Studio la Città celebrates its 50th anniversary and celebrates this milestone with an important exhibition, a summary of the most significant stages from its beginnings until today.
What I didn not sell
50 Years. A Story.
Curated by Marco Meneguzzo
Opening 7 December 2019, 11:30 am
7 December 2019 – 15 February 2020 | Studio la Città – Verona.
What I did not sell…is a show curated by Marco Meneguzzo and it collects together a heterogeneous selection of works by Stuart Arends, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Vincenzo Castella, Lucio Fontana, Jacob Hashimoto, Emil Lukas, David Simpson, and Ettore Spalletti, to mention just a few.
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.