Pirelli HangarBicocca presents the exhibition ·

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents the exhibition

Matt Mullican
The Feeling of Things
The most extensive retrospective by the artist

Curated by Roberta Tenconi

From 12 April to 16 September 2018
Press preview and conference: 10 April 2018, 11.30 AM
Opening: 11 April 2018, 7 PM

“The Feeling of Things” is the most extensive exhibition in Italy by Matt Mullican (born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California) and his major retrospective ever.

In a continuous attempt to explain and structure what is around him, Mullican has been working since the early 1970s to develop a complex system of models and vocabulary that he calls the “five worlds,” corresponding to different levels of perception and represented by five colors:  green for physical, material elements; blue for everyday life (the “world unframed”); yellow where objects become valuable, as in art (the “world framed”); black and white for language and symbols; and red for subjectivity and ideas.

For Pirelli HangarBicocca the artist has designed a massive sculptural structure that takes its shape from his most iconic five-color-cosmologies, occupying nearly the entire 5,000 square meter exhibition space. Visitors are invited to enter the structure to discover thousands of meticulously arranged works and objects. Representing an extremely rich selection of Mullican’s seminal works from the 1970s as well as more recent times, they include paintings, rubbings, banners, glass sculptures, works on paper, videos, lightboxes, floor pieces and bigger installations and explore the most hermetic aspects of human life.

The exhibition is curated by Roberta Tenconi and is accompanied by a publication focused on Mullican’s photographic works, encompassing all his analogical photos from the 1970s and 1980s until the most recent digital single shots and series, including installation views of the Milan show, exceptionally taken by the artist himself.

Matt Mullican
Matt Mullican (born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California, lives and works in Berlin and New York) has exhibited in a number of different international institutions, including: Camden Arts Centre, London; The Kitchen, New York and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur (2016); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz (2014); Fondazione Ratti, Como (2013); Haus der Kunst, München (2011); Institut
d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhone-Alpes (2010); Tate Museum, London (2007); Ludwig Museum, Köln (2005); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel and Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Sankt-Gallen (2001); Museu Serralves Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto (2000); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1998); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1997); Centre for Contemporary Art – Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (1996); Nationalgalerie, Berlin and IVAM, Centre del Carme, Valencia (1995); Wiener Secession, Wien and Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg (1994); List Art Center, M.I.T., Boston (1990). He participated in numerous
international exhibitions, most recently: 53a Biennale di Venezia (2013); Singapore Biennale (2011); 28th São Paulo Biennial and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York (2008).

Exhibition Program
The exhibition “The Feeling of Things” is part of the 2018 exhibition program, conceived by the Artistic Director Vicente Todolí together with the Curatorial Department: Roberta Tenconi, Curator; Lucia Aspesi, Assistant Curator; Fiammetta Griccioli, Assistant Curator. The programming will continue with exhibitions Mario Merz, “Igloos” (25 October 2018 – 24 February 2019) in the Navate space and by Leonor Antunes (14 September 2018 – January 2019) in the Shed space.

Pirelli HangarBicocca
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting and producing contemporary art which reflects Pirelli’s enterprise culture and its commitment to research, innovation and the spread of contemporary languages. With its rich and intense programming, Pirelli HangarBicocca includes solo exhibitions by leading international artists who stand out for the experimental nature of their work, and a parallel calendar of talks and cultural events, all in a space that is open to the public free of charge.

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