26th September 2017
ARTUNER and the Italian Cultural Institute open exhibition on post-war Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra

Flint is pleased to announce the opening of the second instalment of ARTUNER and The Italian Cultural Institute’s two-part exhibition series on the renowned post-war Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra (1920 – 2005).

Featuring Consagra’s iconic sculptures from the 1960-80s in dialogue with new works by French artist Marine Hugonnier, including new collages from the ‘Art For Modern Architecture’ series, the exhibition will explore how both artists challenge cultural and historical frameworks to establish a new relationship between the viewer and their environment.

One of Italy’s most important post-war sculptors, Pietro Consagra rejected the tradition of three-dimensional sculpture to embrace a more direct mode of interaction between the artwork and the viewer. Working in bronze and iron, Consagra created radical sculptures that were flattened and almost two-dimensional. In this way, he disposed of an authoritarian centre in favour of a “frontal” perspective that is open to a direct relationship with the viewer, which became his artistic credo.

Similarly, Marine Hugonnier also proposes a different way of looking at history and its perceptual framework. Often described as a critique on the Politics of Vision, Hugonnier’s work questions the nature of images and the history, culture and politics that are associated with them.

For this exhibition, Hugonnier has created a new series based on vintage editions of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, dating back to Italiy’s turbulent Years of Lead (1969-1980). By blocking out newspaper images of well-known historical events, such as the Piazza Fontana Bombing in Milan (1969) and the Bologna Massacre (1980), the artist disrupts normative narratives of propaganda, spectacle and power.

Ties II: Pietro Consagra and Marine Hugonnier will be on view from 26th September through 20th November.


Image Credit 1: Pietro Consagra and Ugo Mulas at the Italian Cultural Institute, image courtesy of ARTUNER

Image Credit 2: Pietro Consagra and Ugo Mulas at the Italian Cultural Institute, image courtesy of ARTUNER