John Armleder in “INCONTRI” at SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen

20 October 201314 September 2014


The three main currents that have shaped in the image of contemporary art from Italy in recent decades – Arte povera, ZERO, and Transavanguardia – have repeatedly been appreciated in exhibitions. But surveys of the whole of Italian contemporary art are still rare. The Schaufler Collection includes not only famous names but many artists who are scarcely a presence outside Italy. The exhibition Incontri thus illustrates the breadth of contemporary Italian art and locates it in the international context and clarifies its relevance.

More than thirty Italian artists are presented. They join in a dialogue with works by European and American contemporaries.

Incontri (Italian for “encounters) both juxtaposes works by artists who are known to have met and visualizes theoretical or fictional crossings of paths. Documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale play a fundamental role in artistic exchange even today. Moreover, since the late 1960s various internationally active art dealers have established a functioning network of young artists from Italy, the rest of Europe, and the United States.

Several highlights make Incontri a very special exhibition experience: Seven works by Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the main exponents of Arte Povera, illustrate his development from the early 1960s to the present. One high point is his “Love Difference Table, 2002–2013”, a loan from the project group Love Difference, which the artist founded in his native city, Biella. He received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for this project in 2003.

Several works by Ettore Spalletti are also being shown, of which “Nostalgia, Roma” of 2009, which consists of five columns, is particularly impressive. Unusual objects such as two house doors designed by Enrico Castellani and Lucio Fontana, respectively in 1967, round out the exhibition.

Artists in the exhibition: Getulio Alviani, Arman, John M. Armleder, Georg Baselitz, Banessa Beecroft, Harry Bertoia, Domenico Bianchi, Monica Bonvincini, Phillippe Bradshaw, Davide Bramante, Pol Bury, Antonio Calderara, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luigi Carboni, Lawrence Carroll, Vincenzo Castella, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Hugo Demarco, Piero Dorazio, Christian Eckart, Sylvie Fleury, Mauro Folci, Lucio Fontana, Helen Frankenthaler, Alberto Garutti, Marco Gastini, Gothard Graubner, Klaus Heider, Gerhard Hoeme, Candida Höffer, Donald Judd, Jannis Kounellis, Thomas Lenk, Francesco Lo Savio, Heinz Mack, Julia Mangold, Piero Manzoni, Fabian Marcaccio, Mirco Marchelli, Fausto Melotti, Mario Merz, Jonathan Monk, Marcello Morandini, Francois Morellet, Mauricio Nannucci, Kenneth Noland, Nam June Paik, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, A.R. Penck, Jack Pierson, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Fabrizio Plessi, Anne & Patrick Poirier, David Reed, Kenny Scharf, Mario Schifano, Turi Simeti, Richard Smith, Jesús Rafel Soto, Ettore Spalletti, Rudolf Stingel, Ketty Tagliatti, Günther Uecker, Michael Wesley, Ben Willikens

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