Andy Warhol in the Closet – Villa Croce
Villa Croce returns to being a private home decorated with design furniture hosting more than eighty works from an extraordinary Genovese collection never publicly exhibited with the show Andy Warhol in the Closet, Works from the Collection of Rosetta Barabino opening on April 1 2015. The works rigorously selected with a visionary outlook on the developments of contemporary art, are the result of a passion Rosetta Barabino shared with her youngest son that in more than thirty years took them visiting galleries and contemporary exhibitions in all of Italy.
The show presents works by seventy Italian and International artists from Andy Warhol to Carl Andre, from Donald Judd to Cy Twombly, from Dan Flavin to Robert Morris, with Joseph Beuys, Olafur Eliasson, Cindy Sherman, Gordon Matta-Clark, Takashi Murakami, Ettore Spalletti, Ai Wei Wei and Fischli & Weiss and Yang Fudong in order to reconstruct a personal version of art history through a series of important works that installed in a modern and sophisticated domestic environment (furnished with Vitra, Molteni and Schiffini furniture) demonstrate that contemporary art can become a source of daily inspiration and a way of succesfully investing in art.
The show highlights how Genova in the ’60s and ’70s was a hub for cutting-edge and international collecting that found in American Minimalism the crux of contemporary research. In the words of visionary international art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, mentor to an important part of the collection:
“Madame Barabino belongs to that small élite of visionary collectors who sustaining avant-garde artistic research, gave us young dealers the attention that was literally the oxygen on which to survive.”
The show, promoted by the Genova Municipality together with Genova Palazzo Ducale – Fondazione per la Cultura in collaboration with Civita, will be illustrated by a catalogue edited by Marsilio, that recounts the history of the collection, together with images of the show. The catalogue will present critical texts by Ilaria Bonacossa, Francesco Bonami, Luca Cerizza, together with the detailed description of the whole collection.
Villa Croce – Via J. Ruffini 3, Genova
2 April – 5 July 2015