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Carla Accardi à la Maison La Roche

Carla Accardi

04.10.2022 | 29.10.2022
Maison La Roche, Paris
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MASSIMODECARLO, in collaboration with Archivio Accardi Sanfilippo and Fondation Le Corbusier are delighted to present Carla Accardi à la Maison La Roche, from October 4 to 29, 2022, in Paris.

Organized with the Archivio and the Foundation, this unique presentation dedicated to Italian artist Carla Accardi (1924 – 2014) is her first solo exhibition in a Parisian institution since her show at MAMVP, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris curated by Laurence Bossé and Hans-Ulrich Obrist in 2002.

Presented within this iconic modern home built between 1923 and 1925 by Le Corbusier, Carla Accardi à la Maison La Roche is an invitation to rediscover Accardi’s work.

A major Italian post-war artist, Carla Accardi was born in Trapani, Sicily, in 1924. After studying in Palermo, she moves to Rome in 1946, where her artistic career sets off. As the only woman and founding member of the artistic group “Forma”, she quickly establishes herself as a leading figure on the international artistic and intellectual scene, both for the singularity of her practice and for the ardor of her political commitment.

Finding her voice in abstraction, she develops her painterly vocabulary around the notion of «poetics of the sign», which will prove to be both the fil rouge and backbone of her career.

The works presented today at Maison La Roche illustrate the evolution of her practice thematically, from her iconic 1960’s sicofoils, to her return to color and canvas in the 1980’s.

Quattro Triangoli arancio, 1970 Marrone, 1974 Trasparente, 1975 Quattro triangoli, 1979 Quadro a Spina, 1979

In 1964, Accardi inaugurates a groundbreaking chapter in her career by choosing to replace her canvases with sicofoil. This transparent, malleable plastic sheet opens her field of experimentation to revolutionary new possibilities: not only does the transparency of this cellulose acetate allow her to go beyond the frame, as illustrated with Marrone, she also pushes her material experimentation further by creating woven patterns directly with the sicofoil, which she embroiders directly onto their frames – like in Trasparente. With sicofoil, she emancipates her expression from the classic square or rectangular frames, producing geometric assemblages, like in Quadrato a Spina and Quattro Triangoli arancio.

Ombrello gialloblu, 1999 Orizzonte senza riga, 2005 Poeti e atei, 2012 Profilo d’onda, 2012 Giallo-nero, 2012 Smarrire i fili delle voci, 2012 Pose variopinte, 2013

In the 1980’s, Carla Accardi returns to her initial formal research, onto canvas, that she marks with her abstract signs and writing. Her richly colored paintings acquire a new dimension, with high contrast shapes, geometric voids. She thus finds a new balance between expressive freedom and rigor, a very personal synthesis of painting as language and lyrical form. The titles of the works presented today at la Maison La Roche, show this emphasis shift, from a purely formal approach to more autobiographical and cultural references, such as Smarrire i fili delle voci, Poeti e atei and Orizzonte senza riga, which reveal her new relationship to painting and to reality.

The illusion of simplicity, or the simplicity of illusion, thus unfold throughout Accardi’s work, who makes the search for the true meaning of painting the quest of her entire career. An approach that resonates particularly in the context of its presentation at the heart of Le Corbusier’s Maison La Roche.

This presentation is the third personal exhibition that MASSIMODECARLO devotes to Carla Accardi, after Carla Accardi at Home, at Casa Corbellini-Wasserman in Milan in 2021 and Illusione at MASSIMODECARLO Piece Unique in Paris in 2022.

Carla Accardi

卡拉·阿卡迪 (1924至2014年) 是二战后意大利抽象绘画的重要人物。卡拉·阿卡迪1924年10月9日生于意大利特拉帕尼,1946年移居罗马之前在佛罗伦萨美术学院学习。她在罗马创立了极有影响力的战后团体FORM 1 (1947至1951年),是上世纪四五十年代意大利抽象艺术的主要参考。

卡拉·阿卡迪的早期作品由相互交错的几何图形组成。20世纪50年代,阿卡迪在意大利和法国进行了广泛的尝试,通过结合几何与势态绘画来改革抽象。艺术评论家米歇尔·塔皮 (MICHEL TAPI) 对她的创作很感兴趣。1953年,阿卡迪开始在抽象图画中加入伪书法的符号,同时将用色减少至黑白,以探索形状与背景之间的关系。

20世纪60年代,她的作品参考都市文化和光学效应,因此重新焕发了色彩。阿卡迪的艺术特点是运用透明塑料支撑物激发出不断的创作实验,透明塑料突出了绘画作为发光隔膜的本质。1961年,她开始在一种名为“SICOFOIL”的透明塑料材质上作画,而非传统布面。她将新形式的作品在1964年的威尼斯双年展上展出。到20世纪60年代中期,她开始将该形式用于雕塑创作中。卡拉·阿卡迪这段时期的创作(1976年威尼斯双年展)推动了贫穷艺术的发展。她在20世纪80年代回归画布,并将重点转移到符号与色彩的运用。1988年,她再次参加了威尼斯双年展,并于1994年参加了纽约古根海姆美术馆举办的展览《意大利变形 / ITALIAN METAMORPHOSIS,1943-1968》。

卡拉·阿卡迪的作品被众多重要机构收藏,包括:罗马国立现代艺术美术馆,都灵里沃利城堡当代艺术博物馆,摩德纳与博洛尼亚的GALLERIE CIVICHE,米兰王宫,都灵市立博物馆。艺术家于2014年2月23日在罗马去世。

Carla Accardi