press release

BLACK HOLE. Art and Materiality from Informal to Invisible
04.10.2018 - 06.01.2019

Karel Appel, Hicham Berrada, Alberto Burri, Christo, Gino De Dominicis, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Jean Dubuffet, Simone Fattal, Jean Fautrier, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Lydia Gifford, Cameron Jamie, Asger Jorn, Hans Josephsohn, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Leoncillo Leonardi, Piero Manzoni, Nicola Martini, Luca Monterastelli, Movimento Arte Nucleare (Enrico Baj, Joe Colombo, Sergio Dangelo), Gastone Novelli, Tancredi Parmeggiani, Florence Peake, Carol Rama, Milton Resnick, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Thomas Ruff, Ryan Sullivan, Antoni Tàpies, Jol Thomson, William Tucker.

From 4 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, Bergamo’s GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea presents the exhibition Black Hole. Art and Materiality from Informal to Invisible, the first exhibition in an ambitious three-year research programme dedicated to the theme of matter, conceived by Lorenzo Giusti, developed with GAMeC curator Sara Fumagalli, and with the scientific input of the physician Diederik Sybolt Wiersma and the collaboration of BergamoScienza.

Activating a dialogue with the history of scientific and technological discoveries, as well as exploring the development of aesthetics theories, Black Hole showcases the work of those artists who have explored the material element’s most intrinsic significance, where the actual concept of “matter” shatters to open up a profounder idea of “matter” as an original element, as the primordial substance that constitutes everything.

In particular, the exhibition intends to narrate this dimension in three different perspectives: the first, of those who looked to the tangible, material element as a primary entity, preceding or alternative to form; second, of those who interpreted human nature as part of a broader material discourse; thirdly, of those who embarked on the penetration of matter, pushing the boundaries of materiality itself, grasping its infinitesimal and energetic dimension.

Relying on an extensive selection of artworks produced from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day, the exhibition aims to provide a single and integrated overview of this precious dialectic that shifts from the materiality of the Informal to that of the Invisible, extremes that are only superficially antithetic but in reality coexist and complement each other.