The Centre Pompidou in Paris opens a monographic exhibition of the Italian painter Giorgio Griffa


Coinciding with our current duo show dedicated to the painters Giorgio Griffa and Claude Viallat, past Tuesday, March 1, the Center Pompidou in Paris inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the Italian painter Giorgio Griffa, with eighteen works donated by the artist to the Musée National d'Art Moderne, offering the opportunity to rediscover this figure in the history of Italian and European painting of the second half of the 20th century, barely known by the general public. Among them, the work "La Recherché" stands out, which refers to the famous French artist Marcel Proust.

"Proust lives in a time when the unknown has been exorcised, when it has become an indecent term.
The unknown is only what is not yet known, as science will work to reveal it."
Giorgio Griffa

Griffa lives and works in Turin, where he was born in 1936. In the latter half of the 1960s he began to make abstract works that were recognisable for their raw, unsized and unstretched canvases that he worked on the floor, then fixed to the wall with a series of nails along the upper edge. Thereafter, his elementary compositions combine freely and without any hierarchy, painted lines, signs, letters and numbers, which have no function other than to exist in their own right. “I don’t represent anything, I paint”, is his adopted credo, reasserting the concrete nature of painting.

Until June 27th at the Centre Pompidou in Paris