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GPO-0017

Untitled

Coloured crepe paper attached to polyethylene with metal tack, stretcher, polyethylene

180 x 120 cm

Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin. Long-term loan from Private collection

From 4 December 2015 to March 2020 on loan at MASILugano Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

The work was mounted and reproduced with two different vertical orientations, both of which possible and correct.

Monochrome squares of coloured crepe paper, made up of small strips of partially overlapping paper, are stapled, at regular intervals, on horizontal strips of polyethylene, in turn mounted on a stretcher covered with transparent cling wrap (according to a principle already used by the artist in some of his works from 1961). Inside the anonymous and uniform pattern, based on the modular repetition, there is no rational criterion underlying the chromatic succession.

1976 Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta, Sala delle Scuderie, Giulio Paolini, 11 March - 21 April, repr. no. 14.
1990 Madrid, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Memoria del futuro. Arte italiano desde las primeras vanguardias a la posguerra, October - December, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 512, col. repr. p. 455 (dated “1962-63”).
2018 Lugano, Spazio -1 Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, A Collection in Progress, 23 September 2018 - 6 January 2019, no catalogue.
Giulio Paolini, vol. Images/Index (Villeurbanne: Le Nouveau Musée, 1984), repr. pp. 12-13 (exhibition view Parma 1976, erroneously dated "1963").
G. Paolini, Suspense. Breve storia del vuoto in tredici stanze (Florence: Hopeful Monster editore, 1988), repr. pp. 14-15 (exhibition view Parma 1976, erroneously dated "1963").
Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by G. Celant (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), col. repr. p. 61).
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 17 p. 59, col. repr.
F. Fergonzi, Una nuova superficie. Jasper Johns e gli artisti italiani 1958-1966 (Milan: Mondadori Electa, 2019), p. 180, col. repr. p. 181.
Entry by Maddalena Disch, 21/01/2022