Costellazione Transvanguardia

9 November 2011 – 8 January 2012
Gallery 4

MAXXI too is participating in the great Transavanguardia Italiana project conceived by Achille Bonito Oliva on the occasion of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
The project involves a major group show at the Palazzo Reale in Milan (from 24 November) and a series of tribute exhibitions entitled Costellazione transavanguardia in a number of leading Italian museums, including MAXXI.
On this occasion, within the exhibition The vanishing boundary, particular attention will be devoted to the works by the protagonists of this important movement: Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola De Maria and Mimmo Paladino.

The general project provides an overview of the Transavanguardia movement that since its birth has successfully focused on the identity of Italian culture, placing it with its particular originality within the international cultural debate of the last 40 years, marked by the crisis of the ideologies of the 20th century, the globalization of the markets and the establishment of the no global and the glocal movements. At the same time, Transavanguardia has brought Italian contemporary art to an unprecedented level of attention among foreign collectors and museums.
Hence the need to revisit, within the ambit of this specific anniversary, the inspirations behind, the images and the heritage of this experience, both by reviewing its history with a major retrospective exhibition and by investigating the latest work produced by the artists – all now internationally known – at the heart of the movement.

Along with the Transavanguardia Italiana exhibition and the Costellazioni, the exhibition project has a progressive structure (beginning in November 2011 and concluding in the spring of 2012) with five solo shows devoted to its protagonists.

The works on show:
Sandro Chia, Figure with Flag and Flute, 1983
Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum

Francesco Clemente, Crown, 1988
MAXXI

Enzo Cucchi, A drop, 1988
D’Ercole Collection, Rome

Nicola De Maria, Head of the Cosmic Artist in Turin, 1984
Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum

Mimmo Paladino, Elmo, 2004
Valentina Bonomo Collection