Misfits, Nairy Baghramian

Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan


Nairy Baghramian
Jumbled Alphabet, 2021
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/London/Paris and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City/New York
Photo: Nick Ash
From May 26, 2021 until September 26, 2021
The artist’s first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, Misfits is a new project of the Furla Series, the program promoted by Fondazione Furla and realized in collaboration with Italy’s foremost museums. The exhibition explores some of the pivotal themes of the artist's research, from her interest in crossing and redefining the border between interior and exterior to the relationship between the aesthetic object and its institutional context.
The exhibition unfolds across five rooms, each housing a sculptural piece, and continues on the adjacent outdoor terrace. Each work on display comprises two halves that are made of different materials – painted casted aluminum and wood for the interior pieces, marble for the exterior ones – and installed as the disjointed parts of a possible whole.
The disassembled components of these sculptures evoke the structure typical of certain toys based on making geometric shapes fit together. From childhood, we are taught to assemble elements that dovetail perfectly and hence to develop a way of thinking according to which things must necessarily fit one another. Baghramian’s sculptures negate this alleged coincidence: their forms do not dovetail perfectly; on the contrary, they offer the experience of error as the only possible one, inviting us to discover beauty precisely in their imperfect juxtaposition.
The impossible fits of these sculptures become the starting point for considering how disappointment, inadequacy and failure are not only part of the individual’s formation, but can even assert their independent raison d'être as formal manifestations.
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla
FURLA SERIES - NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN. Misfits, installation view at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan. 2021. Exhibition curated by Bruna Roccasalva, promoted by Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan Photo: Nick Ash. Courtesy Fondazione Furla