Gianni Colombo, After-Structures, 1966, metal, lamps, electromechanical animation.


Gianni Colombo

Castello di Rivoli
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
September 16, 2009–January 10, 2010

Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marco Scotini

Gianni Colombo, a leading Kineticist and cofounder of Gruppo T, cut his teeth in mid-’50s Milan alongside Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni; his work soon invited the participation of the viewer in a radical, witty attempt at providing a complete sensory experience. This exhibition of nearly one hundred pieces, Colombo’s largest retrospective to date, features early paintings, ceramics, and tactile reliefs; important motor-driven wall pieces; and reconstructions of six disorienting “environments” created between 1964 and 1993, the year of his death at age fifty-six. The bilingual catalogue includes essays by Umberto Eco and Achille Bonita Oliva as well as previously unpublished interviews with such artists as Giovanni Anceschi, François Morellet, and Olafur Eliasson, who affirm the considerable relevance of Colombo’s work today.