Dep Art Gallery in Milan presents the exhibition Alighiero Boetti. The Fantastic World, curated by Federico Sardella. The show includes thirty of the Italian artist’s works on paper, as well as the large Zoo installation, which hasn’t been seen since 1979. The work on show highlights the importance of the mark and the sign to the artist, used metaphorically in the mapping of his imaginary world.
The exhibition begins with an Indian ink on paper (1965), and continues on to cover in depth one of Boetti’s prime subject matters: nature revisited and the animal kingdom, the artist himself wrote “These animals carry within them the memory of millions of their predecessors and remember time. An ancient time: slow, anonymous, identical, immobile, unchanged.” Another section of the show presents monochrome drawings on paper of unusual or rare subjects in graphite, ink, watercolour or ball point pen. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an introduction by Antonio Addamiano and Federico Sardellla.
- Installation view, Alighiero Boetti. The Fantastic World, courtesy of Dep Art Gallery Milan
- Installation view, Il Mondo Fantastico, Alighiero Boetti, courtesy of Dep Art Gallery Milan