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Dennis Oppenheim “Church, opera prima”

On Saturday 14th November, one of the most important works of DENNIS OPPENHEIM will be on show at Gallery Six: the first work of "Church".  The project of 1967, realized in wood in 1989 and then presented in large dimensions at the Venice Biennale in 1997.

An overturned church, resting on the tip of the bell tower, intent on overturning the spaces and functions, to upset the traditional vision of the observer who will be faced with the unexpected and the unpredictable.

In fact, his sculptures do not tend towards a consolatory vision, but rather to develop a renewed vitalistic energy with the environmental context.

Dennis Oppenheim's artistic trajectory has always been characterized by his incorrigible discontinuity and his universe appears unstable, motivated then as now by intense curiosity.

DENNIS OPPENHEIM (born in 1938, US), sculptor and builder, who has contributed since the 1960s in a decisive way to changing the languages of contemporary art because, having abandoned environmental and body art experiences, he has imposed himself for an autonomous and completely personal poetics, in a continuous metamorphosis capable of questioning the established rules of art and architecture.

His first solo exhibition dates back to 1968 and was organized by the John Gibson Gallery in New York.

Since then, exhibitions have been held in major museums and foundations around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

On June 28, 2009 he had a large solo exhibition at the Marta Herford Museum in Herford, Germany.

His works are present in the most important public collections: -SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (Belgium).

-Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London

-Museum of Contemporary Art Castello di Rivoli, Turin
-MOMA in New York

-Schaulager, Munchenstein / Basel and Kunstmuseum Basel (Basel)

-Centre Pompidou - Musee National d Art Moderne, Paris

-National Museum of Contemporary Art -EMST (Athens)

-ARTIUM Centro-Museum Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria- Gasteiz (Spain)

The exhibition will close its doors on Friday, December 11, 2009.

Dennis Oppenheim “Church, opera prima”

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Sabato 14 novembre in mostra alla Galleria Six uno dei lavori piu importanti di DENNIS OPPENHEIM: l’opera prima di “Church” , dal progetto del 1967, realizzata in legno nell‘ 89 e presentata poi in grandi dimensioni alla Biennale di Venezia del 1997.

Una chiesa rovesciata, che poggia sulla punta del campanile, intenta a ribaltare gli spazi e le funzioni, a sconvolgere la visione tradizionale dell’osservatore che si trovera di fronte all’imprevisto e all’imprevedibile.

Le sue sculture non tendono infatti ad una visione consolatoria, quanto a sviluppare una rinnovata energia vitalistica con il contesto ambientale.

La traiettoria artistica di Dennis Oppenheim e sempre stata caratterizzata dalla sua incorreggibile discontinuita e il suo universo appare instabile, motivato allora come oggi, da una intensa curiosita.

DENNIS OPPENHEIM (classe 1938, US), scultore e costruttore, che ha contribuito fin dagli anni sessanta in maniera determinante a modificare i linguaggi dell’arte contemporanea poiche, abbandonate le esperienze ambientali e della body art, si e imposto per una poetica autonoma e del tutto personale, in una metamorfosi continua in grado di mettere in discussione le regole costituite dell’arte e dell’architettura.

La sua prima mostra personale risale al 1968 ed e stata organizzata dalla John Gibson Gallery di New York.

Da allora si sono svolte mostre nei principali musei e fondazioni del mondo tra cui la Tate Gallery di Londra lo Stedelijk Museum di Amsterdam; il Whitney Museum of American Art e il Museum of Modern Art di New York; il Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Il 28 giugno 2009 si e conclusa una sua ampia personale al Marta Herford Museum di Herford in Germania.

Le sue opere sono presenti nelle piu importanti collezioni pubbliche: -SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (Belgio)

-Tate Britain e Tate Modern di Londra

-Museo d’arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Torino

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-MOMA di New York

-Schaulager, Munchenstein / Basel e Kunstmuseum Basel (Basilea)

-Centre Pompidou - Musee National d Art Moderne, Parigi

-National Museum of Contemporary Art –EMST (Atene)

-ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de arte contemporaneo, Vitoria- Gasteiz (Spagna)

La mostra chiudera i battenti venerdi 11 dicembre 2009.

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