Van Abbemuseum

Luciano Fabro’s six-part Attaccapanni di Napoli, 1976–77, has been shown on earlier occasions, but here, in the uneven company of the “Regenboog” (Rainbow) show—Rudi Fuchs’ last event as director of the museum—it looked more magnificent than ever. The show, mounted in the ideal surroundings of the museum’s almost monastic environment, emphasized once more Fuchs’ ideas about exhibition. His dialectical concept, which he also used at Documenta 8, revolved here around the theme of color. The “rainbow” of the title referred not only to color but to the heterogeneous collection of paintings that vied, as it were, with the overwhelming color of Fabro’s centrally placed installation.

This poetic piece set the tone for a symphonic exhibition plan in which the work of 16 artists was displayed in pairs in each of the eight surrounding rooms (for example, Gerhard Richter with Jan Dibbets, Lucio Fontana

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