Luca Cipelletti’s studio AR.CH.IT, founded in 2000 in Milan, specialized from the beginning of its activity
in the design of museums, exhibition spaces and displays, of buildings and interiors, in a continuous
conversation between art and architecture. A fundamental theme in Cipelletti’s practice, to which he has
now decided to dedicate a series of exhibitions organised in collaboration with artists, institutions,
collectors and galleries; to be set up in his own spaces.
Recently expanded and renewed, in view of becoming also an exhibition venue, the studio, located in via
Pasquale Paoli, a close step far from the Ripa di Porta Ticinese, will host a series of projects aimed at
expanding and studying – through a choral dialogue – the themes at the core of the relationship between
architecture and art.
The debut of this cycle – its first edition – is a solo show by David Tremlett. The result of over ten years of
conversation between the esteemed British artist and Luca Cipelletti, that already originated a series of
joint projects. From The Shit Museum in Castelbosco (Piacenza), to the headquarters of the Niasca farm in
Portofino, from the requalification of the monumental building of the National Museum of Science and
Technology “Leonardo da Vinci” in Milan, to the design of private apartments and public buildings in
Milan, Paris, Venice, and Bari.
Coordinated by Massimo Valsecchi, Tremlett’s exhibition is rare and significant. It brings together largesized
historical artworks produced between 1974 and 1991 – some of which have never been exhibited and
are of fundamental importance in the definition of his work, plus a new wall drawing, made specifically on
this occasion for the walls of AR.CH.IT.
The phrase upon which the exhibition is titled, Someone Has Done Something On The Wall, can be read
as: “somebody took a leak on the wall” and refers to the way the artists of the Seventies ironically spoke
about their work, their interventions in museums, houses and galleries. About a new, despite archaic, form
of painting-sculpture; one which entered, and still enters, in a direct dialogue with the built, shared and
collective space. Expanding the idea and practice of design. Of the relationship between art, architecture
Pulled out of the artist’s private archive, and previously published in his most important catalogues, Two
Curves (1974) and Two from Boulder (1975), two compositions respectively 3 and 4-meter long open the
show both ideally and chronologically. Among Tremlett’s first works, they both belong to a series which
was recently included in the exhibition Conceptual Art in Britain (2016) at Tate Britain in London, and
are exhibited here for the first time. They are followed by a selection of successive works, all of them just as
significant. All the crucial steps in the artist’s life. Each of them previously exhibited in important
museums such as the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hannover, the Carre D’Art in Nimes, the Juan Miro
Foundation in Barcelona, the Museo Pecci in Prato and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Grenoble. The
exhibition is complemented by the preparatory drawings of the two projects of exterior architecture that
Tremlett has realized in Italy; the Fondaco in Portofino, in collaboration with Cipelletti, and the recently
inaugurated Chiesetta di Coazzolo in Piedmont.
Someone Has Done Something On The Wall, 1974 > 2017, thus, brings into focus the work of one of the
most relevant figures of international art of the past forty years, whose work reflects the deepest and most
articulated connections between art and architecture. Together with the motives of a common and shared
method, marked by profound affinity, with Luca Cipelletti, hence inaugurating in Milan his sequence of