76a Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di Venezia - Biennale di Venezia)
4 Settembre 2019 - ore 17:00
@ Hotel Excelsior - Lido di Venezia (VE) - Italia - .pdf download

13 July - 4 November 2019
@ Museo Diocesano Tridentino - Piazza Duomo 19, Trento (Italy)

Sidival FILA - Monographic exhibition - Paris
21 June - 2 August 2019
Jerome Poggi Gallery - Paris (France)

11th May - 24th November 2019
Inauguration: 10th May 2019 (01:30 pm)
Giardini della Biennale, Venice (Italy)
press release - .pdf download

Personal Exbiition @ GALLERJA (Rome, Italy)
27th November 2018 - 19th January 2019
Inauguration: 26th November 2018 (6:30 pm)
@ Via della Lupa 24 - 00186 Rome (Italy)

24/28 October 2018
@ ARTBO 2018 – Galerie Jerome Poggi Booth B3 – Bogota (Colombia)

8 October 2018 – 6:00 pm
@ Palazzo Merulana (Merulana Palace) – Via Merulana 121 – Rome (Italy)

15th September 2018 - 4th November 2018
@ Gallerie Estensi - Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo (MO) - Italy
Piazzale della Rosa (+39 059 4395719)

Opening of the Exhibition “Sidival Fila”
10th August 2018, 17.00
@ Castello Boncompagni Ludovisi - Via Bourbon del Monte 12 - Trevinano Acquapendente (VT) - Italy

Introduction to the catalogue for the personal exhibition “Sidival Fila, il filo della grazia”
4th April 2018, 18.00
@ Galleria San Fedele - Piazza San Fedele 4 - Milan (MI) - Italy
.pdf download

Sidival Fila: Il filo della grazia
21th February 2018 - 4th April 2018
@ Galleria San Fedele - Piazza San Fedele 4 - Milan (MI) - Italy
.pdf download

Personal Exhibition - Sidival Fila

7th December 2017 - 13th January 2018

@ Galleria Jerome Poggi
2 rue Beaubourg – 75 004 Paris – France +33 (0)9 84 38 87 74 –

@ Church of Saint Eustache
2 Impasse Saint-Eustache - 75 001 Paris - France

Jerome Poggi is pleased to present in France the first solo exhibition of the Brazilian artist and monk Sidival Fila, living and working today at the Monastery of San Bonaventura in Rome.

Sidival Fila was born in 1962 in the Brazilian state of Parana, Brazil. He studied art in Sao Paolo before moving to Europe in 1985. It was during a study trip to Italy that he first chose to devote himself to religion, putting aside his work as an artist for a few years to become a priest.

While running the Franciscan monastery of San Bonaventura on Mount Palatine in Rome today, Sidival Fila has been working on an artistic activity for about ten years in his monastery, in a vast workshop overlooking the Roman Forum. The exhibition, organized with the complicity of art critic and exhibition curator Dominique Païni, brings together an exceptional collection of ten monochrome, pleated and sewn paintings.

At the same time, the Church of Saint Eustache hosts a work by Sidival Fila which will be on display until the end of January 2018.

RI-NASCITA - Sidival Fila
@ San Domenico Church (Rieti, Italy) during December 2017

2017, 1st - 20 th December
@ Villa Blanc
Via Nomentana 216, Roma, Italia

selection by Achille Bonito Oliva

Artists: Marco Bagnoli, Nanni Balestrini, Duncan Campbell, Marcella Campagnano, Aron Demetz, Baldo Diodato, Giovanni Ferrario, Sidival Fila, Andrea Galvani, Silvia Giambrone, Francesco Irnem, Francesca Leone, Felice Levini, Francesca Piovesan, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fiorella Rizzo, Anna Scalfi Eghenten.

@ Köln - Germany
05.05.2017 - 09.07.2017

Follow the exhibition on Instagram @sidivalfila


Exhibition from March 4 to May 8, 2016

@ Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains

22 rue du Fresnoy - 59200 Tourcoing / 03 20 28 38 00 /

Thomas Bayrle – Blanca Casas Brullet – Sidival Fila  Dan Flavin – Sheila Hicks

Ryoichi Kurokawa – Sol LeWitt – Jean-Michel Meurice – François Morellet

François Rouan – Pablo Valbuena

Exhibition curator : Dominique Païni et Pascale Pronnier

The exhibition Drôles de trames ! put on by Le Fresnoy – Studio national in March 2016 offers a continuity (or jump-cut) between traditional artistic mediums and the most contemporary technological media. It will soon be clear here that the word trame (weft, field, screen, texture, grid) evokes, first of all, textiles, the Nord-Pas de Calais region being a historic home of spinning mills.

Certain forms and phenomena persist throughout art history in a way that lends credence to the idea of the eternal return. In French, the Internet world, the web, is referred to as the toile, denoting an unlimited number of networks that constitute an unbounded world of communication. The fact that popular French parlance has the expression “se faire une toile” for going to see a film, and that toile, meaning canvas, was the support for over eight hundred years of pictorial creation, give this modern application of the term great rhetorical and theoretical richness. However, it must be admitted that words are sometimes impermeable to the renewal or indeed revolution of artistic media.

Clothing himself has been one of man’s fundamental activities from the origins of humanity. To that end, he conceived the timeless principle of interweaving warp and weft to make textiles that protect his body, using straw, cotton, silk or wool as the supple materials of weaving in all its dimensions.

This primitive act of weaving was also one of the major techniques for creating forms. Independently of its minimal metaphorical function, describing the workings of human thought (bringing together, overlapping, mixing, assembling, etc.), it is an obsession that can be observed throughout the history of the arts. In the 20th century, all the different disciplines exploited this artisanal and conceptual activity, also as a way of escaping subjection to the servile reproduction of reality, while upholding the idea that art could not do without the virtuosity of a métier (the word also means loom). Furthermore, the action of weaving can serve as a common denominator for artists whose differences of practice or generation would seem to rule out comparison. The weft of textures and forms as a form of writing, using the endless variety of materials, thus has the power to bring together artists, to interconnect their practices and invalidate the deceptive heterogeneities caused by time.

Even if the materials used by the artists at Le Fresnoy - Studio national are highly contemporary, inherited from the most contemporary technologies, including ones deriving from the power of digital technologies, it is still productive to construct connections between the latter and the old processes belonging to art history, although they have not become obsolete for all that. It is the role of an institution like Le Fresnoy to favour perception of the way technical processes, which are also mental processes, are plied together.

Sidival Fila is an Italian artist whom this exhibition will introduce to French exhibition-goers. His approach is singular, a crossover of painting and sculpture. His work is both textural and conceptual, evoking tellurian chaos, the rhythmic order of folds and an obsessively serial manipulation of textiles.

In this exhibition the work of Sheila Hicks will serve to illustrate the complexity of contemporary art history. Her authority and her boldness have redrawn the boundaries of textile art and agitate space and volume in a way that typifies the 20th-century interaction between the actions of painting, sculpting and building.

Jean-Michel Meurice and François Rouan belong to a generation that redefined figuration and abstraction. An infinite seriality of coloured lines and cut-up and recomposed lines and figurations make these two artists at the peak of their maturity pioneers of contemporary art.

Dan Flavin is an exemplary case of an artist whose practice using materials devoid of traditional prestige – neon and its brutal light – helped to show the architecture of the 20th century as the result of a web and the concatenation of lines of light. He can now be seen as one of those artists who built bridges between modernist constructivism and the luminous virtuality to which contemporary technologies have accustomed us.

Pablo Valbunea could legitimately be considered an heir of Dan Flavin by developing literally what the American artist promised. Valbunea both builds and underscores what has already been built through the unlimited organization of rigorously interweaving lines of light and the geometrical mise-en-abyme of an imposed grid.

For many years now, François Morellet has explored the impossible inventory of combinations, including certain tricks as a way of covering, reversing, cutting out and therefore interweaving straight lines and curves, quadrilaterals and circles, arrows and sinuosities, rigidities and softnesses – and every conceivable kind of geometry that can be articulated and woven. A kind of serial humour, you might say.

For the exhibition FRAC Picardie is recreating a wall painting by Sol LeWitt made up of an infinite network of lines.

Blanca Casas Brullet recalls the manual dexterity at work in all weaving and simultaneously demonstrates its fragility and precariousness. For this artist, a network is inconceivable without the violence of its perforation and its rending.

Finally, Ryoichi Kurokawa enters into the infinite complexity of the world to invent digital video webs whose vertiginousness is on a par with their. Thomas Bayrle plays with lines to evoke the ones that form both the human face and woven fabric.

Dominique Païni

Presse release
Canal Studio n°17
La Voix du Nord