Gauguin. Tales from Paradise
Museo delle Culture di Milano
via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milano, Italy

MUDEC, The Museo delle Culture di Milano, will be hosting the exhibition ‘Gauguin. Tales from Paradise ‘, organized by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 Ore in collaboration with the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek of Copenhagen, and curated by Line Clausen Pedersen and Flemming Friborg, respectively the curator of the Department of French Art and the Director of the Glyptotek. The hosting of the event has been made possible through the support of the international asset management company M&G Investment.

The Glyptotek collection of works by Paul Gauguin is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and this exhibition features no less than 35 of the Danish museum’s Gauguins – along with significant works by Cézanne, Pissarro and Van Gogh. It is the first time that such a large part of the Glyptotek Gauguin collection is displayed outside of the museum. Among its highlights is Vahine no te Tiare (Woman with a Flower), one of the first paintings which the artist sent back to France from Tahiti in 1891, as an ambassador of a new and radical art, “made in Polynesia”.

The exhibition features approximately 70 works, including some outstanding masterpieces on loan in Italy for the first time: the Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ from the Musèe d’Orsay in Paris bears witness to Paul Gauguin’s fascination with “primitive” art and stands as a manifesto of the painter’s suffering and effort to affirm his own artistic vision; Mahana no atua (Day of the God) from the Art Institute of Chicago was painted in Paris in an interval between Gauguin’s sojourns in Tahiti and illustrates how the influence of images and memories of a primeval and more authentic world, as well as the mingling of different iconographic sources, constitutes a key element in the artist’s oeuvre.

To these works one may add the ten zincographs of the Volpini Suite, one of the most striking proofs of Gauguin’s artistic standing and a work which may be regarded as a manifesto of his basic artistic ideas. It is precisely by confronting some of the artist’s masterpieces with his sources of inspiration that the exhibition aims at demonstrating his particular and original approach to Primitivism.

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