Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, Faggionato
marks this important year with one of their most ambitious group shows to date.
Faggionato is presenting The House, bringing together some of the most renowned artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries and including works by Urs Fischer, Robert Gober, Richard Hamilton, Donald Judd, Sherrie Levine, Mateo Lopez, Jorge Pardo, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Yoshihiro Suda, Franz West and Rachel Whiteread.
Broadly, inspired by Claes Oldenburgs critical exhibition of 1964, called The Home, The House draws on Contemporary international artists who have also demonstrated a deep preoccupation with age-old concerns around the appropriation of everyday objects. From the cerebral, such as Sherrie Levines. The Cradle, 2009, and Phrenology, Cranium, 2006; to the more literal or obvious use of household forms, such as Koons, Donkey Mirror or Whitereads Door Knob, 2001. In some cases, the enquiry into the material and the abstract is pushed further, as in the piece by Urs Fischer, Mr Watson-come here- I want to see you, 2005. The title refers to the first words spoken down the telephone by Alexander Bell. Other such oblique interpretations are observed here in works by young contemporary artists, including Gonzalo Lebrijas, La vida no vale nada, (Life has little value), 2012. A piece, provoked by a domestic childhood memory and conveyed through a clock constructed from the straws in the brooms, used every day by the women to clean the home. And Mateo Lopezs minimalist pieces Stairs, 2013 and Invisible Room, 2014 a door constructed from paper and stairs that lead nowhere.
The exhibition overall forms a dynamic enquiry into perception, scale, material and form; the vague territory linking abstraction to representation; or the transition from painting to object, or from art object to reality, or vice versa. It presents a continuation of common themes which have existed for generations executed and communicated neatly in Oldenburgs execution of The Home but existent throughout the course of Art History.
Constructing a guided journey through The House and the sense of a self-contained world, the gallery has been divided subtly, with the design creating the suggestion of a room or corridor through which the viewer progresses.
Faggionato would like to thank Rik Nys of Chipperfield Architects for his help with the installation concept. The House is an exhibition taking place 20 years after the gallery space was originally designed by David Chipperfield in 1994.