by Francesco Bonami
Italian art between tradition and revolution 1968-2008
Italics takes up where the celebrated exhibition Italian Metamorphosis, put together by Germano Celant in 1995, left off. Important works from the Pinault collection are the focal point the exhibition hinges on, through Arte Povera, Minimalism, Post Pop, Neo Avanguard and the new generations: from artists of the past (Merz, Kounellis, Pascali, Fontana, Boetti, Zorio, Battaglia) to artists of today (Cattelan, Lambri, Tuttofuoco, Arienti, Beecroft).
The collection of contemporary Italian art on view to the public for the first time is illustrated by articles untangling the tensions and artistic trends which have imbued the last 40 years (under the general editorship of Bonami), and also take a look at the principal artists who characteriZed them (Gingeras). The historical, sociological and cultural background (by Empoli, Guerzoni, Manacorda) is accompanied by a short, but exhaustive, illustrated chronology (Cagol).
In 2009 the exhibition will move to the prestigious headquarters of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.