Felice Casorati, La donna e l'armatura, 1921.

Andrea Buttner, Nativity.

What Seems New May not Be, a Contrast and Comparison

Vanessa Billy, Heatwave.

Giulio Paolini

Giuseppe Penone, Lavorare sugli alberi.

Francesco Barocco, Indovino.


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The young people visiting our ruins see nothing but a style
Curated by FormContent
June 18-August 30, 2009

Turin Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has invited FormContent, a group of young curators formed by Francesco Pedraglio, Caterina Riva e Pieternel Vermoortel, to plan its upcoming exhibition and to apply their distinctive and independent curatorial practice to a more institutional space than the one they usually move in. In fact, throughout the years, the FormContent curators have developed a personal work method, which particularly distinguishes them from the more classic exhibition practice that is commonly used in big institutions like that of our museum. They have introduced a new concept of exhibition where curators, artists, exhibition spaces and the artwork itself are in constant dialogue. The result of such approach is quite an innovative set-up offering a significant insight of what the new GAM exhibitional season will be like.

The exhibition is titled after Jean Cocteau’s observation: “In 1917, Raymond Radiguet, at the age of 14, taught me to mistrust what looks new, and to take the opposite direction of the avant-garde movements. This means taking a difficult position. You disavow both the right and the left. But at the end all those contrasts can be grouped under the same label … The young people that visit our ruins see nothing but a style”.

The exhibition showcases a substantial number of new generation artists who were born between the 1970s and the 1980s. Their works will be displayed alongside the artwork of some of the 20th century masters included in the GAM permanent collection. It will thus consist of a “generational exhibition” that will account for some of the most representative artistic investigations of the last few years, highlighting their manifold relations to 20th century art. For the first time, the selected works by young artists such as Clément Rodzielski, Florian Roithmayr, Michael Dean, Simon Dybbroe Moller, Vanessa Billy will be displayed in a public space in Italy.

This young generation of artists will convene with the works of masters such as Felice Casorati, Alberto Savinio, Dadamaino, Giuseppe Penone, Sol Lewitt, Richard Serra and Giulio Paolini. The coexistence of historical and contemporary artworks will emphasize the multiple intertwined forms that make up the plot of historical references of our present time. It aims to compare different artistic languages through different exhibition styles and to illustrate how different generations of artists could develop some common theories.

The accompanying catalogue will be published by Kaleidoscope, featuring color illustrations and contributions by the curators and art historians specialized in the subject.

Michael Dean, untitled neck her.

Michael Dean, Yes.

Francesco Barocco, Senza titolo, 2008.

Francesco Barocco, Senza titolo, 2008.

Dadamaino, Il movimento.

Giuseppe Penone, Lavorare sugli alberi.

Steven Claydon