takes up where the celebrated exhibition Italian Metamorphosis,
put together by Germano Celant in 1995, left off. Important works from the Pinault collection are the focal point the exhibition hinges on, through Arte Povera, Minimalism, Post Pop, Neo Avante-guard and the new generations: from artists of the past (Merz, Kounellis, Pascali, Fontana, Boetti, Zorio, Battaglia) to artists of today (Cattelan, Lambri, Tuttofuoo, Arienti, Beecroft). The collection of contemporary Italian art on view to the public for the first time is illustrated by articles untangling the tensions and artistic trends which have imbued the last 40 years (under the general editorship of Francesco Bonami), and also take a look at the principal artists who characterised them (Gingeras). The historical, sociological and cultural background (by Empoli, Guerzoni, Manacorda) is accompanied by a short, but exhaustive, illustrated chronology.
314 pages, Palazzo Grassi/MCA Chicago/Electa.
The exhibition Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008
was presented at the MCA Nov 14, 2009 – Feb 14, 2010. Learn more.