Trilogy of Matter III – A Leap into the Void
Launched in 2018 with Black Hole. Art and Materiality from Informal to Invisible, and continued in 2021 with Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, A Leap into the Void concludes the Trilogy of Matter exploring the theme of the dematerialization, with a transversal tale that triggers a connection between those investigations into the void, initiated by the first movements of the historical avant-garde and developed by experimental groups post-World War II, the investigations into flux undertaken in the years of early computerization, and the use of new languages and simulated realities in the post-digital era.
The exhibition, curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Domenico Quaranta, presents the works of some of the leading protagonists from the history of twentieth-century art, as well as pioneers of digital art, together with artists from more recent generations, thanks to loans from important international institutions, and from private collections.
Specifically, A Leap into the Void looks at those artists who, at different times, have investigated the dimension of the void in relation to the theme of matter—thus denying it in substance or identifying it as a mere ideal or imaginative dimension—or whose work has proved capable of reflecting epochal changes in the perception of the material dimension and in material culture itself, introduced by the emergence of the paradigms of software and computerization, as well as by the digital revolution and its social absorption.
The exhibition is divided into three sections—Void, Flow and Simulation—which frame as many ways of focusing on, representing, and expressing the principles of dematerialization, and develops an experiential path in which the numerous works on display stimulate the viewer’s perception from a visual and bodily perspective.
Josef Albers, Agostino Bonalumi, Regina Cassolo Bracchi, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Jean Degottex, Aleksandra Domanović, Ann Veronica Janssens, Yayoi Kusama, Francesco Lo Savio, Scott Lyall, Fabio Mauri, Aiko Miyawaki, Andrés Ramírez Gaviria, Antoine Schmitt, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Carla Accardi, Cory Arcangel, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Maurizio Bolognini, Paolo Cirio, John F. Simon Jr., Channa Horwitz, Ryoji Ikeda, Vladan Joler, František Kupka, Sol LeWitt, Mark Lombardi, Agnes Martin, Eva and Franco Mattes, Vera Molnar, Roman Opałka, Trevor Paglen, Pablo Picasso, Casey Reas, Evan Roth, Lillian F. Schwartz, Hito Steyerl, Addie Wagenknecht, Programmed Art 1962: Gruppo T [Giovanni Anceschi, Davide Boriani, Gianni Colombo, Gabriele Devecchi, Grazia Varisco] Gruppo N [Alberto Biasi, Ennio Chiggio, Toni Costa, Edoardo Landi, Manfredo Massironi], Getulio Alviani, Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari, Fluxus [Nanni Balestrini, John Cage, Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Mieko Shiomi], Rebecca Allen, Gazira Babeli, Petra Cortright, Constant Dullaart, Richard Estes, John Gerrard, Elisa Giardina Papa, Duane Hanson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Agnieszka Kurant, JODI, René Magritte, MSHR, Katja Novitskova, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Rachel Rossin, Manuel Rossner, Jeffrey Shaw, Timur Si-Qin, Ai Weiwei.
.Ph: Antonio Maniscalco for GAMeC
February 22, 2023