Fondazione Prada presents The Small Utopia. Ars Multiplicata, curated by Germano Celant, at its Cà Corner della Regina space in Venice.
The title of the exhibition, The Small Utopia. Ars Multiplicata, is a reference to the dream, handed down from the historic avant-gardes to the artists of today, of achieving the democratic dissemination of art editions, including multiples and prototypes, editions, through a multiplication of the work of art as object, in order to favor a different perception and use of it from the aesthetic and social standpoint.
Covering the period from 1901 to 1975, the exhibition documents with over six hundred editions, including multiples and prototypes, the transformation of the idea of uniqueness in art and in its perception, through the multiplication not just of the objects themselves but also of the different means used for its distribution in the 20th century, from artist’s books to magazines and from experimental cinema to radio.
- Nikolai Suetin, Inkwell set, 1923. Courtesy of V. Tsarenkov Collection, London. Copyright Nikolai Suetin by SIAE 2012