Emilio Vedova Historical Survey
18 October 2018 – 5 January 2019
Thaddaeus Ropac presented the first historical survey of Venetian artist Emilio Vedova in France, in collaboration with the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova in Venice.
Emilio Vedova, Historical Survey spanned the years 1950 to 1985 with a special focus on the early 1980s, a period considered the acme of his career. The exhibition featured representative works, mainly painting and a selection of sculptures, from his most acclaimed series, including Plurimi (1961–63), ...Cosiddetti Carnevali '77/'83 (1977–83), Da Dove (1984), Di Umano (1985) and Oltre (1985)
Emilio Vedova (b. Venice, 1919–2006) is regarded as one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century. He was a politically engaged artist who believed revolutionary art had to be abstract. He pushed painting into new territories with his visceral and gestural works that engage the viewer and redefine the space they inhabit. His expressive strokes and smears of paint convey a raw and violent reaction to the political reality of the post-war period.