7 Exhibitions to Visit Over The Holidays

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Maurizio Cattelan, Breath, 2021. Installation view, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2021. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Agostino Osio

Maurizio Cattelan “Breath Ghosts Blind”

For the solo exhibition “Breath Ghosts Blind” Maurizio Cattelan has conceived a site-specific project for the spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca that gives the audience an insight into collective and personal through a symbolic representation of life. Bringing together new artworks with the reconfiguration of an historical piece, the show will unfold in a series of acts dealing with existential concepts and issues such as the fragility of life, memory as well as the individual and collective sense of loss. Amongst symbolic references and images that belong to our collective imagery, the unique site-specific project will challenge the current system of values.

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“Napoleone all’Ambrosiana. Percorsi Della Rappresentazione”

The exhibition, curated by Francesca Barbieri and Alessandra Mignatti, with Annamaria Cascetta as scientific director, presents engravings, drawings, reports, satirical writings, booklets, periodicals and printed theoretical works from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana’s holdings as well as items from the Pinacoteca’s collections of paintings and memorabilia.

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Domenico Gnoli

The exhibition is presented as a retrospective that gathers over 100 works, created by Domenico Gnoli (Rome, 1933 – New York, 1970) from 1949 to 1969, as well as an equal number of his drawings. A chronological and documentary section, including historical materials, photographs and other supports, contributes to trace Gnoli’s life and artistic career more than fifty years after his death. The research behind the project conceived by Germano Celant was developed in collaboration with the artist’s archives in Rome and Mallorca, which preserve Gnoli’s personal and professional heritage.

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A portrait of Saul Steinberg with his hand by Evelyn Hofer.

Saul Steinberg

The exhibition, curated by Italo Lupi and Marco Belpoliti with Francesca Pellicciari, and put on together with the Electa publishing company, celebrates the city of Milan, where Steinberg lived and to which he dedicated many of his works. The display includes a series of pencil, ink and watercolour drawings, paper masks, objects, and sculptures, as well as documents and photographs, selected with the assistance of the Saul Steinberg Foundation and other important institutions, as well as Steinberg’s friends and collectors.

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Piet Mondrian “From figuration to abstraction”

The first exhibition project in Milan entirely dedicated to the Dutch artist and to his revolutionary artistic process which took him from figuration to abstraction, from the tradition of the Dutch landscape to the development of his unique style, which made him recognizable and universally famous. The exhibition features sixty works on load from the Kunstmuseum den Haag, the holder of the world’s most important collection of Mondrian’s works, and works from important museums and private collections.

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BALLA. BAMBINA X BALCONE

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Giacomo Balla, a figure of fundamental importance for 20th century Italian art, GAM is dedicating an in-depth focus to one of the painter’s most important works, conserved in the museum’s Grassi Collection: Bambina x balcone (Child on the Balcony), painted in 1912, which marks the transition from Divisionist production to the research on movement that would be fully developed in Balla’s Futurist phase.

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Casa Lana

Triennale Milano has rebuilt part of the private residence designed in Milan in the mid-60s by Ettore Sottsass for the lithographer and printer Giovanni Lana. The layout of the Sala Sottsass and its faithful reconstruction are the outcome of a meticulous study by the Triennale Milano archive and restoration centre, which saw the participation of Luca Cipelletti, among others, who oversaw the reconstruction in the central space on the first floor of Triennale, and Chrisoph Radl, who followed the art direction of the project.

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