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L’HangarBicocca ama le sfide. E dopo Mike Kelley, guarda lontano…

Tra le mostre che hanno segnato l’estate milanese, Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time presso l’HangarBicocca è stata di gran lunga la più interessante. Non solo per la difficoltà insita nel progettare una personale dedicata a un talento “immenso” come Mike Kelley, ma anche per la volontà di andare oltre la banale retrospettiva, superando convenzioni e abbandonando certezze.

Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time. All Mike Kelley works © Estate of Mike Kelley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan Installation view HangarBicocca, Milan, 2013. Photo by Agostino Osio
Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time. All Mike Kelley works © Estate of Mike Kelley. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan
Installation view HangarBicocca, Milan, 2013. Photo by Agostino Osio

Quando si parla di Mike Kelley (Detroit, 1954 – Los Angeles, 2012), artista ultra noto ma in realtà conosciuto in modo spesso superficiale e stereotipato, qualsiasi etichetta o definizione rischia di risultare riduttiva e fuorviante: la sua arte è stata considerata punk, underground, kitsch, surreale, vernacolare, pop, provocatoria, ribelle, sperimentale… Il punto è che la ricerca di Kelley è profondamente complessa, sfaccettata e sfuggente.  Dietro ogni sua opera si cela un mondo, ogni suo lavoro segue traiettorie diverse, mostra confini frastagliati, genera domande, suggestioni e visioni multiformi.

Il progetto espositivo curato da Andrea Lissoni ed Emi Fontana non ha inteso coprire l’intera, sconfinata ed eclettica produzione dell’artista statunitense, ma ha cercato di carpirne e svelarne il valore e la grandezza attraverso una selezione di dieci opere, concepite quasi tutte tra il 2000 e il 2006, periodo particolarmente prolifico e significativo nella carriera di Kelley. (…)

Mike Kelley Light (Time) – Space Modulator, 2003 Commissioned by CCAC Wattis Institute, San Francisco Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna All Mike Kelley works © Estate of Mike Kelley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan Installation view at HangarBicocca, Milan, 2013. Photo Agostino Osio
Mike Kelley. Light (Time) – Space Modulator, 2003.  All Mike Kelley works © Estate of Mike Kelley. All rights reserved. Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo Agostino Osio

Out of all the exhibitions to grace Milan in the summer 2013, Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time (held at the former industrial space, Hangar Bicocca) has been by far the most outstanding and interesting. This is not just due to the inherent difficulty of curating a personal exhibition to an “immense” talent like Mike Kelley, but also for its determination to go beyond a banal retrospective, overcoming habits and abandoning certainties.
Although Mike Kelley (Detroit, 1954-Los Angeles, 2012) is an extremely well known artist, knowledge of his work rarely extends beyond the superficial and stereotype. Attempts to group his art under a set category or a fixed definition are often reductive and misleading. His art has been considered punk, underground, kitsch, surreal, vernacular, pop, provoking, rebellious and experimental, the list goes on. The fact of the matter is that Kelley’s research is profoundly complex, multifaceted and elusive. Behind every work lies a world, every piece follows specific trajectories, it reveals blurred boundaries, it generates questions, suggestions and manifold visions. The project, curated by Andrea Lisoni and Emi Fontana, has not attempted to cover the entire, vast and eclectic body of work produced by the American artist, but has instead tried to understand its value and greatness through a selection of ten pieces, mostly created between 2000 and 2006 (a particularly prolific period in the career of Mike Kelley). (…)

Francesca Cogoni

D’ARS year 53/nr 215/autumn 2013 (abstract dell’articolo)

 

 

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