Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Giulio Paolini

Se la politica è l'arte del possibile, l'arte è la politica dell'impossibile

Artists' Research Laboratory (VIII CSAV)
4–25 July 2002

Giulio Paolini (Genoa 1940) in the early sixties his analysis on the concepts of "work", "author", "representation" and "exposure." His poetry, represented since 1967 the conceptual wing of Arte Povera, and developed until nowadays with consistently and with flexibility of media. In his vocabulary Paolini uses canvas, paper, photography, plaster, alabaster, plexiglas and anything else that may arise as medium of artistic practice.
Giulio Paolini is the first Italian artist invited as a Visiting Professor at the Advanced Course in Visual Arts at Fondazione Antonio Ratti.

Annie Ratti
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio
Angela Vettese
Anna Daneri

Invited artist

Giulio Paolini (b. 1940, Genoa, Italy) lives and works in Turin. He is often associated with the Arte Povera movement, although his work is more closely linked to pure conceptualism. Paolini is principally concerned with the relationship between the artist, object and viewer, examining the act of seeing and experiencing a work. Trained as a graphic designer he has always had a special interest in writing and editing. His artistic research has long been coupled with written statements and reflections collected in artist's books such as Idem (with a foreword by Italo Calvino) published in 1975 by Einaudi, Quattro passi. Nel museo senza muse (2006) by the same publisher, and L'autore che credeva di esistere, published by Johan & Levi in 2012.

Since the early 1960s Paolini has held numerous exhibitions in Italian and international institutions among which Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma (1976), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1980), the Nouveau Musée in Villeurbanne (1984), the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart (1986), the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome (1988), the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz (1998), the Fondazione Prada in Milan (2003), the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur (2005) and the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2014). He has participated at various editions of Documenta, Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992), and at the Venice Biennale (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2013). His work features in some of the most important museum collections across the world.

Participant artists

Pennacchio Argentato
Panagiotis Balomenos
Sergio Breviario
David Casini
Alessandro Dal Pont
Colins Dibangtchou
Marina Fulgeri
Sebastiano Gazzato
Melanie Gilligan
Paolo Gonzato
Hely Amala
Teresa Iaria
Matthew Johnson
Varsenik Khatlamajyan
Michèle Larose
Ivan Malerba
Cédric Noël
Benedetto Pietromarchi
Antonio Puleo
Davide Rivalta
Pietro Roccasalva
Laura Santamaria
Simon Zabell


Giulio Paolini

L'opera autentica

26 July–8 September 2002

Open Access

25 July 2002


Giulio Paolini

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