This retrospective is the first exhibition in Italy devoted to one of the most interesting and ironic artists on the contemporary scene, and one whose work has revolutionised the very concept of sculpture, using common objects and undermining their meaning. The exhibition offers a sweeping overview of his highly diversified artistic production and the show will be given a unique touch by the interaction between his works and the spaces of HangarBicocca. Damián Ortega started out as a political cartoonist. His work explores particular conditions and issues of the present day, particularly as regards the way regional culture can influence mass consumerism.
Using a number of different media, he often undermines the meaning and function of objects, revealing their implicit and symbolic aspects. At the same time, he also investigates the essential forms of sculpture, overturning the classic conception of it as something solid, monolithic and finished. Solo exhibitions of his works have been held at the Barbican, London (2010), The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2009), and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008) and he has taken part in the Sao Paulo Biennale (2006) and the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2013).
Till 8 November 2015
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