From Friday 3 November 2023 until Tuesday 2 April 2024, Pinacoteca Agnelli presents the third edition of Beyond the Collection with Lucy McKenzie and Antonio Canova. Vulcanizzato, a project curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, which will see the Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie (Glasgow, 1977; lives in Brussels) dialogue with the works of the neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757, Possagno - 1822, Venice) present in the Giovanni and Marella Agnelli.
Vulcanizzato takes its inspiration from Antonio Canova's two plaster casts Dancer with finger on chin (1809-1814) and Dancer with hands on hips (1811-1812), at the center of an installation created by the artist Lucy McKenzie. The exhibition offers a reflection on the construction of models and symbols between classical statuary, decorative sculpture and mannequins usually used in commercial displays. The ideal of beauty spread, among others, by Canova's sculpture, has crossed different eras and environments to reach the hyper-capitalism of the body represented by the mannequins mass-produced in the commercial sector.
The artist's installations explore the relationship of painting and sculpture to the construction of value, popular culture and political propaganda. In his work, the historical and social dimension that underlies the distance between the history of art and the decorative arts, the history of fashion, design and consumer objects often emerges.
The title of the exhibition, which recalls the infernal imagery of classical Greek culture, refers to "vulcanization", a type of rubber processing common in the automotive industry as well as in the footwear industry. The title alludes to the transmigration of symbols and meanings between different fields and the role of production processes in the construction of collective mythologies.