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White and more and anyway art (2005)

curated by Achille Bonito Oliva


Friday, 21st October 2005 a group exhibition by 17 artists and curated by Achille Bonito Oliva will be inaugurated at Palazzo Cavour in Turin. The exhibition is organized by Region Piedmont in cooperation with Velan Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Turin. The famous or emerging 17 contemporary artists who created white or monochrome works in occasion of the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 are: Daniel BUREN, Paolo CHIASERA, Nicola DE MARIA, Lucio FONTANA, INNOCENTE, Anish KAPOOR, Joseph KOSUTH, Marisa MERZ, Liliana MORO, Maurizio NANNUCCI, Mimmo PALADINO, Michelangelo PISTOLETTO, Luisa RABBIA, Remo SALVADORI, Ettore SPALLETTI, Nikola UZUNOVSKI, Gilberto ZORIO.

- White is a colour in art. In Western painting it is used to represent snowy natural landscapes, ice, fog, the desert where light plays an important role. The four seasons have been imprisoned in contemporary art by using white, a colour capable of fixing on the canvas the dazzling state of light, always symbol of the absolute, the sublime and of silence. – In this volume, the catalogue, Achille Bonito Oliva introduces with these words the exhibition organized by Region Piedmont at Palazzo Cavour in Turin, with the cooperation of the Association Velan Centro d’Arte Contemporanea in occasion of the Turin Winter Olympics which will take place in February 2006. White, the colour which synthesizes all the colours of the light spectre, is connected thematically with the Games and becomes a symbol of Piedmont’s territory, of its mountains and its snow. The exhibition represents an important artistic event dedicated to some of the most important exponents of contemporary art such as  Daniel Buren, Lucio Fontana, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Marisa Merz, Mimmo Paladino, Luisa Rabbia, Remo Salvadori e Gilberto Zorio, all artist who created white or monochrome works. Each room of the exhibition has been dedicated to one of them, in order to create an itinerary composed by many small ‘solo exhibitions’.


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