Curated by: Giuliana Altea, Antonella Camarda
Peter Halley, a pivotal figure in the American Neo-conceptualism of the 1980s, is known for his geometric painting alluding to the social spaces of late capitalism and their dimension of confinement, isolation, and surveillance. "Cells," "prisons, and "conduits" - recurring motifs in his work since the Eighties - relate to the rigid and angular structures of corporate skyscrapers, as well as to computer microchips, electrical circuits, and the internet's infinite connections. His vision of the contemporary world, influenced by thinkers such as Foucault and Baudrillard, is steeped in pessimism. However, his language is electrifying, vitalistic, full of overwhelming energy.
Starting in the 1990s, Halley began to transform the architectural space through digitally generated mural works, sometimes developed in collaboration with other artists. The project created for Museo Nivola focuses on this aspect of his work: Halley will completely transform the museum's temporary exhibition space's walls, in tune with the mission of Museo Nivola, an institution dedicated to Costantino Nivola, one of the protagonists of the movement for a "synthesis of the arts" at mid-century. The relationship between art, architecture, and design, investigated in a series of past exhibitions on masters of Italian design such as Andrea Branzi, Michele de Lucchi, and Alessandro Mendini - the latter a former collaborator of Halley in a memorable series of installations - is once more at the center of the museum's program.