The Ghisla Art Collection’s new display opens on 10 March 2019.
In the first six rooms of the iconic red cube, visitors can see a new selection of works from Martine and Pierino Ghisla’s modern and contemporary art collection. As usual the works are not displayed according to a rigid chronological order, nor are they organised into artistic movements or trends. Entering the museum’s space, visitors will find themselves in a world of works by the greatest artists of Pop Art, Informalism, Conceptual Art, Abstract Art and New Dada as well as emerging – and perhaps less well-known – authors.The last floor hosts «Blow through the gap» by Rodrigo Matheus, a site-specific temporary exhibition conceived and realized for the Ghisla Art Collection and organized in collaboration with Nathalie Obadia Gallery Paris/Brussels.
Among the newly exposed works, there are pieces by some important international artists: Richard Serra, Justin Brice Guariglia, George Condo, Peter Halley and Louise Nevelson from the United States, Alicia Kwade from Poland, Benjamin Sabatier from France as well as Chao Lu and Ni Youyu from China. In the first two rooms on the ground-floor, nature, climate and climate change create a fil rouge connecting the various artworks and taking the visitor through an introspective journey of reflection. It is a widely discussed subject which deeply concerns our society and future generations, and which art, through it’s intrinsic capacity of being ahead of its time, is dealing with in most interesting ways. With this section of its current exhibition the Fondazione Ghisla wants to give an active contribution in raising awareness.
The three rooms on the following floor showcase 34 works by the greatest masters of international modern and contemporary art.In the first room visitors can admire some of the leading exponents of American Pop Art, such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselman together with an imposing painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and an enigmatic canvas by Cy Twombly. The second room contains a selection of genres and currents, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Jean Dubuffet, Fernando Botero, Leonor Fini, Serge Poliakoff, Christo & Jeanne Claude, Victor Vasarely, Antoni Tápies: a sort of didactic trail through astounding pieces of art. The third room is an homage to Italian art from the past seven decades: Carlo Ciussi, Agostino Bonalumi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Francesca Pasquali, Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana and Franco Ionda lead the visitor through the major currents which have left their mark on that period of time.
Matheus Rodrigo’s temporary exhibition «Blow through the gap» in the three rooms on the last floor and organized in collaboration with Nathalie Obadia Gallery Paris/Brussels surprises with a series of works that generate a captivating dialogue between the artistic objects and the architecture which hosts them. Part of the exhibition was created as a site-specific project for the Fondazione Ghisla. Matheus’ sculptures show the artist’s interest for issues such as the nature of representation, design and artificiality. They consider the inherent qualities and the social circuit behind every material, pointing to the poetic potential of everyday objects. Each of the elements thought, prepared and exposed by the artist presents not only certain references to day-to-day life, but also a precise arrangement of materials that engenders an interplay of unexpected or even surprising relationships. The banality of these objects reminds us of everyday life, not to mention the social context and cultural practices of the viewer. Rodrigo Matheus takes the objects from reality and puts them together in the manner of a rebus, composing a sort of game in which everyone can freely interpret their meaning in a personal and cathartic way. Among other symbols, these objects evoke trades and therefore individuals and their activities.
Rodrigo Matheus was born in Brazil in 1974. He lives and works between São Paolo and Paris. In 2001 he graduated from the University of São Paulo with a degree in Fine Arts, followed in 2011 by a Master’s in sculpture at the London Royal College of Art. He is part of a young scene of emerging Brazilian artists. During the past ten years he has received increasing attention with exhibitions in some of the most prestigious international institutions, such as the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Tokio in Paris, the 13th Biennal in Lyon, the Swiss Institute and the New Museum in New York, the Fondation DHC/Art in Montreal, the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto, the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, the Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, the Manuel Antonio da Mota foundation in Porto and the Royaume-Uni at the Brazilian embassy in London.
For its 2019 season, the Ghisla Art Collection opens its doors to visitors from Wednesday to Sunday between 1:30 and 6:00pm. Audio guides are included in the ticket price and are available in English, German, Italian and French. It should be remembered, that special visits with a drinks reception can be booked, led by a private guide who will walk you through the museum and explain the art in a light yet dynamic manner. The tour will be tailored to the audience, giving not only information on the works but also quirky anecdotes about the artists and the world of art collecting. Since the first five seasons have been so well received – locally, nationally and internationally –, the Ghisla Art Collection sticks to its approach of opening to a wide public by offering specific events for children and teens, contemporary dance performances interacting with the works on display and other interesting activities.