Reversing the Eye – Arte Povera and Beyond 1960 – 75: Photography, Film, Video | Jeu de Paume Paris

Reversing the Eye – Arte Povera and Beyond 1960 – 75: Photography, Film, Video | Jeu de Paume Paris

For the first time, the Jeu de Paume and LE BAL are presenting a joint thematic exhibition on the use of media – photography, film, video – by Italian artists of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Centered around the arte povera group, it will be open to various fellow travelers of the movement and beyond, to study the position of the Italian avant-garde vis-à-vis photography and the moving image.

Italian artists

This exhibition shows the extraordinary richness of a period when Italian artists appropriated the narrative power of photography, video and film. From Michelangelo Pistoletto‘s mirror paintings to Giulio Paolini‘s and Giovanni Anselmo‘s large-scale photographs on canvas, from Alighiero Boetti‘s photocopied works to Franco Vaccari‘s photomatons or Luciano Giaccari‘s performance videos, it will provide a panorama of the visual experiments of the Italian avant-garde of the period in the field of image. Contemporary with the work of the international conceptual scene, this research is, at the same time, deeply rooted in Italian culture and history: in this way, it leads to the creation of some of the most fertile and original works of the period, breaking down the barriers between genres and disciplines.

Penone - Rovesciare i propri occhi

The title of the  exhibition, “Reversing the eye”, is a reference to the eponymous work by Giuseppe Penone, Rovesciare i propri occhi, of which different versions are present in the exhibition.

The exhibition will be presented in spring 2023 at Triennale Milano.

Curators: Quentin Bajac, director of the Jeu de Paume; Diane Dufour, director of LE BAL; Giuliano Sergio, independent curator.

Associate curator: Lorenza Bravetta, curator photography, cinema and new media, Triennale Milano.

Exhibition co-produced by the Jeu de Paume, LE BAL and Triennale Milano.

In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.

Associated media: Connaissance des arts, Le Monde, Radio Nova, Paris Première, Polka, Télérama.

Thanks to the Hôtel Brighton, Paris.


PENONE_022_Svolgere-la-propria-pelle_c1997_dig©Archivio_Penone, Rovesciare i propri occhi – progetto, Collage de photographies noir et blanc, aux sels d’argent teintés au sélénium sur papier baryté, Collection privée, Turin, © Archivio Penone / Adagp, Paris, 2022

11 oktober 2022 / 29 januari 2023
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