March is a particularly rich month for modern art in Tuscany. Beginning March 14, a collection of roughly 40 Andy Warhol works will be on display in an unexpected but fitting venue: the I Gigli shopping center in Campi Bisenzio. Further afield in San Gimignano’s Galleria Continua is One Thing Leads to Another: 1965–2015 Installations, a show by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, known for his signature stripes. The exhibitions close on April 12 and 11, respectively. Both Warhol and Buren produced prolifically during the 1960s, though they belonged to different movements. Pittsburgh-born Warhol, who passed away in 1987, led the product and celebrity-driven Pop Art pack during its heyday. Noted Warhol works on display at I Gigli will include pieces from his Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup series. Covers of Interview magazine, the publication he founded, will also be part of the line-up. Despite Warhol’s commercial aesthetic, this is the first time such a large volume of his work will be displayed in a shopping centre.
Buren, by contrast, is often cited as an abstract minimalist, noted for his site-specific installations and his exploration of the ‘empty-full’ dichotomy. Visitors to the Galleria Continua may find themselves struck by his colour techniques—Buren’s work is notably ‘colorblocked,’ lacking shading and subtlety, creating a strong visual impact.
For more information on the Andy Warhol exhibition, call I Gigli at 055 8969250. For details on Daniel Buren’s exhibition, visit www.galleriacontinua.com.