Dep Art Gallery joins the cultural buzz during the Milan Art Week to open "Turi Simeti. Works 1960 - 2020", a solo show of one of the key figures in the field of non-figurative and volumetric painting.
The exhibition brings together about twenty large-format works from the most representative phases of Simeti's almost 60 years spanning artistic career, which had its beginnings in the Milanese art scene in 1965: it was indeed in Lucio Fontana's studio where Simeti exhibited his first everted canvases in the legendary exhibition "Zero avantgarde" curated by Nanda Vigo.
It is the third solo show of Simeti at the Dep Art Gallery, which has been representing the artist and assuming the role of his archive since 2013.
Thus, the exhibition is part of Dep Art Gallery's continuous promotion and preservation of Simeti's body of work, also with the publication of a bilingual catalogue (Italian, English) which includes an updated bio-bibliographical apparatus and an introduction by the curator of the exhibition, Demetrio Paparoni, who gets straight to the heart of Simeti's poetic: "Turi Simeti conceived the painting as an autonomous object that does not illustrate, does not recount, does not represent. As autonomous objects that protrude into space as high-reliefs, these works can be considered both paintings and sculptures.
They can be either one or the other. They have all the elements that constitute a painting - frame, canvas, colour - and are created to be hung on the wall. However, they are also sculptural because, having body and volume, they transcend the two-dimensionality of the painting. This ambiguity is deliberate and raises questions about the language and nature of art".
The Dep Art Gallery is excited to open this special exhibition for the public from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30 am - 7 pm, until December 22 2020. From 22 to 25 April 2021, the gallery will present Simeti's works at Art Brussel.
Browse more of Turi Simeti's artworks or contact Teresa Oschmann at [email protected] for further information.
Press release courtesy Dep Art Gallery.