giancarlo e danna

contemporary art from 1980 up to the present

In addition to works by the leading figures of the avant-garde movements of the 1910s and ’20s and renowned masters of the second half of the 20th century, the Giancarlo and Danna Olgiati Collection also features a considerable number of works by some of the greatest exponents of the contemporary art scene. Consistent with the couple’s collecting criteria, this core of works also focuses on the themes of abstractionism and reflection on the object and material. These themes are explored in unique languages and expressive research by the leading figures of the international art scene, including the German artists Günther Förg, Anselm Kiefer and Wolfgang Tillmans; the Italian Roberto Cuoghi and Rudolf Stingel; the Mexican Gabriel Orozco and Damián Ortega; the british Antony Gormley and the danish Danh Vo; and the American Mark Grotjahn, Christopher Wool, Wade Guyton, Roni Horn and Kelley Walker, exponents of the neo-abstract and neo-pop currents. Each work by these artists represents an autonomous moment, but cannot be dissociated from the logical progression of the collection, where the dialogue between the early 20th-century avant-gardes and contemporary art remains inescapable.