Collezione Olgiati
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A Collection in Progress

A corpus of more than 500 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and artists’ books.

Every year Spazio -1 presents a new installation of the Collezione Olgiati aimed at relating the historical and contemporary avant-garde works acquired at different times. Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati pursue their efforts to focus through their collection on selecting works by great masters and young artists of different nationalities, affirmed on an international scale and joined by a common historiographic root that is clearly manifested in the conversation between their various works on display.

This year the installation begins with a section devoted to the monochrome, ranging from Yves Klein to Irma Blank, from Piero Dorazio to Marca-Relli; this will be followed by a homage to the French artist Arman with works from the height of the 1960s, as well as by a chapter on the representation of the face with portraits and self-portraits by Marisa Merz, Markus Schinwald, Jimmie Durham, and Gino De Dominicis; lastly, after crossing several rooms visitors will find a revisitation in white of the research conducted by Gruppo Zero compared with the works of Tauba Auerbach and Wolfgang Tillmans (on view this year at the solo show held at the Fondazione Beyeler in Basel).

Visitors will be able to see the works they are already familiar with along with other more recent acquisitions; this constant dialogue is what expresses the collectors’ desire to convey to the viewer their choices and their emotions, thereby clarifying what the idea of a A Collection in Progress means to them.

List of Artists Exhibited:

Carla Accardi / Giovanni Anselmo / Arman / Tauba Auerbach / Giacomo Balla / Rosa Barba /Massimo Bartolini / Irma Blank / Alighiero Boetti / Sophie Calle / Pier Paolo Calzolari / Christo / Ettore Colla / Gino De Dominicis / Fortunato Depero / Piero Dorazio / Jimmie Durham / Luciano Fabro / Lucio Fontana / Marco Gastini / Anthony Gormley / Mark Grotjahn / Wade Guyton / Guyton-Walker / Anish Kapoor /Anselm Kiefer / Jannis Kounellis / Yves Klein / Alberto Magnelli / Piero Manzoni / Conrad Marca Relli / Mario Merz / Marisa Merz / Giulio Paolini / Giuseppe Penone / Gianni Piacentino / Michelangelo Pistoletto / Enrico Prampolini / Seth Price / R.H.Quaytman / Pietro Roccasalva / Tim Rollins and K.O.S. / Pamela Rosenkranz / Sterling Ruby / Salvatore Scarpitta / Mario Schifano / Markus Schinwald / Rudolf Stingel / JanSchoonhoven / Wolfgang Tillmans / Giulio Turcato / GüntherUecker / Emilio Vedova / Francesco Vezzoli / Not Vital / Danh Vo / KelleyWalker / PalomaVargaWeisz / Christopher Wool / Gilberto Zorio

Exhibition Catalogue

Libretto Collezione Olgiati

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