Current Exhibition

What I did not sell…

50 Years. A Story.
Curated by Marco Meneguzzo

December, 7 – 2019 > February 15 – 2020

An old motto of the art world says that the riches of a gallery dealer are to be found in what has not been sold, rather than in what has been sold, in the sense that time – always a gentleman – enormously re-evaluates those works that, at the moment of their exhibition in the gallery, have not been understood and have remained in store (or those works the dealer has decided to keep for herself …). What Hélène has not sold – or did not want to sell – is a new and highly pertinent show that is the summary of fifty years of choices, and the summary of fifty years of self-portraits. 
This is how the curator describes the genesis of the show, as a kind of fifty-year-long journey of which the fundamental steps consist of emblematic works by the artists who have contributed to the highly personal “style” of Hélène de Franchis.
In the essay that accompanies the show, Meneguzzo has pinpointed, after careful consideration, a common denominator both for the pieces on show and, more generally, for all the art projects proposed by Studio la Città over fifty years: sobriety and elegance.
It is as though the artists of the gallery, the most assiduous, always promise something beyond what they actually exhibit, a surplus of meaning that can be discovered when that kind of natural reluctance is overcome by the empathy of the viewer.

By passing in review the gallery’s seasons, this show realises both a self-portrait of a gallery dealer as well as a journey through various trends in Italian and international contemporary art, from the 1950s until today. From the ceramics of Lucio Fontana, it ranges across the monochrome and iridescent abstraction of David Simpson, the important names of Arte Povera with the neon works by Pier Paolo Calzolari, the sculptures of Ettore Spalletti, up to the most recent works by the Americans Emil Lukas and Jacob Hashimoto. Read more

CATTEDRALE OVEST

CATTEDRALE EST

VIDEO ROOM E SHOWROOM

DRAWING ROOM E INGRESSO

What I did not sell…

50 Years. A Story.
Curated by Marco Meneguzzo

December, 7 – 2019 > February 15 – 2020

An old motto of the art world says that the riches of a gallery dealer are to be found in what has not been sold, rather than in what has been sold, in the sense that time – always a gentleman – enormously re-evaluates those works that, at the moment of their exhibition in the gallery, have not been understood and have remained in store (or those works the dealer has decided to keep for herself …). What Hélène has not sold – or did not want to sell – is a new and highly pertinent show that is the summary of fifty years of choices, and the summary of fifty years of self-portraits. 
This is how the curator describes the genesis of the show, as a kind of fifty-year-long journey of which the fundamental steps consist of emblematic works by the artists who have contributed to the highly personal “style” of Hélène de Franchis.
In the essay that accompanies the show, Meneguzzo has pinpointed, after careful consideration, a common denominator both for the pieces on show and, more generally, for all the art projects proposed by Studio la Città over fifty years: sobriety and elegance.
It is as though the artists of the gallery, the most assiduous, always promise something beyond what they actually exhibit, a surplus of meaning that can be discovered when that kind of natural reluctance is overcome by the empathy of the viewer.

By passing in review the gallery’s seasons, this show realises both a self-portrait of a gallery dealer as well as a journey through various trends in Italian and international contemporary art, from the 1950s until today. From the ceramics of Lucio Fontana, it ranges across the monochrome and iridescent abstraction of David Simpson, the important names of Arte Povera with the neon works by Pier Paolo Calzolari, the sculptures of Ettore Spalletti, up to the most recent works by the Americans Emil Lukas and Jacob Hashimoto. Read more

CATTEDRALE OVEST


  • Alighiero Boetti, Un filo di voce, un filo di luce, 1985

    Ricamo su tela
    23x23 cm


  • Hiroyuki Masuyama, J.M.W. Turner, Cockermouth Castle 1830-2008

    LED Lightbox
    180x256x6 cm


  • Luigi Carboni, Untitled, 1990

    Tecnica mista su tela/tavola
    170x170x40 cm


  • Lawrence Carroll, Garden, 2003

    Tavola e tela dipinta
    46x33x9,5 cm


  • Concetto Pozzati, Senza Titolo

    tecnica mista su marmo
    50x50x3 cm


  • Alberto Garutti, Senza Titolo, 1992

    Pittura ad acqua su tavola forata, vetro
    210x130 cm


  • Pier Paolo Calzolari, Senza Titolo, 1971

    neon, lumini ad olio
    130x210x10 cm


  • Herbert Hamak H790N - H791N - H7892N, 2005

    resina e pigmenti su tela
    208x58,5x7cm cad.


  • Giorgio Vigna, Acque astrali, 2018

    Sassi in vetro di Murano
    molati a mano con inclusioni
    di bolle d’aria
    dimensioni variabili

CATTEDRALE EST


  • John McCracken, On High, 1998

    Resina colorata, fibra di vetro,
    compensato
    49,5x150,5x30 cm


  • Quam raptim ad sublimia, 1969

    installation
    420 x 65 cm


  • Lynn Davis, Giza II. Dynasty IV, 1989

    Stampa ai sali d’argento
    114,5x114,5 cm


  • Jacob Hashimoto, The Dark Isn’t the Thing to Worry About, 2019

    Bamboo, Dacron, resina,
    acrilico e pigmenti
    dimensioni variabili


  • Louis Cane, Toile decoupéè, 1975

    Olio su tela di cotone
    240x270 cm


  • Michelangelo Pistoletto, Il Tavolo - Divisione Moltiplicazione, 2004

    Tavoli in legno e specchi
    120x90x70 cm cad.


  • Stuart Arends, Wax 43, 1991

    Olio, matita e cera su legno
    13x13x9 cm


  • David Simpson, Radical Shift: Orange/Blue, 1994

    Acrilico su tela
    183x183 cm


  • Igino Legnaghi,Tavolo, 1972

    Tavolo in alluminio
    73x240x90 cm

VIDEO ROOM E SHOWROOM


  • John Hoyland, 27.7.71, 1971

    Acrilico su tela
    203x183 cm


  • Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, formella, 1962-64

    Ceramica colorata con taglio
    43x27,5x3,5 cm


  • Lucio Fontana, Drago, 1948

    Ceramica colorata e riflessata
    con argento
    32x105x29,5 cm


  • Giorgio Vigna, Lapidario, 2019

    Sassi magnetici su struttura in legno
    laccata nera con magneti
    91x76x9 cm


  • Gabriele Basilico, Napoli 2004, 2006

    Stampa ai sali d’argento
    118,58x153,5 cm


  • Ettore Spalletti, Piccolo Movimento 6, 2001

    Impasto di colore su centina di legno
    150x60x90 cm


  • Gianni Colombo, Spazio Curvo, 1992

    Metallo, animazione elettromeccanica
    diametro 150 cm


  • Andre Woodward, Just Out of a Reach, 2014

    Cemento, piante di Ficus
    dimensione variabile

DRAWING ROOM E INGRESSO


  • Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2010

    Tecnica mista
    254x62x45 cm


  • Maurizio Mochetti, Palle, 1988

    Sfere di gomma con anima in piombo
    laser e alimentatore
    dimensioni ambientali


  • Bo Ljungblom, Senza titolo, 1981

    Stampa ai sali d’argento
    29,5x39 cad.


  • Emil Lukas #1549, Impact lens, 2017

    Alluminio
    130x265x76 cm


  • Arthur Duff, Empty Eye, 2019

    neon
    440x220x10 cm


  • Herbert Hamak, Untitled, 2013

    resina e pigmenti su base in ferro
    115x19x34 cm