Galleria Fumagalli presents the exhibition “Giulio Paolini. Teoria delle apparenze”, a selection of works from 1969 to 2015. Embracing the whole production of the artist, issued from a conceptual area of research, the exhibition gives an overview of Giulio Paolini’s work: from the perspective paintings of the ’70s, to the theatrical and literary dimension of the ’80s, until the recent studies on the author identity and his condition as a spectator.
The founding act of Giulio Paolini’s artistic research dates back to his “Disegno geometrico” (1960), a small canvas (40×60 cm) on which the artist traced the squaring of the surface. From that moment, the artist identifies as field of interest the fundaments of vision and the methods of artistic work. Thereafter, he develops a decoding process free from image processing and close to sign, geometric vision and mathematics.
With the exhibition “Giulio Paolini. Teoria delle apparenze”, Galleria Fumagalli pays homage to one of the most representative artists of the Italian avant-garde. Through installation, drawing, collage, plaster cast and photography, from the ’60s till today, Giulio Paolini explores the tautological and metaphysical nature of the artistic practice questioning its method structures and regenerating the work in always new perspectives. “My way of operating is in relationship, a continuous relay, between the previous and upcoming artwork. Every painting is ultimately the replica of the previous one (I would say that it comes to life as a replica of the previous one)”. (Giulio Paolini in “Dipingere la pittura”, interview by Nico Orengo in “Fuoricampo”, Turin 1973).
Giulio Paolini is born in Genoa in 1940, lives and works in Turin. Over the years, his work has been shown in eminent international institutions, among the latest solo shows: Center for Italian Modern Art, New York and Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (2016), Macro, Rome (2013), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2010), Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (2005), Mart, Rovereto (2004), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2003), CEAAC, Strasbourg e GAM, Turin (2001). From 1970 he participated in international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale, Rome Quadriennale, Sydney Biennale, Sculpture Biennial Münster, Documenta, Sao Paulo Biennale. His works are permanently displayed in public and private institutions all over the world.