Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, Director of the Institute of History of Art at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Alighiero Boetti: Minimum/Maximum is the most significant exhibition dedicated to conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti in the past years. For the very first time, Boetti’s practice and iconography are examined through an original juxtaposition of the largest and smallest examples from the artist’s main cycles of works, realised between 1967 and 1994.
Within a single space, divided into eleven thematic sections, focused comparisons between small and large artworks explain how the dialectical approach and the concept of format were crucial in Boetti’s creative process, offering a new way of interpreting the work of a core exponent of Italian conceptual art. The exhibition also constitutes an unprecedented opportunity to discover some of Boetti’s most sought-after pieces, many of which are loans from prestigious private collections, and largely unknown to the greater public.
The exhibition features a special project around Alighiero Boetti’s work on photocopies, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and Agata Boetti, Director of the Archivio Alighiero Boetti and daughter of the artist: COLOUR=REALITY. B+W=ABSTRACTION (except zebras).
This section, which takes its name from a work on photocopy contained in Alighiero Boetti’s I quindici libri rossi-111, explores the artist’s “creative applications”, gathering together for the first time a group of works made with a photocopier in different moments of his career. The project bears witness to Boetti’s passion for communication technologies and invite visitors to imagine the creative uses he would have found with our current means of communication and reproduction of images.
The project also includes an homage to Alighiero Boetti specially created by Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres.