Atomised individuals

by Lorenzo Piccoli


Last year, Arianna and I went to the Fondation Beyeler in Basel. We saw an exhibition on Picasso’s rose and blue periods. We were planning to return this year for the exhibition on Edward Hopper. Our plans have had to adjust to a global pandemic, but we may still be able to pay a visit: the exhibition just re-opened and, unless things change, we could travel to Switzerland starting from early June.

In the meantime, Edward Hopper paintings have assumed a brand new meaning. As a recent article put it, we are all Edward Hopper paintings now. In his depictions of modern American life you may see very different things: sad loneliness, contented solitude, longing, hope, despair, isolation, meditation… The way you look at those images may tell something about your own experience with the lock-down.