Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Joseph Kosuth

Located Work

Artists' Research Laboratory (I CSAV)
7–27 July 1995

"The seminar held by Jospeh Kosuth, Located Work, focused on the issues concerning the ideations and creation of a work of art. During the seminar each artist elaborated a written project which was then exposed in the end of course exhibition next to the work developed by another artist. Kosuth deconstructed student's single individualities, incouraging each one of them to write a project and then hand it to someone else who developed it. Every student gave their written project to another and develeped someone else's. The completed works did not have an author, the result was a fragmentation of the individual in many parts. The aspect regarding individual creativity was strongly inhibited, as we find in Kosuth's practice."
(Angela Vettese)

Annie Ratti
Giacinto di Pietrantonio
Angela Vettese
Emilia Terragni
Anna Daneri

Invited artist

Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, Toledo, Ohio) lives and works in New York. Kosuth is the founder and leading figure of the conceptual art movement. He is known for his interest in the relationship between words and objects, between language and meaning in art. In 1965, Kosuth moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he would later join the faculty. Soon after, he abandoned painting and began making conceptual works, which were first shown in 1967 at the exhibition space he co-founded, known as the Museum of Normal Art. In 1969 Kosuth held his first solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and in the same year became the American editor of the journal Art and Language. From 1971-1972 Kosuth studied philosophical anthropology (with Stanley Diamond) and philosophy at the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research, New York. The philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, amongst others, influenced the development of his art from the late sixties to mid-seventies.

Kosuth has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide including: Documenta 5, 6, 7 and 9 (1972, 1978, 1982, 1992) and the Biennale di Venezia (1976, 1993, 1999). In 2007 he exhibited Il Linguaggio dell'Equilibrio (The Language of Equilibrium) at the Monastic Headquarters of the Mekhitarian Order on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice. In 2009, he installed Neither Appearance Nor Illusion in the Louvre's Medieval moat. Awards include the Frederick Weisman Award, 1991, the Menzione d'Onore at the Venice Biennale, 1993 and the Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1993. He received a Cassandra Foundation Grant in 1968. In 2001, he received the Laurea Honoris Causa, doctorate in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Bologna. In 2003, he received the Decoration of Honor in Gold, the Austrian Republic's highest honor for accomplishments in science and culture.

Participant artists

Rachida Aydi
Simone Berti
Piero Calignano
Sarah Ciracì
Kathleen Deleu
Cheikh Diop
Kristina Fritz
Giuseppe Gabellone
Stefania Galegati
Almudena Gomez Martinez
Deborah Ligorio
Gino Lucente
Cameron Maceachran
Gian Maria Marcaccini
Pietro Marchioni
Line Nielsen
Diego Perrone
Marta Tarres Chamorro
Maria Luisa Torres
Giuseppe Totaro
Micki Tschur
Ksenija Turcic
Plamen Yordanov


Joseph Kosuth

Rules and Meanings

28 July–17 September 1995

Located Work

27 July–20 August 1995


Iwona Blazwick

On taking a normal situation and retranslating it into overlapping and multiple readings of conditions past and present

8 July 1995

Nicolas Bourriaud


15 July 1995

Viktor Misiano


22 July 1995

Francesco Bonami


26 July 1995


Joseph Kosuth


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