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1983 - charcoal, canvases, leaves, paper

In a room on the villa's top floor, the ceiling was originally painted with scenes inspired by those found on ancient Attic vases. Today, those ceiling paintings contrast with Paolini's refined installation.
Working directly on the white walls the artist traced charcoal lines that impart a sense of depth on the opposite walls, as well as suggest the presence of two laurel-crowned muses. Several natural leaves are included among those made by the artist that fall, here and there, onto the wall, on which each figure resides. One of the figures is turned toward the wall, while the other toward the visitor.

Giulio Paolini

Giulio Paolini was born in Genua in 1940. He lives and works in Turin.
Apart from appearing in the many group shows featuring Arte Povera, a movement in which Paolini has been a valid exponent, the artist has held a number of one-man shows among which: Neue Galerie im Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz (1998); Galleria civica di arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin (1999); Musée d'art modern et contemporain, Geneva (1999);  Galleria d'arte moderna e contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona (2001); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2003), Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Rovereto (2004). His most recent shows include Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples (2007-8, 2009); Aviary of the Villa Borghese, Rome (2008); Galleria di arte moderna, Turin (2015)Museo Cappella Sansevero, Napoli (2015).

His works are found in the permanent collections of: Museum voor hendenaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp;Galleria civica di arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; MART- Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Rovereto; Centro per l'arte contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato.
In 2008 the Giulio & Anna Paolini Foundation, together with the Castello di Rivoli,  published the first volume of the artist's catalogue raisonée.

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