previews

Naples

Piero Manzoni

Museo MADRE
Palazzo Donnaregina, via Settembrini, 79
May 19 - September 24

Curated by Germano Celant

Of the postwar European artists responding to Duchamp’s legacy, it was Milan’s Piero Manzoni who most potently examined the notion of the artist as the nexus of meaning. From his materially diverse “achromes” to his ironic performances of his own signature—a thumbprint, or a balloon filled with his breath—to his infamous Merda d’artista, 1961, Manzoni’s shooting-star career is exhaustively explored at MADRE. With some two hundred works, this show expands upon curator Germano Celant’s 1998 Manzoni retrospective in London by providing an important formal and ideological context for Manzoni’s oeuvre. It includes works by artists who influenced him—Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri among them—as well as by contemporaries such as Yves Klein, whose own ironic gestures similarly challenged the marketing of artistic personae. Catalogue contributors include Benjamin H. D. Buchloh and Boris Groys.