In 1969 Jannis Kounellis, protagonist of Arte Povera, exhibited twelve live horses in the Roman gallery L'Attico : a surreal and dreamlike experience, still today emblematic for the disruptive character of rupture and rethinking of the statute of the work of art.
Fifty years later, and exclusively for Fondazione 107, the American painter Lara Nickel (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 1985) pays homage to the Master through the pictorial medium and a refined reinterpretation of the same.
"12 Horses - Homage to Jannis Kounellis" features twelve life-size , hyper-realistic paintings of horses on a white background that evokes the gallery's white cube.
They are exhibited in a similar way to Kounellis' horses in flesh and blood: the canvases stand upright, on the floor, and juxtaposed perpendicularly to the wall populate the room, transforming the architectural space into a setting for painting.
Not all the paintings are clearly visible from the entrance, so it is necessary for the observer to walk among them to have a complete view. Furthermore, the structured and labyrinthine setting reveals the back of each canvas: what is usually hidden here becomes a characterizing element, conveying an idea of three-dimensional painting, far from the mere concept of surface.