The title of the exhibition on display is Sturtevant Sturtevant.
Sturtevant Sturtevant is the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution devoted to Sturtevant (1924-2014), one of the XX century’s most influential artists. Beginning with its title, in which the artist’s name is repeated twice, the exhibition, has been constructed around the concept and practice of repetition, understood as a collective device in which the uniqueness of the subject is merged with other possible personalities. In her repetitions of works by other artists, she pioneered, over the last fifty years possible ways of overcoming the jurisdiction of copyright, the idea of intellectual property and the supposed uniqueness of the creator subject. Sturtevant began to “repeat” the works of some of the most iconic artists who were her contemporaries. They are therefore never copies but so many originals, being thought in action which focuses on a field of experience in art whose essence she comes to analyze, destabilizing its order of representation and designation.
The exhibition at the Madre also devotes great attention to the video production of the last fifteen years, presenting all the major video and filmic works by the artist.