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Anish Kapoor
ROME  •  MACRO  •  17 December 2016 - 17 April 2017

Curated by Mario Codognato, this exhibition comprises a series of reliefs and paintings made up of jutting layers of red and white silicone and paint, as well as monumental architectural sculptures, including the extraordinary “Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity”, displayed last year outdoors in the park of the Palace of Versailles, and proposed here at the MACRO in a dialogue with the museum’s architecture.

Archetypal, intimate, imposing and dialectic, Kapoor’s work presents, confronts and explores the conditions of matter, the dynamics of perception and the power of metaphor.

Among the other works on exhibit are "Internal Objects in Three Parts" (2013-15), a painted silicone and wax triptych, which was shown this year in Amsterdam, amid celebrated paintings by Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum. Visceral, brutal and sensual at the same time, Kapoor’s images are a contemporary continuation of the inexhaustible tradition of literal and metaphorical depiction of flesh and blood, found in painting from every era and latitude. Art becomes the mediator between the essence of myth and its representation, between its long-term continuity and interchangeability and the contemporary condition, between one’s individual path through the terra incognita of life and collective experience, between the immanent and the transcendent.

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma Website

Contact: MACRO
Via Nizza 138
00198 Roma
Tel: (39) 06 06 08

Homo sapiens: The new histories of human evolution
MILAN  •  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.

Mudec Library - Museo Delle Culture Website

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled - Bracco di Ferro (1983)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled - Bracco di Ferro (1983)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
MILAN  •  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.

Mudec Library - Museo Delle Culture Website

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

Lorenzo Lotto: <EM>Ritratto di giovane uomo</EM>, circa 1500
Lorenzo Lotto: Ritratto di giovane uomo, circa 1500
Un Lotto riscoperto
BERGAMO  •  Accademia Carrara  •  3 December 2016 - 26 February 2017

The exhibition seeks to analyse an important moment in the career of Lorenzo Lotto (Venice 1480 ca. – Loreto 1556/57), a period that coincided with last years the painter spent in Bergamo.

L8 ATTRAVERSO Bergamo is an exhibition itinerary developed from the collaboration of several cultural institutions in different locations of the city of Bergamo. In Accademia Carrara the exhibition Un Lotto riscoperto focuses on the Creation’s marquetry, from Luogo Pio Colleoni, in communication with masterpieces, from important museums (such as le Nozze mistiche di santa caterina d’Alessandria from Palazzo Barberini and the self-portrait from the Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid), from private Venetian and Milanese collections and from the church of Santa Maria Assunta of Celena (Bergamo). The attention of Carrara’s exhibition is integrated with Lorenzo Lotto’s creative works already belonging to the museum: the young’s portrait, the predelle of Pala Martinengo, the famous Lucina Brembati’s portrait, the Bonghi mystic marriage and the Holy Family of the Lochis collection. The itinerary also involves the “Lorenzo Lotto Tour – LLT”,  by the Fondazione Adriano Bernareggi which offers, other than the museum’s entrance, a visit to the churches of San Bartolomeo, Santo Spirito and San Bernardino, where visitors can find the corresponding altar piece of the Venetian artist. The masterpiece of Santa Maria Maggiore’s Cathedral’s choir, engraved by Lotto and Capoferri, which can be visited thanks to the Fondazione MIA, closes Bergamo’s exhibition itinerary.

Lotto was a wandering artist par excellence, although his travels took place in confined areas which he returned to on several occasions. Venice, where he was born in 1480, Treviso, the Marches Region and then Bergamo, where lived from 1513 to 1525.

He made an exceptional trip to the Papal Court in Rome between 1508 and 1509. This was an exception because Lotto was not a high society man. His clients were humanists, cultivated religious figures and wealthy merchants. He painted memorable portraits of them, images for private devotion, constantly astonishing altarpieces and fresco cycles. Restless, stirred by a tormented religiosity, which is reflected in some aspects of the Protestant Reformation then in its early days, and incapable of handling his business properly, he died in poverty in the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, where he had retired.

Accademia Carrara Website

Contact: Accademia Carrara
Piazza Giacomo Carrara, 82
24121 – Bergamo
Tel: (39) 035 234396

Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
ROME  •  Gagosian Gallery Rome  •  14 January - 2 April 2016

Prototypology explores research and development in the work of thirty contemporary artists, tracing the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes, and bricolage. In doing so the exhibition establishes a typology of diverse drafts.

The studio is a liminal zone for sourcing, modifying, and testing. Derived from the Italian word schizzare (splash), a "sketch" represents the initial impulse from mind to hand, the developmental process whereby form begins to emerge. In the laboratory of the studio, bricolage is often used as an instinctual method in the construction of prototypes.

The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, and Robert Therrien, among other artists. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments of process that lead to epiphanies. Monumental, civic, everyday, and otherworldly gestures are visible in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals.

Artists: Vladimir Arkhipov, Richard Artschwager, Nina Beier, Will Boone, Mike Bouchet, Chris Burden, Jason Dodge, Aleksandra Domanović, Dan Graham, Loris Gréaud, Michael Heizer, Carsten Höller, Thomas Houseago, Allan McCollum, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Kirsten Pieroth, Ry Rocklen, Nancy Rubins, Arcangelo Sassolino, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Mungo Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Cy Twombly, Rachel Whiteread

Gagosian Gallery Rome Website

Contact: Gagosian Gallery Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
00187 Rome
Tel: (39) 6 42 08 64 98

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