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La Pelle - Luc Tuymans

Palazzo Grassi

24 March 2019 - 6 January 2020

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As part of the cycle of monographic shows dedicated to major contemporary artists, launched in 2012 and alternating with thematic exhibitions of the Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi presents Luc Tuymans’ first personal exhibition in Italy.

Curated by Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with the artist (Mortsel, Belgium, 1958), the show is entitled ‘La Pelle’ (The Skin), after Curzio Malaparte’s 1949 novel. It includes over 80 works from the Pinault Collection, international museums and private collections, and focuses on the artist’s paintings from 1986 to today.

Considered as one of the most influential painters of the international art scene, Luc Tuymans has been dedicating himself to figurative painting since the mid 1980s and has contributed throughout his career to the rebirth of this medium in contemporary art. His works deal with questions connected to the past and to more recent history and address subjects of our daily lives through a set of images borrowed from the private and public spheres – the press, television, the Internet. The artist renders these images by dissolving them in an unusual and rarefied light; the slight anxiety that emanates from them is able to trigger – according to the artist himself – an ‘authentic forgery’ of reality.

The exhibition project corresponds to the eighth ‘carte blanche’ given by the Pinault Collection to its artists as an invitation to conceive major monographic exhibitions presented in Venice. Luc Tuymans also unveils a site-specific work created specifically for the spaces of Palazzo Grassi.


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Luogo e Segni

Punta della Dogana

24 March 2019 - 15 December 2019

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Punta della Dogana presents the exhibition ‘Luogo e Segni’, curated by Martin Bethenod, Director of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, and Mouna Mekouar, independent curator.

‘Luogo e Segni’ (‘Place and Signs’) takes its title from a painting by Carol Rama included in the exhibition. The show brings together over one hundred works, by thirty artists, that establish a particular relationship with their urban, social, political, historical, intellectual setting.

Several artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Trisha Donnelly, R.H. Quaytman, Wu Tsang, and a number of works and series of works by Louise Lawler, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Anri Sala and Šejla Kamerić, Tatiana Trouvé, among others, are presented for the first time in an exhibition of the Pinault Collection in Venice. They are set up in relation with a selection of works that have marked the history of exhibitions at Punta della Dogana since its opening in 2009.

The show will be accompanied by an intense calendar of events, performances, talks and lectures that will take place at Punta della Dogana and at the Teatrino.


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