press release

April 24–September 25, 2022

FRACTIONAL EXPRESSIONS opens on April 24, 2022 and marks a midway point of the overall ESPRESSIONI project. It refers to the fractured and fractional aspect of contemporary life during which art is experienced against the backdrop of the digital revolution, pandemics and war. The exhibition investigates the multiple forms of expressiveness, expression, expressivity and expressionism that run through the histories of art and societies. The pressing urgencies that define our world, with the suggestion of the obsolescence of the “individual” human subject due to the needs of a complex multispecies co-evolution capable of affecting the Anthropocene to reach forms of climate and social justice, on the one hand, and the multiplication of “dividual” selves and forms of mass vanity in social media, in our era of ‘selfies’ and of hyper-self-representation combined with the celebration of technology, on the other hand, are at the origin of this research program. The time span expands from the dawn of human civilizations, with early cave paintings, up to the present through a global perspective, which includes a study of Street art and forays into the online world. The exhibition will activate new dialogs, emphasizing the multiple ways in which artists express their emotional states and their bodily sensations in different times and geographical areas. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, installation, collage, video and performance up to virtual reality projects and new forms of digital art.

FRACTIONAL EXPRESSIONS will include numerous new artistic productions, performances and ‘focus’ projects by artists such as Ed Atkins (Oxford, UK, 1982); Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1983), Vaiva Grainytė (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1984) and Lina Lapelyte (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1984); Beeple (Michael Joseph Winkelmann, Fond du Lac, USA, 1981); Richard Bell (Charleville, Australia, 1953); Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, Egypt, 1946); Silvia Calderoni (Lugo, Italy, 1981) and Ilenia Caleo (Livorno, Italy, 1974); Irene Dionisio (Turin, Italy, 1986); Bracha L. Ettinger (Tel Aviv, Israel, 1948); Nikita Kadan (Kiev, Ukraine, 1982) and Antigonna (Vinnytsia, Ukraine, 1986); Grada Kilomba (Lisbon, Portugal, 1968); Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, Poland, 1978); Dana Schutz (Livonia, USA, 1976); Marianna Simnett(Kingstone-upon-Thames, UK, 1986), and Uýra Sodoma (Emerson Pontes da Silva, Santarém, Brazil, 1991). Alongside a selection of works from the Castello di Rivoli Collection and the Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte Collection at Castello di Rivoli, the exhibition will include national and international loans from many private and public institutions. Among the numerous artworks on display, there will be photographic images by Clarence Bicknell (Herne Hill, 1842 - Casterino, 1918) and David Coulson of ancient cave paintings and works by Giacomo Balla (Turin, 1871–Rome, 1958), Alberto Savinio (Athens, 1891–Rome, 1952), George Grosz (Berlin, 1893–West Berlin, 1959), Jean Dubuffet (Le Havre, 1901–Paris, 1985), Francis Bacon (Dublin, 1909–Paris, 1985), Gastone Novelli (Vienna, 1925–Milan, 1968), Fabio Mauri (Rome, 1926–2009), Michelangelo Pistoletto (Biella, 1933), Jimmie Durham (Houston, 1940–Berlin, 2021), Werner Herzog (Munich, 1942), Gordon Bennett (Monto, 1955–Brisbane, 2014), William Kentridge (Johannesburg, 1955), Jean-Michel Basquiat (New York, 1960–1988), Pierre Huyghe (Paris, 1962), Damien Hirst (Bristol, 1965), Vernon Ah Kee (Innisfail, 1967), Julie Mehretu (Addis Ababa, 1970), Yang Fudong (Beijing, 1971), Francis Offmann (Butare, 1987), Guglielmo Castelli (Turin, 1987), and Alice Visentin (Ciriè, 1993), among others.

This new chapter, FRACTIONAL EXPRESSIONS, follows ESPRESSIONI. THE PROPOSITION which opened to the public in Fall 2020 and included a solo exhibition and performance by Anne Imhof (Gießen, 1978), as well as major works by Simone dei Crocifissi (Bologna, 1330 ca. - 1399 ca.), Dosso Dossi (San Giovanni del Dosso, 1468 ca.–Ferrara, 1542), Caravaggio (Milan, 1571–Porto Ercole, 1601), Jusepe de Ribera (Xàtiva, 1591–Naples, 1652), Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593–Naples, 1656 ca.), Andrea Vaccaro (Naples, 1604–1670), Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Fuendetodos, 1746 - Bordeaux, 1828), Alexej von Jawlensky (Toržok, 1864–Wiesbaden, 1941), Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881–Mougins, 1973), Giorgio de Chirico (Volo, 1888–Rome, 1978), Egon Schiele (Tulln an der Donau, 1890–Vienna, 1918), Alberto Giacometti (Borgonovo di Stampa, 1901–Coira, 1966), Emilio Vedova (Venice, 1919–2006), Mario Merz (Milan, 1925–2003), Marisa Merz (Turin, 1926-2019), Piero Manzoni (Soncino, 1933–Milan, 1963), Bas Jan Ader (Winschoten, 1942–Atlantic Ocean, 1975), Anselm Kiefer (Donaueschingen, 1945), Chris Burden (Boston, 1946–Topanga, 2015), Isa Genzken (Bad Oldesloe, 1948), Enzo Cucchi (Morro d’Alba, 1949), Beau Dick (Kingcome Inlet, 1955–Vancouver, 2017), Monica Bonvicini (Venice, 1965), Susan Philipsz (Glasgow, 1965), Cecily Brown (London, 1969), Wael Shawky (Alexandria, 1971), Marzia Migliora (Alessandria, 1972), Lin May Saeed (Würzburg, 1973), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala City, 1974), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (London, 1977), Jordan Wolfson (New York, 1980), Patrizio Di Massimo (Jesi, 1983), Miao Ying (Shanghai, 1985), and Giuliana Rosso (Chivasso, 1992). Over the past year 2021, solo projects dedicated to Otobong Nkanga (Kano, 1974), Bracha L. Ettinger (Tel Aviv, 1948), Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, 1978), and Pier Paolo Pasolini (Bologna, 1922 - Ostia, 1975) were also added.

ESPRESSIONI. THE EPILOGUE will take place in Spring 2023 with works by Nicole Eisenman (Verdun, France, 1965), Adrián Villar Rojas (Rosario, 1980), Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual, 1984, and Alon Schwabe, 1984), Tabita Rezaire (Paris, 1989), and major works by William Turner (London, 1775 - Chelsea, 1851), James Ensor (Ostend, 1860–1949), Gustav Klimt (Baumgarten, 1862 - Vienna, 1918), Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz (Könisberg, 1867–Moritzburg, 1945), and Zoran Mušič (Boccavizza, 1909–Venice, 2005), among others.

FRACTIONAL EXPRESSIONS is drafted by a team of curators and exhibition makers that include Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria, Marianna Vecellio, Fabio Cafagna, Gianluca Marziani (with Stefano Antonelli), Chiara Bertola, Anna Musini, Giulia Colletti, Federica Lamedica, Sofia Biondi, Stefano Volpato and Chiara Lupi.

The activities of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea are primarily supported by Regione Piemonte.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the support of Fondazione CRT and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT.