Piero Manzoni in front of an Achrome, canvas sewn in squares, Milan, 1960 © Archivio Giancolombo, Milan

  • Tue Apr 30 2019, 06:30 PM

In Conversation: Piero Manzoni ‘Materials of His Time’ and ‘Lines’

Please join us in the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop for a conversation in celebration ‘Materials of His Time’ and ‘Lines,’ two concurrent exhibitions of work by Piero Manzoni, on view at Hauser & Wirth New York 22nd Street 25 April through 26 July.

Participants will discuss the exhibitions as well as the recently published catalog ‘Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time’ and include exhibition curator and Director of the Piero Manzoni Foundation, Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo; Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center; and art critic Luca Bochicchio.

About the Participants

Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was the lead organizer of ‘Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens’ that represented the USA at the 2007 Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010 he organized a survey exhibition of the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto. In 2012 he organized (with Erica ‘Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp’. He was responsible ‘Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection’ in 2016 and ‘Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies’ in 2017. He was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated ‘Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture,’ which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro. From 2010 until 2013 he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.

Luca Bochicchio is working as an art critic and a curator. He is the director of Asger Jorn House Museum in Albissola (Italy), where he has been curating the MuDA project: an environmental urban museum connecting public and private collections, from the Futurism to the Situationist International. As a Lecturer and Fellow at the University of Genoa his research focuses both on the international connections of the 1950s-60s Italian avant-gardes, and the contemporary explorations of medium and space. Among artists he recently curated shows upon there are Lucio Fontana, Asger Jorn, Enrico Baj and Anders Herwald Ruhwald. He also contributed in exhibitions at Mamco (Genève), Cobra Museum (Amstelveen), and MiC (Faenza) among others. As an art critic he regularly writes for Italian art magazines Espoarte and Fragile, and is the author of books, catalogues and academic essays on several topics of modern and contemporary art.

Vincenzo de Bellis is curator and associate director of programs, visual arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. At Walker he has recently organized exhibitions such as Mario García Torres: Illusion Brought Me Here (2018-2019, touring to WIELS, Brussels in May 2019); Nairy Baghramian: Deformation Professionelle (2017) and I am you, You are too (2017). He has also served as coordinating curator for Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World (2017). Prior to joining the Walker in 2016, de Bellis was director and curator of Peep-Hole Art Center in Milan, which he co-founded in 2009. There he produced and curated over 25 exhibitions with artists including Uri Aran, Paolo Gioli, Ahmet Ogut, Andra Ursuta, Mario García Torres, Renata Lucas, Paolo Icaro, Pavel Buchler, Gabriel Sierra, Francesco Arena, Rosalind Nashashibi, and Trisha Baga. In 2015, de Bellis curated E_nnesima, an Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art_ at Triennale di Milano and a solo exhibition by Betty Woodman at Museo Marino Marini, Florence and ICA, London (in 2016). He has also served as artistic director of Miart, International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, Milan since 2012. Previously, de Bellis held curatorial roles at Museion, Bolzano and GAMeC, Bergamo. De Bellis holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. He is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues and art publications.

Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo was born and rasied amongst the work of Piero Manzoni, ‘breathing the same creative air of ‘uncle’ Piero.’ In 1996 she began to collaborate with the Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni and shortly after worked on the General Catalogue by Germano Celant, which came out in 2004. Since 2008 she has served as Director of the Piero Manzoni Foundation. Among the numerous activities and collaborations carried out by the Foundation, Rosalia curated ‘Piero Manzoni: Azimut’ exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London in 2011, was the scientific consultant for the film ‘Piero Manzoni. Artist’ (by Andrea Bettinetti), co-curated together with Flaminio Gualdoni the Piero Manzoni exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2014. In the same year he organized a conference on the artist; the papers of that conference were published in 2017. She also works on a series of books in collaboration with the publisher Electa (five titles released so far). With Hauser & Wirth she ‘The Twin Paintings’ project in 2017 and she is the curator of the two Piero Manzoni exhibitions: ‘Materials of his Time’ (Los Angeles and New York) and ‘Lines’ (New York).

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP is required.

The entrance to Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop is at the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair. The bathroom is all-gender. This event is low light, meaning there is ample lighting but fluorescent overhead lighting is not in use. A variety of seating options are available including: folding plastic chairs and wooden chairs, some with cushions.

Water, tea, coffee, beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

Parking in the vicinity is free after 6 PM. The closest MTA subway station is 23rd and 8th Ave off the C and E. This station is not wheelchair accessible. The closest wheelchair accessible stations are 1/2/3/A/C/E 34th Street-Penn Station and the 14 St A/C/E station with an elevator at northwest corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.

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