Tornabuoni Paris is proud to announce the opening of its new gallery with the largest-ever retrospective of the work of Alighiero Boetti (1940-94) shown in a private gallery. Located in the iconic Passage de Retz in the heart of the Marais and its vibrant art scene, this 17th-century mansion provides a spectacular setting.
The Boetti retrospective features work spanning from his early ink drawings, to pieces related to the Arte Povera movement, the Bollini (stickers), Lavori Postali (postal works), Aerei (airplanes) and Biro (ballpoint pen) series, important works on paper and the artist’s iconic embroideries. The revolutionary aspect of Boetti’s work was to radically question the role of the artist and the impact of chance, sequence, language, repetition and authorship in the creation of a work of art. Encompassing his entire career, this show illustrates the breadth of Boetti’s influence and the significance of his work within contemporary art.
This important retrospective follows a smaller show at Tornabuoni London, which focussed on the Muro (1972-93). It is the second in a trio of Boetti exhibitions organised by Tornabuoni that mark over 20 years of collecting and exhibiting the work of Alighiero Boetti. The Boetti trio culminates in a major exhibition at the Fondazione Cini in Venice on the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale opening in May 2016. MAXIMUM/MINIMUM, curated by Fondazione Cini director and Peggy Guggenheim Collection chief curator Luca Massimo Barbero, will bring together for the very first time the largest and smallest formats of all of Boetti’s series of works.