Milan

Clegg & Guttmann

GALLERIA LIA RUMMA

In this complex yet amusing exhibition, “Studiolo Nuovo,” which Lia Rumma installed in Milan after showing it in her space in Naples, Clegg & Guttmann take as their point of departure the Renaissance studiolo, or study—a private place, crowded with diverse objects, and specifically set aside not so much for the contemplation of art as for the development of thinking. Works of art were kept in these spaces, but so were musical and scientific instruments and natural objects. In this environment, seeing was inextricably linked to thought. Painting, Leonardo said, is a mental thing; Clegg & Guttmann are merely two of the most recent participants in this long Conceptualist tradition.

In this gallery-cum-studiolo, Clegg & Guttmann presented five wooden structures that could be activated to create forms, images, and sounds. In the first structure, Esercizio Cognitivo I: la musica della sfera (

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