Painting or How to get rid of it Exhibition at Villa Medici

Painting or How to get rid of it Exhibition at Villa Medici

From 11 June to 14 September 2014 (opening 10 June 6.30-8.30 pm), the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici presents the group exhibition Painting or How to Get Rid of It, curated by Éric de Chassey. The exhibition brings together the works of four artists of different nationalities: Italian Fabio Mauri and American Marcia Hafif – who lived and worked in Rome – French Martin Barré and Swiss Olivier Mosset – who both lived in Paris for a long time.

The exhibition, whose title was inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s play Amédée or How to Get Rid of It, poses the question of the end of painting that has obsessed artists since the birth of abstraction at the beginning of the Twentieth century. In the 1960s, the logic of reducing painting to its primary components, which characterize Minimalism, asserts itself and leads to a form of art consisting of almost nothing, whose logical and inevitable consequence would be the death of painting. Painting or How to get rid of it reveals how much more complex these evolutions actually were.

Between 1959 and 1969, Fabio Mauri, Marcia Hafif, Martin Barré and Olivier Mosset took the logic of a progressive reduction and final disappearance of abstract painting to extremes in Rome and Paris. In the following years, they switched from painting to conceptual art or performance, but, unlike many of their contemporaries, they ended up going back to painting without disowning their beginnings or their extra-pictorial experiences. The works on display cover three fundamental periods of their artistic careers and of the history of abstraction: abstract painting geared toward the disappearance of forms and colors, conceptual or performative works involving films or photography, and finally, abstract paintings, that show the possibilities of painting after the end of painting.


See also our review on Villa Medici

From 11 June till 14 September 2014

Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1

Ticket Office Hours:
10.45am-1pm and 2pm-7pm (closed on Monday)
Entry fee
Tickets include a guided tour of Villa Medici and admittance to the exhibition:
12 euros (full tariff) | 6 euros (reduced)


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