Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Josephsohn in Bergamo

October 05, 2018 to January 06, 2019

In the fall, the Galeria d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo GAMeC is opening the group exhibition Black Hole—Art and Materiality, from Informal to Invisible. The exhibition marks the beginning of a «Trilogy of Matter,» which the curators Lorenzo Giusti and Sara Fumagalli are developing for GAMeC. This series of exhibitions is dedicated to artistic reflection on the concepts of matter and materiality in various disciplines such as philosophical ontology, the natural sciences, technology, and aesthetic theories.

The beginning of the series examines how different theoretical approaches to comprehending matter as a substance are reflected in diverse positions and movements in visual art.

The philosophical concept of matter as a primary substance that precedes all forms finds a correspondence in the art of Informel and positions related to it, which make use of traditional and innovative materials of art based on their own valence and inner force, without needing to bring them into a form.

If matter is understood as the substance of the universe that pervades everything, this is hence also considered to be decisive for human nature. This anthropological approach corresponds to artistic positions that comprehend the human figure first and foremost as a material body. Medardo Rosso, Alberto Giacometti, and Hans Josephsohn are examples of this in the exhibition. But also William Tucker, who, in developing his sculptures, uses unformed material as the starting point for his anthropomorphic forms.

The notion of substantial matter with its transcendence as an energetic dimension corresponds in art to the focus on invisible aspects of matter, for instance in the nuclear art movement, whose predominantly abstract pictorial program is much more vehement, eruptive, and ecstatic than the Informel of the same time.

Details on the website of the Galerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea die Bergamo GAMeC.

Press article

September 28, 2018
GAMeC – Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo