The display will focus mainly on the essence of form particularly within the research of Post-War art. Geometric forms (such as circles, ovals, rectangles) appear as a final destination for some artists, while for others, colours and action come together to perceive the limit of the canvas, such as Emilio Vedova’s (1919-2006) massive and maneuverable painted object on wood, Non Dove ’86 - 2, 1986. Vedova’s highly energetic approach pushed abstract painting into new territory by combining painting with sculpture, performance and architecture. Vedova’s first solo exhibition in the USA was held at Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York, in 1951, and he received the Grand Prize for Painting at the 1960 Venice Biennale. To honour the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Palazzo Reale in Milan will open Emilio Vedova, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant, dedicated to the artist from 6 December 2019 to 9 February 2020.
Works by Alberto Burri (1915-1995) will be presented, including Cellotex, 1984, a vivid red acrylic produced on celotex. By discarding the traditional approach to painting and utilising materials such as celotex, plastic and burlap, Burri’s raw artistic expression altered the way in which artists subsequently worked around the world. For Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), a pioneer of Arte Povera, the physical reality of the materials was paramount, including the ‘weight’, and he is known for using found objects, such as iron, lead and burlap. On display will be a work from 2008, created from lead, wire, Murano glass and fabric. Also presented will be powerful contemporary works in lead and wood by Nunzio (b.1954), that explore material and immaterial effect as related to light and space. Following the artistic legacy of Burri, he often uses combustion to create his art to trigger a metamorphosis in the matter. From the beginning of his career, Nunzio played an instrumental role configuring a different vision of sculpture structured around his personal conception exploring the language of shape and its interrelation with space. In his work the artist creates a pugnacious action between lightness and weight.
Lucio Fontana (1899 -1968) who is best known for his revolutionary Tagli or "cuts", which consist of slashed, ripped canvases, will be represented by Concetto Spaziale Attese from the 1960s. This will include a striking work in black and pink, Concetto Spaziale, Attesa, from 1964. Fontana’s example has taught generations that the surface is also a starting point to discover other dimensions. By investigating beyond the canvas, his slashed canvas (Tagli) became one of the most recognisable gestures of the Post-War era.
To coincide with two exhibitions by Hans Hartung (1904-1989) currently presented at Mazzoleni London and Turin, significant works from the 60s will be presented; this will include T1962-H19, 1962, a painting that exemplifies Hartung’s innovative use of ‘grattage’, a technique where freshly applied paint is removed by scraping in order to create a dynamic work with intense marks. A key artist of European Art Informel, the exhibitions honour the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death.