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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Alighiero Boetti, Antonio Bueno, Alberto Burri, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Mario Ceroli, Christo, Gianni Colombo, Enzo Cucchi, Dadamaino, Gino De Dominicis, Willem De Kooning, Nicola De Maria, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, David Hockney, Jiri Kolar, Osvaldo Licini, Louise Nevelson, Luciano Ori, Fabrizio Plessi, Mimmo Rotella, Lee Sung-Kuen, Cy Twombly

“Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tornabuoni Art London is proud to announce this year’s recipient of its Annual Curatorial Fellowship. Fatoş Üstek, currently Director and Chief Curator at DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation) and incoming Director at Liverpool Biennial, has been invited to curate an exhibition informed by the artworks in the Tornabuoni Art Collection. The exhibition entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Being opens on 24 April and is accompanied by a conference and a publication. While Tornabuoni Art is well-known for presenting museum-quality Italian post-war art, Üstek has looked at a wide and international array of artists in the collection, who experimented with untraditional media and new and influential artistic positions. Üstek has sought to link works through a conceptual, rather than chronological thread, juxtaposing works by artists of different generations and nationalities and creating new dialogues between them. Although Üstek is a specialist in contemporary art, she is drawn to art of the post-war period, finding that it offers fertile ground for looking at a world of social and political unrest and for exploring human relationships and tensions through the lens of artistic experimentation.

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