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GPE-0018

Suite No. 2

Photo prints applied to paper, collage and pencil drawing

Three sheets 35 x 35 cm each

Signed, titled and dated on the verso of the third sheet, centre: “Giulio Paolini / Suite n. 2 / 1975”

Autograph numbering on the verso of the third sheet, centre

9 in Arabic numerals from 1/9 to 9/9

Self-produced by the artist

The three plates, individually framed without a passepartout, must be arranged at short intervals from each other and horizontally, from the first (with the photographic print visible) to the third (with just the drawing).

The first sheet features a portrait of Giulio Paolini in his studio as he prepares a canvas for the work Narciso, 1966 (GPO-0095). In the second sheet the same image, smaller in size, is applied to the upper left, corresponding to the canvas that in the photograph is visible in the background, propped up against the wall; the pencil drawing traces the corner of the room. The third sheet is limited to featuring the transcription in pencil of a partial view of the room. In this sequence by subtraction, the image is reduced each time, until it disappears in the last element, which, for its part, once again refers to the first one.1
In the artist's own words: “It is a
suite, a sequence of the same passage, a game of mirrors, or rather a scene that takes place three times in the same interval of time and space. I have always been interested in representing the very moment that a work is produced: in this case as well, in fact, the triptych accounts for its own becoming".2
The numbering in the title includes the work in a series – which began with
Suite n. 1, 1974 (GPO-0277) and was further developed with the prints Suite n. 3, 1976 (GPE-0022) and Suite n. 4, 2006 (GPE-0115) – whose common denominator is multiplication, through a succession or a suite, as in this case, of the same initial image.
The same theme was developed in an untitled work on paper from the same year (GPC-0403).

1 In this sense, the "narrative" development from one plate to another has another precedent in the portfolio Cahiers d’art, 1975 (GPE-0014).
2 G. Paolini in conversation with I. Bernardi, 26 April 2013.

Portrait of Giulio Paolini in his studio while making Narciso taken by Anna Piva, 1966.

1976 Genoa, Samangallery, Giulio Paolini, 14 January - 7 February.
1976 Paris, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Giulio Paolini, from 26 February.
1977 Zurich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Giulio Paolini, 20 January - 23 February.
1977 Mannheim, Mannheim Kunstverein, Giulio Paolini, 31 July - 28 August, not repr.
1979 Athens, Jean & Karen Bernier, Giulio Paolini, 9 May - 5 June.
1984 Villeurbanne, Le Nouveau Musée, Giulio Paolini, 20 January - 18 March, not repr.
1985-86 Montreal, Musée d’art contemporain, Giulio Paolini, 7 July - 8 September, touring to: Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, 29 November 1985 - 19 January 1986, same catalogue as for the solo exhibition Villeurbanne 1984.
1986 Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Giulio Paolini, 15 February - 30 March, same catalogue as for the solo exhibition Villeurbanne 1984.
1992 Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Werk 1967-1992, 24 February - 29 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 18).
1993 Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das druckgraphische Werk 1967-1992, 16 January - 7 March (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 18).
1995 Lisbon, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Múltiplos e Obra Gráfica 1969-1995, 16 March - 28 May, not repr. in the exhibition brochure (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 18).
1996 Nice, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Arte Povera. Les multiples, 23 March - 16 June, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 37, not repr.
1996 Apolda, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques, 27 September - 27 October (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 18).
1997 Göppingen, Kunsthalle, Giulio Paolini. Impressions graphiques. Das graphische Druckwerk 1967-1995, 9 March - 13 April (catalogue Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini [Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992], cat. no. 18).
2001 Milan, Association Jacqueline Vodoz et Bruno Danese, Impressions Graphiques. L’opera grafica di Giulio Paolini, 1967-2000, 17 May - 22 June, not repr.
2002 Paris, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Impressions graphiques. L’œuvre graphique de Giulio Paolini 1967-2000, 23 April - 21 May, no catalogue.
2004 Copenhagen, The Royal Library, The Gallery, The Significance of Visibility, 27 May - 15 August, no catalogue.
2010-11 Turin, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Geografia senza punti cardinali. La fotografia nell’arte degli anni ’70 in Italia, 6 November 2010 - 29 January 2011, repr. no. 47 p. 66.
T. Trini, "Paolini. Le sprigioni”, in Studio Marconi 3-4 (Milan), 5 February 1976, repr. p. 4.
Giulio Paolini. “Una collezione ‘60/’80” (Milan: Studio Marconi, 1990), repr. pp. 130-131.
Impressions graphiques. L’opera grafica 1967-1992 di Giulio Paolini (Turin: Marco Noire Editore, 1992), cat. no. 18, repr.
Divina Mimesis. Un omaggio di Giulio Paolini, Rosemarie Trockel e Cy Twombly a Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante e Pier Paolo Pasolini, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Villa Poniatowski, 2005, repr. p. 25.
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 332 p. 341, not repr.
Entry by Bettina Della Casa and Maddalena Disch, 14/06/2024