middle of a Greek temple, kneeling in front
of Veneration statue, the artist wears a tunic shining with golden
around the audience, whose faces shine with the same golden seal, looks
marketing of the art, of the faith and of the existence of an artist.
It is the
construction of the Institutional Church image, to whom it is
associated, in a very narrow analogical relation, to the institutional
who lends himself to be bought.
plays in many languages:
"This is not a
house of poor people, this is a house of
Here all has got a worth
end a price.
Entry with unction-makeup
costs 10 euros.
Twelve CDs with the
picture of apostles cost 100 euros
The Veneration statue
costs 1.000 euros.
The temple costs 10.000
If you want be the artist
for one day, it costs 100.000
for ever it costs
Please go to the cash
Federico Cozzucoli’s performance reveals the
attempt to reproduce and to get over a series of schemes typical of
as for examples the biblical origin of the languages and the birth of
Church, focusing on the sin of Simony, that the artist uses in order to
a similar condition that may be found nowadays in the world of art. In
artist establishes himself and his works when he begins to sell them:
immediate the analogy with the Simony, the buying and selling of
that, in this case, becomes another ordered scheme of the performance.
the religious sphere, refers to the
sin of buying and selling of faith made by believers.It is not a case
Simony derives from a biblical event, when Simone, who was at first a
and then, when he was baptized, became Christ’s disciple. He saw that
apostles gave all the people the Holy Ghost with the imposition of the
he belived to gain the same power, giving them money.
context, according to Federico Cozzucoli’s
point of view, the meaning of Simony is in a very narrow analogical
the buying and selling of an image considered “sacred” that, just in
performance, gets ready to be celebrate: that of the artist’s sake.
previous performance, the relation
art-religion, according to Cozzucoli, results to be the key of his
world to be revisited in the religious themes, all these subjects are
studies, his common sense of living and the reflex of his personal
Through a veiled, but a clear reason of denounce, passing from a
sphere to the artistic one, trying to analyse and deepen the problems
to the contemporary art.The analogy with the religion means the will,
artist’s mind, to use religious schemes, in a modern way, that seem
ritualism of manner.
On the eventual payment of 100.000 euros on behalf of the payer, a
daylong exhibition will be held in a top gallery. Cozzucoli, who will
guarantee a catalogue, a critical text, and an adequate press of-fice,
will supply the works. The proceeds of the eventual sale of the works
will be given to the payer together with the property of the works
after the exhibition.
The eventual payment of 1.000.000 euros will imply the acquisition of
the artist’s whole activity: all the unsold works, the rights on the
sold ones, his own workshop, his own personal library together with his