1945 - 2017
Lives in Puegnago del Garda (IT), born in Vobarno (IT).
Sarenco is the pseudonym of northern Italian poet and artist Isaia Mabellini, who during his versatile artistic career is both gallery owner and publisher of art books, editions, sonorous poetry and catalogues, as well as agitator, animator and curator.
In 1969, Sarenco founds Amodulo, a publishing house for concrete art and visual poetry, and an eponymous magazine in which he publishes his militant poetry views. Sarenco is one of the most significant exponents of the anti-institutional underground culture in Italy. Along with Belgian poet Paul De Vree, he starts the very polemical art magazine Lotta poetica in 1971, as an antipode to Giancarlo Politi's Flash Art. The magazine becomes the international nucleus and advocate for a socially critical and engaged visual poetry – poesia visiva – and appears until 1987.
With words and images and via various associations, Sarenco wants to appeal to the viewer, demystifying (often using offensive comments) the way the political and cultural arena is coded.
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Il popolo è forte, armato...
Sarenco, Il popolo è forte, armato vincerà [The people is strong, armed it will prevail], 1971. Drawing, paper, 29.4 x 21 cm.
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Urgent Conversations Athe...
31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Urgent Conversations: Athens – Antwerp is the first temporary exhibition in the long overdue public unfolding of the Greek National Museum of
Urgent Conversations: Ant...
16 September 2017 - 12 November 2017.
Last year, M HKA was invited by EMST in Athens for the opening exhibition in the new museum building. Today, Urgent Conversations: Antwerp –
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used