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Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present the first survey exhibition in Europe featuring Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz (Great Neck, NY, 1973), winner of the prestigious Nasher Prize 2020. This award recognizes a living artist whose body of work has had an extraordinary impact on our understanding of sculpture. Previous award winners have been Doris Salcedo, Iza Genzken, Pierre Huyghe and Theaster Gates.

The exhibition is co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London, and drafted by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Iwona Blazwick along with Castello di Rivoli Curator Marianna Vecellio and Whitechapel Gallery Curator Habda Rashid. In Spring 2020, it will travel to the Jameel Arts Center, Dubai.

Rakowitz’s complex body of work includes sculptures, drawings, installations, video, collaborative and performative projects. The exhibition presents major artworks envisioned in his over-twenty-year practice traversing architecture, archeology, cooking practice, and geopolitics from ancient times to nowadays. His artworks speak with an urgent voice to historic turning points due to wars or other trauma, with an acute perspective poised to critique the paradoxes and contradictions of globalization.

On view at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art from October 8, 2019, the exhibition establishes a dialogue with Lamassu, 2018, a human headed winged bull that Michael Rakowitz reconstructed from an Assyrian statue as part of his project Fourth Plinth, standing on Trafalgar Square’s, London, until March 2020.

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