HangarBicocca, the contemporary art space in Milan promoted and supported by Pirelli, presents Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time, an exhibition devoted to the American artist who helped trace out new avenues in the history of contemporary art.
Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time spectacular and intimate at the same time, offers an unprecedented opportunity to examine the work of the late Mike Kelley (Detroit, 1954 – Los Angeles, 2012), focusing on his installations, videos and sculptures mainly from 2000 to 2006, a period of enormous creative maturity in his career. The works included are of great intensity and perfectly represent the complex, visionary universe of the artist, who is considered one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and a role model for the new generations of artists.
The exhibition has been conceived as a way of coming to grips with the artist’s complex and highly diverse body of work, while simultaneously creating the opportunity to examine the fascinating web of cultural aspects and autobiographical memories that are so engrained in his art. These include his relationship with education, his links with modernist architecture, his view of the tradition of painting and of American literature, and his approach to the vernacular, popular culture, youthful initiatory rites and styles of musical subcultures.