Giulio Paolini (b. 1940) is an Italian artist born in Genoa and based in Turin. He is widely regarded as one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation, with a cohesive multi-media practice that explores and investigates the relationship between the artwork, the viewer, and the artist.
Paolini’s work often features mirrors, frames, and other objects that call attention to the act of looking and the construction of meaning in art. He is also known for his use of classical and mythological imagery, which he often combines with contemporary elements to create a dialogue between past and present. He has exhibited his work extensively worldwide and he participated in several editions of Documenta and the Venice Biennale.
As well as a vast number of solo and group exhibitions and an extensive bibliography, Paolini has received numerous awards and accolades during his career, including, most recently, the Japanese Praemium Imperiale for painting in 2022.
He has had solo shows in major international institutions such as the Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MACRO, Rome; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; MAMCO, Geneva; Fundação C. Gulbenkian, Lisbon; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
MoMA, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London.
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