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#Glossary #AMBIVALENCE ⠀ An attempt to describe the double sidedness which is at the heart of beauty. The term “ambivalence” brings together three projects able to challenge a conventional idea by facing its opposite. ⠀ ⠀ 2/3 Recto Verso | Fondazione Prada Milano, 2016 ⠀ ⠀ #RectoVerso is a thematic exhibition that spotlights the hidden, forgotten or neglected phenomenon of the back of a painting. Western artistic tradition has always conceived a painting as a frontal artifact ("recto"). The back ("verso") has always been destined to remain out of public view. ⠀ In this exhibition, works from Collezione Prada or pieces on loan from major international museums have challenged this convention by overturning the concept of front and back. ⠀ ⠀ For example, the Italian artist Alberto Burri crosses the boundaries between the two surfaces and moves towards a fusion between them through the process of combustion (photo 1). His works were suspended in the centre of the exhibition space, transforming what is normally presented as flat and two-dimensional into a sculptural presence. Michelangelo Pistoletto transforms a wooden frame of a painting into a real book, where to write new and old narratives (ph 2). In the works by Louis Cane and Daniel Dezeuze - both close to the French movement of the '60s Supports /Surfaces - the image disappeares completely, leaving only the support material (ph 3/4). Roy Lichtenstein ironically represents a frame with his unmistakable Pop style (ph 5) ⠀ ⠀ #fondazioneprada #milano⠀ Ph. @delfino_sl

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