Matt Mullican – « The Feeling of Things » (retrospective) – Curated by Roberta Tenconi – HangarBicocca, Milan – 12 April – 16 September 2018 – Opening Wednesday 11 April 2018, 7 pm.

“The Feeling of Things” is the first major retrospective by Matt Mullican (born 1951 in Santa Monica, California) in Italy.

In a continuous attempt to explain and structure what is around him, Mullican has been working since the 1970s to develop a complex system of models and vocabulary that he calls the “five worlds,” corresponding to different levels of perception and represented by five colors: green for physical, material elements; blue for everyday life (the “world unframed”); yellow where objects become valuable, as in art (the “world framed”); black and white for language and symbols; and red for subjectivity and ideas.

For Pirelli HangarBicocca, the artist has designed a massive sculptural structure that takes its shape from his most iconic five-color-cosmologies, occupying nearly the entire 3,500 square meter exhibition space. Visitors are invited to enter the structure to discover thousands of meticulously arranged works and objects. Representing an extremely rich selection of Mullican’s seminal works from the 1970s as well as more recent times, they include paintings, rubbings, banners, glass sculptures, works on paper, videos, lightboxes, floor pieces and bigger installations and explore the most hermetic aspects of human life.

Image: Matt Mullican Exhibition view, Le Magasin, Grenoble, 1990 Courtesy the artist, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich Photo: Georg Resteiger, Geneva

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