We invited Domenico de Chirico, an active curator of the Artpool community, to select his favourite exhibitions on view in Milan during the miart fair, which will happen from April 1st to 3rd. Here are the precious picks generously shared by the Italian curator:
Anicka Yi at Pirelli HangarBicocca
Featuring more than twenty installations from 2010 until today, "Metaspore" presents a sensory and synesthetic experience by Korean artist Anicka Yi. The comprehensive monograph exhibition curated by Fiammetta Griccioli and Vicente Todolí is inspired by the biological world.
In her artistic practice, Yi combines languages and themes from many fields, ranging from philosophy to biology, from politics to science fiction.
The amazing complex of Pirelli HangarBicocca, which once housed a locomotive factory, permanently houses one of Anselm Kiefer’s most important site-specific works, The Seven Heavenly Palaces.
Joël Andrianomearisoa at Primo Marella Gallery
Malagasy artist Joël Andrianomearisoa lives and works between Madagascar and Paris, and represented the first-ever Madagascar Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The exhibition "Les herbes folles du vieux logis" presents his latest series of pastel drawings, textile paintings, and squares of golden silk threads on cotton fabric.
Chantal Joffe at Monica de Cardenas
Joffe is known for her portraits and fluid painting style , which captures the emotions, weaknesses, and vitality of human existence. Her subjects frequently depict girls, adolescents and women seen in different moments of life. In the exhibition "Writers" her portraits depict writers across a variety of literary genres and approaches to literature.
Gianni Caravaggio at Kaufmann Repetto
"The Sun Filtering through the Leaves" comprises several sculptures, installations and drawings of nature by Gianni Caravaggio in the courtyard of the gallery.
“The sun is new every day” said Heraclitus - drawing it for each morning (and each evening) is a way of bearing witness to this marvel."
Elmgreen & Dragset at Fondazione Prada
Spanning more than 3,000 square meters, “Useless Bodies?” is an exhibition by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset and one of the most ambitious thematic investigations realized by Fondazione Prada to date. Perception of the body is an underlying theme that connects many aspects of the sculptural and performative work of the duo, who throughout their career have explored subjects such as growing up, intimacy, identity, different modes of living and how we navigate the public sphere.
As stated by Elmgreen & Dragset, 'our bodies are no longer the main agents of our existence. They don’t generate value in our societies’ advanced production methods as they did in the industrial era. One could claim our physical selves have even become more of an obstacle than an advantage...'
Diego Perrone at Museo del Novecento
Through the use of diverse materials and techniques, including video, photography, painting, sculpture, and drawing, Diego Perrone superimposes images of people, places, animals, and objects, bringing out unexpected and alienating features. Also on view at Museo el Novecento is the show by Antonio Scaccabarozzi.
Monica Bonvicini at Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Italian artist Monica Bonvicini investigates the relationship between architecture, power and gender in works that question the meaning of making art and the ambiguity of language making use of dry-humoured references.
Drawing inspiration from performance art and the feminist movements of the 60s and 70s, Miriam Cahn’s work often placed the body at the center of the creative process. The main characters of Swiss artist, which at a first glance elude the distinction between human and non-human, recall, through the evocative force of lines and colours, crucial themes of the present time such as impotence in face of traumas and violence suffered, the origin of a new life and the search for coexistence between human beings, animals and nature.
The show curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi comprises paintings and drawings created by the artist over the last 20 years.
Maurizio Cattelan at Casa Corbellini-Wassermann
Maurizio Cattelan's unique and humorous work is unmistakable, especially because he depicts himself in various of his sculptures. "YOU" is an installation in the bathroom of Casa Corbellini-Wassermann, in which a man is hanging from the ceiling. Viewers are like witnesses of a crime, and also victims of an inevitable farewell.
Carla Accardi at Francesca Minini
"Scrivere com in colore" curated by Lorenzo Benedetti presents some colourful paintings and installations by Carla Accardi. This exhibition is an intimate research with a focus on the poets who inspired the painter.
Click here to see Domenico de Chirico's full profile on Artpool and here to read an extensive interview with the curator on the occasion of his online exhibition "Back to the Origins" on Artpool