“The world is yours or better ours, we all,
the group of individuals that creates our community!!
(...) There is no flag for art and it exhalts the importance
of the individual to form a better community in a world that is ours...”
Energy and introspection animate the new solo exhibition of the artist who has enchanted the international star system and who, in the exhibition project designed for the spaces of Fondazione Stelline, reveals new aspects of his poetry, going beyond the reputation of “boxer artist” that made him famous through his very own action painting.
From 8 November 2022 to 8 January 2023 the Gallery I of the Collector's Room and the Magnolia Cloister they will be the ideal setting of the new solo exhibition who shows seven installations, composed by twenty art works, including the Map of Berlin and the Map of Milan, created for the exhibition and made with 8928 finger-painted one by one spray caps, "to put the individual first, because each of us is essential to create harmony and serenity".
The tour continues with a large installation from the new Lights series, painted over the black canvas of Breaking Through, their light emerges from the darkness as in the most classical tradition of painting, whose storm and expressive force we recognize. Again a pictorial gesture of great vitality and intensity, characterized by strong gestures. He concludes the exhibition tour in the room with the initial gesture that made him famous all over the world, with a selection of works from the series Breaking Through Black, which has 121 large paintings, like the number of rounds played by the artist during his short boxing career. The hyperrealist sculpture Michelangelo's Fist, a glove made of pure white plaster, opens this section of the exhibition. Lastly, the Magnolia Cloister will feature the installation Under the Chimneys, composed of chimneys of different sizes, including one three meters high-where, still playing on the inversion of meaning, they become our vent to the sky to return to the ground. They do not emit polluting fumes, but scents, aromas, feelings and familiar affections. The exhibition itinerary also includes the tapestry More than One, created as a special edition for Driade, displayed in the bookshop.
Hassan's language is in perfect balance, or continuously skips between classicism and experimentation, powerful and instinctive gesture and compositional reason, in an aesthetic crossover that accompanies the visitor into his world.
During the solo exhibition, will be published a catalog by the Alberto Peruzzo Foundation with a text by Giorgio Verzotti and the Installation views of the exhibition.
The exhibition is organized and promoted by the Stelline Foundation, with the patronage of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan.
Omar Hassan, was born in Milan, where he lives and works, from Italian mother and Egyptian father. He grew up in the midst of two different cultures and this gives rise to a deep curiosity in him towards the new, the different and the outside world. Obsessed and enchanted by the synthesizing pictorial gestures of the great masters such as Fontana, Pollock and Manzoni, he also places at the basis of his experimentation simple contemporary gestures that can encapsulate and narrate an entire philosophy, an entire culture or a new concept.In 2011, he participated in the Italian Pavilion of the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale. In 2016, Corriere della Sera dedicated the cover of La Lettura No. 256 to him. In 2017, during the Venice Art Biennale, he made an institutional exhibition at the Chiesetta della Misericordia in Venice. Recent exhibitions in public spaces include L'essenziale è Invisibile agli Occhi at Villa Reale in Monza in 2018, Sottosopra at PAN Palazzo delle Arti in Naples in 2020. In 2021 he realized the work The First Electric Lighting in the City of Milan 1877 for the exhibition "Muri d'Artista. Street art and urban regeneration" at the Cittadella degli Archivi in Milan.
OMAR HASSAN. THE WORLD IS O(yo)URS
8 November 2022 – 8 January 2023
Gallery I of the Collector's Room and Magnolia Cloister
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (close on Monday)