This fall, the Institute of Contemporary Art will present Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT, a retrospective exploring the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier on view from September 13 through December 23, 2017. A founding member of the Italian design collective Memphis, Du Pasquier’s work across painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and design demonstrates a unique and considered interpretation of space and objects.
The exhibition at ICA is co-curated by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at ICA; and Luca Lo Pinto, curator at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, where the first iteration of the retrospective was initially conceived and presented by Lo Pinto last fall. Featuring more than 100 works spanning from the early 1980s to the present, including a number of new and never-before-seen pieces, the exhibition juxtaposes graphic patterns with abstracted, figurative paintings, creating a fully immersive environment that underscores the artist’s systematic dismantling of the hierarchy between design and fine art, and between three-dimensional form and two-dimensional representation.
Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-produced by ICA and Kunsthalle Wien, which is published by Sternberg Press and features an extensive conversation with Nathalie Du Pasquier and curator Luca Lo Pinto, as well as short essays by Andrew Ayers, Dafne Boggeri, Barbara Radice, Steve Piccolo, and Lodovico Pignatti Morano.
Support for this exhibition has been provided by 4Spaces Textiles Zurich Switzerland, Memphis Srl, Dorothy & Martin Bandier, Charles X Block, Carol & John Finley, Cheri & Steven Friedman, Christina Weiss Lurie, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, and Stephanie & David Simon.