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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled - Bracco di Ferro (1983)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled - Bracco di Ferro (1983)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
MILAN, ITALY  •  Mudec Library - Museo Delle Culture  •  28 October - 26 February 2016
 

The retrospective of the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat features some 140 paintings, drawings and ceramics executed between 1980 and 1987, largely on loan from the private collection of prominent New York art dealer Jose Mugrabi.



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Contact: Mudec Library - Museo Delle Culture
Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milano
Italy
Tel: (39) 02 54917

Installation from <EM>William N. Copley</EM>
Installation from William N. Copley
William N. Copley
MILAN, ITALY  •  Fondazione Prada  •  20 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
 
 

Organized in collaboration with The Menil Collection, Houston, the Italian counterpart of this retrospective is curated by Germano Celant, and retraces the entire career of the American artist – started in Los Angeles in the 1940s, developed in Paris and subsequently spanned across Europe and the United States.

Expanded considerably compared to the partner show in Houston, at Fondazione Prada William N. Copley stands out for its richness and the presence of never-before-seen materials. The exhibition includes over 150 works realized by Copley from 1948 to 1995, from international museums and collections all over the world (Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden), and constitutes the largest retrospective ever dedicated to the American painter. For the first time ever, Italian audiences are also being given the opportunity to admire a corpus of masterpieces by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Jean Tinguely, once part of Copley’s personal collection, today part of The Menil Collection.

In Milan, the exhibition William N. Copley develops on the two levels of the Podium. The first floor features a selection of significant works by the artist in dialogue with surrealist works from Copley’s private collection, retracing the artist’s long, complex biographical and intellectual journey; a path he shared with Marcel Duchamp, Ernst, Magritte and Man Ray, among others. This selection of works is completed by an impressive collection – in part presented to visitors for the first time ever – of publications, photographs, catalogues and archive materials that were made available by the William N. Copley Estate in New York.



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Contact: Fondazione Prada  Milano
Largo Isarco 2
20139 Milano
Italia
Tel: (39) 02 566 626 11

Homo sapiens: The new histories of human evolution
MILAN, ITALY  •  Museo Delle Culture  •  30 September 2016 - 26 February 2017
 

Two hundred thousand years ago Homo sapiens started out from a small valley in what is now Ethiopia on the journey that has led him to colonize the whole planet.

An international team of scientists from different disciplines worked together to draw the great historico-geographical map of the migrations that led to the global spread of modern man.

Geneticists, linguists, anthropologists and paleoanthropologists have pooled the results of their researches to create a wonderful panorama of the history of human evolution. The end product is a multimedia and interactive international exhibition, whose six sections recount the stories and adventures linked to the extraordinary displacements – many are still unknown – that have created the mosaic of human diversity.



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Contact: Museo Delle Culture
Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milano
Italy
Tel: (39) 02 54917

Betye Saar
Betye Saar
Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
MILAN, ITALY  •  Fondazione Prada  •  15 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
 
Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer is the first exhibition of the American artist in Italy, and brings together over 80 works including installations, assemblages, collages and sculptures produced between 1966 and 2016. Uneasy Dancer is an expression Betye Saar has used to define both herself and her artistic practice. In her own words, “my work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender.”

Several key elements lie at the center of her artistic practice: an interest in the metaphysical, the representation of feminine memory, and African-American identity which, in her work, takes on takes on evocative and unusual forms. As Saar has said about her work, “It was really about evolution rather than revolution, about evolving the consciousness in another way and seeing black people as human beings instead of the caricatures or the derogatory images.”

The exhibition Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer is accompanied by an illustrated publication, edited by Fondazione Prada, with essays by the curator Elvira Dyangani Ose and scholars Kellie Jones (Columbia University), Richard J. Powell (Duke University), and Deborah Willis (New York University).

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Largo Isarco, 2
20139 Milano
Italia
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Edward Kienholz:<EM> Five Car Stud,</EM> 1969–72 Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio
Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud, 1969–72
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio
Kienholz: Five Car Stud
MILAN, ITALY  •  Fondazione Prada Milano  •  19 May - 31 December 2016
 

The exhibition brings together a selection of artworks realized between 1959 to 1994 by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, including the well-known installation that gives the show its title.

Five Car Stud was created by Edward Kienholz from 1969 to 1972, and first exhibited at documenta 5 in Kassel, curated by Harald Szeemann.

A life-sized reproduction of a scene of racial violence, Five Car Stud is considered one of the American artist’s most significant works. Despite the controversy and attention that it earned from critics right from its debut, the piece remained hidden from view in the storage of a Japanese collector for almost forty years. The artwork was only presented once again to the viewing public in 2011 and 2012 following restoration, first at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and then at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Today the artwork is part of the Prada Collection, and is being shown for the first time ever in Italy, where it forms the central nucleus of an exhibition path that runs from the Sud gallery to the Deposito, and extends into an external space, presenting 25 artworks including sculpture, assemblages and tableaux realized by the Kienholzes from 1959 to 1994, as well as documentation material on the history and making of Five Car Stud.

Five Car Stud catapults the viewer into a nightmarish situation, immersing him and her in a dimension – either removed or forgotten – of extreme violence. More than forty years after it was first created, the artwork’s expressive force, its powerful symbolic charge and the lucidity of the accusation against racial persecution retain their original strength.

Among the other tableaux, assemblages and sculptures by Ed and Nancy Kienholz included in the exhibition are the wooden relief ‘Ore the Ramparts We Watched, Fascinated (1959), inspired by the American-Soviet space race; assemblages that incorporate or simulate monitors, such as The Death Watch (1976), Bout Round Eleven (1982) and The Twilight Home (1983); The Caddy Court (1986–1987), a grotesque and funereal representation of American Supreme Court justices; The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and The Wonder Horse Trigger (1991–1994), a carousel which conceals an empathetic contemplation on the random determinism of birth; The Bronze Pinball Machine with Woman Affixed Also (1980), which reduces the female body to an object of pure sexual entertainment; Jody, Jody, Jody (1994), a tableau evoking a deplorable instance of child abuse; and one of the last works by the Kienholzes, 76 J.C.s Led the Big Charade (1993–1994), an installation that transforms baby dolls, wagon parts and different cultural and historical depictions of Jesus Christ into crucifixes, taking aim at religion in its institutionalized forms devoid of spirituality.



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Contact: Fondazione Prada  Milano
Largo Isarco, 2
20139 Milano
Italy
Tel: (39) 2 5666 2611

Events in Jazz

Peter Cincotti
MILAN, ITALY  •  Blue Note Milan  •  17 December 2016
 
Peter Cincotti

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Detailed schedule information:
21h, 23h30

Contact: Blue Note Milano
via Borsieri 37
Isola
Milan
Tel: (39) 2 69 01 68 88

Madeleine Peyroux
MILAN, ITALY  •  Blue Note Milan  •  6 - 7 December 2016
 
Madeleine Peyroux

Blue Note Milano Website



Detailed schedule information:
21h, 23h

Contact: Blue Note Milano
via Borsieri 37
Isola
Milan
Tel: (39) 2 69 01 68 88



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