The first major retrospective of Agostino Bonalumi (1935-2013), since his death in the artist’s city of Milan. The exhibition will open to the public on 13 July and continue until 30 September 2018, admission is free.
Bonalumi 1958 – 2013 will be curated by Marco Meneguzzo, and promoted by the Comune di Milano – Cultura, Palazzo Reale, Museo del Novecento, in collaboration with the Archivio Bonalumi. It will present approximately 120 works by the Milanese artist, spanning from his debut in 1958 with Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, until his demise in 2013. It will examine Bonalumi’s connections with major European movements and the renewed international appreciation that the artist’s innovative works have provoked.
As the most complete exhibition to date dedicated to Bonalumi, it aims to illustrate his creative path through the polyhedral and illuminate his rigorous artistic practice as one of the world’s major abstract artists through a series of seminal works – many of which will be of large-scale.
Chronologically arranged, the exhibition will be marked by the presence of three large installations. The first Blu abitabile, one of his most important works, was realised for the exhibition “Lo spazio dell’immagine”, Foligno in 1967. The second will be a reconstruction of the room at the 35th Venice Biennale, 1970. This key installation, with elevated modules, has not been displayed since the Biennale. The third installation, a large wall-relief was exhibited in 2003 at the Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, in Germany.
The Museo del Novecento in Milan will also offer a dedicated focus on the artist entitled Agostino Bonalumi. Space, environment, project. This display of eight works on paper will look at the artist’s research practice between 1967 and the end of the Seventies, revealing his accuracy and precision as a designer of light and space, in relation to his environmental works.
13 July – 30 September, 2018
Museo del Novecento