Category: disegno

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ALBERTO GIACOMETTI. Grafica al confine fra arte e pensiero

La stagione espositiva 2020 del m.a.x. museo di Chiasso (Svizzera) si apre nel segno di Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), uno fra i più rilevanti artisti del XX secolo.

Dopo la sosta forzata a causa dell’emergenza Coronavirus, che ne aveva rimandato l’inaugurazione, martedì 9 giugno 2020 si è aperta una mostra, curata da Jean Soldini e Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini, che, fino al 10 gennaio 2021, presenta, per la prima volta, il corpus grafico dell’artista svizzero: sono esposti oltre quattrocento fogli e numerosi libri d’artista, provenienti dalleprincipali istituzioni internazionali che conservano le opere di Alberto Giacometti e da importanti collezionisti privati.

L’ambiente creativo dell’artista e dell’uomo è inoltre restituito dalle suggestive fotografie realizzate dall’amico Ernst Scheidegger che, dal 1943, ha documentato con immagini e filmati l’attività artistica e la vita privata di Giacometti. La rassegna documenta la straordinaria padronanza di Giacometti delle varie tecniche grafiche, dalla xilografia all’incisione a bulino, dall’acquaforte alla puntasecca. Sebbene sia conosciuto soprattutto come scultore e pittore, Giacometti realizzò, nondimeno, molte incisioni, espressione di una profonda ricerca artistica.

Giacometti, infatti, vedeva nel disegno e nella sua trasposizione sulla matrice, il fondamento estetico e concettuale su cui costruire le sue opere pittoriche e plastiche. Com’ebbe modo di affermare lo stesso artista, “di qualsiasi cosa si tratti, di scultura o di pittura, è solo il disegno che conta”. È noto che egli disegnava dappertutto, sulle buste e lettere ricevute, su giornali e riviste, sull’interno del pacchetto di sigarette, al bar sui tovaglioli o sulle tovagliette di carta, sulle pareti intonacate dell’atelier e sui pannelli di legno tavolato, e più normalmente sul suo inseparabile taccuino e sull’album per gli schizzi.

“La sua opera grafica non è quindi marginale – ricorda Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini – rispetto alla produzione artistica vera e propria, ossia alla pittura e alla scultura, ma riesce a rivelare meglio il pensiero giacomettiano in cui dal segno emerge un senso di angoscia, di affanno, di incertezza, e nei ritratti l’incapacità di ritrovare la forza dello sguardo e il suo valore emozionale, o ancora il foglio come metafora del concetto di spazio e tempo in cui l’uomo cerca la sua dimensione dell’essere”.

Alberto Giacometti compie la sue prime esperienze di tecnica grafica in età adolescenziale seguendo i consigli del padre Giovanni, esperto xilografo. Le sue prime opere, come i ritratti di due compagni di classe (Deux camarades de classe) o quello di Lucas Lichtenhan, risalgono al 1917, in cui l’arte dell’intaglio del legno era sempre preceduta dal necessario disegno preparatorio. Dopo queste primi esercizi, l’incontro con la grafica avverrà solo quindici anni dopo, tra il 1933 e il 1935, quando, trasferitosi a Parigi ed entrato nella cerchia del Surrealismo, si dedica alla tecnica tradizionale a bulino, dimostrando grande perizia tecnica. Tra i lavori più riusciti si ricorda quella per Les pieds dans le plat di René Crevel e le quattro incisioni concepite per L’air de l’eaudi André Breton, una raccolta di poesie che lo scrittore e teorico del movimento aveva composto in occasione del proprio matrimonio nell’agosto 1934 con la pittrice Jacqueline Lamba. Nello stesso anno lavorò alle sue prime illustrazioni per una raccolta di poesie e incise quattro stampe calcografiche per L’air de l’eaudi André Breton, intitolate La maine La fée du sel, quindi Le chevalier de paille, assieme ad Animal Ie Animal IIe Le serpent Ie Le serpent II. Abbandonato il Surrealismo, a causa di un litigio con lo stesso Breton, Giacometti sospende la sua produzione grafica per dieci anni. Tornerà nel 1946-47 con le illustrazioni per l’Histoire de ratsdi Georges Bataille, seguita nel 1949 dalla sua prima litografia, un ritratto di Tristan Tzara. L’inizio degli anni cinquanta vede Giacometti nuovamente intento a realizzare opere grafiche, adottando la litografia come moduspiù vicino al risultato ottenuto col disegno. Dalla metà degli anni cinquanta in poi Giacometti incrementò molto la produzione, che arrivò a essere nel 1956 addirittura più importante e numerosa di quella plastica e pittorica. Sempre affascinato dalla scrittura e dalla poesia, era disponibile alle richieste di artisti, intellettuali e galleristi che gli commissionavano illustrazioni e frontespizi per pubblicazioni d’arte.

La ricerca di Giacometti sulla figura umana diventò progressivamente sempre più presente, trattata in maniera tematica nel 1957 nelle stampe realizzate per la rivista “Derrière le Miroir”, promossa dal gallerista-editore Maeght. Questo orientamento rifletteva le nuove preoccupazioni formali dell’artista, portandolo nelle sue sculture ad abbandonare i gruppi a favore di figure isolate e spesso di grandi dimensioni, per esprimere il profondo senso di disagio esistenziale. In questo periodo, l’artista decide di focalizzare la sua attenzione sul ritratto per indagare il senso dell’essere umano. Giacometti ritraeva solo gli amici o chi aveva un’affinità elettiva con lui: molti di loro erano scrittori, filosofi o intellettuali. Le sessioni di posa diventavano veri e propri dialoghi fra l’artista e il soggetto e ne favorivano l’intimità e la conoscenza per la buona riuscita del ritratto stesso. Esemplari a tal proposito, i ritratti di Michel Leiris, André du Bouchet, Edith Boissonnas, Jacques Dupin, Pierre Loeb, o dell’artista André Derain. La figura femminile più frequentemente ritratta fin dall’adolescenza fu la madre Annetta, mentre cuciva, sotto la lampada, in posa, o immortalata in momenti di vita quotidiana. Poi, dal 1946, la sua principale modella femminile fu Annette, sua compagna di vita e poi moglie dal 1949, soggetto privilegiato per ritratti in primo piano, ma anche per nudi femminili. Con il 1964 apparve nelle incisioni anche la sua amante Caroline, il cui ritratto è inserito nell’ultima grande campagna litografica diParis sans fin, progetto incompiuto di un libro stampato che lo occuperà ininterrottamente dal 1958 al 1965.

Paris sans fin era la metafora visiva della vita e della città che egli amava profondamente, e che gli appariva tutto d’un colpo distante e lontana. Nella stupefacente consequenzialità delle 150 tavole litografiche Giacometti riporta la vita frenetica della metropoli, il fascino dei suoi monumenti, i bar frequentati, i musei, con visioni riprese all’esterno nelle strade, ma anche negli intimi momenti d’amore per Caroline. Ognuna delle quattro sezioni in cui è suddiviso il percorso espositivo, propone un dipinto, un disegno o una scultura particolarmente significativa per comprendere il rapporto tra i diversi mezzi di espressione.

La mostra è organizzata in collaborazione con la Fondation Giacometti di Parigi, l’Alberto Giacometti-Stiftung di Zurigo, la Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght di Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Francia), il Museo d’Arte dei Grigioni di Coira (Svizzera), il Museo Ciäsa Granda di Bregaglia (Svizzera), la Fondazione Marguerite Arp di Locarno (Svizzera), la Civica Raccolta delle Stampe “Achille Bertarelli” di Milano, la Galerie Kornfeld di Berna (Svizzera), l’Alberto Giacometti Museum di Sent (Svizzera).

Catalogo bilingue (italiano-inglese) Albert Skira (Milano-Ginevra)

          

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Maria Lai. Fame d’infinito

“All’essere umano non basta la terra sotto i piedi, non basta il sole sulla testa. L’uomo diventa adulto per realizzarsi oltre il proprio spazio e il proprio tempo”. Maria Lai

A distanza di un mese dalla riapertura della Stazione dell’Arte, il 26 giugno 2020 apre al pubblico il nuovo allestimento della collezione permanente dal titolo Maria Lai. Fame d’infinito. Arte da vedere, sentire, toccare: mai come in occasione del nuovo allestimento, le opere di Maria Lai attraverseranno ogni barriera fisica e intellettuale. Una mostra che è esperienza multisensoriale, concepita per favorire un nuovo approccio all’arte e nutrire la curiosità dei visitatori. Per soddisfare la nostra “Fame d’infinito”, l’esposizione recupera il dialogo diretto con il pubblico dopo lo stop per l’emergenza sanitaria e la riapertura dell’istituzione museale, avvenuta un mese fa.

La nuova esposizione aprirà al pubblico venerdì 26 giugno 2020, alle ore 15.00, negli spazi del museo fortemente voluto dall’artista ulassese, in piena sicurezza e nel rispetto delle indicazioni fornite dalle autorità preposte: ingressi contingentati (per un massimo di 10 persone alla volta) e mascherina obbligatoria.

La mostra è organizzata dalla Fondazione Stazione dell’Arte con il sostegno della Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, del Comune di Ulassai e della Fondazione di Sardegna. Curata da Davide Mariani, direttore del museo dedicato a Maria Lai, Fame d’infinito scandisce l’intero percorso dell’artista attraverso l’esposizione delle opere più significative da lei donate al Comune di Ulassai. La collezione restituisce, nella sua totalità, l’esperienza creativa di Maria Lai: dalle sculture ai disegni a matita e su china, dai telai alle tele cucite, dai celebri pani ai libri cuciti, dalle geografie alle installazioni e agli interventi ambientali.

Il progetto espositivo, concepito come un’esposizione permanente, è suddiviso secondo un ordine cronologico e tematico ed è arricchito dalla presenza di un sistema di apparati didattici, in italiano e in inglese, da alcune riproduzioni tattili dei manufatti in mostra e da un archivio multimediale interattivo.

MARIA LAI. FAME D’INFINITO
a cura di Davide Mariani
Museo Stazione dell’Arte
Ex Stazione ferroviaria, Ulassai (Nu)
Orari: dal martedì alla domenica, dalle 9:30 alle 19:30 (orario continuato) – ingressi contingentati
Chiusura settimanale: lunedì
Visite guidate: sospese
Per informazioni: Tel. 0782787055; e-mail: stazionedellarte@tiscali.it

Immagine in evidenza: Maria Lai Fame d’infinito. Installation view. Ph. E. Loi S. Melis Arasole Ç. Courtesy Fondazione Stazione dell’ Arte
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Dalí & Magritte. Two surrealist icons in dialogue

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exceptional exhibition to Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between the two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are highlighted.

Dalí and Magritte both aim to challenge reality, question our gaze and shake up our certainties. The Catalan and the Belgian show a fascinating proximity, despite their very different creations and personalities, which would eventually lead them to drift apart.In the spring of 1929, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte meet in Paris, surrounded by the great names of the artistic avant-garde. In August of the same year, at Dalí’s invitation, Magritte travels to Cadaqués, the Spanish painter’s home base. This surrealist summer – which also includes visits by Éluard, Miró and Buñuel – will prove decisive.

The exhibition reveals the personal, philosophical and aesthetic links between these two iconic artists through more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and archival objects.

The “Dalí & Magritte” exhibition is held under the High Patronage of their Majesties the King and Queen and is organized by the RMFAB in collaboration with the Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida), the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Magritte Foundation. More than 40 international museums and private collections have lent their masterpieces for this unique exhibition, which ties in with the festivities organised around the Magritte Museum’s 10th anniversary.
Exhibition curator: Michel Draguet, Director General of the RMFAB.

VIDEO Behind The Scenes at the exhibition DALÍ & MAGRITTE

Dalí & Magritte Two surrealist icons in dialogue

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11
info@fine-arts-museum.be

Image: Magritte, The Blood of the World, 1925

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Tomás Saraceno – Aria

Le opere di Tomás Saraceno (Argentina, 1973) possono essere interpretate come una ricerca continua tra arte, architettura, biologia, astrofisica e ingegneria. Le sue sculture sospese, i suoi progetti collettivi e le sue installazioni interattive propongono ed esplorano nuove forme sostenibili di vivere ed esperire la realtà che ci circonda. La sua arte coinvolge il pubblico in esperienze immaginative e partecipative per ripensare collettivamente il modo in cui abitiamo il mondo, al di là di una prospettiva solo umana.

In quello che costituisce il suo più grande progetto mai realizzato in Italia, l’artista trasformerà Palazzo Strozzi in un nuovo spazio unitario mettendo insieme sue celebri opere e una nuova grande produzione site specific. Affiancata da un ricco programma di attività interdisciplinari, la mostra creerà una sorta di organismo vivente tra l’umano e il non umano, il visibile e l’invisibile, in cui tutti gli esseri entrano in connessione contribuendo alla creazione di una nuova realtà condivisa.

Firenze – Palazzo Strozzi
Tomás Saraceno – Aria
a cura di Arturo Galansino
Dal 22 Febbraio 2020 al 19 Luglio 2020

Tutti i giorni inclusi i festivi 10.00-20.00; Giovedì 10.00-23.00

Enti promotori: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi e Studio Tomás Saraceno

info: +39 055 2645155

info@palazzostrozzi.org

Immagine: Tomás Saraceno, A Thermodynamic Imaginary, 2018. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2018

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Dadamaino – Dare tempo allo spazio

La galleria A arte Invernizzi inaugura giovedì 28 novembre 2019 alle ore 18.30 una mostra personale di Dadamaino (Milano 1930 – 2004), che ripercorre i diversi momenti della ricerca dell’artista mettendo in luce l’unitarietà e la continuità che ne hanno segnato le scelte estetiche e personali nel corso del tempo.

“Nella feconda stagione di radicali azzeramenti linguistici – scrive Bruno Corà – a cavallo tra la fine degli anni Cinquanta e l’inizio del 1960, accanto alle proposte degli artefici di Azimuth Piero Manzoni ed Enrico Castellani, trova posto l’azione affiancatrice dell’opera di Dadamaino, integra figura tra quelle emerse dalla tensione spazialista avviata da Fontana. Ma, non diversamente da quegli artisti, Dadamaino raggiunge rapidamente un’autonomia linguistica autorevole e autonoma”.

All’ingresso della galleria si trova l’opera Oggetto ottico-dinamico (1962), in cui le diverse tessere in alluminio applicate su tavola dall’artista creano delle “scacchiere” variabili che guidano lo sguardo attraverso percezioni illusorie. Al primo piano della galleria sono esposti tre lavori appartenenti al ciclo de “La Ricerca del colore” (1967) in cui l’artista ha approfondito il rapporto che viene ad instaurarsi fra diverse coppie di colori combinate, in termini quantitativi e qualitativi, utilizzando i sette colori dello spettro (rosso, arancio, giallo, verde, celeste, blu e violetto) associati con bianco, nero e marrone. Nella stessa sala sono presenti anche due tavole del ciclo “Cromorilievi” (1974), in cui l’intenzionalità pittorica emerge, più che dalla variazione dei toni, dalla disposizione degli elementi geometrici utilizzati da Dadamaino per creare molteplici effetti dinamici e luministici che alludono alla profondità visiva. Nella seconda sala del piano superiore si trovano i lavori del ciclo “L’inconscio razionale” (1975-1977), in cui l’intreccio perpendicolare di linee orizzontali e verticali, che affiorano e si nascondono in modo discontinuo sulla superficie, si apre a componenti nuove, più legate a criteri irrazionali e inconsci. Negli ambienti successivi dello stesso piano sono esposte opere appartenenti alla serie dei “Volumi”, che l’artista ha realizzato tra il 1958 e il 1960, e che si differenziano in diverse tipologie, in relazione al numero dei fori realizzati sulla tela, fino a giungere ai “Volumi a moduli sfasati” (1960) in cui la superficie trasparente viene movimentata dalla fitta successione di fori regolari, praticati su fogli di materiale plastico sovrapposti. La riflessione sul segno che Dadamaino avvia con “L’inconscio razionale” viene maggiormente indagata al piano inferiore della galleria, dove nelle opere appartenenti al ciclo “Costellazioni” (1984-1987) – tra cui Ennetto, presentato alla XI Quadriennale di Roma del 1986 – si può notare una maggiore e progressiva apertura nel rapporto con lo spazio, in cui viene meno la dipendenza rispetto alla struttura lineare della scrittura. Il segno diviene via via una traccia, senza un preciso ordine di svolgimento, e si identifica come pura energia senza un inizio e una fine. Così, quasi fossero solchi nella superficie, i tratti che percorrono le opere della serie “Passo dopo passo” (1988-1990), “Il movimento delle cose” (1990-1996) e dei successivi “Sein und Zeit” (1997-2000), attraverso un minuto e costante proliferare di segni sulla superficie trasparente del poliestere, racchiudono il rapporto tra l’infinitamente piccolo del gesto preciso e chiuso nel momento definito dall’accadimento e l’infinitamente grande del tempo nel suo continuo scorrere.

In occasione della mostra verrà pubblicato un volume bilingue che ripercorrerà l’iter creativo di Dadamaino dalla fine degli anni Cinquanta al 2000, con la riproduzione delle opere in mostra, un saggio introduttivo di Bruno Corà, una poesia di Carlo Invernizzi e un aggiornato apparato bio-bibliografico.

DADAMAINO. DARE TEMPO ALLO SPAZIO
VOLUME CON SAGGIO DI: BRUNO CORÀ
PERIODO ESPOSITIVO: 28 NOVEMBRE 2019 – 5 FEBBRAIO 2020
ORARI: DA LUNEDÌ A VENERDÌ 10-13 15-19, SABATO SU APPUNTAMENTO

A ARTE INVERNIZZI
VIA DOMENICO SCARLATTI 12  20124  MILANO  ITALY
TEL. FAX +39 02 29402855  info@aarteinvernizzi.it

Immagine: Costellazioni, 1986

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Musja. The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?

Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Monster Chetwynd, Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Sheela Gowda, James Lee Byars, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Gregor Schneider, Chiharu Shiota

Curated by Danilo Eccher

Musja, the exhibition space in via dei Chiavari 7 in Rome presided over by Ovidio Jacorossi, becomes a private museum with the opening on October 9 of Who is afraid of the Dark?, the first exhibition within The Dark Side project, a three year programme curated by Danilo Eccher.

The vast art collection owned by Jacorossi, covering the period from the early 19th century Italian to the present, will be flanked by the most innovative contemporary trends in the international panorama in order to highlight the fundamental contribution of art to personal and collective growth. The new museum also sets out to become established as a focus for the development of civil society in Rome, and to carry forward cultural commitment, and dialogue with international public and private institutions and museums.

The complex thematic setting of The Dark Side project is organized into three exhibitions spread over three years, and dedicated to: “Fear of the Dark,” “Fear of Solitude,” and “Fear of Time.” The first event in the new exhibition programme—“Fear of the Dark”—brings together 13 of the most important international artists with large site-specific installations and large-scale artworks by established artists, such as Gregor Schneider, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Christian Boltanski, James Lee Byars as well as new protagonists on the contemporary art scene such as Monster Chetwynd, Sheela Gowda, and Chiharu Shiota. There is a substantial Italian component with works and installations by Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Monica Bonvicini. During the opening of the exhibition, and thereafter at monthly intervals, there will be a performance by “Differenziale Femminile,” a group of four actresses, in the rooms of the gallery.

The majority of the site-specific works will be produced especially for the exhibition, while others are loans from various institutions, galleries and some others are part of the Jacorossi collection. All of them were selected for their power to draw the viewer in and encourage reflection on the topic while, at the same time, introducing some essential aspects of current contemporary art research. Visitors will be able to analyse their own reactions to sensory and tactile experiences, theatrical and magical visions, rituals and settings, anxieties that take different and unexpected forms only to melt away.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition, published by Silvana Editoriale, contains a wealth of images by all the participating artists as well as written contributions. In addition to Danilo Eccher’s contribution, there are also some intellectually complex views on the theme of the dark by theologian Gianfranco Ravasi, theoretical physicist Mario Rasetti, psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna and philosopher Federico Vercellone. Different points of view, cross-cutting approaches, intellectual fields that diverge, overlap and are interwoven, give the project much greater scope than a standard art exhibition.

In the course of the exhibition, Musja will also be holding a series of meetings on the theme, coordinated by Federico Vercellone, professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy at Turin University.

The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?
October 9, 2019–March 1, 2020

Musja
via dei Chiavari 7
Rome
Italy

Image artwork by Gino De Dominicis, Jacorossi collection

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Antony Gormley – Solo Exhibition

Acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley presents his most significant solo exhibition for over a decade. A conversation between old works and new, it will span his wide-ranging practice and exploit the scale and light of the RA’s architecture.

This exhibition is intended as a form of adventure that invites both physical and imaginative participation. The body in Gormley’s work is not a protagonist in a narrative, nor an ideal, a portrait or a memorial – it is the body inand as space.

Early experimental sculptures, objects and drawings – often made using his own body as a primary tool, material and subject – are brought together with large scale environments made especially for the RA. Using organic, industrial and elemental materials, such as iron, steel, lead, seawater and clay, the solidity and certainty of sculpture is put to the test, acknowledging entropy, disintegration, the experience of disorientation. Our understanding of matter itself is under scrutiny – what it means to have a body, when every ‘thing’ is essentially space and energy. Sculpture, for Antony Gormley, is not treated as a ‘thing apart’, separate from its context; it is a means of interrogating and activating its space and place. His negotiation of the surface of the body, his preoccupation with the space within, treads the line between the body as a container of feeling, a living reality, our ‘condition’, and the body as an abstract entity.

From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for the galleries of Royal Academy of Arts, it will be present his most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley will be the next artist to take over our Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay. We will also bring to light rarely-seen early works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which led to Gormley using his own body as a tool to create work, as well as a selection of his pocket sketchbooks and drawings.

Throughout a series of experiential installations, some brand-new, some remade for the RA’s galleries, we will invite visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies. Highlights include Clearing VII, an immersive ‘drawing in space’ made from kilometres of coiled, flexible metal which visitors find their own path through, and Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenging our perception of which way is up.

Perhaps best-known for his 200-tonne Angel of the North installation near Gateshead, and his project involving 24,000 members of the public for Trafalgar Square’s the Fourth Plinth, Antony Gormley is one of the UK’s most celebrated sculptors.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Caiger-Smith, with Sarah Lea, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Please note: if you are sensitive to enclosed spaces, one of the works may not be suitable for you to enter. Please ask a member of staff for the best route around. Some of the works contain water, sharp edges and materials that can transfer onto clothing.

Looking for Friends previews? Reserve your slot for 18-20 September

Antony Gormley
Solo Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
September 21 – December 3, 2019

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DORA MAAR in Paris

The largest French retrospective ever devoted to Dora Maar (1907-1997) invites you to discover all the facets of her work, through more than five hundred works and documents. Initially a professional photographer and surrealist before becoming a painter, Dora Maar is an artist of undeniable renown. Far beyond the image, to which she is all too often limited, of her intimate relationship with Picasso, this exhibition retraces the life of an accomplished artist and a free and independent intellectual.

The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, in coproduction with the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and in collaboration with the Tate Modern (London).

PRESENTATION BY THE CURATORS
“To Dora of the varied, always beautiful, faces”. Lise Deharme’s dedication to her friend Dora Maar in a copy of Cœur de Pic (1937) poetically sums up the various facets of her artistic career: between photographer and painter, between youthful Surrealist revolution and the existential introspection that marked her painting activity after World War II.

With the collaboration of the J. Paul Getty Museum and in partnership with the Tate Modern, the exhibition organized by the Centre Pompidou aims to highlight, for the first time in a French museum, Dora Maar’s work as an artist, and not only as the muse and mistress of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. Although for many she remains the model of La femme qui pleure, Dora Maar has nevertheless recently enjoyed critical reception and recognition in studies dedicated to Surrealism and photography. Several exhibitions organized by the Musée National d’Art Moderne, “Explosante fixe” and, more recently, “La Subversion des images” and “Voici Paris”, accorded a special place to Dora Maar’s Surrealist work, with enigmatic photographs such as Portrait d’Ubu and Le Simulateur, a photomontage that joined the museum’s collections in 1973.
The donation of Simulateur was the beginning of the Centre Pompidou’s continued interest in Dora Maar’s photographic work. The 1980s and 1990s were marked by various acquisitions, culminating in 2011 with the arrival of ten prints from the Bouqueret collection. In 2004 the purchase of her studio collection, consisting of some one thousand eight hundred and ninety negatives and two hundred and eighty contact prints, made the collection preserved in the Musée National d’Art Moderne one of the largest public collections of Dora Maar’s work. The recent digitization of negatives has now rendered her work accessible to a large audience of researchers and amateurs. Dora Maar is the only artist with a large portfolio of photographs preserved in the collections – Brancusi, Brassaï, Éli Lotar, Man Ray – who has not yet been the subject of a major exhibition project. Thanks to original archives and close scientific collaboration between the curatorship teams at the Centre Pompidou and the Getty Museum, the Dora Maar retrospective traces the development of this independent artist through more than four hundred works and documents: from her first commissions for fashion and advertising as a studio photographer, to her political commitments as witnessed by her street photographs, including her Surrealist activity and her meeting with Picasso. Lastly, the exhibition shines a special spotlight on her work as a painter, an activity to which she devoted herself for nearly forty years. Like her fellow female photographers, Laure Albin Guillot, Rogi André, Nora Dumas and Germaine Krull, who were active like her between the wars, Dora Maar belongs to the generation of women who liberated themselves professionally and socially through their work as photographers, a profession that was undergoing complete renewal with the development of the illustrated press and advertising. After studying graphic art in the Comité des Dames of the Union des Arts Décoratifs, Dora Maar trained in photography in the late 1920s. Like her mentor, Emmanuel Sougez, she preferred to work in a studio and collaborated with Pierre Kéfer, a set designer for films, from 1931 to 1935. “Kéfer-Dora Maar” became the name and the official credit for the studio, figuring in prints and publications at the time, even when Dora Maar or Pierre Kéfer worked alone on projects. Kéfer’s social flair enabled them to specialise in portraits, fashion and advertising illustrations for the cosmetics sector. This exhibition accords a central position to Dora Maar, a professional photographer endowed with an inventiveness that combined great technical mastery with a dreamlike universe that was much praised by her contemporaries.Continue Reading..

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Mag

Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis, curated by Germano Celant, is the major retrospective dedicated to the artist following his death in 2017. Developed in collaboration with Archivio Kounellis, the project brings together more 70 works from 1958 to 2016, from both Italian and international museums, as well as from important private collections both in Italy and abroad. The show explores the artistic and exhibition history of Jannis Kounellis (Piraeus 1936–Rome 2017), establishing a dialogue between his works and the eighteenth-century spaces of Ca’ Corner della Regina.

The artist’s early works, originally exhibited between 1960 and 1966, deal with urban language. These paintings reproduce actual writings and signs from the streets of Rome. Later on, the artist transferred black letters, arrows and numbers onto white canvases, paper or other surfaces, in a language deconstruction that expresses a fragmentation of the real. From 1964 onward, Kounellis addressed subjects taken from nature, from sunsets to roses. In 1967 Kounellis’ investigation turned more radical, embracing concrete and natural elements including birds, soil, cacti, wool, coal, cotton, and fire.

Kounellis moved from a written and pictorial language to a physical and environmental one. Thus the use of organic and inorganic entities transformed his practice into corporeal experience, conceived as a sensorial transmission. In particular, the artist explored the sound dimension through which a painting is translated into sheet music to play or dance to. Already in 1960, Kounellis began chanting his letters on canvas, and in 1970 the artist included the presence of a musician or a dancer. An investigation into the olfactory, which began in 1969 with coffee, continued through the 1980s with elements like grappa, in order to escape the illusory limits of the painting and join with the virtual chaos of reality.In the installations realized toward the end of the 1960s, the artist sets up a dialectic battle between the lightness, instability and temporal nature connected with the fragility of the organic element and the heaviness, permanence, artificiality and rigidity of industrial structures, represented by modular surfaces in gray-painted metal. In the same period Kounellis participated in exhibitions that paved the way to Arte Povera, which in turn translated into an authentic form of visual expression. An approach that recalls ancient culture, interpreted according to a contemporary spirit, in contrast with the loss of historical and social identity that took place during the postwar period. Beginning in 1967, the year of the so-called “fire daisy,” the phenomenon of combustion began to appear frequently in the artist’s work: a “fire writing” that enlights the transformative and regenerative potential of flames. At the height of the mutation, according to alchemical tradition, we find gold, employed by the artist in multiple ways. In the installation Untitled (Tragedia civile) (1975), the contrast between the gold leaf that covers a bare wall and the black clothing hanging on a coat hanger underlines the dramatic nature of a scene that alludes to a personal and historical crisis. In Kounellis’ work smoke, naturally connected with fire, functions both as a residual of a pictorial process, and as proof of the passage of time. The traces of soot on stones, canvases and walls that characterize some of his works from 1979 and 1980 indicate a personal “return to painting,” in opposition to the anti-ideological and hedonistic approach employed in a large part of the painting production in the 1980s. Throughout his artistic research Kounellis develops a tragic and personal relationship with culture and history, avoiding a refined and reverential attitude. He would eventually represent the past with an incomplete collection of fragments of classical statues, as in the work from 1974. Meanwhile, in other works the Greco-Roman heritage is explored through the mask, as in the 1973 installation made up of a wooden frame on which plaster casts of faces are placed. The door is another symbol of the artist’s intolerance for the dynamics of his present. The passageways between rooms are closed up with stones, wood, sewing machines and iron reinforcing bars, making several spaces inaccessible in order to emphasize their unknown, metaphysical and surreal dimension.Continue Reading..

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Apr

Lygia Pape

Fondazione Carriero presents Lygia Pape, curated by Francesco Stocchi, the first solo exhibition ever held in an Italian institution on one of the leading figures of Neoconcretism in Brazil, organized in close collaboration with Estate Projeto Lygia Pape

Fifteen years after the death of Lygia Pape (Rio de Janeiro, 1927-2004), Fondazione Carriero sets out to narrate and explore the career of the Brazilian artist, emphasizing her eclectic, versatile approach. Across a career spanning over half a century, Pape came to grips with multiple languages—from drawing to sculpture, video to dance and poetry, ranging into installation and photography— absorbing the experiences of European modernism and blending them with the cultural tenets of her country, generating a very personal synthesis of artistic practices. Inserted in the architecture of the Foundation, the exhibition represents a true voyage in the artist’s world, organized in different spaces, each of which delves into one specific aspect of her work, through the presentation of nuclei of pieces from 1952 to 2000. The exhibition provides an opportunity for knowledge, analysis and investigation of an artist whose practice embodies some of the key areas of research of Post-War. 

The exhibition Lygia Pape offers visitors a chance to approach the artist’s output and to observe it from multiple vantage points, starting from analysis of her research, a synthesis of invention and contamination from which color, intuition and sensuality emerge. Full and empty, interior and exterior, presence and absence coexist, conveying Pape’s figure and continuous experimentation, sustained by an ability to combine materials and techniques through the use of unconventional modes and languages of expression. Seen as a whole, her research reveals the way each new project develops as a natural evolution of those that preceded it. These connections are highlighted in the display of the works, spreading through the three floors of the Foundation and linked together by a common root, a leitmotif that originates in observation of nature and develops in a maximum formal tension using a reduced vocabulary.
The works on view include Livro Noite e Dia and Livro da Criação, books seen as objects with which to establish a relationship, condensations of mental and sensory experiences. The Tecelares, a series of engravings on wood, combine the Brazilian folk tradition with the Constructivist research of European origin. The exhibition also features Tteia1, the distinguished installation that embodies Lygia Pape’s investigation of materials, the third dimension and the constant drive towards reinvention and reinterpretation of her language.
 Today her work offers interesting tools for the interpretation of the issues of our present, in an approach based less on rules and more on spontaneity, applied by the artist has a key for deconstructing the standards and schemes of preconceptions. 

About Fondazione Carriero
Fondazione Carriero opened to the public in 2015, thanks to the great passion of its founder for art and his desire to share this passion with the public. It is a non-profit institution that joins research activities to commissioning new works for solo, and group exhibitions.

With the creation of a free venue open to everyone, the Foundation aims to promote, enhance, and spread modern and contemporary art and culture, acting as a cultural center in collaboration with the most acclaimed and innovative contemporary artists while also drawing attention to new artists or those from the past who deserve to be reconsidered. From a perspective that joins rediscovery and experimentation, investigations into any form of intellectual expression are joined with commissioning new works.

Lygia Pape
March 28–July 21, 2019 

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