9 March - 3 June 2018
Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Il filo e l'infinito, a retrospective exhibition of work by the late Maria Lai (1919–2013 b. Ulassai, Sardinia) organized by the Uffizi Gallery, is currently on view at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. The exhibition, curated by Elena Pontiggia and accompanied by a catalogue published by Sillabe, traces the artist’s earliest experiments with form, ranging from her Telai (Looms) series to performative interventions such as Legarsi alla montagna, a monumental piece that survives in documentary form, and her ceaseless devotion to innovation through community.
During her lifetime, Maria Lai’s work was shown extensively in solo exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe, and she was invited to participate in group shows across the globe, including the Venice Biennale of 1978. Following her death in 2013 in Cardedu, institutions in the towns of Cagliari, Nuoro, and Ulassai came together to present a major, joint retrospective of Lai’s work. Most recently, her work was included in documenta14 in Athens and the Venice Biennale, both in 2017. Currently, Marianne Boesky Gallery is exhibiting Invito a Tavola, a definitive installation of Lai’s work at its Boesky West location in Aspen, Colorado, on view through April 8, 2018 and a timely complement to the significant exhibition in Florence.
Maria Lai. Oggetto-Paesaggio, 1967. Wood, acrylic, twine. Lanusei (Nuoro), Archivio Maria Lai.