Furla Foundation and GAM-Galleria d'Arte Moderna are pleased to present Misfits , an exhibition by Nairy Baghramian curated by Bruna Roccasalva .
Nairy Baghramian's first solo show in an Italian institution, Misfits is the new exhibition project of the Furla Series , the program of exhibitions promoted by Fondazione Furlaand created in collaboration with the most important Italian museums. The project summarizes some of the constitutive elements of the artist's work: from the interest in crossing and rethinking the boundary between inside and outside, to the analysis of the relationship that binds the aesthetic object and the institutional framework that hosts it.///
For Baghramian every work of art, despite its substantial autonomy, is linked to the time, place and political-social fabric in which it is inserted, and the idea of Misfitsit arises precisely from the specific urban context in which the GAM is located, an English garden that has the particularity of being accessible to adults only if accompanied by children. The contrasting suggestions aroused by a context that refers to a protected and playful universe like the childish one, but which at the same time generates a sense of frustration for the restrictions on its accessibility, were the prerequisite for the creation of Misfits.
Hybridizing the idea of play as an educational device with a reflection on the aesthetic experience of inadequacy and imperfection, Baghramian has created a series of large-scale sculptures formally conceived to inhabit both the internal and external spaces of the museum.
The exhibition itinerary is divided into five rooms, each of which houses a sculptural element, and continues on the terrace adjacent to the rooms. Each of the works on display is made up of two halves, made with different materials - cast aluminum and wood for the elements found inside, marble for those outside - and installed as if they were disjoint parts of a possible whole. The decomposed elements of these sculptures seem to evoke the typical structure of certain playful objects based on the interlocking of geometric shapes.
From childhood we are educated to assemble elements with perfect joints and thus to develop a model of thought according to which everything must necessarily match another. Baghramian's sculptures deny this supposed coincidence: their forms do not fit together perfectly, on the contrary they offer the experience of error as the only possible one, inviting us to discover beauty precisely in their imperfect juxtaposition.
The impossible joints of these sculptures become the starting point for questioning how disappointment, inadequacy and imperfection are not only part of the formation of each individual, but can also have an autonomous raison d'etre as formal manifestations.
Furla Series - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfitsis the result of the collaboration between the Furla Foundation and the GAM-Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan , with the generous contribution of the Henraux Foundation for the production of the marble works.
Nairy Baghramian is a visual artist born in 1971 in Iran. In 1984 she moved to Berlin where she currently lives and works. He has exhibited with solo exhibitions at major museums including: MUDAM, Luxembourg (2019); Festival d'Automne in Paris at École des Beaux-Arts (2018); Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2018); SMK, Copenhagen (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); SMAK, Ghent (2016); Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (2015); Serralves Museum, Porto (2014); Art Institute of Chicago (2014); Serpentine Gallery with Phyllida Barlow (2010); Studio Voltaire, London (2009); Kunsthalle Basel (2006). He has participated in biennials and important international exhibition events including: Performa 19, New York (2019); Venice Biennale (2019 and 2011); Yorkshire Sculpture International (2019); documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017 and 2007); 14th Biennial of Lyon (2017); Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012); Berlin Biennale (2014 and 2008). Baghramian was among the finalists of the Hugo Boss Prize 2020 and has received numerous awards: Malcolm-McLaren-Award with Maria Hassabi (2019); Zurich Art Prize (2016); Arnold-Bode Prize, Kassel (2014); Hector Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim (2012); Ernst Schering Foundation Award (2007). His personal exhibitions will soon be presented in various institutions: Secession, Vienna (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2022); Carré d'Art, Nîmes (2022); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2022). His works are in collection at prestigious museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Solomon Guggenheim Collection, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Modern, London; MUDAM Luxembourg; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Jumex Museum, Mexico City; Nasher Art Center, Dallas; Art Institute Chicago.