Paola Pivi

Born in Italy in 1971, Paola Pivi’s artistic practice is diverse and enigmatic.

For Pivi, art is an expression of reality liberated to its fullest potential, conveying the most profound emotions through diverse materials. Her art often features recognisable objects like airplanes, polar bears, and pearls. However, Pivi modifies these objects unexpectedly, encouraging her audience to reconsider their preconceived notions of what they represent. Through this approach, she creates a unique form of utopian extravagance, continuously exploring new expressive forms and pushing the boundaries of artistic creation.

One of Pivi's most captivating series is her Pearls artworks. Accumulation of lines of pearls, these paintings decline a nuancier of colors going from the ivory to the black whose declinations of tints celebrate the various colors of the skin. To realize them, Pivi appropriated the result of the “work” of a multitude of oysters. She has also seized on the similarity between the painter’s work on a canvas and the action of an oyster that deposits layer after layer of nacre on the pearl.

Pivi's art is a statement on the human experience, exploring the boundaries between reality and imagination, ordinary and extraordinary.

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Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
GR, I wish I am fish, Ama House, Spetses Island
F, Paola Pivi – It's not my job, it's your job / Ce n’est pas mon travail, c'est votre travail, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseiile
USA, I Want it All Curated by Jose Carlos Diaz, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg
USA, You Know Who I Am Curated by Cecilia Alemanni, High Line Line commission, New York
USA, Free Land Scape, Galerie Perrotin, New York
F, It's me, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
I, Rock the art, Paradiso Terrestre, Bologna
USA, Paola Pivi, ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
F, Paola Pivi. 25,000 Covid Jokes (It's Not A Joke), Chapelle de La Vieille Charité, Marseille
USA, Paola Pivi: Bear like me, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
USA, Art in Unexpected Places Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen and Snowmass
USA, We are the baby gang, Aria Hotel, Las Vegas
IT, Rock the art, Paradisoterrestre, Bologna
USA, Lies Lies Lies, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage
I, Red Carpet - Stop by, Paola Pivi, Art Verona, Verona
D, We are the Alaskan tourists, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Skovvej
I, Paola Pivi. World Record Curated by You Hanru, Anne Palopoli, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma
KR, Paola Pivi, stand of Massimo De Carlo Curated by Hou Hanru, KIAF ART SEOUL, Seoul
I, Paola Pivi, Museo del Novecento, Milano
USA, We are the baby gang, Perrotin, New York
USA, Art with a View, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach
USA, I did it again Curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah
UK, You don't have to believe me, Massimo De Carlo, London
J, They all look the same, Perrotin Tokyo, Tokyo
I, I am tired of eating fish Curated by Cloe Piccoli, La Rinascente, Milan
I, Art Club #10 - I giovedì della Villa Curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Académie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis, Roma
USA, Ma'am, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas
I, Untitled (Project for Etchigo-Tsumari), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
F, Yee-Haw, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
AUS, You started it...I finish it, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
F, Tulkus 1880 to 2018, Bains du Nord - FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
H, The Cuteness Factor, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
I, Reaching for the Stars, Da Maurizio Cattelan a Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
E, Imaginary Friends, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
I, ES-SENZE, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice
J, Read in the clouds, Perrotin Tokyo, Tokyo
USA, Actual Size! Photography at Life Scale Curated by David Campany, ICP, New York
I, Vita nova: arte in Italia alla luce del nuovo millennio Curated by Andrea Bruciati, Villa d’Este, Tivoli
I, Il Grande Vuoto Curated by Davide Quadrio, MAO, Torino
F, Serpent Cosmique Curated by Fabrice Cousteau, Musée de L’Hospice Comtesse, Lille
I, La casa nella casa. Omaggio a Dino Glavina, ADI Design Museum, Milano
PRC, The First Beijing Biennial 展览名称: 第一届北京艺术双年展, National Base for International Cultural Trade, Beijing
I, L'esca, MACTE, Termoli
HK, Paola Pivi and Lu Song, Massimo De Carlo Gallery Pop-Up at K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong
F, Panoramas, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
PRC, MASSIMODECARLO Gallery Pop-Up at K11 MUSEA, K11 Musea, Hong Kong
I, Io dico Io – I say I, La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma
D, Scratching the Surface, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
NL, We Are Animals, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam
AUS, We Change the World, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
D, Christian Flick Collection in Hamburger Bahnhof, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
PRC, Art at FULIANG 2021 Curated by Fram Kitagawa, Fuliang County, Jiangxi Province, Shizhi yuan village, Fuliang county
F, Du cheval à l'oevre, Haras National du Pin, Le Pin-au-Haras
I, Hi Woman! La notizia del futuro Curated by Francesco Bonami, Museo di Palazzo Pretorio di Prato, Prato
I, Il tempo, lo sbaglio, lo spazio: Gino De Dominicis Curated by Andrea Bruciati, Stefano Papetti, Forte Malatesta, Ascoli Piceno
I, Statements Curated by Stefano Raimondi, The Blank, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo
DK, Animals in Art, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
I, La rivoluzione siamo noi. Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo, XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Piacenza
USA, The Willfulness of object, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach
F, WANTED! Curated by Perrotin, Grand Palais, Paris
CHN, Wonderland, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai
USA, Art and critique in the time of Covid Curated by Creative Time, Creative Time Comics, New York
I, Viaggi da Camera, internet project by Fondazione Trussardi, Milano


Author, Publication Title, Date
Bortolazzo, Alice, Exibart, March 23,
Airoldi, Silvia, Elle Decor, May
Vergine, Antongiulio, ATPdiary, May 3,
Arte, 12 September, 21 September
Quattordio, Alessandro, Artribune, 25 September
Kunitz, Jorge, Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, May
Pivi, Paola, Frieze, June/July
Ago, Roberto, Artribune, September 26
Celant, Germano, Interni
Buglioni, Maila, Segno, June/July
Belfiori, Giulia, Estetika, June 5
Tonelli, Marco, Arte, April
Giansoldati, Franca, Il Messaggero, May 13
Cascone, Sarah, Artnet, April
Frieze Magazine, June/July/August
Martinez, Nicole, Cultured, November
Artnet, December
E-flux, December
Design Boom, December
Rinaldi, Costanza, Living Corriere, December
Johnson, Grant, Garage, December
Sokol, Brett, The New York Times, December
Haigney, Sophie, The New York Times, December
Nastro, Santa, Artribune
Farinotti, Rossella, Zero
Devi, Nirmala, Art Review Asia, October
Paiato, Maria Letizia, Segno, December
Whitewaller, April
Interview Magazine, 26 April
Rai Cultura, May

Public collections

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Centre National d'art et de la culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
Collection Vedovi, Paris
Collection Haubrok, Dusseldorf
Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt
Hong Kong
K11 Foundation Collection
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino
Collezione Consolandi, Milano
Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano
MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Roma
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
Galleria Internazionale D'Arte Moderna "Cà Pesaro”, Venezia
MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
United States of America
The Bass Museum, Miami
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


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