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© Felice Varini / Munich Re<br/>    Picture: Bruchhaus/Lachenmann, Munich<br />

Felice Varini

Born 1952 in Locarno, Switzerland
Lives and works in Paris

circles, mirrors, staircases, 2003

Acrylic on wall, convex mirrors
Stairwell over 7 floors

Felice Varini sees himself primarily as a painter. He paints no canvases, but rather rooms, buildings, objects, and even nature itself, incorporating the features of the location, its function and significance into his painting. Varini creates images that push viewing habits to absurd lengths and prompt the viewer to question the laws of perception.

The Swiss artist painted wide swaths of colour over a staircase at Munich Re. What initially appears to have no correlation is drawn together into a coherent motif in its reflection in a convex mirror. If the viewer leaves this vantage point, the reflection breaks up into individual fragments that lend a bright, artistic note to the surroundings. Varini’s staircase is a "visual trap" that confuses and, in doing so, arouses the viewer’s awareness of the relativity of our perception.

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