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Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968–2008




Italics takes up where the celebrated exhibition Italian Metamorphosis, put together by Germano Celant in 1995, left off. Important works from the Pinault collection are the focal point the exhibition hinges on, through Arte Povera, minimalism, Post-Pop, Neo-avant-guard and the new generations: from artists of the past (Merz, Kounellis, Pascali, Fontana, Boetti, Zorio, Battaglia) to artists of today (Cattelan, Lambri, Tuttofuoo, Arienti, Beecroft). The collection of contemporary Italian art on view to the public for the first time is illustrated by articles untangling the tensions and artistic trends which have imbued the last 40 years (under the general editorship of Francesco Bonami), and also take a look at the principal artists who characterized them (Gingeras). The historical, sociological and cultural background (by Empoli, Guerzoni, Manacorda) is accompanied by a short, but exhaustive, illustrated chronology.

Table of Contents

25 An Ancient Contemporary Civilization by Francesco Bonami
33 Media and the Mediation of Contemporary Art, 1960–1990, by Guido Guerzoni
53 Conservation as a Core Business by Giuliano da Empoli
57 "While Form May Disappear, It's Roots Remain Eternal": The Revolt of Poets and Inventors by Francesco Manacorda
63 Derationate Far and Wide: Notes on Italian Art Today by Paola Nicolin
73 Catalogue
226 Checklist
234 Chronology 1968–2008
278 Artists in the Exhibition