Sep 7, 2012
(b. 1979, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her work has been exhibited widely across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the United States. Solo exhibitions have been presented by Sculpture International Rotterdam (2010); Tate Modern, London (2009); Kunsthalle Basel (2007); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2006); MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2003); and Castello di Rivoli Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (1999), among others. Pivi received the Golden Lion Award at the 1999 Venice Biennale. She is represented by Galerie Perrotin and Massimo De Carlo. Paola Pivi’s installations, sculpture, performances, and photographs create astonishing and enigmatic associations and visual relationships that expand our understanding of the experience of contemporary art. Bringing together surprising references from our everyday world, she has orchestrated such unexpected scenarios as a gallery petting zoo, a transport truck flipped on the side of a road, 100 Chinese people gathered in a gallery, and a leopard traversing a gallery filled with cups of cappuccino. Likened to an "experiential playground", her work ultimately subverts expectation with the unanticipated. Pivi’s artistic practice challenges our mode of engagement by presenting the inconceivable as real.