Recto Verso at Fondazione Prada, through February 14, 2016

“The Western art tradition has mainly conceived of paintings as frontal (“recto”) artifacts. The back (“verso”) carries significantly less cultural meaning, destined to remain beyond the public’s view, and only visible to the artists themselves or staff at museums and galleries. In this exhibition, artists over the course of two centuries to today counter this convention by flipping the back to the front.” — Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 1

Left: Giulio Paolini, La Decima Musa, 1966, Three triangular canvas. Right: Giulio Paolini, Alceo, 1960, Three triangular canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 2

Left: Alberto Burri, Plastica 8, 1963, Plastic and combustion. Right: Alberto Burri, Plastica, 1962, Plastic and combustion on aluminum frame. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 18

From left to right: Giulio Paolini, Antologia, 1974, Two stretched canvases and art shows invitations. Giulio Paolini, Senza titolo, 1964, Paper on masonite board. Llyn Foulkes, To mother a letter from Bart, 2004 – 2011, Mixed media on canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 19

From left to right: Llyn Foulkes, To mother a letter from Bart, 2004 – 2011, Mixed media on canvas. Giulio Paolini, Senza titolo, 1964, Paper on masonite board. Giulio Paolini, Antologia, 1974, Two stretched canvases and art shows invitations. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 20

Recto Verso Exhibition view at Fondazione Prada – Milano. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 8

Roy Lichtenstein, Stretcher frame with vertical bar, 1968, Oil and magna on canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 5

Giulio Paolini, Antologia, 1974, Two stretched canvases and art shows invitations. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 21

Left: Louis Cane, Sol / Mur, 1974, Spray on canvas. Right: Daniel Dezeuze, Châssis avec feuille de plastique tendue, 1967, Wood and plastic. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 16

Ian Wallace, Support Surface, 2007, Photolaminate and acrylic on canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 15

Left: Ian Wallace, Support Surface, 2007, Photolaminate and acrylic on canvas. Right: Carla Accardi, Grande trasparente, 1976, Sicofoil on wooden stretcher. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 13

Left: Thomas Demand, Leuchtkasten / Lightbox. Edition 1/6 mspm tde 10815/td 62 1/l, 2004, Chromogenic print and Diasec. Right: Luca Bertolo, Melancholic Landscape, 2014, Oil and acrylic on canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 11

Left: Philippe Gronon, Verso n.38, Nymphéas par Claude Monet, collection du musée d’art moderne de Saint Etienne, 2009, Pigment Print. Right: Louis-Léopold Boilly, Le Chat gourmand crévant une toile pour manger des harengs, First half of the XIX Cent., Oil on canvas. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 14

Left: Gianfranco Baruchello, Grande truncops giallo, 1960/61, Mixed media on wood in a plexiglas case. Right: Matts Leiderstam, Kat. Nr. 1356 (Unknow Unknow), 2014, Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin Paper. Matts Leiderstam, Kat. Nr. 0313 (Unknown Unknown), 2014, Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin Paper. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 9

Left: Matts Leiderstam, Kat. Nr. 1356 (Unknow Unknow), 2014, Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin Paper. Right: Matts Leiderstam, Kat. Nr. 0313 (Unknown Unknown), 2014, Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin Paper. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 30

Pierre Toby, Rwoney Rose / Dusseldorf and clean glass/ Black, 2008-2010, Oil on glass and painting for block board. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 27

Sarah Charlesworth, Camera with Yellow (Edition of 8, with 2 Aps), 2009, Two panels Fuji Crystal Archive Print with lacquered frame. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 28

Dóra Maurer, Overlappings No8, 2008, Acrylic, canvas, board. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Recto Verso 31

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Un libro, il lato letterario del quadro, 1970, 31 panels. Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani Studio. Courtesy Fondazione Prada

Images courtesy Fondazione Prada