Nairy Baghramian. Misfits
Fondazione Furla and GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, announce Misfits, a Nairy Baghramian exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva.
The artist’s first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, Misfits is a project conceived specifically for the GAM spaces. It explores some of the pivotal themes of the artist’s research, from her interest in crossing and redefining the border between interior and exterior to the relationship between the aesthetic object and its institutional context.
Nairy Baghramian has been pushing the limits of sculptural language for two decades. In her rigorous formal and conceptual research, she investigates the relationship between architecture, object and the human body, highlighting the political potential of sculptural forms and the importance of the physicality of the work. Thus, through its specific formal, material and expository hallmarks, the work manages to embody ideas and theoretical assumptions.
Baghramian firmly believes that a work of art, despite its considerable autonomy, is always inextricably linked to the time, place and socio-political context in which it appears. Accordingly, for the Misfits project, she began with the specific urban setting of the GAM, that is, a garden open to adults only when accompanied by children.
The artist has created a series of large-scale sculptures made of marble and painted aluminum cast, formally conceived to inhabit both the interior and exterior spaces of the museum. They combine a reflection on play as an educational tool with her interest in intervening in the physical and conceptual spaces that mark a boundary.
The disassembled parts of these sculptures recall the structure typical of certain objects used in play and become the starting point for considering how disappointment, maladjustment, inadequacy and failure could not only be temporary experiences in the formation of the individual but assert their independent raison d’ètre even as formal manifestations.
Naiy Baghramian. Misfits, third event in the Furla Series, is the outgrowth of a partnership between Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, with the generous contribution of Fondazione Henraux for the production of the works in marble.
Nairy Baghramian, born in 1971 in Iran, is a visual artist living and working in Berlin since 1984. Her work has been the subject of monographic exhibitions in an array of institutions, including MUDAM, Luxembourg (2019); Festival d’Automne á Paris at École des Beaux-Arts (2018); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2018); SMK, Copenhagen (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2016); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); Museo Serralves, Porto (2014); Art Institute of Chicago (2014); Serpentine Gallery with Phyllida Barlow (2010); Studio Voltaire, London (2009); Kunsthalle Basel (2006). Baghramian also participated at Performa 19, New York (2019); Venice Biennale (2019 and 2011); Yorkshire Sculpture International (2019); documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens (2017); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017 and 2007); 14. Lyon Biennale (2017); Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012); Berlin Biennale (2014 and 2008). Baghramian was a nominee of the Hugo Boss Prize 2020 and has been the recipient of the Malcolm-McLaren-Award with Maria Hassabi (2019); the Zurich Art Prize (2016); the Arnold-Bode Prize, Kassel (2014); the Hector Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim (2012); and the Ernst Schering Foundation Award (2007). Upcoming solo exhibitions of Nairy Baghramian include those at: Secession, Vienna (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2022); Carré d’Art, Nîmes (2022); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2022).
Her works are held in institutional collections as for example Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Solomon Guggenheim Collection, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Modern, London, MUDAM Luxembourg; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Jumex Museum, Mexico City; Nasher Art Center, Dallas; Art Institute Chicago.
Cover photo by: Nairy Baghramian, Jumbled Alphabet, 2021.
Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/London/Paris, and kurimanzutto, Mexico City/New York
Photo: Nick Ash
26 May - 26 September 2021
GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano
via Palestro 16
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