• 12 Sep - 7 Dec
  • 10:00 - 20:00

What does it mean to "create"? What is an image? What are its boundaries?

These are just some of the themes touched upon by the work of Alessandro Calabrese, who introduces us to his vision of art in the exhibition "Hierarchy of Genres," which can be visited until Dec. 7 in the setting of Volvo Studio Milano. In this evocative exhibition we can admire the series of prints inspired by that Hierarchy of Genres that since the 16th century has divided the figurative arts into two poles: tension toward the ideal on one side and portrayal of the real on the other. Alessandro Calabrese divides into two groups the six categories that make up the Genre Categories (Historical Painting, Portrait Painting, Painting of Genres or Scenes of Everyday Life, Landscape and City Painting, Painting of Animals and Still Life). This is how "Hierarchy of Genres" fits into the long wave of research on the technological unconscious and the role of chance within the creative production process. A work that does not seek easy perspectives, conceived and realized to give a new intensity to the questions of art about art.

About Alessandro Calabrese

A graduate in architecture, he lives and works in Milan. He is assistant professor at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. He teaches at NABA, Milan. Major exhibitions include those related to the project A Failed Entertainment and belonging to the cycle Foam Talent 2015, Amsterdam. He exhibits in Rome at the MACRO Museum and MAXXI, on the occasion of the Graziadei Prize. In 2017, he presented his first solo show Impasse at Viasaterna gallery, showcasing the unpublished work The Long Thing, and followed by exhibitions at Palazzo Reale for the Cairo Prize in 2018 and the group show After Monet at Mart in Rovereto in 2020, among others. He is represented by Viasaterna Gallery. He publishes his books mainly with the Skinnerboox publishing house. He is in charge of the programming of Condominio, a space dedicated to contemporary photography in Milan. 

HIERARCHY OF GENRES by Alessandro Calabrese.

The exhibition will be open by appointment until December 7 by writing to: or calling 02 - 25551000.

Find out more on the Volvo Studio Milano website


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