From April 10 to June 29, 2018, during the Milan Art Week and miart fair, Fondazione Adolfo Pini is pleased to present Labyrinth by Jimmie Durham (U.S., 1940), a site-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
Exhibition April 10 -
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Jimmie Durham & Maria Thereza Alves, The Man Who Had a Beautiful House (still), 1994.
Video. Courtesy of the artist.
Since the 1960s, Jimmie Durham’s work has highlighted the system of conventions in which we live, in relation to our ideas, behaviours, history and its interpretations. Questioning these conventions means opening oneself to doubt, highlighting the multi-
Many of his works consist of arrangements of natural or industrial materials, grafted one onto the other. Such materials usually escape our attention or are too far below any of our value to be taken into account; therefore, these works stand as statements on the nature of things and their value. Some of Durham’s installations are made from found or created objects: these objects encompass everyday life, tell stories, and tell us who we are. Indeed, his activity is based on his will to give back to objects the possibility to show their own essence; deconstructing any superstructures surrounding them, and hence deconstructing the fundamental concepts of consumer culture.
This framework includes the artist’s focus on the theme of architecture, an element that has always been central to his work. Over the years, Durham has wanted to undermine the assertiveness of architecture, its monumentality. Object of his criticism is the sense of stability which makes an individual certain and peremptory, taking her away from doubt by bridling her critical thinking.
For Fondazione Adolfo Pini, the artist has created a new, site-
In the refined yet history-
Jimmie Durham (born 1940, U.S.) is an intellectual, essayist and poet, as well as a visual artist; and one of the main artists of our time.