Opening: 7 February 6-8pm
We are delighted to invite you to discover the first wearable art project by renowned Italian artist Giulio Paolini in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani.
Paolini’s jewellery is a manifesto of the artist’s idea of love, expressed using an elemental and timeless artistic language. He achieved to capture, in a subtle and elegant manner, the underlying intimacy and complicity within a couple. Escaping any dramatic effects, the artist materialises the silent dialogue taking place between two lovers . The ‘Due in Uno’ ( ‘Two in One’) ring for example, ‘consists of a line in movement that comes to an end at the same point it departed. Two rings, in this case, chase each other to show form and function as two equal things, or better, one single thing.’ G. Paolini
Inspired by former installations of the artist ‘Amore e Psiche’ and ‘Sulla Soglia’, Paolini conceived three pendants representing a woman in Hellenistic style seen from behind, facing directly at the heart of the wearer. These pieces are uncompleted when unworn since their significance is to point out those hidden secrets, creating an interrelation between art and wearer and highlighting the universality of the gaze as a bonding action.
About Giulio Paolini
Italian artist Giulio Paolini (b. 1940) is a leading figure in the Post-War Italian art, often associated to the Arte Povera movement, and came to prominence as part of a generation of Italian artists including Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto. His belief that a work of art is not just itself in the ‘here and now’ but also the record of earlier traditions, has led him to investigate art’s relation to the past. Driven by an exploration into the nature of images, the making of art and the role of the artist, Paolini asserts that ‘to be authentic, a work of art must forget about its author.’
Numerous retrospective exhibitions on Paolini have been organized worldwide, in many institutions including: Palazzo della Pilotta, Parma (1976); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1980); Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne (1984), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1986); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma (1988); Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (1998); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2003); Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (2005), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014). Currenlty, at the Center for Italian Modern Art, New York (2016), it is on view the show ‘Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico’.
Paolini has participated in numerous Arte Povera shows and has repeatedly been invited to exhibit at Documenta, Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992) and at the Biennale, Venice (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2013).