In Extremis: introduzione al corso
6 July 2002
Spazio Culturale Antonio Ratti
Giulio Paolini (b. 1940, Genoa, Italy) lives and works in Turin. He is often associated with the Arte Povera movement, although his work is more closely linked to pure conceptualism. Paolini is principally concerned with the relationship between the artist, object and viewer, examining the act of seeing and experiencing a work. Trained as a graphic designer he has always had a special interest in writing and editing. His artistic research has long been coupled with written statements and reflections collected in artist's books such as Idem (with a foreword by Italo Calvino) published in 1975 by Einaudi, Quattro passi. Nel museo senza muse (2006) by the same publisher, and L'autore che credeva di esistere, published by Johan & Levi in 2012.
Since the early 1960s Paolini has held numerous exhibitions in Italian and international institutions among which Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma (1976), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1980), the Nouveau Musée in Villeurbanne (1984), the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart (1986), the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome (1988), the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz (1998), the Fondazione Prada in Milan (2003), the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur (2005) and the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2014). He has participated at various editions of Documenta, Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992), and at the Venice Biennale (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2013). His work features in some of the most important museum collections across the world.