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The show

From 7 May until 24 November 2019, the second chapter, Roman Opałka. Mariateresa Sartori will run in the rooms of the Museum Home at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, where the works of Roman Opałka and Mariateresa Sartori are placed in relation both to each other and to those of the institution’s historic collection. Both the Milanese and the Venetian chapters revolve around OPAŁKA 1965 / 1-∞, a project the artist dedicated much of his life to in the attempt to depict something immeasurable: the passing of time. Of particular importance for the critical awareness of the artist, the Venetian chapter reunites and presents for the first time two fundamental works for the entire OPAŁKA 1965 / 1-∞ programme: the first Détail, on loan from the Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź in Poland and exhibited for the first time in Italy, and the last, which remains unfinished, has never presented to the public and is on loan from a private collection. The Alpha and the Omega finally reunited. As the curator Chiara Bertola writes: “Seeing them together for the first time and being able to grasp the whole picture of what the artist had decided to trace one day is a strong and moving emotion. The project that is so explicitly shown also bears the tragedy of its very assumption: “He is no longer with us; there is the completed work”. Alongside these two important Détails is a series of photographic self-portraits and a sound recording of the artist’s voice, as well as two ‘exercises’, two ‘artist tests’ that Opałka made shortly before beginning his OPAŁKA 1965 / 1-∞ programme, which have also never been shown to the public before. It is with these works that Mariateresa Sartori establishes a dialogue in the rooms of the Querini Stampalia Museum. In the site-specific installation Il tempo del suono. Onde / The Time of Sound: Waves on display here, the sheets of paper – individual particles of a wider totality – are recomposed on the wall in a single continuous series.


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Campo Santa Maria Formosa, 5252
30122 Venezia


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