The volume, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name at Castello di Rivoli, focuses on drawing in its various forms and through its many different languages. The practice of drawing, often hidden or kept in the shadows, is actually the common ground that is shared by each artistic practice, whether it be a sketch, a design or a finished work that is full of messages.
Curated by Beatrice Merz with Marianna Vecellio, Intenzione Manifesta. Drawing In All Its Forms is divided into different concepts and pathways: ways of drawing; trace; paradox of praxis; story of being an artist; timeless concept; political drawing; quote as memory; chiaroscuro, or of the representation; writing in the world, drawing as project practice; action.
Starting from a nucleus of works by artists linked in various ways to the history of Castello di Rivoli, the research expands by looking at artists who, in the near past, have proven, through their work, to be crucial in the formation of newer generations. Among these, just to name a few, we find leading figures from the world of art such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Paul Klee, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Mario Merz, Osvaldo Licini and Renato Guttuso next to major contemporary figures including William Kentridge, Matt Mullican, Francis Alÿs, Hanne Darboven, Matthew Barney and Robin Rhode.