Pascale Marthine Tayou: Fresh Kiss

Galleria Bottegantica, Milan, Italy
12 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018

PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU 'Poupée Pascale' 2016 (detail) Photo: Lorenzo Fiaschi

PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU 'Poupée Pascale' 2016 (detail) Photo: Lorenzo Fiaschi

The Galleria Bottegantica of Milan, in collaboration with Galleria Continua, is hosting an exhibition by Pascale Marthine Tayou.

The exhibition is a new event in the Lab / Contemporary initiative – a format offering a comparison between the art of our times and nineteenth-century painting – and will comprise 20 works by one of the most interesting figures on the contemporary art scene, alongside works by the likes of Giovanni Boldini, Giuseppe De Nittis, Antonio Mancini, Federico Zandomeneghi, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla and other avant-garde artists.

Pascale Marthine Tayou returns to Italy with a new and original project based on an interactive relationship with nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian painting. It follows on from the one at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach (until 2 April), where contemporary sculptures and installations stand alongside and dialogue with the American museum’s permanent collection, consisting prevalently of ancient paintings.

FRESH KISS has been conceived with a view to establishing a dialogue between the art collection of Bottegantica and the works of Tayou, and has been planned specially for the Milanese event. The dialectic between contemporary works and the past is integrated into the host environment, enabling the viewer to reflect on the concept of the ‘continuity’ of art. It fits perfectly with the international nature of Milan and its historic and artistic stratification. Born in Cameroon in 1966, Tayou started his career in his own country of origin, before moving to Germany, France and then Belgium, where he now lives. His art represents a natural bridge between African and European culture, though his range of action covers the entire world. This global outlook led Tayou to discover new expressive perspectives reflecting his identity as a man and as an artist. What prevails in his works is an interest in materials and their meanings, which may undergo semantic changes depending on cultural, social, political and environmental conditioning. He mainly has a preference for recycling materials such as alabaster, crystal, plastic, wood, fabric and other media.


Inauguration of installation: Saturday 14 April, 6pm

Courtyard installation: from Saturday 14 April (6pm) to Sunday 15 April (6pm)




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