I MET recent painting acquisitions
Spazio Mutina Fiorano
Etel Adnan, Allora & Calzadilla, Michaël Borremans, Miriam Cahn, Gillian Carnegie, Felice Casorati, Leidy Churchman, Leonor Fini, Louis Fratino, Merlin James, On Kawara, Lucy McKenzie, Paulina Olowska and Silke Otto-Knapp.
Between 1968 and 1979, the Japanese artist On Kawara methodically transcribed the names of all the people he met. This work, entitled I MET and collected in a 12-volume diary, is the starting point of the new display in the Mutina exhibition space, dedicated to the new acquisitions of the Massimo Orsini – Mutina for Art collection and focusing on painting.
On Kawara's list, which stems from the artist’s need to record Western names in order to remember them, describes in a conceptual way the personal experience of the encounter and conveys among the books’ pages a universal account of time. Despite adopting a very different language, figurative painting implies just as many encounters and experiences which expand also to the unconscious and to imagination. The paintings of the new display become an open and incomplete list and a crossroad of gazes: those of the artist, those of the observer, those of who in these images finds something.
I MET is not an exhibition but a cue through which the meaning of collecting can be read. This group of new acquisitions of the Mutina for Art collection recounts the many ways in which art can “contain”: a sort of diary for each one can to interpret and make one’s own. I MET is the new branch of a path among artworks which animates Mutina in a spirit of surprise and sharing.