April 8, 2005 - Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art - Faces in the Crowd. Images of modern life from Manet to today
April 8, 2005

Faces in the Crowd. Images of modern life from Manet to today

Faces in the Crowd: Images of modern life from Manet to today
April 6 – July 10, 2005
Press preview: Monday, April 4, 2005, 11:30 am

Castello Di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
10098 Rivoli (Turin)
Italy
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In collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art is organizing the exhibition Faces in the Crowd / Volti nella folla, curated by Iwona Blazwick and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

Edouard Manet’s Le Bal masque a l’Opera, 1873, from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is identified as a point of departure for Faces in the Crowd, which, with the presentation of works by masters such as Edward Hopper, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cindy Sherman, Juan Munoz, and Jeff Wall, proposes to trace a history of the figurative avant-garde. The ‘haiku’ poem In a Station of the Metro (A una fermata del Metro), written by Ezra Pound in 1926 after a trip on the Paris Metro, provides a concise and powerful image of the modern condition, characterized above all by the emergence of a new subjectivity: “The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.”

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations, film, and video by artists Acconci, Alys, Arnold, Atget, Bacon, Beckmann, Bellows, Beuys, Boltanski, Bomberg, Brassai, Broodthaers, Buckingham, R. Burri, Cahun, Capa, Calle, Cardiff & Bures-Miller, Cartier-Bresson, Carra, Deller, DiCorcia, Dittborn, Dix, Doherty, Dubuffet, Duchamp, Export, Evans, Fast, Giacomelli, Giacometti, Gilbert & George, Gordon, Goldin, Grosz, Gupta, Gursky, Guston, Guzman, Hamilton, Heartfield, Hopper, Huyghe, Katz, Keita, Kentridge, Kirchner, Klucis, Kollwitz, Leger, Levitt, Magritte, Manet, Man Ray, McCarthy, McQueen, Modotti, Munch, Munoz, Nauman, Ofili, Paolozzi, Pfeiffer, Picasso, Piper, Pistoletto, Prince, Richter, Rodchenko, Sala, Sander, Schad, Schutte, Sherman, Schneeman, Segal, Sickert, Sidibe, Song Dong, Strand & Sheeler, Vertov, Wall, Warhol, and Wearing.

From the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, the individual has been confronted with the crowd of the modern metropolis – a place of fleeting and anonymous encounters. People are pervaded with a profound sense of solitude, or, on the contrary, they are enthusiastic about the possibilities offered for the creation of a new identity. A specifically modern art developed out of this condition. The spectator is part of the scene, like the city-dweller in modern society.

For this exhibition loans have been obtained from important public institutions, including the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The British Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, as well as from numerous private collections.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to Fondazione CRT

For information:
Press Office, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, tel. +39/011.9565209-211, fax +39/011.9565231, e-mail: press@castellodirivoli.org

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