At the Palazzo Reale, Ugo Nespolo’s Singular Voice

At the Palazzo Reale, Ugo Nespolo’s Singular Voice
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The ironic and unique Ugo Nespolo offers the multiform evolutions of his multifaceted artistic career. The work of the painter from Piedmont - characterised by an accentuated transgressive imprint and a highly personal sense of amusement which has become a sort of trademark - comes together in an exhibition that the Palazzo Reale dedicates to this original personage that has always resisted all forms of conformism. This retrospective that retraces, through 200 works, the career of Nespolo, from the ‘60s to today, is conceived as a sort of journey, not necessarily chronological, comprised of studies and eclecticism. Never bound to any sort of through-line, the work of this autonomous, original and popular artist, is articulated in numerous chapters which include the works from the 1960s presented by Pierre Restany at the Galleria Schwarz in Milan, a precursor to Arte Povera. Such works include Molotov, Condizionale, Semplicissimo and many other Untitled works - assemblages comprised of twigs, formica, wood, glue, steel, iron and paper. The multiform creative studies of Nespolo are largely expressed through the use of the materials themselves, from wood to metals, ceramics to glass. Next to Numeri and Lettere, key themes in his studies, the exhibition offers works of larger dimensions, drawings, collages, works created with precious materials along with the books of the artist. The itinerary also offers a section dedicated to experimental film, a language that Nespolo has used since his beginnings. His films include artists such as Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighiero Boetti.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano