“Made in Italy”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

For the first time since the appearance of the Transavanguardia, artwork by young Italians is being appreciated—even outside Italy—almost as much as that of young English, German, or American artists. A recent exhibition, which was conceived by Paolo Colombo for the Centre d’Art contemporain in Geneva and then traveled to London, was the most important manifestation thus far of this somewhat unexpected phenomenon. Despite the important role the Transavanguardia played in the aesthetic debates of the ’80s, work by younger Italians rarely crosses the borders of Italy, regardless of quality, except in the case of certain higher-profile figures like Maurizio Cattelan or Vanessa Beecroft.

The show’s original title, “Fatto in Italia,” was an ironic translation of “made in Italy,” a phrase that evokes fashion, shoes, cuisine, and perhaps even political corruption. Here, it was used to introduce

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