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ABOUT SCULPTURE: from the material to the immaterial. Art between the 20th and 21st centuries

The newly founded GAL - Gallerie d'Arte di Lugano is an association aiming to present the cultural contents deriving from the experiences of the associated galleries to the public in an unprecedented way.

On Wednesday 17 May, at 6:00 pm, GAL presents itself to the public for the first time with a wide-ranging exhibition – “ABOUT SCULPTURE: from the material to the immaterial. Art between the 20th and 21st centuries” – which retraces the history of sculptural technique between the 20th and 21st centuries, through the works of sixteen Swiss and international artists.

The first exhibition promoted by GAL is dedicated to sculpture: the participating galleries have collaborated in the development of a show that aims to be a cognitive journey through the technical and stylistic changes that have characterized sculpture over the last century. This new event, freeing itself from the fair format to take on an exclusively cultural form, allows each gallery to exhibit a selection of works, contributing to the construction of an articulated itinerary which highlights professionalism and presents the excellence of the artistic production represented.

Different sculptural typologies will be exhibited through a dozen sections: from works made with classical techniques to those made with atypical and innovative materials. The exhibition itinerary highlights how contemporary sculpture has reached what were unimaginable horizons at the beginning of the century and illustrates the mechanisms that have generated our present and that will trigger our future.

The artists on display are:

  • Tonatiuh Ambrosetti and Vera Trachsel – Galleria Daniele Agostini
  • Tony Cragg and Alberto Garutti – Buchmann Lugano
  • Luca Frei – Studio Dabbeni
  • Matteo Pugliese – Imago Art Gallery
  • Flavio Paolucci and Paolo Scirpa – KROMYA Art Gallery
  • Rangga Aputra, Ruben Pang, Ronald Ventura and Joana Vasconcelos – Primo Marella Gallery
  • Francesco Balilla Pratella, Luigi Russolo and John Cage – Galleria Allegra Ravizza
  • Bruno Munari – Repetto Gallery

The exhibition will be accompanied by a rich program of collateral events, including conferences, book presentations, concerts and supported by a selection of art titles. The De Pietri - Artphilein Foundation will take care of the section dedicated to art publishing and artist books on the theme of exploring unusual and border lands. The material was exhibited within the Cubitus installation created in 2005 by Luca Frei, which reproduces the Bibliotèque des Enfants of the Center George Pompidou from the early 1980s.


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