February 1, 2016  —  by

The other side of art

credit: Design Boom

The simple gesture of flipping an object from front to back becomes, in Fondazione Prada‘s ‘Recto Verso’ exhibition, a reconsideration of the usual ways of seeing. The thematic show conceived for the milanese institution’s ‘Nord’ gallery presents a selection of artworks that consciously emphasize the forgotten and overlooked presence of their reverse. Western art traditions have mainly considered paintings as frontal (recto) artifacts, while the back (verso) carries significantly less cultural meaning, forever concealed from public view and visible only to the creators themselves or museum staff.

Recto Verso
Fondazione Prada, Milan
Now through February 14, 2016

What happens when artists use the back side of their works as a canvas?