Photography and young artists | The week’s top 5 shows in Milan
Between the inauguration of Fondazione Prada’s Osservatorio in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the opening of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a new space dedicated to promoting culture through seminars, workshops, conventions, exhibitions and talks, Northern Italy’s first city continues in its role as a major center for the development of arts and culture.
A strong program of exhibitions accompanies Milan’s cultural offer. From a series of exciting solo shows to Osseravatorio’s inaugural exhibition, the city’s artistic winter season looks promising.
GIVE ME YESTERDAY at Osservatorio, until March 21, 2017
Installation view of "GIVE ME YESTERDAY". Courtesy Fondazione Prada.
Opening this Wednesday, the exhibition will feature works by fourteen Italian and international artists. Inspired by the work of names such as Larry Clark or Wolfgang Tillmans, the work of the fourteen photographers of “GIVE ME YESTERDAY” aims to go beyond the immediacy of photography by focusing on its performative element, and to showcase the ways in which the medium can be manipulated, both by the observer and the observed.
“GIVE ME YESTERDAY” at Osservatorio, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan.
Marco Schifano at Studio Visconti, until March 26, 2017
Marco Schifano, works from the series Le spose di Max. Courtesy Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti.
The young artist Marco Schifano (b. 1985) returns to Studio Visconti two years after his last solo exhibition at the gallery, with works from his series Ballet and Le Spose di Max (Max’s Brides) — referring to Max Ernst’s surrealist painting Attirement of the Bride (1940).
Continuing his study on “still life”, Schifano looks back to a pictorial tradition that is centuries old, redefining its aesthetics, its function and its boundaries to create photographs that break down the barriers between reality and fiction.
Marco Schifano at Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti, corso Monforte 23, Milan
“Tenseness” by Pierre-Etienne Morelle at Loom Gallery, until January 30, 2017
Pierre-Etienne Morelle, Tight framed 02 (cross). Courtesy Loom Gallery.
Young French artist Pierre-Etienne Morelle (b. 1980) has an ambitious goal with this exhibition at Milan’s Loom Gallery: to redefine the traditional “white cube” gallery space and turn it into a space for critical discussion by creating works that rethink the ways in which exhibitions are experienced. Morelle’s artworks call attention to themselves in order to question their own roles as works of art, challenging visitors’ experience of objects and their relationship to space.
Pierre-Etienne Morelle at Loom Gallery, Via Marsala 7, Milan.
Talia Chetrit at kaufmann repetto, until January 14, 2017
Talia Chetrit, Ever (Swing) (2014/2016) Courtesy kaufman repetto.
With photography sweeping the city, kaufmann repetto presents works by Talia Chetrit, (b. 1982) whose photos explore the politics of the body, breaking down the barriers between public and private and creating a journey towards sexual affirmation. The female bodies captured by Chetrit — including a series of self-portraits — question our approach to notions of pornography, voyeurism and objectification.
Talia Chetrit at kaufmann repetto, Via di Porta Tenaglia, Milan.
Flow Structures” by Elena Damiani at Francesca Minini Gallery, until January 16, 2016"
Installation view of "Flow Structures" by Elena Damiani at Francesca Minini Gallery. Courtesy Francesca Minini Gallery.
“Flow Structures” by Peruvian artist Elena Damiani features a series of installations representing the different geological strata of Earth, playing with the idea of interconnectivity and the relationship between nature and technology. By assessing the extent to which the artificial and the natural can intertwine, Damiani poses questions as to the spaces we inhabit, giving life to stunning sculptural work in the process.
Elena Damiani at Francesca Minini Gallery, Via Privata Massimiano, Milan.