Giovanni Campus
Determinazione, 1984

concrete on shaped wood
125 x 133 x 2,5 cm
ph. Flavio Pescatori

Giovanni Campus
Determinazione, 1983
concrete on shaped wood
2 elements of
25,3 x 44,5 x 13,7 cm
7,3 x 55 x 27,5 cm
ph. Flavio Pescatori

Giovanni Campus
Intervento, 1983
concrete, rope on wood, boxed perspex
21 x 31 x 8 cm
ph. Flavio Pescatori

Installation view Flashbacks – 1. Giovanni Campus


ph. Ilaria Maiorino

Flashbacks – 1. Giovanni Campus

09.04.2022 – 28.04.2022

BUILDINGBOX presents, from April 9th, 2022 to January 7th, 2023, Flashbacks, an exhibition curated by Alice Montanini that retraces the most important stages of BUILDING’s artistic research and promotion, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of its birth.
Flashbacks pays tribute to all the artists, curators and essayists who have contributed to shaping BUILDING’s core, presenting for the first time in an organic way a selection of works from the gallery’s permanent collection, accompanied by the catalogues and archive materials that document its curatorial practice over the last five years.
Central to Flashbacks‘ investigation is the moment of the exhibition, here conceived as a medium, mirroring the relationships and dynamics generated between the work, the artist and the gallery space, which flow into the more complex sphere of that system of critical and aesthetic categories that are at the basis of BUILDING’s curatorial approach and programming.
An important focus of Flashbacks is also the catalogues published by BUILDING to accompany each exhibition. BUILDING’s strong focus on study and research, not only as a hub for the promotion of contemporary art but also as a publishing house, is evinced by the careful selection of essayists and texts included in the various publications.

The exhibition will provide an opportunity to think back to the highlights of BUILDING’s curatorial activity, while also looking ahead to the future of its programming. To look back at the recent past with gratitude to all those who have accompanied BUILDING to date, but also with a critical eye, in order to outline new coordinates with which to question the present and better orientate ourselves towards the future.

An open-door reinterpretation of its collection, through some representative works by the main artists promoted by the gallery, and of the curatorial and publishing activity carried out so far, presented in the spaces of BUILDINGBOX at irregular intervals and visible 24/7 from the window of via Monte di Pietà 23 in Milan.


Opening the project, from April 9th to April 28th, 2022, is a selection of works by Giovanni Campus (Olbia, 1929), concrete pieces of the 1980s previously shown in the exhibition Giovanni Campus. Time in process. Ratios, measures, connections, curated by Francesco Tedeschi and presented in 2019 at BUILDING and MA*GA. These works testify to the constant exploration of matter in its becoming and phenomenal unveiling that has always characterised the artist’s research. The raw physicality is modelled by the formal rigour of the geometric configurations, which shape the perceptive moment through logical-rational coordinates.