New York

Enzo Cucchi

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

Enzo Cucchi broke with tradition in three major ways for his exhibition this summer at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York—two of them ruptures of museum conventions (and, in one case, of this space in particular), and a third having to do with the meaning and content of the show Most obviously Cucchi discarded the Guggenheim custom of having the publicascend by elevator from the ground floor to a higher gallery and then return to the bottom via the spiraling ramp. His show was to be seen from the ground up, by ascending the incline. This could have been seen as a disruption of the public's established viewing patterns, but I believe that it was actually a reflection of the complex symbology underlying Cucchi's work, and we shall see how. Second, the show was not the usual retrospective in which a span of works from different stages of the artist's career succeed each other in

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