Daniele Sigalot, Italian artist from Rome. 3900 sponges on the floor, 2018, Anna Laudel Gallery, Istanbul. Photography © Kayhan Kaygusuz
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I mostly work with metal, aluminum, stainless steel and iron. The other media I prefer for my artwork is irony, regardless of the shape in which it shows itself. As for my beginnings in the art world, I very simply never wanted to be an artist. It was an accident.
I stumbled into the art world, and instead of climbing my way out, I started digging. And now I am so deep down in it, that the only way out seems to dig even more.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
Well, I have a favourite room in a museum, and it’s in the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, where they turned Antonio Canova, Pino Pascali and Giuseppe Penone into roommates by exhibiting “Hercules and Lichas” alongside with “Approximately 32 square meters of sea” and “Golden skin on acacia thorns”. This is a pretty unbeatable lineup to me, and that room is something beyond beauty.
I also like the PAMM and the BASS Museum in Miami, who are always able to lift the spirit during the soul-less art Basel madness. When travelling was something common, getting lost in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and than resting your legs drinking an over-expensive coffee was also something I wouldn’t miss.
3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.
Self-promotion is a full-time job and social networks are the indispensable tools to use. I put more energy on Instagram cause that’s where the art community focuses its attention, but who knows where we’ll be pouring art in 10 years?
4.What are your future projects?
I just came out of a very long production for the installation of the exhibition “A portrait of everyone, everywhere” at the airport of Milan Malpensa that took most of my time and energies in this second part of the year, so my plan for the near future is to catch up with some sleep.
Than for 2021 I am planning a solo show at Tagliaferro Palace in Liguria, Italy, and right after I hope I’ll be able to held my annual football extravaganza named “Coppa Pizzeria”, basically the unwanted child of modern football and contemporary art.
5.To create greater engagement among museums, artists and professionals, do you have any advice for cultural projects such as #MuseumWeek?
Well, sharing the light, as you guys are doing, seems a good plan to me. The more people are involved, the more people will want to share their bits of glory, the more everyone wins. So just keep involving artists, curators, gallerists and the art circus to talk about themselves through an act of promotion for the #MuseumWeek.
Interview by Fabio Pariante, journalist
Daniele Sigalot (Rome, 1976) is an Italian artist who after a past as a creative at Saatchi & Saatchi in London, leaves everything and dedicates himself to art between one move and another: from Rome to Barcelona, then Milan and Berlin where remains for about ten years, but spends most of his time traveling around the world.
The focus of his artistic production is to question the perception of material, between what it seems and what it really is: airplanes and sheets of paper that are actually aluminum. And so also the maps engraved on stainless steel plates, become a “mirror” in which to find one’s own image in the cities.
Sigalot’s works can be found in many private collections around the world, and among the most important events, the artist has exhibited at the Royal Palace in Napoli, at the MOAD in Miami, Royal Palace in Caserta, Doge’s Palace in Genoa and at the Triennale in Milan. Daniele Sigalot lives and works in Napoli.