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Italian, born in 1940

A major figure of Italian conceptual art, Giulio Paolini authored a multifaceted oeuvre that expresses his deep meditation on art and his epoch. Interested in the relationship between the artist, the object and the viewer, Paolini uses various mediums such as photographic reproduction, ‘object-paintings’, scenography and writing.

His first works, which he creates in the 1960s, question the place of the painting in space. L'Esprit de finesse (1966), an acrylic on triangular-shape canvas held by the Pinault Collection, is a prime example. At the same time, Paolini develops a photographic practice through which he likes to stage the artistic activity or even the works themselves, as in Invenzione di Ingres (1968). In the 1970s, the notion of double becomes more important, as shown by the two identical plasters of Venus that compose Mimesi (1975-1976). Since the end of the 1980s, Paolini questions the concept of exhibition through complex installations, often in situ.

The Giulio Paolini artworks held in the Pinault Collection were first presented in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.

Delfo II , 1968
Giulio Paolini

Mimesi , 1975-1976
Giulio Paolini

L'invenzione di Ingres , 1968
Giulio Paolini

Vedo (la decifrazione del mio campo visivo) , 1969
Giulio Paolini

Esprit de finesse , 1966
Giulio Paolini

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© Giulio Paolini Courtesy de Fondazone Giulio e Anna Paolini / photo Mario Sarotto Close
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© Giulio Paolini Photo : Adam Rzepka Close

Exhibitions

 

Au-delà de la couleur, Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes
12/06/2021 - 29/08/21

 

Dancing with Myself, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
07/04/2018 - 16/12/18

 

Art Lovers, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
10/07/2014 - 15/09/14

 

Prima Materia, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
29/05/2013 - 31/12/14

 

  Italics

Italics, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
27/09/2008 - 22/03/09

 

Where Are We Going?, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
29/04/2006 - 01/10/06

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