Carl Andre

Carl Andre

MUSEION of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano

Carl Andre, Stile (Element Series), New York 1960 (proposed) / New York 1975 (made).
Private collection, Installation Museum Kurhaus Kleve.
Photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf.

September 7, 2011

Carl Andre
17 September 2011– 8 January 2012

Friday, 16 September, 7 pmVia Dante 6
39100 Bolzano, Italy

Living legend and one of the founders of Minimal Art, the radical works of Carl Andre (Quincy, Massachusetts, 1935) revolutionised the concept of sculpture and profoundly influenced the course of twentieth century art.

Just months after the artist was awarded the prestigious Roswitha Haftmann Stiftung prize, Museion in Bolzano is set to be the very first museum in Italy to host a celebration of his works.

The exhibition is a cooperation between Museion and the Kurhaus Museum, Kleve, where it was staged from 17 April to 28 August.

More than twenty sculptures, small and medium sized works that date from the end of the 1950s to the present, from public and private collections, will be presented on the ground floor and fourth floor of Museion. Among the artist’s famous large scale installations, the exhibition presents Wirbelsäule (spinal column), created in Basel in 1984 and rarely exhibited, which will be on display in the public area in front of the museum. Special attention is devoted to his Poems, text works which are little known but seminal in terms of Carl Andre’s philosophy and art. The show also features a selection of artist books, including the publication dedicated to Andre’s home town, “Quincy”, 1973.

In the last two years Museion has dedicated various exhibitions to different strands of contemporary sculpture, with solo shows of the work of artists like Monica Bonvicini, Isa Genzken, Gabriel Kuri and VALIE EXPORT. The Carl Andre exhibition lends a historic dimension to this programme.

curated by Roland Mönig and Letizia Ragaglia.

Catalogue in three languages (Italian, German and English) with texts by Roland Mönig, Letizia Ragaglia and Guido de Werd. Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln / Cologne / Colonia, 2011
152 pp., ill. ISBN 978-3-934935-53-2

The Carl Andre exhibition will be accompanied by the following programme of related events:
Thursday 10 November, 8 pm: lecture by Alistair Rider, Lecturer in Modern Art, School of Art History, University of St Andrews (UK), and author of the monograph “Carl Andre. Things in Their Elements”, Phaidon 2011.
Thursday 27 October, 8 pm: “Minimal Music”, concert by the percussion group ConTakt, as part of the 37th Bolzano Festival of Contemporary Music. Music by Steve Reich.

In collaboration with the Bolzano Filmclub there will be a presentation of experimental American films.

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 25 November, opening of the exhibition “The Collection in Action. Media art from Vito Acconci to Simon Starling.”

Museion’s institutional partners: Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano

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