Arte Povera and modernist design in dialogue at Galleria Rossella Colombari

The “Linee di Concetto” exhibition in Milan links one of Giulio Paolini’s most representative works with rare pieces of furniture. The space also features Antonio Marras’ installation made of wires and ceramics. 

Galleria Rossella Colombari is presenting “Linee di Concetto”, an exhibition conceived as a continuum between works of design and art. The exhibition includes De Pictura (La Trinità), one of Giulio Paolini’s most representative works, presented in collaboration with Laura Garbarin. 

The painting, commissioned in 1977 for an exhibition in Santa Maria Novella in Florence – “Da Brunelleschi a noi” – comes from a private collection in Turin. In the piece, canvas becomes the focus of the painting and lines emerge, allowing the work to live in the space around. Belonging to the Arte Povera movement, Giulio Paolini focuses on the space and instruments of representation, on the relationship between work, author and spectator. 

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Galleria Rossella Colombari, “Linee di concetto”. Photo Federico Torra. Courtesy of Galleria Rossella Colombari

The exhibition connects artwork and modern furniture through the use of common materials, compositions and joints, creating a harmonious dialogue with Paolini’s work and the concepts associated with Arte Povera. The painting is linked to the pieces of furniture through an interplay of materials and colours, such as wood, brown, antique pink and black.

“I come from a family of antique dealers,” says Rossella Colombari. “Summing up the arts and making them dialogue has always been the leitmotiv of our gallery. We have always made eclectic culture”. 

Rossella Colombari selected furniture such as the plywood desk produced by Moveis Artisticos Z and designed by Josè Zanine Caldas, the benches by Carlo Hauner; the extendable table model Maria Mi 901 for Karl Mathsson, by Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson; the lights by Angelo Lelii, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Vico Magistretti and the chandelier by Ottorino Aloisio designed for Cinema Massimo in Turin. 

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Galleria Rossella Colombari, “Linee di concetto”. Photo Federico Torra. Courtesy of Galleria Rossella Colombari

On a wall, Antonio Marras created a large site-specific installation that deals with the central themes of his work: oxymoron and aporia. Black threads imprison the ceramics (titled "Ricoveri"), referring to the Sardinian tradition of the loom and the craftsmanship of ceramics. 

“I have no technical knowledge of the material, I follow my instinct”, explains Antonio Marras about working with ceramics. “What interests me is the achievement of the object". 

The installation plays with solids and voids, projected lines that multiply and become a sign. “I have always drawn on everything that was thrown away, put aside. I like to take those things that for others have exhausted a role and give them a new meaning,” concludes Marras. 

Linee di concetto
Curated by:
Rossella Colombari
In collaboration with:
Laura Garbarino
Galleria Rossella Colombari
Via Pietro Maroncelli 10, Milan
Opening dates:
15 November – 15 December 2021

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