An Image Collector’s private Cabinet / Peinture de chambre

An Image Collector's private Cabinet / Peinture de chambre

Katia Bassanini / Fiorenza Bassetti / Giona Bernardi / Jon Campbell / Giuseppe Chiari / Pier Giorgio De Pinto / Martin Disler / Alex Hanimann / Csaba Kis Róka / Andrea La Rocca / Ingeborg Lüscher / Meret Oppenheim / Valter Luca Signorile / Andro Wekua /// Sebastiano Impellizzeri

26 July – 24 August 2014

The show that inaugurates on 26 July is something of a composite exhibition project. AN IMAGE COLLECTOR’S PRIVATE CABINET aims to question the very concept of the public exhibition space itself, fusing it with an internalised, intimate, private dimension. Apart from the curatorial choice, consideration is given here to the identity of collecting and of the particular flavour of a “container of images”, starting basically from three items of food for thought: the power of culture, that of economics and/or personal taste.

This third issue is the one that concerns us here specifically, as art is not so much a product for economic exchange or trade, but for human exchange, more of a mental and psychological locus of obsessions and an unexpressed vision. The historical watersheds that denote the passage or transition from one era to another, or more simply from one model to another, are nearly always marked by a profound individual, internal quest, also on the part of collectors, who detach themselves in the process from criteria of choice related to the market or to a given avant-garde, becoming almost the psychological expression of the historical and personal moment. Artists are legion and their works unlimited: they reflect the taste of the people who have collected them and preserved them as a sign of their own private, individual experiences.

PEINTURE DE CHAMBRE is the title of the room dedicated to the painting of Sebastiano Impellizzeri (1982), a young Sicilian artist working in Turin, whose language is that of painting. Part of his work is inspired by the study and analysis of periods from history more or less past. From this – fundamentally recent – study, the Catania-born artist sets out to reappraise his work in relation to History that has been forgotten in the era of communication in vain, the contemporary era, putting the focus back on his analysis of how the image is interpreted as an internal, intimate representation.

Mario Casanova, 2014 [translation Pete Kercher]

Ph. Pier Giorgio De Pinto © PRO LITTERIS Zürich, Sebastiano Impellizzeri and Valter Luca Signorile.



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