Don’t Shoot the Painter.
Paintings from the UBS Art Collection
The exhibition that UBS is staging with Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Milan and the Milan City Council is all about the paintings. The show is a feature of the multi-year partnership between the Swiss financial institution and the Milanese Museum.
The show features 110 paintings from one the world’s widest corporate collections. The paintings on display have been selected by Francesco Bonami for one of the biggest ever exhibitions of works from the UBS collection. The exhibition encompasses works by internationally renowned artists that have never been displayed in such a comprehensive show. Among these: John Baldessari, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michaël Borremans, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Gilbert & George, Katharina Grosse, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, and Christopher Wool.
The phrase, “Don’t shoot the painter,” references classic western movies, comparing the painter to a saloon pianist. When the ideas and languages of art become too confused and make it difficult to understand the meaning of individual elements, painting focuses everyone’s attention on what we can all understand and interpret, just like a pianist’s music brings peace back to the room at the end of western movies. So - don’t shoot the painter! Listen to his music!
The paintings, some of which date back to the 1960’s, will be on display on the ground floor of Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano in a suggestive setting aiming at creating a unique experience for visitors, who will feel they are walking through the halls of a classic art gallery. The presentation reflects the heritage of the museum, where the paintings acquire new meaning when placed in dialogue with other paintings. The exhibition concept aims at exploring and paying tribute to painting in our modern era, celebrating its central role in the history of art and disseminating its importance among the audience for the first time on a unique and exclusive occasion.
UBS & h+
Since 2013 h+ has worked with UBS on the project UBS Next Art, a rich program of cultural initiatives for the city of Milan. At the heart of the program stands the multi-year partnership with the Modern Art Gallery of Milan that includes restoration and valorization of the museum’s permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and a calendar of events open to the public. In 2014, as part of the partnership, the exibition YEAR AFTER YEAR. Works on paper from the UBS Art Collection, curated by Francesco Bonami, was held at the Gallery. The second exhibition from the UBS Art Collection, in which the curator, Francesco Bonami, chose to explore the role of paintings in contemporary art, was held in 2015.
h+ was responsible for:
Concept development – Content Elaboration - Relations with Institutions - Planning, organization and management of the project – Exhibitions production - Management of relationship with the curator - Department coordination - Organizational secretary - Inaugural event concept and production – Set-up coordination - Corporate image