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Roberto Cuoghi, untitled (detail), 2014, polyol, isocyanate, concrete, epoxy paste, 47 1/4 × 19 3/4 × 23 5/8".

Geneva

“Roberto Cuoghi: Perla Pollina, 1996–2016”

Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève
10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers
February 22 - April 30

Curated by Andrea Bellini

If Woody Allen were to rewrite Zelig and set the story in the art world, his inevitable first pick for the starring role would be the enigmatic Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi. Like Allen’s “human chameleon” character, Cuoghi demonstrates total fluency in any situation, deploying a range of techniques to weave a sprawling, nonhierarchical and atemporal web of drawing, painting, photography, performance, digital animation, comic-book illustration, archaeological research, and musical composition. Yet his total immersion in his subject matter is what really distinguishes Cuoghi’s oeuvre from those of his peers. This retrospective promises to examine the gripping twists and turns of the artist’s obsessive production in more than seventy works, ranging from his assumption of his father’s identity in the late 1990s to more recent creations from last year, and will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue. Travels to the Museo MADRE, Naples, May 15–Sept.11; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Oct.–Dec.