Palazzo Te, Mantua
from 7 October 2018 to 6 January 2019
Gerhard Richter responds, once again, to the Annunciation by Titian.
The great German painter, one of the most important on the contemporary scene, has decided to re-develop his relationship with the painting of Titian and the theme of the Annunciation in an concise, precious exhibition – Titian/Gerhard Richter: Heaven on Earth, curated by Helmut Friedel, Marsel Grosso and Giovanni Iovane – set up at Palazzo Te in Mantua.
In 1972, during a visit to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Richter saw a quality in Titian that makes art a work of art, and decides to copy the painting seen in Venice.
Since then the dialogue with the great master has remained as an inspiration and a background tone in Richter’s work, and he periodically feels the need to return to this secret source.
Fondazione Palazzo Te suggested that the great German artist narrate this long-term inner dialogue, starting precisely with two masterpieces by Titian: the Annunciation of San Rocco and the one on view at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte.
Gerhard Richter generously and personally replied to the proposal, creating an itinerary of 17 works directly arriving from his studio, through which with delicate allusions he tells a story entirely based on the secret of vision.
An exhibition in which Richter conveys something of himself, in which two Annunciations by Titian are presented with several preparatory works, and in which the architect Piero Lissoni, with Lissoni Associati and Graphx, provides the exhibit design and the graphic design to accompany this encounter between two artists who are symbols of their respective historical and cultural moments.
To stage this long-distance dialogue conducted through the power of color and brushstrokes in the creations of both artists, in an equally powerful place, Piero Lissoni has created an installation and graphics governed by simplicity and silence.
The exhibition design is very linear but full of attention to detail, relying on advanced technologies and innovative materials, simply constructing the narrative of the dialogue between the works themselves, in a setting of discreet proportions, respectful of the context.
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