As part of the program of monographs of major contemporary artists, presented alternately and in complementarity with thematic exhibitions of the François Pinault Foundation collection, Palazzo Grassi presents a solo exhibition by Rudolf Stingel, conceived by the artist in collaboration with Elena Geuna. For the first time the entire space of the museum, over than 5,000 square meters, is devoted to the work of a single artist, presenting works never previously exhibited, recent creations and site-specific productions, making the event the largest monographic exhibition in Europe dedicated to the artist.
The project, for which the artist completely rethought the space of Palazzo Grassi, brings together a selection of 40 paintings, several created specifically for this exhibition and inspired by the historical, architectural and artistic context of Venice. Others works are productions from the 1990s and 2000s, shown to the public there for the first time. Together, these works illustrate the way in which Stingel’s artistic research, throughout his career, has developed around redefining the stakes of painting and of its perception.
The exhibition is centered on the relationship between abstraction and figuration, observing how the constant fluidity between these two polarities characterizes the artist’s poetics. The non conventional conception of painting is a crucial element in Stingel’s art, with a variety of typologies and textures, often in relation with the surface and architecture of the exhibition space.
In parallel with the abstract works, an ensemble of “photo-realistic” works, created by the artist from photographs, is displayed: portraits of friends, self-portraits taken at different stages of Stingel’s life, alpine landscapes, or depictions of ancient religious sculptures.
Curators: Rudolf Stingel, Elena Geuna
Fri, April 5 | 10am - 4pm, Press preview
(introduction to the exhibition by director Martin Bethenod and curator Elena Geuna followed by buffet lunch at Palazzina Grassi)