Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be

9 July - 14 September 2014
Galleries 1, 8 & Victor Petitgas Gallery (Gallery 9)

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Italian artist Giulio Paolini (b. 1940, lives and works in Turin) immerses us in elegant installations of canvases, windows, fragments of statuary and checkerboards – sometimes presented by 18th century footmen. Believing that every work of art embodies earlier traditions, Paolini pays tribute to artists such as Chardin, Lotto and Velazquez. His own face, hands and eyes reappear throughout the show, as he asks Hamlet’s question of the artist.

From To Be or Not to Be (1994–95) where canvases radiate across the floor into infinity to the existential drama of The Author Who Thought He Existed… (2013), Paolini takes us on an exhilarating journey through five decades of work exploring perception and creativity.

Admission free 

Produced in collaboration with MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma. Co-curated with Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.
With thanks for the generous support of Lisson Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Image credit

Alfa (Un autore senza nome) [Alpha (An Author without Name)] (detail) 2004, Mixed media, Collection of the artist / Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York © Giulio Paolini


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Thursday 24 July, 7pm - Talk: Giulio Paolini: To Be Or Not To Be
Co-curators Daniel F. Herrmann and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi discuss the pivotal artist and his work.

Thursday 31 July, 7pm - Tour: Daniel F. Herrmann on Giulio Paolini
Led by the curator of the exhibition, this tour introduces the artist and the overarching themes of the survey, including authorship and the notion of the artwork

Thursday 14 August, 7pm - Tour: Chisato Minamimura on Giulio Paolini 
A British Sign Language tour of the exhibition for deaf visitors, with audio interpretation by Rob Chalk. 

Friday 12 September, 11.30am - 5.30pm - Symposium: Giulio Paolini
This event considers the work of the artist and explores themes of authorship, space, stage and experience. Featuring leading academics and curators.