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A double appointment with Italian contemporary art in Paris
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A double appointment with Italian contemporary art in Paris

Categories: Culture and creativity -Visual Arts
A collective exhibition and Alice Visentin's solo show are among the summer events of the Italian Cultural Institute in the French capital.
Tout Court - Emilio Isgrò
Tout Court – Emilio Isgrò

On July 22 the exhibition ‘Tout Court: Un aperçu de dell’arte contemporain italien (At a Glance: An overview of Italian contemporary art) gets underway at the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.

Curated by Saverio Verini, the exhibition explores themes such as the search for a possible ‘Italian disposition’. And it does so by exhibiting the works of artists, from the seventies to today, who are extremely diverse and different from one another in terms of age and working practices: Adelaide Cioni, Roberto Fassone, Paolo Icaro, Emilio Isgrò, Diego Marcon, Luigi Ontani, Mattia Pajè and Carol Rama. What they all have in common is the use of smaller formats, a playful and irreverent attitude, and a childlike, visionary approach.

At the same time, the garden of the Institute will be host to the second part of ‘Tout Court’: a selection of ten photographs of works of public art from the archive of the Luoghi del Contemporaneo platform. The images, printed on d-bond panels, look like big postcards in which artwork and landscape merge together . The effect created is that of an Italy in miniature, a project that intends to symbolically lead the visitor to Italy from Paris by making it possible to interact with works that cannot be transported.

But that’s not all, because the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris is simultaneously putting on a individual exhibition by Alice Visentin (1993), artist in residence at the Institute in June 2021. Titled ‘Planète’ – a homage to the Italian-French fantastic realism magazine of the same name from the 1960s – the exhibition presents ten large circular drawings, painted on both sides in watercolour and wax pastels. True ‘pictostories’ in which historical and mythical characters, musicians, poets and writers are brought together to create new narratives and perspectives through which to explore the real and the imaginary.

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