Gallerie d’Italia, coinciding with the Secret Museum project with the theme The Light of the Museums, as part of the 2023 edition of MuseoCity, launched the exhibition on Dan Flavin (1933-1996). On display a nucleus of works by the American artist, selected from the Luigi and Peppino Agrati Collection, now part of the Intesa Sanpaolo artistic heritage.
Dan Flavin is one of the leading exponents of American Minimal Art, which seeks to restore the artistic language to simplified and elementary standards as an antidote, on one hand, to the emotional energy that characterises the works of abstract expressionism, and, on the other, to Pop Art and its visual celebration of media icons and consumer society.
The artist chooses one or more lights in one or more colours and standard dimensions, identical or linked to each other by modular proportions, and decides their position in the space in order to configure installations that alter the perceptive state of the environment.
Peppino Agrati was one of the first European collectors to realise the importance of this artist, buying five of his works within a few years. As early as 1969, he purchased a work that the artist personally dedicated to him: Untitled (to Giuseppe Agrati) dated 1968. This is a peculiar work within the context of Flavin's production: apart from being a unique piece, it presents a highly articulated configuration of lights, the dimensions [ML1] of which correspond to a modular progression. Visitors to Gallerie d'Italia will have the opportunity to admire five masterpieces by Flavin: installations of pure light, five episodes of passionate collecting.
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