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Ennesima. An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art, on view at Triennale di Milano until March 6, is an “exhibition of exhibitions” that, via seven paths, tries to explore the last fifty years of contemporary art in Italy, collecting more than 170 works and over 70 artists, from the early 1960s through to the present day, in a display extending over the whole first floor of the Triennale. The title is inspired by a work by Giulio Paolini, Ennesima (appunti per la descrizione di sette tele datate 1973), the first version of which, dated 1973, is divided into seven paintings. This gives the number of exhibition projects included in the exhibition, curated by Vincenzo De Bellis: seven independent shows, in the form of notes or suggestions that explore different aspects, links, coincidences and discrepancies, as well as the exhibition grammar in the recent history of Italian art.

The path of Ennesima starts with a thematic group exhibition, entitled To Write an Image, focused on the centrality of iconography in the Italian artistic production from the 1960s through to the present day, to continue with the group exhibition The Image of Writing: Gruppo 70, Visual Poetry and Verbal-Visual Investigations, dedicated to the Visual Poetry movement. The route continues with a solo exhibition by Alessandro Pessoli, his first in an Italian public institution, and with the medium-based exhibition The Performance Where Time Stands Still: Tableau Vivant between Reality and Representation. The documentary show A Choral Archive: The Via Lazzaro Palazzi Space, the Experience of Self-Management and AVANBLOB pays homage to the activities of Milan artists between the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, while the generation-based exhibition 2015: Present Time, Indefinite Mood ends the path, revolving around a selection of artists born between the mid-1970s and 1980s. Among the artists on show are Alessandro Agudio, Mario Airò, Yuri Ancarani, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena, Stefano Arienti, Massimo Bartolini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Vanessa Beecroft, Alighiero Boetti, Monica Bonvicini, Lupo Borgonovo, Maurizio Cattelan, Danilo Correale, Gino De Dominicis, Patrizio Di Massimo, Luciano Fabro, Lara Favaretto, Giuseppe Gabellone, Alberto Garutti, Massimo Grimaldi, Adelita Husni-Bey, Marcello Maloberti, Rudolf Stingel, Santo Tolone, Franco Vaccari, Francesco Vezzoli, Luca Vitone, and many others.

An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art
Curated by Vincenzo De Bellis
Artistic direction: Edoardo Bonaspetti
Triennale, Milan
Through March 6

“Fantastic gardens, hybrid creatures, bouquets of epiphytic stories, synthetic fragrances and mythological machines, but also colours, crystals, songs and infrasounds which could be intended for us humans as much as for our contemporaries: plants, animals, minerals, breaths and chemistries, waves and bacteria, are just some of the ingredients that make up the porous landscapes of this 15th Lyon Biennale.
The artist takes into consideration some well-known artists of the last decades, insinuating doubt into certain dominant narratives, forcing us to look differently at or adjust our focus on existing works. At Istituto Svizzero, Milan
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, artists like Cézanne and Matisse took up this motif to express evolving notions about the body, changing ideas about pleasure, one’s relationship to nature, and how the longing for the new (in art) potentially renews a broader and more inclusive understanding of what it means to live with or against societal changes. Greene Naftali, New York
Antoine Levi, Paris
Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Peres Projects, Berlin
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HangarBicocca, Milan