The third event in the Furla Series, this exhibition is the outgrowth of a partnership between Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, which will offer a unique encounter between past and present, by establishing a dialogue between contemporary art and the Museum’s countless masterpieces.
Nairy Baghramian’s project, the artist’s first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, is a new ambitious production conceived specifically for the GAM spaces.
Baghramian has been pushing the limits of sculptural language for two decades. In her rigorous formal and conceptual research, she explores 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.
For this exhibition, the artist has created a series of large-scale sculptures, each one formally conceived to inhabit both the interior and exterior spaces of the museum, combining a reflection on play as an educational tool with her interest in the interstitial spaces that mark a boundary.
The exhibition is produced with the generous contribution from Fondazione Henraux.
Nairy Baghramian was born in 1971 in Isfahan, Iran. In 1984, she moved to Berlin, where she currently lives and works.
She has had solo exhibitions at major museums, such as: MUDAM, Luxembourg (2019); Museo Reina Sofía, Palacio de Cristal del Retiro, Madrid (2018); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017-2018); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2017); S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (2016); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2016); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2015); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston (2013); SculptureCenter, New York (2013); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2012); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2008); Kunstvereins Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg (2007); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2006).
Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at major international institutions, including: Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2018); The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2018); Madre – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples (2017); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2016); Mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2016); Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art, New York (2016); Punta della Dogana, Venice (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden (2012); Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg (2012); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2010); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2010); Weserburg, Bremen (2009); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008).
She has exhibited at biennial and international festivals, such as: Performa 19, New York (2019); Venice Biennale (2011; 2019); 14th Lyon Biennale, France (2017); documenta 14, Kassel (2017); Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017; Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture (2015); Berlin Biennale (2008, 2014); Glasgow International (2012).
Baghramian is among the finalists of the Hugo Boss Prize 2020.
Image: Privileged Points by Nairy Baghramian, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 2018. Photo by Paul Schmelzer for Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano
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