On the occasion of the launch of the Center for Italian Modern Art’s 2016-17 season, dedicated to the artists Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini, CIMA welcomed the renowned art historian and curator Germano Celant in conversation with MoMA curator Christian Rattemeyer.
The discussion -- moderated by CIMA Fellow Maria Bremer -- focused on the landmark year of 1972, a crucial moment for the careers of both Germano Celant and leading conceptual artist Giulio Paolini. In November 1972, Celant curated the first exhibition of works by Giulio Paolini in the United States, held at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and authored the first Arte Povera monograph to be published in English (Giulio Paolini, Sonnabend Press/Tipostampa, New York/Turin, 1972). The 1972 show at Sonnabend Gallery bears witness to Celant’s seminal and long-term impulse to internationalize Italian art. Celant coined the term “Arte Povera” in 1967, and his inclusion of Paolini in a series of exhibitions during these years inextricably associated Paolini with this movement.
CIMA’s program draws together Celant’s singular firsthand account with Rattemeyer’s perspective on the exhibition’s influence on a later generation of curators. The conversation touched as well on the respective 1970s art scenes in Italy and the US and their interconnectivity.
Presented with the support of Antonio Homem and the Sonnabend Collection Foundation.