Afterimage, 02 Jul 2022 — 19 Feb 2023


A large international group show with 26 artists of different generations, consisting of new commissions and site-specific installations, historical works from the MAXXI Collection, and monographic rooms with works ranging from the 1960s to the present day.

MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (L’Aquila), Piazza Santa Maria Paganica, 15, 67100 L'Aquila AQ

“Afterimage” is a reflection through images on the themes of memory and metamorphosis, and looks at those forms, both material and metaphorical, by which what has passed remains around us and in us. The title of the exhibition refers to the optical illusion called “afterimage”, a phenomenon whereby a visual stimulus – such as a camera flash – produces an impression on the retina that persists even after it has passed. Conceived as a visual poem, “Afterimage” is a reflection on the coexistence of permanence and transience as a universal condition, rooted in the very nature of human existence, in the destiny of artefacts, places, meanings and images. The viewer is invited to make intuitive and spontaneous associations between the works, passing through a wide variety of media, such as photography and video, spatial interventions, paintings and sculptures.

Artists involved: Francis Alÿs, Francesco Arena, Stefano Arienti, Benni Bosetto, Mario Cresci, June Crespo, Thomas Demand, Paolo Gioli, Massimo Grimaldi, Bronwyn Katz, Esther Kläs, Oliver Laric, Tala Madani, Anna Maria Maiolino, Marisa Merz, Luca Maria Patella, Hana Miletić, Luca Monterastelli, Frida Orupabo, Pietro Roccasalva, Mario Schifano, Elisa Sighicelli, Paloma Varga Weisz, Danh Vo, Dominique White and He Xiangyu.

Contacts & Details


Wed 12pm – 8pm
Thurs 4pm – 11pm
Fri – Sun 12pm – 8pm

T: 0862 414083

MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (L’Aquila), Piazza Santa Maria Paganica, 15, 67100 L'Aquila AQ
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