Join us at TheMerode for an insight into the creativity of artist Giulia Andreani, who is currently exhibiting at the Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum.  Andreani was also recently nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

Born in Venice in 1985, Andreani now lives in Paris, where she develops a practice that summons and disrupts the codes of history painting – bringing one’s attention to the invisible aspects of the dominant story. “Beware of the supposed objectivity of the image,” she has said. Central themes in Giulia Andreani’s work include the perception of women in art and society, the contemporary and the historical, motherhood, trauma and forgotten figures.

This talk is held in collaboration with the Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum and the conversation will take place in French.

Meet our Speaker:

Giulia Andreani, born in 1985 in Venice, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice in 2008, painting section, then a Master in Art History, at La Sorbonne-Paris IV in 2010. She was a resident at the Villa Médicis from 2017 to 18. She is represented by the Max Hetzler Gallery. Giulia Andreani has been selected for the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2022. Her works are part of first-class private and public collections, such as the Centre George Pompidou, the National Library of France, MASP Saõ Paulo, Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration (MNHI), Paris, among others.

In her paintings, Giulia Andreani questions our relationship to society by addressing little-known moments in history, often through a feminist prism. The artist is inspired by Dadaist collages, and also by the aesthetics of Italian cinema, notably the tragi-comic neo-realism of Pietro Germi, the hyper-mannerism of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the decadent lighting of Luchino Visconti. The unusual combination of famous and anonymous people, and the staging of their intimate lives, creates an ambiguous, even disturbing atmosphere, accentuated by the use of Payne’s grey, a colour that the artist uses almost exclusively. More generally, Giulia Andreani hijacks patriarchal icons, depriving them of their power and grip by revealing, for example, the banal private lives of would-be dictators or by highlighting women who have served male power.


6.30pm: welcome

7-8.00pm: conversation and Q&A



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