A Love Meal, on view at The Whitechapel Gallery, is the third in a series of displays of rarely-seen works from the collection of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The display brings together installations, sculptures and film which explore portraiture and the construction of identity.
The centrepiece is Cuban-born artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres‘s “Untitled” (A Love Meal) (1992). This iconic sculpture of the 1990s consists of a hanging ribbon of 42 illuminated light bulbs created to memorialise the artist’s partner. Polish artist Pawel Althamer‘s life-size sculpture “Selfportrait” (1993) depicts a hyperrealistic version of the artist in old age. “Modello di Campo 6” (1996) by German artist Tobias Rehberger includes 15 handmade vases designed for a group exhibition at GAM Torino in Turin. Other higlights in the display include “120 Days” (2002) by Mexican-born Damián Ortega consisting of 120 different versions of cola bottles created by local glass blowers in Tuscany.
The exhibition also includes a collective video work “ABLO” (2010) made by Dafne Boggeri, Riccardo Giacconi, Sabina Grasso, Antonio Guiotto, Domenico Mangano, Diego Marcon, Patrizio Di Massimo, Patrizia Monzani, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, Gianluca and Massimiliano do Serio.
The presentation of the collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ongoing programme of opening up collections that are rarely seen by the public in the UK.