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Giulio Paolini

Le Nouveau Museé

This retrospective exhibition of Giulio Paolini’s art was a considerable achievement. To present 25 years of an artist’s work, including most of his major pieces, and respecting not only the evolution of his esthetic decisions but also their different manifestations over time—this is not the easiest of tasks, for the artist as for the curator. Paolini himself worked on the large catalogue, which presents most of his writings together with extensive documentation of his work. In the catalogue as in the show, the esthetic approach prevails over any didactic one.

Strangely, the most impressive part of the exhibition was that presenting Paolini’s early production. His work from the beginning of the ’70s on is well known, and while it is always interesting and rigorous, it does not surprise so much as it offers the secure feeling of a perfectly controlled artistic output. The work of the ’60s,

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