• Arnulf Rainer

    Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna

    January 26–April 1, 2001

    From early “overpaintings” to redrawn self-portraits, Aktionismus performances, death masks, and views of Hiroshima, this impressive 160-work retrospective (featuring paintings, photographs, drawings, and videos) reveals the intense thematic continuity throughout Arnulf Rainer’s oeuvre from the ’50s to the present, At the crux: death, physical pain, and spiritual elevation, expressed through the cancellation, negation, and destruction of the idea of painting as well as the artist’s own physical self. The hanging will revolve around the museum’s central hall, transformed by Rainer’s large “black paintings” into a veritable shrine.