Paper media, the first exhibition in America featuring works on paper by Boetti, Calzolari and Kounellis


At the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art the first exhibition in America devoted to Arte Povera works on paper: Boetti, Calzolari and Kounellis.

From August 28 to December 8, 2019, the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation presents at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art the first exhibition in America dedicated toArte Povera works on paper. Paper Media: Boetti, Calzolari, Kounellis, this is the title of the exhibition, will offer the public rare works on paper by the three masters Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Jannis Kounellis, selected from the Olnick Spanu Collection.

The exhibition, curated by Francesco Guzzetti, illustrates the significance of drawing and printing within each artist’s practice, as well as Italian art and culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibition brings together eleven works on paper from the Olnick Spanu Collection rarely exhibited in the past. As with many artists associated with Arte Povera, working with various drawing and printmaking techniques was central to the practices of Boetti, Calzolari, and Kounellis. These artists viewed their works on paper as completed works rather than as preparatory stages in the creation of a work of art. From Calzolari’s alchemical experimentation with unusual materials such as rose petals and salt to Kounellis’ iteration of a new alphabet of signs and images, the works in the exhibition speak of formal and material experimentation and intense questioning about the meaning of being an artist.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Dorsky Museum to present this exhibition to the academic community at SUNY New Paltz as well as our own in the Hudson Valley,” says Vittorio Calabrese, director of Magazzino Italian Art Foundation. “It has been Magazzino’s mission since its founding to share Italian art with the dynamic art world around us. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with the Dorsky Museum to present these rare works, which open a deep perspective on the practice of three Arte Povera masters such as Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Jannis Kounellis.”

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Image: Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (1968; rose petals, salt, oil pastels and ink on cardboard, 98 x 71 cm)

Paper media, the first exhibition in America featuring works on paper by Boetti, Calzolari and Kounellis
Paper media, the first exhibition in America featuring works on paper by Boetti, Calzolari and Kounellis


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