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The Parkview Museum Opens Exhibition Surrounding Beauty in Italian Contemporary Art

Challenging Beauty: Insights into Italian Contemporary Art opens up mind-numbing, intimate works that reference history and faith. This exhibition, featuring a total of 39 works, plays with the state of mind as opposed to our traditional understanding of physical beauty.

The individual experiences demonstrate the intersection between innovation and convention, in the process posing a question to the viewer — does true beauty come from being real?
The Parkview Museum Opens Exhibition Surrounding Beauty in Italian Contemporary Art

by SAND Magazine

March 23, 2018

Francesco Clemente
Oil on canvas
122 x 152cm

As curator and art historian Lóránd Hegyi puts it, this might mean to embrace or recognise the power of creating ‘artificial things’. Through the exhibition, we are introduced to Salvo’s At The Bar (1981-84), Sandro Chia’s Onanism, Altruism, Tourism (2002), Felice Levini’s Mars (2008), Ugo Giletta’s Faces (2008) — among 25 other artists who forge new identities from deeply rooted practices by focusing on the artistic praxis often defined by a strong cultural specificity and possess the ability to put transnational narratives to test. Each work spells a personal responsibility towards Italian contemporary art.

At the bar (1981-84)
Oil on canvas
150 x 140 cm
Sandro Chia
Onanism, Altruism, Tourism (2002)
Oil on canvas
200 x 220 cm

Felice Levini
Mars (2008)
Oil on canvas and mixed technique
225 x 165cm

Ugo Giletta
Faces (2008)
Watercolour on canvas
70 x 100cm

Artists from four generations and artistic movements of Arts Povera, Transavantgarde, New Roman School and positions of the new generations that emerged during the 1990s and 2000s are displayed.What struck us were the dark silhouettes of Guglielmo Castelli, also the youngest artist who made it to the show. Just last year, Guglielmo was named one of the 10 most influential young people in European arts. The way Challenging Beauty concludes seems to stress that perhaps there is no happy ending in Italian contemporary art – only room for more rumination.

In the case of The Parkview Museum’s new exhibition, beauty represents relationships that have failed and survived; identities found in the darkest edges and religious values. These artists prove that art doesn’t have to be ‘beautiful’. Instead, the charm lies in allowing the fluidity of truth to empower the viewer — which, simply put, is the narrative that many millennial artists have already given to themselves.
What this exhibition does, instead, is reinforce the importance of exploring one’s own religious, spiritual, socio-economic and political understanding in order to motivate real change.

More information on the exhibition here
More art and conversations here


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