From 12 February to 28 November 2021
Initially conceived to echo the exhibition Paul Klee, Between-Worlds, which has been postponed until 18 September 2021, the exhibition Giorgio Griffa. Marvels of the Unknown takes a look at the career of an artist who knows how to combine chromatic exuberance with conceptual dimensions like few others. Comprising over a hundred works (large-scale drawings and canvases), most of which have never or only infrequently been exhibited before, the exhibition that the LaM is devoting to Giorgio Griffa (born in Turin in 1936) in early 2021 is an invitation to discover a major figure on the Italian art scene who has previously been given little exposure in France.
12.02.21 > 28.11.21
Tuesday to sunday
10 am- 6pm
Full price : 7 €
Reduced price : 5 €
"Opening up the doorss of the hidden world"
Reflecting his early connections with Arte Povera, BMPT and Supports/Surfaces, with which he shares a measure of radicalism as well as a taste for seriality and formal spareness, Griffa is also highly attentive to the expression of his subjectivity. With true humility, he puts himself at the service of the unfettered intelligence of matter. Whether they are made of linen, cotton or jute, all his canvases are permeated down to the last fibre with diluted hues applied by a quick brush. “My hand and my concentration must be in a state of maximum attention to what is happening on the canvas, to the colour’s absorption, how it penetrates the cloth, and so on. The means become the work’s real protagonists”..
In the early 1980s, after beginnings marked by a degree of formal austerity and experimentation with straight lines, his vocabulary expanded, proliferating with curves, spirals and zigzags. His palette, composed of glowing pastel colours whose joyfulness is reminiscent of Matisse, emanates a form of hedonism. Like Paul Klee’s body of work, in which signs are expressions of rhythm and form is the result of dynamic deployment of lines, Griffa’s art follows the simple, timeless and sometimes haphazard pulsations of living, moving bodies.
Sébastien Delot, directeur-conservateur du LaM
Marie-Amélie Senot, attachée de conservation pour l’art moderne et l’art contemporain du LaM
Assisté·e·s de Grégoire Prangé, coordinateur de la conservation du LaM