Bas Jan Ader. Tra due mondi is the first retrospective dedicated to Bas Jan Ader in Italy. The title alludes to the condition of being constantly in transit, between the Old and New World, between the subjectivity inherent to the romantic drift and cold impersonality of Conceptual Art, between the extreme rationalism of Mondrian and the vibrant absurdity of slapstick comedy.
Born in 1942 in the Netherlands, Bas Jan Ader was a unique figure in the art of 1960s and ’70s. In 1975, he was lost at sea while attempting to reach Ireland aboard a small 4-metre-long boat. The exhibition explores the relationship between man and nature, interpreted by Ader from a Romantic viewpoint; it also focuses on the concept of melancholy, one that finds its roots in the humanist tradition.
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