Search

Paolini showcase in east London is first for 30 years

PUBLISHED: 14:56 08 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:56 08 July 2014

Giulio Paolini ESSERE O NO ESSERE Macro - Roma a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

Giulio Paolini ESSERE O NO ESSERE Macro - Roma a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

© ph. Luciano Romano 2013

One of the most influential figures in conceptual art is showcasing his work for the first time in more than 30 years this July.

Essere o non essere - Giulio Paolini - MACRO Roma - a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarcho Essere o non essere - Giulio Paolini - MACRO Roma - a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarcho

The Whitechapel Gallery is hosting a comprehensive exhibition of pieces by Italian artist Giulio Paolini, whose career spans half a century.

Audiences will be treated to two floors of famous works including To Be or Not to Be, Delphi and a new piece created especially for the exhibition.

Gallery curator Daniel Hermann said: “If you open a book on the history of art you will find Paolini prominently featured in sections about conceptual art. Guilio Paolini is really one of the most interesting conceptual artists in the 20th century. He has been pivotal in the development in conceptual art – art that deals with ideas and the notions of art in the world.

“So far, for many, his art has only been experienced in catalogues not in the flesh.” Paolini is known for having influenced many ideas about art with his investigation into the relationship between the artist and his works.

Giulio Paolini ESSERE O NO ESSERE Macro - Roma a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarchi Giulio Paolini ESSERE O NO ESSERE Macro - Roma a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

His belief that art is not just itself in the present but is a subjective product of discourse as well as a rich tapestry of history and tradition has been a pivotal argument in conversations about conceptual art.

Daniel said: “He thinks the artist is the one who presents the work, or mediates it for an audience but isn’t necessarily responsible for its conception.”

He added that the exhibition was free, widening the audience and further completing the art.

Daniel continued: “It’s a real treat to be able to work with an artist of such international acclaim who has had such a profound influence in art history and the development of art.”

n Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be starts on July 9. For more information, visit: whitechapelgallery.org.

Latest Newham News Stories

A vigil for the victims of the Manchester bombing is being held tonight outside East Ham town hall.

Manchester
14:53

In a second look at mental wellbeing in the borough, the Recorder hears from two individuals whose struggles with mental illnesses were exasperbated by their homelessness.

Canning Town

With three stands already reduced to rubble, it was only a matter of time until demolition work began at Upton Park’s iconic West Stand as well.

A planned anti-knife crime march that was set to take place between Forest Gate and Stratford this Saturday has been postponed.

Forest Gate

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now