These thematic galleries are perhaps the best way to understand Baldessari’s work.
In them are grouped a series of exemplary works that give account for the interests and attitudes of the artist and at the same time show his stylistic evolution.
Except perhaps for the first gallery, dedicated to the so-called Futur-abstraction, which is also the first in temporal terms, in the other galleries the works are grouped precisely by themes. However from a temporal point of view all the galleries following the Futur-abstraction coexist, except Trends and avant-garde, which we could define as the last from a temporal point of view.
To say that most of the galleries “from a temporal point of view coexist” means properly that Baldessari did not work in sections, but rather, to put it in terms that may seem obsolete, moved by inspiration or if we want by feeling .
So, for instance, Baldessari today painted a portrait, tomorrow a still life and the next day, perhaps, he made a running train.
The thematic alternation was not relevant, as the true fil rouge, the leitmotif of all his art, was coherence with his idea of a continuous stylistic research and a high quality of the final product, whether it was a painting, a pastel, or a drawing.
This was Baldessari and these galleries enlight his art well.