Curated by Roberta Tenconi / April – September 2018
In the Seventies, Matt Mullican (1951, Santa Monica) became one of the first to introduce hypnosis as a performative practice in contemporary artistic language. In his work, the artist examines the relationship between reality and perception, breaking down the paradigms of everyday life.
In addition to projects exploring the subconscious, Mullican also developed the use of various media, including drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation.
The exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca is a major retrospective that combines both new and historic works, designed to fully immerse the viewer in the artist’s world. Numerous institutions have devoted solo exhibitions to Mullican, including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1998); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto (2000); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2001); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2005); Drawing Center, New York (2008); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011). His works have been presented at three editions of Documenta (1982, 1993, 1997); Whitney Biennial and São Paulo Biennial (2008); Gwanju Biennale (2010); Venice Biennale (2013).