John M Armleder
Untitled (FS), 1998
Twenty-two fluorescent tubes
42 x 325 x 160 cm | 16 x 128 x 63 in

Francesco De Prezzo
Untitled, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 165 cm | 79 x 63 in


curated by Friederike Nymphius
May - October, 2021
Cassina Projects




curated by Friederike Nymphius

May 14 - October 2, 2021



John M Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, Martin Boyce, Valentin Carron, Andrew Dadson, N. Dash, Philippe Decrauzat, Francesco De Prezzo, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Manuel Fois, Liam Gillick, Fernanda Gomes, Francesco João, Tarik Kiswanson, Alicja Kwade, Beth Letain, Meuser, Gerold Miller, Olivier Mosset, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Monika Sosnowska, Blair Thurman, Tatiana Trouvé, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig


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Francesco de Prezzo has consistently reduced his painting practice to very few elements: the canvas and the non-colours black and white, hence neutralizing colour and ground. Reducing the pictorial resources in this way makes the visual experience central: his paintings perform the function of making invisible things visible.


Francesco de Prezzo dives deeply into the formal dimension of painting. Sometimes he resolves it by connecting his works to installative elements creating a tension with the very space in which they act. For the artist, the pictorial work is therefore also a pretext to investigate questions linked to the perception of the image or its parameters, returning also to the proposition that painting - especially in the field of minimalism and conceptualism - is a very much self-reflective medium. His paintings deliver meaning without many formal devices, and investigate the nature of the medium itself. Analogies to Yves Klein's proceeding from a blue monochrome to the blank space are imposed: both artists try to carry their art out into the world, ignoring the limits of any frame or gallery space. Art, the immaterial “...doesn't have borders nor dimensions. It is everywhere, nowhere; in the past, present and the future.” (Yves Klein, Paris, 1958)