Casa Corbellini-Wasserman Opens with MCMXXXIV

Casa Corbellini-Wasserman Opens with MCMXXXIV
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A dramatic year, marked by devastating events - from the consolidation of the power of Mussolini to the rise of Hitler - but also small sports breakthroughs, like the victory of the Italian national football team in its first World Cup Championships. For the inaugural exhibition of the new home of the Massimo De Carlo Gallery, entitled MCMXXXIV, Casa Corbellini-Wasserman - built right in 1934 - takes a “sideview” of history, mixing historic elements with elements of modernity. While presenting a look at history, the exhibition doesn’t have the ambition to try to summarise such a dense year of events in eight halls of the gallery, but rather to have a go at the duplicity of that period, relating the works of contemporary artists with a series of sculptures created during the actual building of Casa Corbellini-Wassermann. Adolfo Wildt, Maria Lai and Sirio Tofanari, Thomas Grünfeld, Richard Prince and Andra Ursuţa are part of a fictitious temporal space where the contemporary comes into contact with the architectural elements of the location, but also with artists and objects which could’ve been present in this apartment at the moment of its construction. The Garden Table of Rudolf Stingel and the bronze Squirrel of Sirio Tofanari mix in with The Standard Bearer by Yan Pei-Ming, the Accumulation of Paper by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, with the canvas of Andra Ursuţa, while the dialogue between the sculptures Costante Uomo by Fausto Melotti and Ermestica = SignorBonaventurArtePolo by Luigi Ontani, takes on the continuous struggle within Italian art between an attraction for intellectual purity and the seduction of pop culture.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano