Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art are pleased to collaborate on a shared booth for Frieze Masters, marking the third time the two galleries join forces for the fair. Hauser & Wirth is bringing a group of works of signi cant provenance, sourced from eminent European and American private collections, which complement Moretti Fine Art’s presentation of religious icons and classical sculpture. By positioning twentieth-century masterworks in dialogue with art spanning antiquity to modernity, unexpected relationships and new interpretations are generated, revealing the essence of the creative act across centuries.
Curated by architect and interior designer Luis Laplace, the presentation is enhanced by Laplace’s innate talent for synthesising artwork with its surrounding space, creating a harmonious environment that encourages contemplation.
Hauser & Wirth’s selection represents signi cant innovations in modern art. Viewed together, the works re ect the diversity of artistic practice throughout the twentieth century. The group includes noteworthy examples from Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Viennese Actionism and Gutai, among other important movements. Masterworks include an Alexander Calder mobile from the sculptor’s most extensive and celebrated series of stabiles; a Francis Picabia painting embodying the remarkable diversity of shapes, colours and tones inhabiting his later oils; an early gurative sculpture from Louise Bourgeois’s landmark Personages series; two papier-mâché sculptures by Franz West, and a group of ve terracotta sculptures by Fausto Melotti, made in the aftermath of World War II as the artist returned to the human gure.
Moretti Fine Art’s presentation of exceptional Old Master works includes a virgin bust by Spanish seventeenth- century sculptor Pedro de Mena Y Medrano, featuring eyelashes made of natural hair, tears and eyes of glass, and teeth of bone; a vividly colourful sculpture by Giovanni della Robbia, member of the Robbiana family and workshop; a rare fteenth-century Madonna altarpiece by the Master of the Arzignano, and an evocative oil painting of Saint Joseph by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri.
The masterpieces from both Hauser & Wirth and Moretti Fine Art are presented in unison in Laplace’s vision, which takes the form of a ctional art collector’s living room. Inspired by the Parisian homes of Yves Saint Laurent and Jacques Doucet, the booth is a manifestation of exquisite decor and ne art. Invoking the visual language and ambience of a private home and collection, the elegant environment encourages the synergy of periods and medium as well as a heightened engagement with the works.
Invitation-only Preview – Wednesday 4 October
Open days – Thursday 5 October to Sunday 8 October
September 24, 2017