Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni
Assistant curators Michela Tornielli and Stefano Vittorini
Michael Dean, Anna Franceschini, Ryan Gander, Hannah James, Heike Kabisch, Luigi Ontani, Erin Shirreff, Wolfang Tillmans
To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle continues Nomas Foundation’s ongoing investigation on visual art’s languages, following A Theatre Cycle, 2013; A Painting Cycle, 2012; A Film Cycle, 2011; A Performance Cycle, 2010.
To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle is a research-based project inspired by a core group of works from the Nomas Foundation collection, which focuses on sculpture, organised in three chapters, each dedicated to a specific aspect of the medium.
When Richard Serra compiled a list of verbs in 1967, indicating potential actions on unspecified materials, he ended it with the note “to continue”. While the past century increased the possible ways of acting on and with the medium, it is nevertheless true that, throughout its history, sculpture has maintained a degree of continuity with its origins, going back on a cyclical basis to its traditional reasoning and methods.
Visions, the second chapter of To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle, offers a reading of sculpture through an investigation on the relationship between gaze and object, able to convey the narrative drive that sculpture has retained thorough centuries. The exhibition explores the way in which the act of looking at the sculptural subject is consequently reshaped into an object per se, as well as addressing the conditions of perception of a work.
The research on and the representation of sculpture, the way in which it is filtered by the lens of a camera, the different perception of the subjects and of its details through direct experience and the construction of an imagery are all issues that Visions. To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle, brings up. The works on show highlight how photography and film have been able to transfigure in sculpture and how the latter can become image, underlining the way in which an art work takes form, is conveyed and how its perception is constantly evolving.
To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle aims to build a dialogue between the present and the past, between Nomas Foundation and the narrative texture of the city. Vision’s public programme includes an itinerary with artist Anna Franceschini, a studio visit with
Artist Luigi Ontani, a lecture with curators Simone Menegoi and Francesco Stocchi, and atalk between Davide Servadei, Luisa Gardini e Luigi Ontani, organised in collaboration with the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna *.