Massimo De Carlo is pleased to present Gianfranco Baruchello, Marcel Duchamp, opening in its Hong Kong gallery on the 14th of September 2017. The exceptional exhibition brings, for the first time ever in the artist’s sixty-year-long career, the work of Gianfranco Baruchello in Asia in a solo show. The exhibition will present a selection of works by Gianfranco Baruchello paired with works by Marcel Duchamp, illustrating the amity and dialogue between the two artists, visible throughout Baruchello’s works,. The exhibition runs until 28 October, 2017.
We are honoured to have the exceptional presence of the artist Gianfranco Baruchello at the press preview on 14 September, where he will unveil further creative insights about the show. Exact time and arrangements to be announced.
Gianfranco Baruchello is an iconic Italian artist who, through his long, and on going, career has tackled a vast array of mediums spanning from painting to sculptures, and including land art, installation and video. Starting from the 1960s’ and 1970s, Baruchello spent a great deal of time in New York, Paris and Milan where he profitably engaged with the cities ascending art worlds. He became a first hand witness, and participant, to the flourishing of Art Movements such as Pop Art and Arte Povera frequenting influential historical figures, artist and thinkers, of the last century such as, among others, Jean-François Lyotard, Alain Jouffroy, Felix Guattari and Ileana Sonnabend.
In Gianfranco Baruchello’s book (published 1985) titled “Why Duchamp?”, the artist reflects on his relationship with the great French artist, on both a personal and professional level. The search for the meaning of the conceptual, the synthetizing of abstraction and the power of communication through the artistic gesture are topics that both artists cherished dearly: Baruchello through his iconic box compositions and large-scale figurine populated canvases and Duchamp through his abstract paintings and one-object interventions.
Gianfranco Baruchello was, as an upcoming artist in the 1960’s enthralled and in awe of Marcel Duchamp’s practice, considering him a revolutionary that through his gestures had changed forever the way contemporary art was viewed. On a September morning of the 1962 Baruchello receives a phone call by a friend that informs him that Marcel Duchamp will be in Milan to attend a lunch in his honor. Gianfranco Baruchello left for the airport in a hurry and managed to join the group at the restaurant where they are dining and introduce himself to Marcel Duchamp. The following day the two leave for a day trip to lake Como, that is the beginning of a long-lived friendship that lasted until Duchamp’s death in 1968. In 1964 Marcel Duchamp curated a solo show of Gianfranco Baruchello at the Cordier & Ekstrom gallery in New York, a show that resulted in acquisitions from both the prestigious MoMA and Guggenheim, we are proud that one of these canvases is in our exhibition in Hong Kong.
Gianfranco Baruchello, Marcel Duchamp celebrates this intellectual, out-of-the-limelight friendship that celebrates Gianfranco Baruchello’s oeuvre and his relationship with, not only a dear old friend, but also a mentor, reflecting on simplicity and impact, influence and effortlessness of the artistic gesture, abstractions and statements.
Baruchello has been based in Rome since the early 1970’s. In the last few years, after taking part in the momentous Documenta exhibition in 2012 and in the Venice Biennale of 2013, a number of institutions in Europe have dedicated retrospectives to Gianfranco Baruchello. We are incredibly proud to take his work to China for this lengthy survey of the artists work and to highlight, through the work, his aesthetic and conceptual link with Marcel Duchamp.
Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
3d Floor Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
From September 15th until October 28th, 2017
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 7.00pm
Opening: Thursday 14th of September 2017