From 19 December 1994 to 23 April 1995
Curated by Rudi Fuchs, Ida Gianelli
The permanent collection for a museum is what defines it and qualifies its identity, and it constitutes a patrimony that can be used by the community, encouraging familiarity with art and the directions in which it is going.
For these reasons, on the occasion of the first decade of Castello di Rivoli’s activity, a decision was made to bring to the attention of the public part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, one of the most important museums in the world.
While the exhibition is historical in nature, the installation does not present a chronological path but rather a continuous comparison between expressive choices that vary in the way they mirror the complex variety and different directions of research explicated over the course of the twentieth century. Thus while the Suprematist paintings of Kazimir Malevich are seen alongside the visionary and surreal canvases of Marc Chagall, the works of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso open up to a dialogue with Chaim Soutine and Georges Rouault. There are also works by artists related to German Expressionism, tied to a non-naturalistic use of color, intended more to represent states of mind than objective aspects of reality, and artists from younger generations who, in the late ‘Seventies, revived and reworked pictorial and sculptural language of an Expressionist matrix, such as Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition also includes works by the protagonists of the most well-known art tendencies, such as Abstract Expressionism or Minimalism, as well as European artists from more recent generations, such as Tony Cragg, Günther Förg, Marlene Dumas and some Arte Povera figures. Finally, since a museum’s tasks also include the documentation, through its own collection, of local art developments, there are works tied to important Dutch art tendencies, such as Neoplasticism, represented by the rigorous pictorial abstractions of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, up to more recent expressions of young painters from the Netherlands.