Stop Painting, an exhibition by Peter Fischl at Fondazione Prada, Palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, May 22 – November 21, 2021

“Described by Peter Fischli as ‘a kaleidoscope of repudiated gestures’, the project explores a series of specific ruptures within the history of painting in the last 150 years, intertwined with the emergence of new social factors and cultural values. The exhibition also projects itself into the dimensions of the present and the future. It intends to understand if a further development is taking place today and if the current digital revolution can also cause a new crisis of painting or, on the contrary, contribute to its renewal.

The artist devised this exhibition as a plurality of different narratives told by himself in the first person, in a subjective tone. The show begins on the ground floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina with a new site-specific artwork by Fischli that consists of a scaled-down model of the entire project, defined by the artist as ‘a sculpture of a painting exhibition’. This work is accompanied by texts written by Fischli to illustrate each of the 10 sections of the project, which brings together more than 110 artworks by over 80 artists. Stop Painting unfolds on the first floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina following not a chronological order, but a personal and idiosyncratic approach. The display consists of a system of temporary walls that cross and cut through the spaces, passing through the thresholds that connect the different rooms. The uniform and modernist appearance of these structures is in stark contrast to the frescoed and decorated walls of the central hall on the first floor, echoing the different artistic positions expressed against the medium of painting.” — Fondazione Prada

Exhibition views of “Stop Painting” at Fondazione Prada, Venice. Photos: Marco Cappelletti. Courtesy: Fondazione Prada.