May 4, 2021 - Fondazione Prada - Stop Painting
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May 4, 2021

Fondazione Prada

Lucio Fontana, Milano, 1962. Photo: Ugo Mulas. © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana by SIAE 2021.

Stop Painting
May 22–November 21, 2021

Press preview: May 19, 10am–6pm

Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco, 2
20139 Milan
Italy

T +39 02 5666 2634
press@fondazioneprada.org

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Stop Painting
May 22–November 21, 2021

Press preview: May 19, 10am–6pm

Fondazione Prada
Largo Isarco, 2
20139 Milan
Italy

T +39 02 5666 2634
press@fondazioneprada.org

www.fondazioneprada.org
Instagram / Facebook / Twitter

Stop Painting is an exhibition conceived by artist Peter Fischli on view at the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue, from May 22 to November 21, 2021. The press preview will take place on Wednesday, May 19.

Described by Peter Fischli as “a kaleidoscope of repudiated gestures,” the project explores a series of specific ruptures within the history of painting in the last 150 years, intertwined with the emergence of new social factors and cultural values.

“Was the recurring ghost telling the story of the end of painting a phantom problem? And if yes, can phantoms be real?”. These were Fischli’s doubts at the beginning of the process leading to the conception of his exhibition. In an attempt to answer these and other open questions, he identified five radical ruptures that marked artistic paradigm shifts through rejection and reinvention of painting: the diffusion of photography, the invention of the readymade and the collage, “the death of the author,” the critique of painting as a commodity, and the crisis of criticism in the late-capitalist society.

The artist conceived this exhibition divided in ten sections as a plurality of different narratives told by himself in the first person. The show begins on the ground floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina with a new site-specific artwork by Fischli that consists of a scaled-down model of the entire project, defined by the artist as “a sculpture of a painting exhibition”. Stop Painting, which brings together more than 110 artworks, unfolds on the first floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina following not a chronological order, but a personal and idiosyncratic approach. The display consists of a system of temporary walls that cross and cut through the spaces, passing through the thresholds that connect the different rooms. A selection of works by more than 80 artists, also disseminated on the ground floor, in the courtyard, and in the staircase of the palazzo, constitutes the intersecting storylines that form the exhibition Stop Painting.

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