Two new exhibitions at the Mart in the run-up to Manifesta
For the first time in Italy and for the first time across an entire region, this seventh edition of Manifesta (the touring Biennial of young contemporary art) is taking on the form of a great arts event able to celebrate and further valorise an area already of excellence in terms of its cultural offerings: Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. In this event, our role is that of Production Partner; in other words, we will be supporting the artists in the implementation of their projects: producing an artist's project means financing research and innovation. With a view to the opening of Manifesta on 19th July, the Mart (a partner museum of the UniCredit Group) plays one step ahead, opening two great exhibitions, both focusing on young international art.
From Europe to Asia and back, in search of socially-focused art from across the continent: this is the brief behind Eurasia.Geographic cross-overs in art is the show designed and curated by Achille Bonito Oliva with the help of a team of no fewer than six curators ( Lorenzo Benedetti, Lara Boubnova, Cecilia Casorati, Hu Fang, Christiane Rekade and Julia Trolp), and with the contribution of artists from around the world. This ambitious exhibition project presents a vision of art which tears down the barriers between European and Asian artistic identities, and shows how art may shift seamlessly between the two continents to constitute "Eurasia". The title of the show comes from a work by Joseph Beuys (Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963, 1966), created during one of his actions at the Galerie René Block in Berlin and now part of the Permanent Collection of the MoMA in New York. As a matter of fact, in 1967 the German artist founded the fictitious state of Eurasia, complete with manifesto, thus opening up to a geographical vision which is at the same time an expression of a new and complex artistic identity, no longer territorial and autarchic, but based on man and on the world itself. Total art, new humanism and ethical responsibility are in fact the key elements that underpin this project. Several of the underlying themes in Beuys' work — multiculturalism and his aspiration towards total art, his tendency to try and break through barriers, and his "wider concept of art" — are very well reflected in the theme of these artists of the new generation.
This substantial exhibition is to be housed in the Rovereto rooms of the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, until16th November 2008.
Still young, and yet focused on Germany and the new forms of figuration: these are the artists of the "Leipzig School" as seen in the exhibition entitledGermania Contemporanea. Dipingere è narrare. Tim Eitel, David Schnell, Matthias Weischer , curated by Gabriella Belli and Achille Bonito Oliva. Once again in the Rovereto site until 26th October, the exhibition pays tribute to the research of three key artists in the field of new German figuration , the so-called "Leipzig School": Tim Eitel, David Schnell and Matthias Weischer.Germania Contemporanea. Dipingere è narrare.Tim Eitel, David Schnell, Matthias Weischer traces the development of an artistic movement which, ever since the '90s, has not only shown how Leipzig is a city which expresses a great sense of creativity and experimentation, but which has also come to represent the new artistic ferment developing among the students of the Arts Academy, one which - through the use of a both figurative and narrative language - has already provided results of great international prestige. Eitel, Weischer and Schnell have not only mastered the traditions and techniques of the figurative language, but they each interpret it in keeping with their own individual research, full of intense expressive elements reflecting the most significant genres of art: the portrait, the landscape and interiors. In the work of these three artists, the encounter with the contemporary world has thus led to the narration of contents in which the figurative context is completely revisited in terms of its symbolism and its traditionally stock elements.
(Image by Adrian Paci, Centro di Permanenza Temporanea [Temporary Shelter Centre], 2007, Videoproiezione 16:9, 5'30", col.Courtesy Galleria Francesca Kauffmann, Milano)
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