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Title
Mimesi (Mimesis)
Date
1976-1988
Dimensions
each w/ base 108 × 24.5 × 19.5 inches
Materials
plaster
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1996.179.1-.3
Style
Arte Povera
Edition
1/3
Physical Description
two identical plaster casts of Apollo
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1996

object label Giulio Paolini, Mimesi (Mimesis) (1976-1988) Walker Art Center, 1998

Giulio Paolini has long been associated with Arte Povera (“poor art”), a movement that emerged in Italy in the mid-1960s. These artists broke with tradition by focusing on process over product and by making their work from nontraditional materials such as found objects, plants, and other organic substances.

In his sculpture, Giulio Paolini explores the structure and function of art itself, as well as the principles of looking and seeing. Mimesiis a pair of plaster casts made from 18th-century copies of Roman statues that were themselves adapted from Greek originals. The sculpture–whose title is a plural form of the word “mimesis” or “imitation”–presents a debased version of the ancient mythology that is still so present in contemporary Italy, and comments on the well-established tradition of artistic appropriation. By making the elements of the sculpture “look at” each other, Paolini prompts us to question our own habits of seeing and our visual relationship to the art object.

Label text for Giulio Paolini, Mimesi (Mimesis) (1976-1988), from the exhibition Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, December 8, 1996 to April 4, 1999.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center