21 September 2014–17 May 2015

Exhibition Overview

This year’s return of the Spazio -1, features an exhibition of more than 140 artworks from the Olgiati’s collection, including artworks by some of the most important international artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

An unprecedented body of work is presented within the exhibition, in dialogue with staples from the collection’s permanent core. The section entitled PINK is dedicated to women artists, who despite originating in different generations are united by the extraordinary influence they all had on their own diverse artistic scenes.

The PINK section of the exhibition hosts works by Carla Accardi (1924-2014), Kerstin Bratsch (1969), Heidi Bücher (1926-1993), Niki De Saint Phalle (1930-2002), Chiara Dynys (1958), Shannon Ebner (1971), Mona Hatoum (1953), Rebecca Horn (1944), Roni Horn (1955), Liz Larner (1960), Marisa Merz (1926), Paola Pivi (1971), R.H. Quaytman (1961), Pamela Rosenkranz (1979), Tatiana Trouvè (1968) and Rachel Whiteread (1963).

The exhibition also offers a tribute to Italian artist Carla Accardi (1924-2014), who recently passed away, with a selection of some of the most significant large pieces from her artistic journey on display.

The PINK exhibition project revolves around a fundamental question: what does ‘abstract art’ mean today? Once the basic opposition between abstraction and figurative, typical of the 20th century’s avant-gardes, disappears, what kind of abstraction is possible today? In an era where pictorial practice seems to have lost its supremacy and digital techniques have taken the upper hand, how can the practice of abstraction re-define itself?
The exhibition raises such questions within the perspective of the female universe. PINK investigates the legitimacy of the masculine/feminine distinction within contemporary artistic practice.

Women’s art is PINK.

PINK is colour, not matter, not substance, not message. Indeed, it is power, clarity, vivacity, a clin d'oeil, a cheeky smile, a game. PINK does not go unnoticed, its uniqueness makes it stand out; it is a way to see the world.

As regards the wider collection displayed at -1, the exhibition’s sections dedicated to the founding cores (Arte Povera, Nouveau Réalisme and the collection of Futurist books and original documents, among others) remain the same as in previous exhibitions; however, they are enriched by a number of new works which are extremely important additions. Among them, a Mappa (Map) by Alighiero Boetti, a marble sculpture by Luciano Fabro and an historic piece from 1982 by Anish Kapoor. In addition, some recently acquired works by contemporary artists will also be on display (Douglas Gordon, Karl Haendel, Sterling Ruby and Not Vital), scattered within the collection’s historical cores.

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