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  • Richard Artschwager, "Exclamation Point", 2010 (detail), Private Collection, Courtesy Gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
  • Richard Artschwager, "Door }", 1983-84, Collection of Kerstin Hiller and Helmut Schmelzer, on loan to Neues Museum Nürnberg. Photo: Annette Kradisch
  • Richard Artschwager, "Table and Chair", 1963-64 © Tate, London 2019
  • "Richard Artschwager", exhibition view. Photo Mart, Luca Meneghel

Richard Artschwager

Mart Rovereto
12 October 2019 / 02 February 2020
Mart presents the first complete exhibition ever organized in Italy dedicated to Richard Artschwager. This major international project is entrusted to the curator Germano Celant in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

ith around 80 art works from the early 1960s to the first decade of the new millennium and designed as an open maze, the exhibition highlights the key mainstays of Artschwager’s work: from structures in wood and formica to paintings on celotex, from sculptures in nylon silk to the ‘corner pieces’ without forgetting the small horsehair and blp and environmental work produced by the artist from 1968 onwards.
Over a long and composite career Artschwager constructed a unique 20th century art trajectory with his sculptures and paintings, an equilibrium between craftsmanship and industrialisation whose end was an understanding of space, everyday objects and the people who live with them.

This Celant curated retrospective is an opportunity for an extraordinary journey through the work of an artist who rethought art’s object and operational field. Rovereto will be presenting Artschwager’s main masterpieces thanks to generous loans from some of the world’s largest collections such as Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Broad Art Foundation (Los Angeles), Tate (London), Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris), Fondazione Prada (Milan), Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation (Basel), Museum Ludwig (Cologne) and contributions by some of the world’s most prestigious galleries: Gagosian (New York), Georg Kargl (Vienna), David Nolan (New York), Xavier Hufkens (Brussels), Sprüth Magers (Berlin) and Galleria Artiaco (Naples).

Opening in Italy, from 12th October to 2nd February, the exhibition will then move in the Basque Country where it will exhibit from 28th February to 10th May.


Curated by Germano Celant
Exhibition co-organized by Mart and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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