Paola Pivi was born in Milan in 1971. She lives and works between Anchorage, Alaska, and Val d’Aosta, Italy.

“With her sculptures, performance pieces and installations, Paola Pivi builds an upside-down world, a personal universe ruled by the laws of absurdity. The artist’s work comes out of colossal undertakings, but is pervaded by lightness and irony: through changes of context, endless multiplications and radical displacements, Pivi’s magical realism turns apparently impossible actions into disarmingly simple gestures.” – Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director Fondazione Trussardi, Milan.

Pivi is the recipient of several awards including the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale for the best National Pavilion (together with other artists) and the fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2011.

Her works are present in prestigious permanent collections including Guggenheim Museum, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome.

She has exhibited internationally at important museums and institutions including: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999), P.S.1 MoMA, New York (2000, 2001, 2003, 2007), MACRO, Rome (2003, 2010), Brown University, Providence (2004), MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (2005), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Columns, New York (2005), MassArt - Massachusset College of Art, Boston (2006), Hayward Gallery, London (2005), Fondazione Trussardi, Milan (2006), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2007), Portikus, Frankfurt (2008), Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2008), Tate Modern, London (2009), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2012), Dallas Contemporary, Dallas (2016), The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2018), Museo MAXXI, Rome (2019), Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (2020).
Ph. Hugo Glendinning

Paradisoterrestre Exhibition - Paola Pivi - Rock The Art

Historic Italian design brand, Paradisoterrestre is pleased to present its collaboration with artist Paola Pivi and her solo show, Rock the art, at Paradisoterrestre Gallery (Via De’ Musei 4, Bologna - IT). The dialogue between art and design continues in pursuit of excellence, a cornerstone of the visionary and anticipatory experience of Paradisoterrestre’s founder Dino Gavina (1922-2007), in the new course of the brand's relaunch by Gherardo Tonelli (2017).

Paola Pivi creates exclusively for Paradisoterrestre Let'em shine art and Universe, which will be presented for the first time in the exhibition. Let'em shine art is a limited edition wall lamp, a tribute to Garbo by Japanese artist Yagi and to Italian artist Pino Pascali’s Bachi da setola. Universe is a limited edition rug inspired by her early work Untitled (1998), created from the invitation for her first solo exhibition at Massimo De Carlo Gallery in Milan in 1998.

Fascinated by the hybrid nature of Paradisoterrestre Gallery, which was conceived by creative director Pierre Gonalons as the home of an ideal collector, the artist engages the unconventional space with a museum-quality solo exhibition. The apartment, on the first floor of a historic building, located in the central area of the Quadrilatero a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, welcomes visitors to discover Paola Pivi’s artworks in the enfilade of rooms.

At the entrance, visitors are met by the hypnotic movement of the rotating feathered wheels from Pivi's Time machine series, created since 2016. These kinetic artworks, which recall the dreamcatchers of Native Americans and Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel, turn at a constant speed, altering the perception of the passing of time. The exhibition continues with Old is gold (2007), a sculpture composed of thousands of golden and silver ribbons stratified in a fragmented monolith, a multitude that is transformed into uniqueness, extremely heavy but mobile. A work from the same series I am a rainbow too (2004) is part of the permanent collection of MAMbo, the Modern and Contemporary Art museum of the city of Bologna. Exhibited for the first time in Europe, in the central room is Money machine (true blue, baby I love you), 2013 – an imposing blue sculpture and performance piece dispensing coins and bills by the minute, that visitors are invited to take away and/or redeposit within the artwork. The exhibition ends with the imaginative lightness of I did it again (2018), part of the artist’s signature series of polar bears with psychedelic plumage, recently exhibited at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. The bear, yellow and life-size, is exhibited pressed against a big window as if inundated by a multitude of objects.

Paola Pivi triggers a short circuit between her artworks on display - large museum - like installations - and the domestic environment they are presented in. Rock the art turns the “home” of Paradisoterrestre into the fantastic universe of one of the most important contemporary artists.
Thanks to Massimo De Carlo and Perrotin for their kind collaboration.
Ph. Andrea Rossetti

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Paola Pivi
Universe

Paradisoterrestre edition 2021

Materials: Wool and bamboo silk
Dimensions: 200 x 287 cm

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Paola Pivi
Let’em shine art

Paradisoterrestre edition 2021

Materials: Fabric fringes, pvc bristles, metal structure, led strip, 2 lights bulbs
Dimensions: W 35 D 60 H 200 cm

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Paola Pivi
Very nice ride, 2016
Materials: aluminium, rubber, peacock feathers, engine
Dimensions: Ø 170 × 41.2 cm

Paola Pivi
Red means stop, actually, 2016
Materials: aluminium, turkey feathers, engine
Dimensions: Ø 110 × 41.5 cm

Paola Pivi
I am a punk bird, 2016
Materials: aluminium, pheasant red tip feathers, engine
Dimensions: Ø 120 × 40.4 cm

Paola Pivi
I love spinning, 2016
Materials: aluminium, pheasant feathers, engine
Dimensions: Ø 130 × 40.4 cm

Paola Pivi
It was falling from the birds, 2016
Materials: aluminium, striated turkey feathers, engine
Dimensions: Ø 130 × 41.7 cm

Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

Paola Pivi
Old is gold, 2007

Materials: ribbons for wrapping flowers, steel structure
Dimensions: 196 × 80 × 82 cm

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Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong

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Paola Pivi
Money machine (true blue, baby I love you), 2013

Materials: stainless steel, mixed materials, money
Dimensions: 243.84 × 211 × 160.5 cm

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Courtesy Perrotin

Paola Pivi
I did it again, 2018

Materials: urethane foam, plastic, feathers Dimensions: 290 x 150 x 85 cm

ph. Andrea Rossetti

Courtesy Perrotin