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Unprimed canvas, stretcher, paper painted with tempera, coloured tissue-paper

35 x 43 cm

Signed and dated on the verso, lower stretcher bar, right: "Giulio Paolini / 1960"

Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini, Turin

Gift of the artist, 25 October 2012, archive no. GPO-0003

A thin unprimed canvas, which is hardened with polyvinyl acetate glue, is stretched across three sides of a stretcher closed off on the back by a sheet of paper. The canvas serves as a semi-transparent container for a packed multitude of fragments of coloured tissue paper or tissue paper painted in tempera in a variety of colours, partially emerging from the upper part of the painting.

1999 Turin, GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Giulio Paolini. Da oggi a ieri, 8 May - 25 July, cited in the checklist of exhibited works no. 31 p. 38, not repr.
2003 Milan, Fondazione Prada, Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, 29 October - 18 December, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 397, col. repr. p. 41.
2017 Rivoli, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and Turin, GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Colori. L’emozione dei colori nell’arte, 14 March - 23 July, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 320, not repr.; exhibited at Castello di Rivoli.
G. Celant, Giulio Paolini (New York: Sonnabend Press, 1972), pp. 17, 20, repr. no. 3 p. 19 (cropped at top); republished in Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by Id. (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), pp. 78, 96; reprint (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2019).
Giulio Paolini. Von heute bis gestern / Da oggi a ieri, exhibition catalogue, Graz, Neue Galerie im Landesmuseum Joanneum (Ostfildern-Ruit: Cantz Verlag, 1998), col. repr. p. 190.
A. Zevi, Peripezie del dopoguerra nell’arte italiana (Turin: Giulio Einaudi editore, 2005), p. 287, not repr.
E. Volpato, “Iconografie della malinconia”, in Collezioni. Volume terzo: Allestimento 2011-2013, edited by D. Eccher (Turin: GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and Umberto Allemandi & C., 2012), pp. 209-210, not repr.
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 3 p. 50, col. repr.
Entry by Maddalena Disch , 23/02/2024