An Italian artist who has been working since the Sixties and is associated with Arte Povera for his participation in exhibits curated by Germano Celant between 1967 and 1972. In a self-reflective meditation on the dimension of art, Giulio Paolini explores the relationship between works of art and viewers through a rich, playful variety of artistic, historical and literary cross-references. Thus a work of art becomes a threshold, a portal through which photography, collages, plaster casts and drawings explore the very nature of artistic practice, calling into question traditional distinctions.
Circo Massimo, 2011, frames, pencil collage on wall - All’istante, 2006 - Vedo (la decifrazione del mio campo visivo), 2003
(Boulogne – Bolloncaurt, 1938)
From 1967 to today this French artist has brought a touch of the city to the interior and exterior of museums by repeating a motif of 8.7-centimeter wide stripes. Inspired by textiles sold at the Saint-Pierre market in Paris, this recognizable stylistic signature allowed Daniel Buren to reduce it to its simplest elements, thus making it reproducible on any surface and an element in the redefinition of space.
Triptyque électrique – Bleu, Vert
Representing visible aspects of the earth and what escapes our notice is the mission of Anish Kapoor’s works. Considered one of the greatest contemporary artists, he is of Indian origins and studied art in London, where he encountered the inner workings of Marcel Ducham’s The Large Glass and his future teacher Paul Neagu. Exploring reality not only in its material aspects but also as a symbolic realm of strength that drives us toward non-objects, the realms of the mind, Anish Kapoor creates works that entail the viewer’s sensorial engagement.
Untitled (Tangerine Magenta), 2015 - Mirror (Apple and Lime Gold to Pink and Wild Cherry), 2016 - Untitled, 1998
(Cappelle sul Tavo, 1940)
Ettore Spalletti’s ostensible monochromes, created by overlapping layers of paint, speak to us of landscape and light in works that cross the boundary between painting and sculpture, placing themselves in physical relationship to the surrounding environment. These are works that put the artist from Abruzzi in a position capable of going beyond the movements of his time, such as Arte Povera and Transavanguardia, in which color becomes a constitutional and constructive element, matter that creates.
Azzurro, foglia oro, 2016, color impasto in board - Senza titolo (sottosopra), 2000 - Base di colore, 1998 - Senza titolo, 1990
In the performances conceived by Venessa Beecroft, the body becomes a direct means to speak of humanity, to express ideas, emotions and formal solutions. The female body in particular becomes a symbol and place of beauty, violence, idealization, consumerism and expression. Starting from her personal experience, during which the artist faced a difficult relationship with food, she has enacted personal reinterpretations of tragic and obsessive events, such as those concerning food and behavioral imbalance.
VB62.018.nt, Chiesa dello Spasimo, Palermo, 2008 - VB62.019.net, Chiesa dello Spasimo, Palermo, 2008 - Ceramic Heads, 2015
(Borgofranco d’Ivrea, 1934)
Self-taught artist Giovanni Anselmo worked with oil painting until 1964 and in 1967 debuted his multi-material works, which made him a full-fledged member of Arte Povera, participating in the collective organized by Germano Celant between that year and the following one. Known for bringing together organic and inorganic materials, the Italian artist places at the center of his research the categories of space, time, movement, the power of gravity, magnetism, light and the concepts of infinite and finite. Elements are put into play in works that focus on opposites and contradictions.
Dove le stelle si avvicinano di una spanna in più mentre la terra si orienta, 2004-2016 - Particolare, 1972-2016
Having trained under the guidance of Bauhaus instructor Josef Albers, Sheila Hicks explores the physical and psychic effects connected to the perception of color through works that break down the traditional barriers between art, handicraft, design and architecture. Cotton, silk, wool, embroidery thread intertwine with rubber bands and shoestrings in authentic constructions, at times monumental, that fill space.
The Questioning Column, 2016 - This is a site-specific work specially created for the location and the exhibit which the viewer is practically forced to encounter, given its position at the end of a stairway.