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FURLA SERIES – SUZANNE JACKSON. Somethings in the World
Curated by Bruna Roccasalva
15.09.2023 – 17.12.2023

For the fifth edition of the Furla Series program, Fondazione Furla and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Milan present Somethings in the World, a solo exhibition by Suzanne Jackson, curated by Bruna Roccasalva.

The exhibition - the first dedicated to the artist by a European museum institution - offers a glimpse of the research Suzanne Jackson has been carrying out for over fifty years, and retraces the key moments of her career.

Suzanne Jackson is an American artist whose practice embraces a broad field of investigation exploring the potential of painting, nourished by her experiences in dance, theater, and poetry. Her initial figurative production—populated by a pictorial matrix of characters, animals, and references to nature—evolved over the years, progressively approaching abstraction, until reaching the elaboration of a very personal vocabulary in which painting takes on both a sculptural and environmental dimension.

Somethings in the World stems from the idea of presenting the various stages of Jackson’s production by outlining the recurring elements, from her debut to her most recent oeuvre, through a careful selection of the most representative sets of works. The twenty-seven works on display, including iconic pieces, previously unseen works and her most recent production, creates a narrative that accompanies the visitor through the artist’s universe, at the same time triggering comparison and dialogue with the GAM setting and the permanent collection: from the sharp neoclassicism of Canova to the Divisionist paintings of Segantini, Previati, and Pellizza da Volpedo, as well as the extraordinary experiments in light and matter to be found in Medardo Rosso’s sculptures.

In Suzanne Jackson’s intentions, as reiterated in the title of this exhibition, her work must first and foremost render her experience “in” the world and “of” the world. In fact, the artist’s entire career is marked by phases closely related to biographical events, and that flow into one another, continually mixing and blending over the years: a constant interweaving of the private and personal dimension with the artistic and professional sphere, which the show recounts along an exhibition path constructed not chronologically but by associations and correspondences, underlining the links and continuous cross-references between themes, techniques, and languages.

From her dreamlike paintings of the 1970s to the radical experiments of her more recent “anti-canvases,”  which go so far as to do away with the need of a support, only to turn into pure color, the exhibition restores the complexity and the evolution of her investigation that has challenged and pushed the limits of paintings toward unexpected scenarios.

The Suzanne Jackson exhibition is the fifth edition of the Furla Series project, and is the upshot of collaboration between Fondazione Furla and GAM: a partnership begun in 2021 to promote annual exhibition projects providing a unique opportunity for past masters and protagonists of the contemporary scene to come face to face.

Furla Series is the project cycle that since 2017 has seen the Fondazione Furla engaged in the creation of exhibitions in collaboration with major Italian art institutions, with an all-female program designed to valorize and showcase women’s fundamental contribution to contemporary culture.

Fondazione Furla

Press release

Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano
via Palestro 16 - 20121 Milano

Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Last admission 1 hour before closing
Monday closed

•  full-price ticket   € 5.00
•  reduced-price ticket  €  3.00
Free admission the first Sunday and the first and third Tuesday of the month from 14:00.
It is recommended to book the ticket on line

For details, see  Hours and Admission


Free workshops and guided tours in Italian included in the cost of admission. Booking is mandatory and can be made by filling in the online form:

Somethings in the World
Guided tour to the exhibition and the GAM collection – duration: 90 mins
•   Saturday, September 30, 3.00 pm
•   Saturday, October 7, 3.00 pm (Italian Contemporary Art Day)
•   Sunday, October 15, 3.00 pm
•   Sunday, October 29, 3.00 pm
•   Sunday, November 12, 3.00 pm
•   Sunday, November 26, 3.00 pm
•   Sunday, December 17, 3.00 pm

Poesie dipinte – Painted poems

Visit + creative workshop – duration 90 mins
•   Saturday September 30, 10.30 am
•   Sunday October 15, 10.30 am
•   Sunday November 12, 10.30 am
•   Sunday Dicember 17, 10.30 am
Visit + creative workshop – duration 90 mins
•   Sunday October 8, 10.30 am
•   Sunday October 29, 10.30 am
•   Sunday November 26, 10.30 am

Mission “Suzanne”

Guided tour for elementary schools: exhibition + Gallery – duration 90 mins
Un viaggio nell’arte – An art journey
Guided tour for high schools: exhibition + Gallery – duration 90 mins

Free activity included in the price of the museum admission, subject to availability.
Pre-booking required: Tel. 324-5328700 (Mon–Fri, 9 am – 2 pm), prenotazioniadmaioraeducation