International 2012 Archives
Castello di Rivoli, Van Abbemuseum and Nottingham Contemporary have joined together to present an exhibition dedicated to the first twenty-
The monographic exhibition is itself tested to the limit by this Gilardi exhibition, as its contradictory title signals. The only singularly authored objects in the exhibition were made in the first five years it covers. These encompass sculptures made of polyurethane faithfully reproducing elements of the natural world, and culminate in his celebrated 'Nature Carpets', which take the form of artificial patches of landscape. But these very early pieces, too, were designed to be used and shared: Gilardi wanted people to lie on them, enter them and wear them. They were soon shown at leading international avant-
The other half of the exhibition focuses on Gilardi's creative and political work after renouncing object making. It is the first exhibition to consider this work in social and political domains beyond the art world as a radical continuation of his artistic praxis. Seen in this way, Gilardi followed through on his generation's ubiquitous desire to merge art with life, whereas most others fell short. However the consequence of having pursued this course fully and authentically, beyond the support system of art's institutional structures, has, inevitably but paradoxically, resulted in its excision from the reception of Gilardi's career. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue look to reinstate Gilardi's collaborative activities across these varied social domains within a radically extended understanding his practice. It does so through a wealth of documentary material in film, print and writing. The exhibition ends just prior to Gilardi's turn to large scale public art initiatives, beginning with the Ixiana Project in Paris, and characterised by a growing interest in the convergence of the fields of art, science and technology, which in recent years has lead to the Parco d'Arte Vivente in the Lingotto industrial district of Turin, the original crucible of the long Italian revolution of the 60s and 70s.
The exhibition is curated by Andrea Bellini, in collaboration with Diana Franssen.
Exhibition 16 April -
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Piero Gilardi, Vestito natura-
Piero Gilardi, Igloo, 1964. Photo F. Fernadez, Courtoisie Semiose galerie, Paris
On the occasion of the exhibition, JRP|Ringier is releasing this spring a monograph on Piero Gilardi. It will be the first book to offer a general and documented overview on his outstanding work and practice. Gathering an extensive interview between Piero Gilardi and Andrea Bellini, an essay by Diana Franssen, and an anthology of seminal texts on Gilardi's work (Sonnabend, Restany, Bonito Oliva, Popper, etc.). Published in English, Italian, and French, the book (224 pages, 19.5 x 24.5 cm, ISBN : 978-