Pawel Althamer

Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

The Nicola Trussardi Foundation always chooses public spaces in Milan for its exhibition venues, and thus Pawel Althamer’s solo show was installed in the frescoed neoclassical rooms of the Palazzina Appiani, Arena Civica. Napoléon personally presided over the opening of the Arena in 1807. This exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, was the first large-scale museum show in Italy for Althamer, who was born in Poland in 1967. Three years ago Althamer won the Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe, and he has already taken part in some of the most important international exhibitions. In Milan, Althamer continued his staging of himself, his endless obsession with and need for self-portraiture, and his representation of his body in search of a soul; the spirituality that pervades his oeuvre is patent. This was a portrait of the artist as everyman: An enormous Althamer,

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