Jeff Wall Actuality
I was surprised and happy to hear about the Jeff Wall exhibition in Milan, the first one in Italy. Curated by former curator of the Art Biennale of Venice Francesco Bonami and strongly supported by Culture Deputy Mayor of Milan Stefano Boeri, the exhibition is an extraordinary event on the not really exciting Italian art landscape, but this is not interesting. Let’s concentrate on the pictures and on the exhibition as such.
Dictionary says actuality is about reality in time, is about true existence, conditions, circumstances and state if fact. A suitable title for any exhibition of Jeff Wall pictures, but what is the actual meaning of actuality in Milan’s PAC now? What was it supposed to be?
My feeling about the exhibition is twofold. On one side exhibits are first class: a good mix of classic “lightboxes”, some small series of compositions and even some outsider site specific works, with Italian background. Good choice.
Staying in front of Morning cleaning, Mimic, In front of a nightclub, Insomnia is always a great privilege.
Discovering some other masterpieces for the first time, like Young man wet in rain is exciting.
The small series and detail pictures are a mindful change of rhythm.
The few pictures of women in nineteenth-century clothing extend the range of the intended actuality into the upper class. These women are carefully immersed in their world, like in a fishbowl. Or are we in a fishbowl looking at them outside and unable to listen what they say?
These is the kind of thoughts I have as visitor. Reading the inspired texts by Bonami and Boeri I get more information and motivation.
On the other side around the pictures the exhibition at PAC provides a wasteland, a screaming silence, a pneumatic vacuum which can be subject to different interpretations as well.
Is it the due distance to enjoy the large format lightboxes and let them be in dialogue with each other and the visitor?
It is that at lunch break during the furniture fair, when all the design showrooms and municipal museums are open for free, nobody wants to go to see Jeff Wall’s pictures?
Am I the only idiot being inside a gallery and not enjoying the first sun of a long awaited spring? As I showed in another visit the park in front of PAC is one of its nicest features.
Actually I don’t miss any more visitors, but I just miss any kind of exhibition design, any dialogue between the beautiful pictures and the beautiful architecture which contains them.
Going to the exhibition I was wondering why Jeff Wall cancelled his announced participation to the opening on the 19th of March. Now I wonder if he might have been disappointed about the way pictures were just hanging on the wall. Like this.
dal 19 marzo al 9 giugno 2013
lunedì: 14.30 – 19.30
martedì, mercoledì, venerdì, sabato e domenica 09.30 – 19.30
giovedì 09.30 – 22.30
* ultimo ingresso un’ora prima della chiusura
31 marzo e 1 aprile (Pasqua e Pasquetta) 09.30 – 19.30
25 aprile 09.30 – 22.30
1 maggio 09.30 – 19.30
2 giugno 09.30 – 22.30
More info on the official exhibition website www.jeffwallmilano.it