Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli FONDAZIONE MAEGHT. AN OPEN-AIR ATELIER



Saturday, 16 October, 2021 to Sunday, 13 February, 2022
Exhibition curated by Daniela Ferretti

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From Saturday, 16 October, 2021 until Sunday, 13 February, 2022, the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin is staging the exhibition Maeght Foundation: An Open-Air Atelier. The exhibition will be held partially in the time-honoured rooms of the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) and partially in the new rooftop garden of the Lingotto, the one-time test track of the former FIAT factory, now renamed Pista 500.

The exhibition is curated by Daniela Ferretti and organised by the Pinacoteca Agnelli in partnership with the Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght and MondoMostre, with FIAT as the main partner on the project.

On show will be seventy-seven works by great twentieth-century artists, including Braque, Calder, Chagall, Giacometti, Léger, Matisse and Miró, who alongside other masters shared in the passion and vision of the extraordinary project conceived by Aimé Maeght and his wife Marguerite that gave rise to a veritable “open-air atelier” on the hillsides of Saint Paul de Vence in south-eastern France. The exhibition focuses on that group of artists who were the first to grasp the potential of a new young couple who, driven by a genuine love for art in all of its forms and blessed with a rare level of managerial ability, staked out a position for themselves at the very forefront of the global art market.

As the curator Daniela Ferretti explains: “The title chosen for the exhibition – ‘Open-Air Atelier’ – is worth commenting upon. It seems to evoke at one and the same time the profound involvement of the artists in the founders’ project, the light-filled atmosphere that you breathe in Saint Paul de Vence and the very essence of the vision of Aimé and Marguerite Maeght: to create a place for art vivant”.

As a tribute to the multi-faceted nature of the artistic choices made by the Maeght family, in selecting the works for the exhibition in Turin the curator has emphasised the opportunities afforded to the artists whose works are conserved in Saint Paul de Vence to express themselves through the most diverse media, sometimes even using techniques and materials other than those for which they are generally renowned. Drawing has a crucial role to play in all of this: along the exhibition route, we come across, for instance, magnificent charcoal sketches by Raoul Ubac for his hieratic black-stone monoliths; drawings by Christo for the Mastaba to be constructed in the Giacometti Courtyard; poetic, ironic inventions by Saul Steinberg; enchanting, delicate pencil drawings by Pierre Bonnard; and the boundless artistic talent of Matisse expressed through charcoal, ink and pencil…Even for Alberto Giacometti and Eduardo Chillida it is the graphical works that take centre stage – pencil drawings by the Swiss sculptor and engravings by the Spanish Basque sculptor.

One room is given over in its entirety to Georges Braque, with works on show including not only a major oil on canvas from the Atelier series but also bronze and stone sculptures and a ceramic tondo.

During the long months he spent every summer in Saint Paul, Joan Miró worked with ceramic, concrete and sheet metal. The variety of techniques and dimensions of the works by the Catalan artist featured in the exhibition constitute a significant example of his tireless experimentation.

Nine sculptures will be sited outdoors in the parkland of Pista 500, in a setting curated by Marco Palmieri: these pieces represent a small but refined selection of works by twentieth-century artists who were friends of Aimé and Marguerite, including two bronzes and a sheet-metal piece by Miró and large bronzes by Ossip Zadkine and Jean Arp, as well as important works by Jean-Paul Riopelle, Claude Viseux, Norbert Kricke and Barbara Hepworth.

The new garden on the rooftop of the Lingotto is thus experiencing from the outset every aspect of its vocation as a meeting point, encompassing a cutting-edge concept of urban landscape design, a glorious industrial tradition and a commitment to safeguarding and providing access to art. This role, already performed for many years by the Pinacoteca Agnelli, now sees visitors being given the chance to engage with works sited en plein air.

In compliance with the current regulations to limit the spread of COVID, entry to the museum is dependent upon presentation of the “green pass”.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by MondoMostre.


Maeght Foundation: An Open-Air Atelier
Exhibition curated by Daniela Ferretti

Pinacoteca Agnelli
Via Nizza, 230/103 – 10126 Turin

From Saturday, 16 October, 2021 to Sunday, 13 February, 2022
In compliance with the current regulations to limit the spread of COVID, entry to the museum is dependent upon presentation of the “green pass”.

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