Pirelli HangarBicocca unveiled its 2022-2023 exhibition program

Eight monographic exhibitions by international artists, including both new productions and loans from museums around the world.

Bruce Nauman, Left or Standing, Standing or Left Standing, 1971/1999. Collection of Dia Art Foundation, Partial gift, Lannan Foundation, 2013 © 2021 Bruce Nauman / SIAE. Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York. Bruce Nauman

The contemporary art foundation Pirelli HangarBicocca unveiled its 2022-2023 exhibition program on Tuesday morning in Milan. “We look for artists who can risk and innovate” said Vicente Todolí, Artistic Director of the Pirelli HangarBicocca during the press conference. “For the established artists our aim is to say something new, and for younger artists we want to introduce them to the audience,” he added.

Dineo Seshee Bopape, Untitled (of Occult Instability) [Feelings], 2016-18 Installation view,10th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018. Courtesy Dineo Seshee Bopape; Jabu Arnell; Lachell Workman; Mo Laudi; Robert Rhee and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg/Beirut. Photo Timo Ohler.

For the next two and half years the Milanese institution will present eight monographic exhibitions by international artists with a wide selection of artworks, including both new productions and loans from museums around the world. With an in-depth research and significant production efforts, the exhibitions have been entirely conceived for the monumental spaces of the former Pirelli industrial complex or, in the case of collaborations with other institutions, with new displays that offer unique site-specific projects.

In the spirit of HangarBicocca’s commitment to making art open and accessible to all – “Art to the People” – admission to the exhibitions remains free of charge for all and the Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera confirmed its annual budget – around 3 million euros per year – for the two years ahead.

James Lee Byars, The Golden Tower, 1990. Installation view, Campo San Vio, Venice, 2017. © The Estate of James Lee Byars Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London. Photo Richard Ivey.

Through the exhibitions, the artists will deal with urgent issues from unique perspectives and through a wide range of media such as installation, sculpture, moving image, drawing and painting.

The monographic projects will explore current and crucial topics such as the environment and human-induced climate change, the sense of belonging and community, the formation of identity and social roles, the perception of space and time, the potential of alternative rituals and forms of existence, and political resistance. 

The eight exhibition will focus on the work of: Anicka Yi, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Gian Maria Tosatti, Ann Veronica Janssens, Thao Nguyen Phan, and James Lee Byars.

Steve McQueen, portrait by John Russo.

The solo exhibitions devoted to leading contemporary artists are testament to Pirelli HangarBicocca’s international ties with other prestigious museums. Steve McQueen’s exhibition is a collaboration with Tate Modern in London and for the solo show devoted to Bruce Nauman the Milan foundation is working in close collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

“We will continue to present exhibitions made specifically for the industrial spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca. The shows will closely dialogue with the space and convey to visitors the different, and specific artistic vocabulary of each artist. The exhibition displays are devised specially for each occasion and are never pre-established. We are showing historically acknowledged artists in the Navate, and younger and mid-career ones in the Shed,” explained the Artistic Director Vicente Todolí.

Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (Blue Glitter), 2015. Installation view, S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2015 Courtesy the artist and S.M.A.K., Ghent Photo Dirk Pauwels.

Under the direction of Vicente Todolí, since 2013, solo exhibitions have featured the works of Ragnar Kjartansson, Dieter and Björn Roth, Joan Jonas, Philippe Parreno, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, and Lucio Fontana to name a few. Currently it is hosting Neïl Beloufa (until 9 January 2022), and Maurizio Cattelan (until 20 February 2022).

The full 2022-2023 exhibition program:

Anicka Yi | Metaspore | Curated by Fiammetta Griccioli and Vicente Todolí
17 February – 24 July 2022

Steve McQueen | In collaboration with Tate Modern
Curated by Vicente Todolí and Clara Kim, with Fiontán Moran
31 March – 31 July 2022

Bruce Nauman | Neons, Corridors & Rooms | In collaboration with Tate Modern and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Curated by Vicente Todolí and Roberta Tenconi with Andrea Lissoni, Nicholas Serota, Leontine Coelewij, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and Katy Wan.
15 September 2022 – 26 February 2023

Dineo Seshee Bopape | Curated by Lucia Aspesi and Fiammetta Griccioli
6 October 2022 – 29 January 2023

Gian Maria Tosatti | Hôtel de la Lune | Curated by Vicente Todolí
23 February – 16 July 2023

Ann Veronica Janssens | Curated by Roberta Tenconi
6 April – 30 July 2023

Thao Nguyen Phan | Curated by Lucia Aspesi and Fiammetta Griccioli
September 2023 – February 2024

James Lee Byars | Curated by Vicente Todolí
October 2023 – March 2024

Gianmaria Biancuzzi is executive editor of Milano Art Guide.