Turi Simeti

Paris, Matignon

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Press release

Almine Rech in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti is pleased to present the first posthumous exhibition of Italian artist Turi Simeti (1929 – 2021), in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti, on view from January 6 to February 12, 2022.

Turi Simeti is widely recognized as one of the last representatives of the generation of Milanese artists who shook up Italian art during the second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will reflect signature elements of Turi Simeti’s career, conceived to celebrate the full scope of his artistic legacy.

Turi Simeti’s use of pure, saturated tones such as red or yellow is embodied in this selection of late works, created between 2014 and 2018. His works have a sculptural aspect, utilizing an oval shape made of wood that creates volume on the canvas. This signature technique produces different relief patterns on the surface of his paintings that invite a play of shadows and light across monochrome colors including white, black, or red. Employing the recurrent motif of the oval, Turi Simeti set out to develop an irregular writing system that would liberate the surface of the canvas from the principles of materiality, allowing nothing but silence.

Almine Rech organized several exhibitions with the artist throughout his life, including a retrospective titled Le Choix du Signe curated by Natacha Carron in Brussels in 2015. The same year, Almine Rech Editions published a monograph featuring an array of archival images. Turi Simeti’s work was also shown at Almine Rech Shanghai as part of the 2020 exhibition Spring and in Abstraction(s) at the Song Art Museum in Beijing in 2019, curated by Nicolas Trembley.

A full press release by Valérie Da Costa, art historian, art critic and curator, will follow.