Jean Dubuffet e l'Italia

Irreverent, unconventional, irritating, brilliant, excessive and totally free from any possible schema: these are the characteristics of an artist who subverted the destiny of twentieth century art. For Jean Dubuffet, the cultural art of museums and galleries did not exist: a true artist should break away from any known thing, destroy the superficiality of the ordinary and remove the mask of the social and civilized man to express the primitive and pure individual that everyone has within.

Curated by Stefano Cecchetto and Maurizio Vanni, the exhibition – for the most part pieces never shown before and organised by Lu.C.C.A. in collaboration with the Fondation Dubuffet, Paris – brings Dubuffet back to Italy after ten years to identify in particular the links between the French artist and our country.

The exhibition seeks to trace a path through the presence, the critical fortune and the collecting of Jean Dubuffet's art in Italy. Excluding the strong relationship he had with the United States and on some occasions in Europe, it is right in our country that, from 1958, the artist became involved in a way that transcended mere commercial concerns: from the first exhibitions in Milan at the Naviglio Gallery founded by Carlo Cardazzo and subsequently directed by Renato Cardazzo, to the first articles by Renato Barilli, Lorenza Trucchi, Giuseppe Raimondi, to the important monographs that these authors devoted to to him, to the presentation of the cycle of Hourloupe, the series Phénomènes (Palazzo Grassi, 1964) and the show Coucou Bazar (Turin, 1978). Taking advantage of the collection of documents (correspondence with Cardazzo, Trucchi, Barilli and Marinotti) and the works that are still located in Italy, this exhibition aims to pay tribute, with over 60 works, to a key moment in the history of art criticism and collecting in Italy.

Feb 12th - May 22nd, 2011