By Melanie Lee
The Parkview Museum’s latest exhibition, “Challenging Beauty – Insights into Italian Contemporary Art”, features an eclectic range of Italian contemporary art from the private collection of late Parkview Group chairman, George Wong.
This is the first major Italian contemporary art exhibition to be held in Singapore. Curated by acclaimed curator and art historian Lorand Hegyi, the show features Italian artworks from the 1960s until today. They are organised historically according to the artistic movements of Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, New Roman School, as well as artistic positions of younger generations from the 1990s and 2000s.
“The exhibition is called ‘Challenging Beauty’ because beauty is an Italian obsession and this is a collection of Italian art. At the same time, Italian contemporary art has been challenging collective notions of beauty these past few decades and revealing different types of beauty such as inner beauty, dramatic beauty, sublime beauty, the beauty of fear and even the beauty of war,” Hegyi explains.
The curator also tells us more about some of the works you will see at “Challenging Beauty”.