press release

Ileana Sonnabend (Bucharest 1914 – New York, 2007) was a formidable dealer and collector of contemporary art. She was the first wife of the celebrated Leo Castelli. This exhibition looks at the Italian component of the Sonnabend collection, not just Italian painting and sculpture but the work of international artists whose art takes into account the traditions and landscape of Italy. Ileana Sonnabend’s love of Italy is the thread that ties the works in this exhibition, a love which was expressed through her dedication to building this collection. The exhibition will showcase the works of the great masters of Arte Povera, such as Pistoletto, Paolini, Zorio, Calzolari, Merz and Anselmo, together with artists such as Fontana, Rotella, Ontani, and exponents of Italian Pop Art, like Festa and Schifano. Also included are works by American artists Twombly, Oldenberg, Haas, Morris and Koons and an array of international photographers, such as Höfer, Esser, Shugimoto and the Bechers.

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Ileana Sonnabend
An Italian Portrait

Künstler: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giulio Paolini, Gilberto Zorio, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Mimmo Rotella, Luigi Ontani, Mario Schifano, Cy Twombly, Jeff Koons, Candida Höfer, Bernd und Hilla Becher...