Rather than just being a celebration of the great works by these two artists; this exhibition is particularly interesting because it also celebrates the great friendship and mentor-ship between Baruchello and Duchamp, as their works are specifically paired in the exhibition to highlight the unique dialogue between the two.
As an iconic Italian artist, Baruchello met Duchamp in 1962 at a luncheon hosted in honor for Duchamp in Milan. After Baruchello introduced himself, the two went on a day trip to Lake Como and became close friends ever since. After Duchamp’s death, Baruchello published a book titled “Why Duchamp?” in 1985 where he “reflects on his relationship with the great French artist, on both a personal and professional level.”
Duchamp has influenced Baruchello’s idea on “simplicity and impact, influence and effortlessness of the artistic gesture, abstractions, and statements.” Whether it comes to Baruchello’s paintings, sculptures, land art, installations, videos, iconic box compositions, and large-scale canvases; they all reveal a strong sense of abstraction and communication, which goes hand in hand with Duchamp’s abstract paintings and one-object interventions.
As Baruchello’s first solo show in Asia ever, Massimo De Carlo will be presenting “a selection of works by Gianfranco Baruchello paired with works by Marcel Duchamp, illustrating the amity and dialogue between the two artists, visible throughout Baruchello’s works.” Opening on the 14th of September, the exhibition will run until the 28th of October, 2017.
Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong: 3rd Floor Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
September 15th until October 28th, 2017
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am – 7.00pm