OUT OF ORDER: The Collages of Louise Nevelson
Ugo Mulas, Louise Nevelson, New York, 1965. Photo Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved.


Gió Marconi
Via Tadino 20


24 Mar 2022 - 29 Jul 2022



OUT OF ORDER: The Collages of Louise Nevelson

Gió Marconi hosts a major survey exhibition of Louise Nevelson’s collages, curated by Yuval Etgar, at its space on via Tadino 15. The project is organised with the support of the Louise Nevelson Foundation, Philadelphia, and will mark the 60th anniversary of Nevelson’s representation of the United States at the 31st International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 1962.

Louise Nevelson is one of the 213 artists invited to the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani and she takes centre stage in the exhibition organised by the Louise Nevelson Foundation, Louise Nevelson. Persistence, in the historic rooms of the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice’s Piazza San Marco, as an official Collateral Event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Louise Nevelson’s legacy in the fields of sculpture and collage-making has long been associated with her ability to transform the traditional environment of the home from a symbol of feminine sensibility, domestication and intimate scale to a monumental expression of creative freedom. In her quest to achieve this, however, Nevelson also pioneered a new, ecological approach to art-making, according to which every element of the home is used for the creation of her work. From the larger, three-dimensional parts of old furniture that the artist acquired in bulk, to smaller and often more perishable items such as cardboard, paper, woodcut rejects and doorknobs, Nevelson’s choice of materials was a clear expression of a ‘waste not’ ideology. Her process began with the homes whose contents she procured, continued with its recycling in the form of sculpture, and ended with the obsessive making of her most valued thinking tools – collages – using an extraordinary range of materials from her own home and studio.