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BOCHNER BOETTI FONTANA

Art | September 23, 2020 |

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Alighiero Boetti, Alternandosi e dividendosi. Courtesy the Olnick Spanu Collection.

Bochner Boetti Fontana
Magazzino Italian Art, New York
October 02, 2020 – January 11, 2021

Curated by Mel Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art, This Special Exhibition Examines Parallel Artistic Movements in the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. and Italy through the artwork of Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana.

Cold Spring, NY – August 24, 2020 – This fall, Magazzino Italian Art opens a special exhibition examining the formal, conceptual, and procedural affinities in the work of Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, and Lucio Fontana. Curated by Bochner in collaboration with Magazzino, the exhibition marks the first presentation to consider the American artist’s extensive, yet overlooked, engagement with the practices of Fontana and Boetti, as well as with Italian art at large. Bochner Boetti Fontana offers, through the artist’s perspective, a number of resonances between his work and that of the Italian and Italian-Argentine artists: an exploration of systems, language, and materials; and a sense of irony and humor, often and especially shared by Arte Povera and Conceptualism, as all these works opened the work of art onto the space of display. The exhibition also traces parallels between the artistic movements that developed on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1960s and 1970s: Spatialism and Arte Povera in Italy, and Process and Conceptual art in the United States.

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Alighiero Boetti, Ghise (Boetti). Courtesy the Olnick Spanu Collection.

On view October 2, 2020 through January 11, 2021, Bochner Boetti Fontana features paintings, sculptures, and installations, including works from Bochner’s personal archive, as well as major international loans. The exhibition is presented with the support of the Archivio Alighiero Boetti and Fondazione Lucio Fontana, and is accompanied by a catalog, featuring contributions from Bochner and Magazzino’s 2019-20 Scholar-in-Residence Tenley Bick, who is also Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art at Florida State University. Bochner and Bick will connect for a conversation to be presented digitally over Magazzino da Casa, the museum’s online platform for digital content. The two will discuss Bochner’s practice from the 1960s to the present, with a focus on his long-term interest in the work of postwar Italian art, transatlantic resonances in art of the 1960s, and the impact of his personal experiences in Italy throughout the decades. Details on how to access this conversation will be released later.

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Mel Bochner, Meditation on the Theorem of Pythagoras. Courtesy the artist.

“We are incredibly honored to be working with Mel Bochner to curate this special exhibition that explores key tenets of his practice in tandem with those of Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana,” said Magazzino Director Vittorio Calabrese. “The exhibition marks the first time that an American artist will be shown in our galleries and speaks to the central theme of our 2020 season, which reveals the international resonances of postwar and contemporary Italian art within a broader global perspective.”

One of the most celebrated figures in Conceptual art, Bochner was initially best received in Italy, where he has spent significant time across his career. He had an early solo exhibition at the Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone in Turin in 1970, an important gallery for Arte Povera, and was included in Germano Celant’s now canonical exhibition Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Land Art of the same year. Bochner Boetti Fontana highlights connections between the practices of the three artists, including the similar uses of systems, language, and materials by Bochner and Boetti, and the innovative approach to artwork and exhibition space by all three.


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Portrait of Mel Bochner, Rome, 1985. Photograph by Lizbeth Marano.
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Mel Bochner, Yiskor (For the Jews of Rome). Courtesy the artist.
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Lucio Fontana with a work from the series I Quanta. Courtesy of Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
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Lucio Fontana, Io Sono un Santo. Courtesy of Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
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Mel Bochner, Language Is Not Transparent (Italian / English). Courtesy the artist.
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Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale. Courtesy of Tornabuoni Art, London.
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Alighiero Boetti, Dama. Courtesy the Olnick Spanu Collection.
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Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, I Quanta. Courtesy of Fondazione Lucio Fontana.

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