From April 17 to November 20, 2016, Punta della Dogana will present “Accrochage”,
a collective exhibition curated by Caroline Bourgeois.
“Accrochage” brings together nearly seventy works that have not been on display
since they became part of the Pinault Collection and over two thirds of the artists
have never been presented in an exhibition of the collection. Specifically conceived
for Punta della Dogana, the show will take up the entire exhibition space of the museum.
To develop this collective exhibition, the curator decided to follow precise
guidelines, almost like the rules of a game, instead of focusing on a theme,
a period of time or an artistic movement. As Caroline Bourgeois said, “I have
selected mainly significant bodies of work that are the consequence of a gesture,
of a minimal thought, that evoke both a sense of emptiness and a mise en abyme of
a dimension, or a moment, of art history. [...] Even though they are all very different,
these creations all share a certain simplicity, a sense of broadening that somehow
create more space for the other, therefore, for the visitor. The freedom felt when
facing these works is what we wanted to encourage with “Accrochage”.
The title itself – generic, neutral, almost in the background – leaves space to the
works and seems to simply suggest: look carefully. The works on display, then, lead
us to question what we look at, invite us to look carefully instead of merely seeing,
thereby creating a place where emotion and sensitivity are as important as optical
perception and thoughts.” The title of the exhibition “Accrochage” thus reflects the
curator’s choice to present a selection of pieces from the Pinault Collection, bringing
together creations by established and emerging artists, without imposing a point of view.
The visitor is invited to interpret the works through his own personal sensitivity,
to discover, as he walks in the exhibition rooms, the threads that are woven between them.
“Accrochage” brings together works by thirty artists. Twenty-one of them have never been
presented in an exhibition of the Pinault Collection – Absalon, Nina Canell, Tacita Dean,
Peter Dreher, Fernanda Gomes, On Kawara, Edward Krasiński, Guillaume Leblon, Sol LeWitt,
Bernd Lohaus, Goshka Macuga, Fabio Mauri, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Michel Parmentier,
Florian Pumhösl, Tino Sehgal, Haim Steinbach, Niele Toroni, Günther Uecker, Dewain Valentine,
Cerith Wyn Evans – while nine are historical artists of the collection – Pier Paolo Calzolari,
Pierre Huyghe, Louise Lawler, Jean-Luc Moulène, Henrik Olesen, Philippe Parreno, Charles Ray, Thomas Schütte, Franz West.
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