Giulio Paolini

Giulio Paolini

Not all contemporary artists make a point of crediting their inspiration and connection to the art of the past, letting their own art speak directly to ancient sources of inspiration and their lasting effect on the present-day art world. This trait is among the things that sets Italian artist Guilio Paolini (1940–) apart from the other artists associated with the Arte Povera movement. Paolini’s art is informed by the intrinsic connection between the present and the past, and thus by how the past plays a role in the present.

The inexorable connection between new and old

Paolini’s works are scenes of fascinating encounters between the materials, conventions, and themes of the past and the sharp forms, innovative aesthetics and symbolism of modern art. A conversation is created about the value of what is now old and forgotten, and of that which is fresh in our memories but cannot escape its indelible connection to its predecessor.

An experience through the eyes of an artist

Paoloni challenges the viewer’s expectations by distorting the familiar while retaining traces of it in the finished result. He also plays with the viewer’s expectation of the work being observed: it consists not only of the work itself, but encompasses the process of its very creation. By constantly prolonging, adjusting, expanding, or delaying the creation of works, the artist leaves the viewer in an eternal state of anticipation – a feeling which Paolini believes is precisely what that the artist experiences during any creation of a work.



Works by Guilio Paolini are exhibited here:

HEART – Museum of Contemporary Art

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