Abstract Tactile at Palazzo Reale

Abstract Tactile at Palazzo Reale
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A summer of contemporary art at Palazzo Reale with a retrospective on the work of one of abstract art’s great proponents. Greeting visitors, three fascinating installations - a gateway on the universe comprised of dazzling monochromes and mutant forms with which Agostino Bonalumi literally revolutionised the relationship between painting and space. One look at the environmental work Blu Abitabile (1969) is enough to understand the impact of the shaped canvas - through the use of an invisible frame of wood and metal, Bonalumi converts the painting, flat almost by definition, into a three-dimensional structure which dialogues with the light in ever-changing ways, until it finally completely absorbs the exhibition space. Modular aerial structures, panels saturated by red, orange, green and yellow, forms and surfaces elaborated with remarkable technique and creativity set forth a totally new concept of perspective. While, for centuries, artists have used shadow and light to create highly realistic images, Bonalumi has fun fooling the eye with surprising visual paradoxes, which compensate the subsequent disorientation with the pleasure of tactile art - painting breaks out of its mould, becoming the space itself in which we can expand our perceptions. The itinerary at Palazzo Reale is complemented by an exhibition at the Museo del Novecento entitled Agostino Bonalumi. Spazio, Ambiente, Progetto, which documents the creation of the artist’s large environmental works of the ‘70s.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano