Giulio Paolini (Genoa, 1940. He lives in Turin).
A main figure in conceptual art, Paolini began his activity in Turin in 1960. His poetics focuses on issues that question the conception, occurrence and vision of the work of art. From his first investigations around the constituent elements of painting, his attention was subsequently oriented on the exhibition act, on looking at the piece as a catalogue of its own possibilities, as well as on the figure of the author and his/her lack of contact with the work , which pre-exists and transcends him/her.
Paolini’s most relevant anthological exhibitions include those at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2005); Prada Foundation, Milan (2003); Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz (1998); National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome (1988); Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1986); Nouveau Musée by Villeurbanne (1984); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1980). He was invited to four editions of Documenta, Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992) and nine editions of the Venice Biennale (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2013). Paolini also created sets and costumes for the theatre, in particular with Carlo Quartucci in the 1980s and with Federico Tiezzi for two works by Wagner in the 2000s.