KALEIDOSCOPE issue 33 FW18/19 takeover at Spazio Maiocchi


November 30, 2018
November 19, 2018
Spazio Maiocchi
Via Maiocchi 5/7


5–7pm: Talk with Virgil Abloh and private view (by invitation only)
7–9pm: Public opening and performance by Young Girl Reading Group

On November 30, 2018, KALEIDOSCOPE will take over the entire surface of Spazio Maiocchi in Milan, curating a multimedia experience which brings together a diverse selection of international artists featured in the magazine’s newly-released fall/winter issue.

Guest of honor will be Virgil Abloh, presenting a specially-designed collector’s edition of KALEIDOSCOPE printed in 300 copies, while also unveiling a new installation and billboard commission. Coming with a special cover, a T-shirt and a signed artwork, the limited edition pack will be launched at Spazio Maiocchi and exclusively available to buy at kaleidoscope.media and at Slam Jam stores. The Chicago-native polymath, Off-White founder, and newly-appointed Louis Vuitton menswear creative director, will also engage in a public talk to state his manifesto for “streetwear as the next global art movement”—a sentiment among young people, a way of making across disciplines, and ultimately a new Renaissance breaking the barrier between high culture and real life.

Acclaimed French artist Camille Henrot (b. 1978) will present—for the first time in Italy after the debut at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and MoMA, New York—a 3D video installation titled Saturday. Suspended between experimental fiction and anthropological gaze, the film looks into the Seventh-day Adventist Church to explore the relationship between religion and globalization—continuing the artist’s ongoing research into the infrastructures of knowledge.

After a two-month residency at Spazio Maiocchi, uprising American artist Eric N. Mack (b. 1987) allows visitors into his temporary studio, presenting it as an installation and a glimpse into his creative process. A language of the suspended pile, the messy space, of bodies leaving traces behind, the artist’s shamanic combinations of textile, newspaper pages and fragments of everyday objects have an architectural, even Baroque ambition—his painterly gestures sublimated into a “ballad of the black mundane.”

In the gallery facing the courtyard, Collier Schorr (American, b. 1963; lives and works in New York) will present an exhibition of photographs dating from the early aughts to today. Self-described as a product of the ’80s—deconstruction and French post-feminism, the nefarious and seductive operation of advertising—Schorr is one of today’s biggest photographers, and one of the few who can credibly walk the line between fashion and art. The exhibition will reveal the inner interactions that make her images so “meta”—interrogating the very idea of looking, and of looking back.

A performance by Young Girl Reading Group will unfold across different areas of the space. Established in 2013 by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė (respectively Polish, b. 1986, and Lithuanian, b. 1987), YGRG started as a weekly, queer-enthusiast bookclub around feminist-inspired theory and fiction, later expanding into the domain of performative installation mediated through technology and the Internet—or in the artists’ words, “a sonar-social architecture of shared curiosity and synchronicity, a live Instagram hangout, and a self-conscious aesthetic chamber for intimacy and discovery.”

KALEIDOSCOPE is today’s most innovative magazine of contemporary art and visual culture, founded in 2009 at the core of a creative studio with a distinctly curatorial and interdisciplinary approach. Since October 2017, KALEIDOSCOPE’s studio and exhibition space are hosted by Spazio Maiocchi in Milan.

Spazio Maiocchi is a new social space where art, design and fashion blend to shape new cultural experiences. Originating from the convergence of visionary founding partners Carhartt WIP and Slam Jam, Spazio Maiocchi presents a cross-disciplinary program of exhibitions and events in a former-industrial complex in central Milan.