• Curated by Alberto Salvadori

    03.03.2021

    26.03.2021

CHARLES ATLAS. OMINOUS, GLAMOROUS, MOMENTOUS, RIDICULOUS

 

Fondazione ICA Milano finally welcomes back its public and presents CHARLES ATLAS. OMINOUS, GLAMOROUS, MOMENTOUS, RIDICULOUS, the first solo exhibition in an Italian institution dedicated to Charles Atlas (St. Louis, 1949), internationally renowned filmmaker and video-artist.

The show, set up in February 2021, never opened due to the Covid-19 emergency and has been the subject of a digital campaign shared on Facebook and Instagram thanks to a virtual path in chapters.

Curated by Alberto Salvadori and developed in close collaboration with Charles Atlas, the exhibition presents new and recent works alongside historical pieces, contextualizing the most significant periods of the artist’s oeuvre in an installation that will transform the foundation into an immersive environment. 

Atlas is well known for his innovative and groundbreaking video-based practice. For more than forty years he has explored the dialogue between different disciplines such as video, dance, and performance. His work has stretched the boundaries of film and video, including installations, documentaries, works for television, multimedia projects, and live performances.

Following the exhibitions by Masbedo and Simone Forti, Fondazione ICA Milano continues the focus on investigations related to the themes of the living and the body. By presenting work which uses performance and video art as an expressive means and research tool, Atlas’ show carries through April 2020 this shared thread which has characterized the exhibition program since the start of the Fondazione.

The show will be available to the public for 12 days, from Wednesday to Friday, and will close on Friday 26th of March.
In order to guarantee the public' safety and assure the respect of the regulations in force, please book your visit exclusively by email: rsvp@icamilano.it.

 

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Charles Atlas

Atlas was born in St. Louis, MO in 1949; he has lived and worked in New York City since the early 1970s. Recent solo exhibitions include The Kitchen, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; De Hallen, Haarlem; Bloomberg SPACE, London; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2017, the Hammer Museum acquired Atlas’ five-channel video installation with sound entitled The Tyranny of Consciousness, which had been recently featured in Viva Arte Viva, the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. Atlas’ work is included in the permanent collections of major institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; and De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands. In 2017, Atlas and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener premiered Tesseract, a new two-part work consisting of a stereoscopic 3D film and dance performance with live cinematic mixing. In September 2019 Atlas will unveil a new commission for Art on theMART, the piece will span across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART in Chicago.

CHARLES ATLAS. OMINOUS, GLAMOROUS, MOMENTOUS, RIDICULOUS

Charles Atlas, Hail the New Puritan, 1986, 16mm film transferred to video, sound; duration: 84’54’’. © Charles Atlas; Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Charles Atlas, The Waning of Justice, 2015. Installation view at Fondazione ICA Milano. Courtesy Fondazione ICA Milano and Charles Atlas. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas, The Waning of Justice, 2015. Installation view at Fondazione ICA Milano. Courtesy Fondazione ICA Milano and Charles Atlas. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas, The Waning of Justice, 2015. Installation view at Fondazione ICA Milano. Courtesy Fondazione ICA Milano and Charles Atlas. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas, I Am Beautiful, 2020. Installation view at Fondazione ICA Milano. Courtesy Fondazione ICA Milano and Charles Atlas. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas, I Am Beautiful, 2020. Installation view at Fondazione ICA Milano. Courtesy Fondazione ICA Milano and Charles Atlas. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas. Ominous, Glamorous, Momentous, Ridiculous, installation view, Fondazione ICA Milano, 2020. Ph. Filippo Armellin

Charles Atlas. Ominous, Glamorous, Momentous, Ridiculous, installation view, Fondazione ICA Milano, 2020. Ph. Filippo Armellin

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Opening

CONNESSIONI INVENTIVE 2021

A cura di Luigi Fassi e Alberto Salvadori

Progetti speciali

CONNESSIONI INVENTIVE 2021

A cura di Luigi Fassi e Alberto Salvadori

Progetti speciali

CONNESSIONI INVENTIVE 2021

A cura di Luigi Fassi e Alberto Salvadori

Progetti speciali

CONNESSIONI INVENTIVE 2021

A cura di Luigi Fassi e Alberto Salvadori