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Giulio Paolini

was born in Genova in 1940 and lives and works in Turin.

Giulio Paolini

His artistic efforts deal with themes that question the concept, manifestation and vision of the artwork. From his first investigations surrounding the constituent elements of painting, his attention has been oriented toward the act of exhibition, the consideration of the work as a catalogue of his own possibilities, as well as the figure of the author and his lack of contact with the work, which preexists and transcends it.

Since his first appearance in a collective exhibition (1961) and his first solo exhibition (1964) he has had many exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. Among the largest retrospectives are: Palazzo della Pilotta, Parma (1976), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1980), Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne (1984), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (1986), Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome (1988), Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (1998), GAM Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (1999), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2003) and Kunstmuseum, Winterthur (2005).

He participated in many Arte Povera exhibitions and was invited to dOCUMENTA in Kassel numerous times (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992) as well as the Venice Biennale (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997).

A graphic artist by training, he has always had a particular interest in the field of publishing and with the written page. From the beginning, he has accompanied his artistic research with reflections in books edited in the first person, including: Idem, published in 1975 by Einaudi with an introduction by Italo Calvino, the recent Quattro passi. Nel museo senza muse (Einaudi, Turin, 2006), Dall'Atlante al Vuoto in ordine alfabetico (Electa, Milan, 2010) and L'autore che credeva di esistere (Johan & Levi, Milan, 2012).

Many publications have been dedicated to his artistic productions as well: from the first monograph by Germano Celant (Sonnabend Press, New York, 1972) to the volume by Francesco Poli (Lindau, Turin, 1990), and finally the catalogue of his works from 1960 to 1999 edited by Maddalena Disch (Skira Editore, Milan, 2008).

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