Beyond Canvas: A Discussion between Paul Schimmel and Francesca Pola
December 1, 2020

In a dramatic rejection of the materials and methods of their predecessors, Italian modern artists moved away from traditional painted surfaces, discovering new worlds of materials, forms, and meanings, beyond canvas.


Thursday 3 December, 6pm (London Time)

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To accompany our presentation at Art Basel's Online Viewing Room 'OVR: Miami Beach', 2-6 December, Robilant+Voena will host a panel discussion between Paul Schimmel and Francesca Pola, chaired by Virginia Brilliant, to explore the ways in which these pioneering Italian artists embraced unconventional materials, and the reasons behind this shift to hybrid works which are simultaneously paintings and sculptures.


Paul Schimmel is an American curator of contemporary art based in Los Angeles. From 2013 to 2017, he was a vice president and partner with the art gallery Hauser & Wirth, and a co-founder of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles. Prior to this, he served as the chief curator of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), from 1990 until 2012, where he organized numerous exhibitions, including ‘Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void 1949-1962’, which looked at twentieth-century artists' assault on the picture plane.


Francesca Pola is an historian and critic of contemporary art as well as an independent curator and art journalist. Her work focuses in particular on twentieth-century sculpture, and Italian and international art of the 1950s and 1960s. She has published and collaborated on many scholarly books and catalogues, including Agostino Bonalumi. All the Shapes of Space 1958-1976 (Robilant+Voena, London – Rizzoli-Skira, Milan 2013).



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