Curator Martin Bethenod, director of the Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana in Venice, chose to highlight Lee Lozano of the United States (1930-1999), Alina Szapocznicow of Poland (1926-1973) and Evelyne Axell of Belgium (1935-1972). In the late 1960s and early 1970s, all three made the female body, and their own bodies, a tool of criticism and subversion, each in her own way. Szapocznicow's fragmented, seductive forms echoed Axell's performances, where the body is constantly brought into play in a critical relationship with art history, while Lozano's conceptual projects transposed the same motif into abstraction or contrasted it with the triviality and alienation of the (male) world.
For the first time in Europe, the three artists, whose works had seldom, if ever, been exhibited in Italy, were brought together in the same show. In this way, the Gucci Museo and the Pinault Collection helped to shed light on artists who had been overlooked because of their unique approaches and radical positions.