LONDRES : EXPOSITION PAOLO SCHEGGI "IN DEPTH" A MODERN ITALIAN ART
Du 03/07/2019 au 15/09/2019
Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, LONDRES
Du 3 juillet au 15 septembre 2019,
Paolo Scheggi(1940-1971) belonged to the neo-avant-gardeof the 1960s and was one of the protagonists of Spatialism. Organized in collaboration with the Associazione Paolo Scheggi, Milan, this is the first solo show by Scheggi in a British museum. This exhibition spans his entire career, startingfrom his most famous works formed of overlapping layers of canvas pierced by biomorphic or geometric openings, providing a comprehensive overview of an extraordinarily experimental and multidisciplinary career.It runs at London’s Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art from 3 July until 15 September 2019.Scheggi was born in Settignano (Florence) in 1940, and died in Rome in 1971. Over the course of a ‘long’ decade (1958-1971), the artist’s research engaged with a range of disciplines, from the visual arts to architecture, fashion, poetry, and urban and theatrical performance. Hisinvestigations into the relationship between the surface and the depth of the visual field built on the example of Lucio Fontana, who represented something of a spiritual father for the young artist.The exhibition features Scheggi’s early pieces formed of monochrome or multi-coloured metal sheets, which he produced during the late 1950s, as well as the Reflected Zones and Intersurfaces of the 1960s, constructed from three layered canvases incorporating organic, elliptical or perfectly circular openings. Also on display are the Inter-ena-cubesformed of coloured cardboard and Plexiglas modules with which he continued his research into the relationship between the artwork and the viewer.The show includes clothes by Germana Marucelli –a protagonist of Italian high fashion, for whom Scheggi designed fabrics and coordinated items of jewellery –and explores Scheggi’s sculptural installations and environments, as well as his designs for the theatre and other kinds of performance dating from the late 1960s. Itconcludes with the conceptual works of the early 1970s, incorporating metaphysical and mythical-political messages, and is complemented by a selection of original archival material, such as documents, photographs and historical exhibition catalogues. The show is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication containing an essay by the exhibition’s curator Ilaria Bignotti.
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