Palazzo Reale, the most prestigious exhibition venue in Milan, currently houses an extensive collection comprising 200 pieces of work divided into 10 topic areas which cover the entire body of work produced by Giancarlo Vitali to date. “Giancarlo Vitali. Time Out” takes visitors on a journey lasting over seventy years beginning  with the first paintings produced in the 1940’s, which at the time were admired by Carlo Carrà, and moves on to works from the Eighties and Nineties, celebrated by Giovanni Testori, right up to the most recent pieces. In conjunction with the show at Palazzo Reale there are three more themed projects at three different locations in Milan supplying visitors with a critical reading of the artist’s entire creative journey. C14, along with the curator Velasco Vitali, acts as creative director and is in charge of the display of the exhibitions at  Palazzo Reale, Sforzesco Castle and the Natural History Museum.

At Palazzo Reale the exhibition begins at the bookshop , the setting creates an elegant drawing room, a comfortable space where visitors can leaf through art books and catalogues, the space is furnished by Promemoria, the exhibition’s official partner. This is followed by eleven rooms lit by LED projectors and profile spotlights, which alternate between warm and cool, in accordance with the setting and the colours within the works of art on display.

At Sforzesco Castle, an installation in Sala Viscontea introduces visitors to the world of Giancarlo Vitali’s engravings, in the artist’s workshop metal plates are suspended mid-air ready for the smoke stage. In Sala dei Pilastri Alexander Bellman and Romeo Sozzi have designed the Set-up table, a tilted, unstable display element, supported by temporary, irregular trestles. “This possible workbench is ideal for an engraver, built without following any classic rules and in response to immediate and instinctive functional needs and variables of the moment, be it the acid process, the smoke print stage or plate waxing. The formal design is therefore a personal interpretation of a hypothetical self-construction process which is both necessary and spontaneous.”

The itinerary continues at the Natural History Museum, where the focus is on “Le forme del tempo” (Shapes of time), specifically, fossils and geological artefacts. The main body of works on display were created by Vitali in 1991 for the centenary of the death of Abbott Antonio Stoppani, geologist and Director of the Natural History Museum between 1882 and 1891. The dialogue between real fossils and fossils painted by the artist suggests a possible, imaginative nature walk through Lombard painting, interpreted here by a contemporary writer. Here, the works of art are displayed on Miss Ultin, designed by Alexander Bellman in 2009 “Miss Ultin, is an iron display table composed of 16 elements for 14 works of art. It echoes the skeleton of a huge lake fish and interprets the slow process of transformation/fossilisation. The instantaneous relationship between the ideal surface tension of the skin and the internal contraction of the bones generates a dynamic, fearful shape, while the energy of the movement remains imprisoned by the hardness and precision of the lines defining the edges of the design, thus modifying the balance between filled and hollow and allowing the original physical structure to evolve in a timeless fashion.”


  • Date : 12.10.2017
  • Location : Palazzo Reale, Milan
  • Location : Castello Sforzesco, Milan
  • Location : Museo di Storia Naturale, Milan