Milan - Exhibition

Rashid Rana at Lisson Gallery Milan

Lisson Gallery, Milan

24 Jan 201414 Mar 2014

Rashid Rana defines his work as a “a three-way negotiation” between himself, his immediate physical surroundings and what he receives – “whether through the Internet, books, history or collective knowledge.”

Rashid Rana uses a wide range of media. In sculpture, video and photographic prints, Rana transforms snapshots of shop signs in Lahore into abstracted cityscapes or renders reproductions of Old Master paintings as digital fields of colour. Utilising the grid structure, the artist has recently begun to rearrange famous paintings such as The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (1618) by Peter Paul Rubens and the Oath of the Horatii (1786) by Jacques Louis-David, scrambling these famous compositions into pixelated and codified puzzles.Rana lacerates and reassembles Baroque and Neo-classical paintings, collectively known as the Transliteration Series.

For his first solo exhibition in Italy, Rana has also reflected the legacy of the surrounding city in his source material, choosing paintings by artists hailing from Milan, such as Andrea Solari and Cesare da Sesto. While the originals are held in the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London, Rana symbolically returns the images to the source of their creators, albeit visually distorted and temporally displaced in the process. Rana complicates and realigns such divided notions as figuration and abstraction, manipulation and reality, but also aims to transcend both traditional and technological means of communication.

  • Language Series 7 (Detail), 2011-12, C Print + DIASEC, 213 x 360 cm, ©the artist, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, LondonLanguage Series 7 (Detail), 2011-12, C Print + DIASEC, 213 x 360 cm, ©the artist, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London
  • Notions of Narrations II – Transliteration Series (Detail), 2013, C-Print, 228 x 323 cm, ©the artist, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, LondonNotions of Narrations II – Transliteration Series (Detail), 2013, C-Print, 228 x 323 cm, ©the artist, Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London

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Destination: Milan
Where: Lisson Gallery, Milan
Type: Private View
Admission: By Invitation Only

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OPENING:
mon, tue, wed, thu, fri 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
sun

BY APPOINTMENT:
sat

ADMISSION:
Free

ESTABLISHED:
2011

SPACE:
160 m2

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Hofmann Annette


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