Having taken over Paris’s Palais de Tokyo in 2013, Berlin’s Schinkel Pavillon in 2014, and New York’s Park Avenue Armory this past summer, the French artist brings his signature mix of light, sound, and choreography to Milan. Parreno’s first survey in Italy includes a number of his iconic “Marquees,” flickering light sculptures the artist has been producing since 2007.
Philippe Parreno Hypothesis
The American artist’s solo exhibition continues at 7 via Stradella, where a group of seven carpets emblazoned with Braille texts describing the weather (by authors such as Raymond Chandler and Haruki Murakami) hovers, like ominous storm clouds, above the floor.
Barbara Bloom The Weather
Taking over two of the gallery’s spaces on the via Stradella, Barbara Bloom’s latest works combine her longtime fascination with invisibility and her close ties to literature. In a new photographic series, “Works for the Blind,” Bloom has typed Braille over images of optical illusions to suggest that blindness is also a state of mind.
Barbara Bloom The Weather
On the heels of Jonas’s major traveling exhibition, which debuted at Milan’s Hangar Bicocca last year and is currently at the Malmö Kunsthall (through January 10), Raffaella Cortese is showing two never-before-seen videos and a new drawing series by the pioneering video and performance artist. In addition, elements of They Come to Us Without a Word, 2015, Jonas’s haunting installation for the US Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, are also on view.
Inspired in part by Man Ray’s photograph of Jean Cocteau working on a pipe cleaner construction, Rodney Graham’s exhibition presents the work of a fictional pipe cleaner artist. In addition to paintings and sculptures supposedly made in the 1960s in Italy, Graham has fabricated an elaborate backstory for his invented modernist artist who he describes as “an avid scuba diver . . . influenced by the colorful diversity of Mediterranean coral.”
Rodney Graham Pił Arte dello Scovolino!
This exhibition of exhibitions curated by Vincenzo De Bellis comprises seven shows that collectively cover fifty years of Italian art, from the 1960s to the present. The title and design of this ambitious project, which takes over the entire first floor of the Milan Triennial with pieces by more than seventy artists, comes from Arte Povera artist Giulio Paolini’s Ennesima, 1973, which is divided into seven paintings.
Ennesima / Umpteenth
Made from printed emails and newspapers, Judith Hopf’s recent snake sculptures embody the digital era’s scarily endless cycle of news and information. Also on view, her latest video More, 2015, was inspired by the Eames brothers’ Powers of Ten films, 1968 and 1977, and uses images from Google Maps to zoom from outer space to an inner world.
Judith Hopf !hear rings!
Since 1923 the Triennale di Milano has been a showcase for modern design, including decorative arts, fashion, and architecture. Among the exhibitions this year, “Arts and Foods: Rituals since 1851” (April 9–November 1), curated by Germano Celant, provides a global overview of the connection between food-related aesthetics and rituals.
The debut presentation of German photographer Heinz Hajek-Halke (whose last major retrospective was at Berlin’s Akademie der Künste in 2012) in Italy features a selection of vintage prints from the 1930s to the 1970s. One of the pioneers of German photography, Hajek-Halke was a founding member of the West German avant-garde group Fotoform and experimented with camera and darkroom techniques throughout his too-little-known career.
Heinz Hajek- Halke Heinz Hajek-Halke
Works by the late Italian sculptor are installed across Christian Stein’s Pero and Monforte locations. A re-creation of Fabro’s first solo exhibition (Vismara gallery, Milan, 1965) at the Corso Monforte gallery features early sculptures showing the influence of fellow Italian postwar artists Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni.
Luciano Fabro FABRO
A collaboration with the Archivio Luciano e Carla Fabro, this presentation of the late Italian sculptor’s work is split between the gallery’s Pero and Corso Monforte venues. On view in Pero, pieces from Fabro’s famous “Piedi” (“Feet”) and “Attaccapanni” (“Clotheshangers”) series.
Luciano Fabro FABRO
Everyone knows that Sol LeWitt distilled art to the bare essentials: ideas and materials. Showcasing the late Minimalist’s range between the 1960s and 2000s, the thirteen works on view here prompt reconsiderations of his output via an early geometric ink drawing, large and small sculptural explorations of the white cube, and a few surprising colorful late-career gouaches.