Exhibitions. Viva l'Italia
Rossella Biscotti, Maurizio Cattelan, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Luciano Fabro, Daniel Knorr, L'Epimeteide, Marcello Maloberti, Gian Marco Montesano, Gianni Motti, Cesare Pietroiusti, Leonardo Pivi, Costa Vece, Sislej Xhafa
Bologna, Galleria Enrico Astuni
from: 02 october 2009 to: 07 february 2010
Curated by Fabio Cavallucci
After the huge interest of the public, more than ten thousands of visits on Exibart.tv, the articles on magazines and daily papers like the Repubblica, Domus, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Il Manifesto, the Gallery Enrico Astuni has decided to extend the exhibition Viva l’Italia, curated by Fabio Cavallucci, untill 7th February 2010: also the visitors of the art fair Art First 2010 will have the opportunity to visit the first initiative in a series entitled Astuni Public Study.
The show includes works from important galleries and private collections, as well as some that
were made specially for the occasion. Viva l’Italia brings together works of artists with different
cultural and stylistic backgrounds in order to convey an atmosphere: the uncertain, ambivalent
atmosphere of present-day Italy, rather than adopting a specifically critical approach or
investigating any particular line of art-history development. In a display that involves not just
space but time as well, with a series of images and sounds, Italy is described through its
symbolism, its legends and fears, through its signs of decadence, feelings of nostalgia, and
precarious elements of innovation. A whole kaleidoscope of emotions are brought to life,
portraying a hesitant nation which has lost its focus, where only shreds remain of its own
important history. Everything is pervaded by an air of melancholy, and at times of cynicism. Viva
l’Italia is an exhibition full of suggestions that aims to prompt discussion and reflection, rather
than offer an unequivocal point of view.
The exhibition includes works by: Rossella Biscotti, Maurizio Cattelan, Nemanja Cvijanovic,
Luciano Fabro, Daniel Knorr, L’Epimeteide, Marcello Maloberti, Gian Marco Montesano,
Gianni Motti, Cesare Pietroiusti, Leonardo Pivi, Costa Vece, and Sislej Xhafa.
The Viva l’Italia exhibition will be by a newspaper-format publication in which the
voices of philosophers, politicians, sociologists, artists, and writers will tackle the subject of Italy,
its history and future.
The exhibition is the first in a series entitled “Astuni Public Studio”. This is the project with which
Galleria Enrico Astuni will be presenting events curated by some of the finest Italian and
international critics. Held in the new premises that opened last January in Bologna, the initiative is
not directly market-oriented, but rather aims to introduce a new approach to exhibitions, and a
new way of communicating through art.
Marta Papini – Articolture
+39 349 6878026
From 3 October 2009 to 9 January 2010
Tues-Sat: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sun and Mon: by appointment only - free admission