Venice’s Fondazione Prada Looks at Art Multiples

Left: Bicycle Wheel, 1913, no. 1/8 by Marcel Duchamp. Assisted Ready Made: bicycle wheel and fork mounted upside down on a kitchen stool painted white. 126.5 x 63.5 x 31.8 cm; edition of eight. Courtesy Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. Copyright succession Marcel Duchamp, 2012, ADAGP/Paris, SIAE/Rome. Center: Beach Buggy, 1922, by Gerrit Rietveld, Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Composite VIII, 1918-19, by Theo van Doesburg, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden, Loan cultural heritage agency of the Netherlands; Composite VIII, 1918-19, by Theo van Doesburg, Hemando Perez Collection, Malaga; courtesy Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Berlin. Right top: Pyramid, 1968, by Roy Lichtenstein. Screenprint on lightweight board folded into a 3d pyramid. 37.6 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm; edition of 300. Courtesy private collection. Copyright estate of Roy Lichtenstein by SIAE 2012. Right bottom: Inkwell Set, 1923, by Nikolai Suetin. Porcelain, polychrome overglaze painting. 12.5 x 15.5 x 14.5 cm. Courtesy V. Tsarenov Collection, London. Copyright Nikolai Suetin by SIAE 2012.

Last year, to much buzz, Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, launched the Venetian outpost of their art-centric Fondazione Prada in the 18th-century palazzo Ca’ Corner Della Regina. Now, the organization’s second exhibition there, “The Small Utopia. Ars Multiplicata,” is drawing international acclaim. Curated by Germano Celant, the show investigates the meaning of art through the multiplication of the object, an aesthetic idée fixe throughout the 20th century, incorporating movements from Dada and Bauhaus through Italian futurism, Russian constructivism and American pop. The trajectory of the “democratization” of art is here represented in 600 pieces created between 1900 and 1975, with three floors dedicated to a specific medium. Artists and works on display include Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes, Salvador Dali’s Gala’s Shoe and Nikoli Suetin’s Inkwell Set. The arguable star of the show is Marcel Duchamp, represented by three 1941 editions of his iconic Boîte-en-Valise series. “The Small Utopia” runs through November 25th.

Left top: In Advance of the Broken Arm, 1915, by Marcel Duchamp, Staatlisches Museum Schwerin, Schwerin, the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art in the Israeli Museum, Jerusalem; Trap, by Marcel Duchamp, Atilio Codognato Collection, Venice. Photo by Attilio Maranzano. Left bottom: Heinz Tomato Ketchup Box, 1964, by Andy Warhol, the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; founding collection, contribution to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Center: The Fondazione Prada’s Ca’ Corner Della Regina in Venice; Right top: Installation view including works by Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Maurice Henry and Max Ernst. Right bottom: Wedding Souvenir, 1966, by Claes Oldenburg. Cast plaster, “silver edition” spray painted, 5 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (14.6 x 16.5 x 6.4 cm). Courtesy Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Copyright 1966 Claes Oldenburg.