Art and fabric: Mike Kelley

Who is not keen on contemporary art probably does not know the work of Mike Kelley, who saw even only one of his many installations – maybe in an exhibition with many other works – is certainly fascinated by this. Born in Detroit in ’54, Kelley imposes itself on the international art scene since the early Eighties, when he start to produce a body of deeply innovative work mining popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions. In his highly diversified work, he ranges across various media, wandering into different fields of expression in both art and music, and never accepting any distinction between high and traditional art. He uses apparently commonplace objects and artifacts (pieces of fabrics, stuffed animals or carpets) subverting their meaning and emphasing their power of communication: a very strong and intense work.
His works are now in the world’s most prestigious public and private collections, including those of MoMA and the Whitney and Guggenheim in New York, the Pinault Collection in Paris and Venice, the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MCA Chicago and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


Piero Fornasetti, 100 years of practical madness

On the occasion of the centenary of Piero Fornasetti’s birth, the Triennale Design Museum presents a first grand and unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work, from the beginning to his death in 1988.

Triennale Design Museum chose to pay tribute to Fornasetti, defined by Pablo Neruda “the magician of the accurate and valuable magic”, to underscore the artist’s role and propose a new and more correct reading of his work.

Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Fornasetti has been an extremely rich and complex personality. Out of the conventional cultural schemes of the last century, with his poetry (sometimes surrealistic) and his boundless imagination has made thousands of precious objects, fabrics and prints.

The exhibition includes more than 1000 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti: in Milan a look at his refined taste and its unique universe of signs.

Until 9th of February 2014 at the Triennale Design Museum, Milan.


RUDOLF STINGEL @ PALAZZO GRASSI – Venezia

Palazzo Grassi is hosting a very special project, an exhibition that explains the friendship between an artist and one of the most important and and influential contemporary art’s collector. It’s the personal exhibition of Rudolf Stingel in the François Pinault’s Foundation, one the most fascinating palace in Venice.


Stingel, an Italian artist based in New York, shows all his expressing universe placing in a place rich of history a selection of artworks with a romantic spirit inside and perfectly in accordance with the palace. The walls of the foundations are the surface where the artist expresses himself, floors and ceilings are completely covered by a moquette that reproduces an antique Transilvanian carpet found in an oriental book of manufacturings. Photos and paintings complete the exhibition’s narrative that tells about a life in the art’s world through Biennials and important museum worldwide.
More than 5.000 square meters are dedicated to discover Rudolf Stingel. Visit it, you’re in time till the 6th of January.

 

 

 

RUDOLF STINGEL
Until 6th of January, 2014
Palazzo Grassi – François Pinault Foundation
VENICE