Dimostrazione, 1974-75



Photo prints, plexiglas sheets, music stands

Two photo prints and two plexiglas sheets 30 x 40 cm each, overall dimensions variable

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on the verso of one of the two photo prints: "Giulio Paolini / Dimostrazione / 1975 / [edition number]"

The work was executed in a numbered edition of six. The artist inadvertently authenticated two of the editions with the number 1/5, designated here as “1/5 [a]” and “1/5 [b]”.

1/5 [a] Private collection, Florence
1/5 [b] Elisabeth and Gerhard Sohst Collection at the Hamburger Kunsthalle
2/5 Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Collection
3/5 Private collection
4/5 MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
5/5 Present whereabouts unknown
1/5 [b] Since ca. 1990 on long-term loan at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2/5 Acquired in 1994, inventory no. B.D-73426A-L/IS
3/5 From December 2005 to 2011 on loan at Madre – museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples
4/5 Acquired in 1995, inventory no. P 458/0

The two photographs are each arranged on a rigid support protected by a plexiglas sheet, which protects them and prevents them from warping.

Two photographs, displayed on two music stands placed so that they face each other, each represent the opposing element.
Each of the facing elements records itself or its equal, that is, it confirms or verifies the situation captured by our gaze before the work. The "demonstration" in question does not just concern the object called into play, but also and above all the visual act that captures it.
In the artist's own words: “‘Demonstration’ is perhaps one of those words that are best used to verify the boundaries, both conventional and undecipherable, of the signs of language. I found it to be suited to defining an aspect of perception that tends, in fact, to demonstrate itself”
The same theme, formulated for the first time in 1974 with two drawings on canvas (GPO-0272), was also developed in two other variants during the same year (GPO-0299, GPO-0300).

1 G. Paolini, Idem (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 1975), p. 92.

1975 Bologna, Studio G7, Giulio Paolini, from 15 November.
1976 Genoa, Samangallery, Giulio Paolini, 14 January - 7 February.
1976 Paris, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Giulio Paolini, from 26 February.
1977 Zurich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Giulio Paolini, 20 January - 23 February; edition 2/5.
1977 London, Lisson Gallery, Giulio Paolini, 12 April - 14 May; edition 1/5 [a].
1977 Dublin, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art; National Museum of Ireland, Rosc ’77: The Poetry of Vision, 20 August - 30 October, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 96, repr. p. 210 (exhibition view Genoa 1976).
1978 Naples, Museo Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, Giulio Paolini, from 9 February, no catalogue.
1980 Termoli, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Anabasi. Architettura e arte, 4 July - 30 September, repr. p. 175 (with incomplete date “1975”, exhibition view London 1977).
1982 Hamburg, Raum für neue Kunst, Giulio Paolini, 16 August - 15 October, cited in the checklist of exhibited works in the visitor’s guide, not repr., referred to in the text by M. Kramer; edition 1/5 [b].
1984 Villeurbanne, Le Nouveau Musée, Giulio Paolini, 20 January - 18 March, not repr.; edition 1/5 [b].
1985 Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, L’oeil musicien. Les Ecritures et les Images de la Musique, 28 March - 12 May, cited in the checklist of exhibited works enclosed with the catalogue, repr. p. 90 (exhibition view London 1977).
1985-86 Montreal, Musée d’art contemporain, Giulio Paolini, 7 July - 8 September, touring to: Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, 29 November 1985 - 19 January 1986, same catalogue and same edition as for the solo exhibition in Villeurbanne 1984.
1986 Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Giulio Paolini, 15 February - 30 March, same catalogue and same edition as for the solo exhibition in Villeurbanne 1984.
1986 Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Giulio Paolini, 20 September - 2 November, cited in the checklist of exhibited works vol. 4 no. 20 p. 51, repr. vol. 4 p. 31 (exhibition view Charleroi 1985); edition 1/5 [a].
1988-89 Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Giulio Paolini, 24 November 1988 - 26 February 1989, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 95, repr. no. 4 (exhibition view Charleroi 1985); edition 3/5.
1995 Mira, Riviera del Brenta, Villa Widmann Foscari, Itinerario. Giulio Paolini, Domenico Bianchi, Bernhard Rüdiger, 8 June - 18 July, vol. Itinerario, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 34, repr. pp. 18-19 (exhibition views); edition 3/5.
2002 Palma de Mallorca, Centre de Cultura “Sa Nostra”, Boetti, Fabro, Kounellis, Merz, Paolini, Pistoletto, Zorio. De l’Art Povera als nostres dies, 26 February - 20 April, cat. no. 13, col. repr., referred to in the text by M. Aguiló Victory n. pag.; edition 3/5.
2003 Magdeburg, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, La Poetica dell’Arte Povera, 14 September - 7 December, cited in the checklist of exhibited works no. 59 p. 236, repr. p. 106 (exhibition view), referred to in the texts by T. Zervosen pp. 45-46, K. Kohlhoff p. 203; edition 1/5 [b].
2005 Naples, MADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Atto secondo. La Collezione, from 10 December, catalogue published in 2006: col. repr. pp. 232-233 (exhibition view, incorrect installation), 239; edition 3/5.
2012-13 Milan, Gallerie d'Italia, Piazza Scala, Cantiere del ’900. Opere dalle collezioni Intesa Sanpaolo, from 25 October 2012, col. repr. p. 172 (installation view at Intesa Sanpaolo Collection), catalogue entry by F. Tedeschi no. IX.127 p. 239, referred to in the text by F. Tedeschi p. 164; edition 2/5.
2019 Pistoia, Palazzo Buontalenti, Italia moderna 1945-1975. Dalla ricostruzione alla contestazione, 13 September - 17 November, col. repr. pp. 248-249; edition 2/5.
G. Paolini, Idem (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 1975), p. 92.
Paolo Mussat Sartor Fotografo 1968-1978. Arte e artisti in Italia (Turin: Stampatori Editore, 1979), repr. p. 174 (exhibition view Naples 1978).
Giulio Paolini. Premio Bolaffi 1980 (Turin: Giulio Bolaffi Editore, 1980), repr. pp. 14-15 (exhibition view Zurich 1977).
Luoghi del silenzio imparziale, exhibition catalogue [In labirinto], Milan, Palazzo della Permanente (Milan: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, 1981), repr. 113 (exhibition view Zurich 1977).
J.L. Maubant, “Giulio Paolini ou le triomphe de la mélancolie”, in Paolini. Melanconia ermetica, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Galerie Maeght Lelong, 1985, p. 9, not repr.
L. Busine, Les Doublures de Giulio Paolini (Brussels: Edition Lebeer-Hossmann, 1986), repr. p. 60 (exhibition view Charleroi 1985).
F. Poli, Giulio Paolini (Turin: Lindau, 1990), repr. no. 88 (exhibition view Charleroi 1985).
Giulio Paolini. “Una collezione ’60/’80” (Milan: Studio Marconi, 1990), repr. p. 137 (exhibition view Naples 1978).
La collection Christian Stein. Un regard sur l’art italien (Villeurbanne: Le Nouveau Musée and Art Édition, 1992), repr. p. 178, catalogue entry pp. 289-290 (with incorrect bibliography, and with republications referred to another version of Dimostrazione, see GPO-0272).
Dal Seicento al Novecento. I palazzi di via Santa Teresa, sede a Torino della Banca Commerciale Italiana (Turin: Banca Commerciale Italiana and Umberto Allemandi & C., 1995), col. repr. p. 138 (detail).
E. Ercoli, “Intervista a Giulio Paolini”, in Next 35 (Rome), Autumn-Winter, 1995, repr. p. 14, col. repr. on cover (exhibition view Mira 1995).
D. von Drathen, “Giulio Paolini. Der blinde Blick des Sehers”, in Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst 33, no. 7 (Munich: Weltkunst-Bruckmann Verlag, 1996), p. 7, repr. p. 8; republished in Id., Vortex of silence. Proposition for an art criticism beyond aesthetic categories (Milan: Edizioni Charta, 2004), p. 226, not repr.
XLVII Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte. Catalogo generale, exhibition catalogue, La Biennale di Venezia (Milan: Electa, 1997), col. repr. pp. 212-213 (exhibition view Mira 1995).
Artmonie. Architettura e scultura negli spazi pubblici, exhibition catalogue, Ivano Fracena, Castel Ivano, 1997, repr. p. 66 (exhibition view Mira 1995).
Konzeptkunst in der Hamburger Kunsthalle. Die Sammlung Elisabeth und Gerhard Sohst (Hamburg: Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1997), repr. p. 29, catalogue entry p. 86.
Giulio Paolini. Von heute bis gestern / Da oggi a ieri, exhibition catalogue, Graz, Neue Galerie im Landesmuseum Joanneum (Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, 1998), col. repr. p. 300 (exhibition view Mira 1995).
M. Bandini, “Christian Stein: una vita per l’arte”, in Anteprima Torino 4, no. 12 (Turin), December, 1998, col. repr. p. 29 (installation view at the gallery-cum-house of Christian Stein, Turin).
MADRE Museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina Napoli (Naples: Fondazione Donnaregina and Mondadori Electa, 2006), p. 238, col. repr. pp. 232-233 (exhibition view Naples 2005, incorrect installation), 239.
Giulio Paolini, exhibition catalogue, Bologna, Studio G7 (Bologna: Damiani editore, 2008), repr. pp. 76-77 (exhibition view Bologna 1975).
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 312 p. 321, repr. (exhibition view Naples 1978).
L’arte moderna in Intesa Sanpaolo. L’ultimo novecento, edited by C. Pirovano and F. Tedeschi (Milan: Intesa Sanpaolo and Mondadori Electa, 2013), cat. no. 349, entry by F. Tedeschi pp. 218-220, col. repr. p. 219 (installation view at Gallerie d’Italia, Milan, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection).
La collezione Rosella e Carlo Nesi. Un amore fiorentino, edited by A. Soldaini (Milan: Skira editore, 2020), pp. 43, 382 cat. no. 184, col. repr. p. 192 (installation view at Nesi Collection, Florence).
Entry by Maddalena Disch , 29/03/2023