After the press and professional preview of 17th and 18th July, Saturday 19th July sees the public opening of the seventh Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, which will be drawing crowds across the Autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano until 2nd November.
Held here for the first time in Italy and throughout an entire regional territory to boot, this time Manifesta involves four cities which together make up a culture trail of some 150 kilometres and connecting North and South along the Brennero route: Fortezza (Bressanone), ex Alumix in Bolzano, the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, and the Manifattura Tabacchi and the ex Peterlini in Rovereto.
As a Partner of Manifesta, the Group is contributing to the production of new artworks (such as the projects of Alterazioni Video and Luca Trevisani in the Rovereto venues, and that of Pietro Roccasalva in Trento), as well as supporting the entire event: an event which will demonstrate that the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol area is one which boasts an avant-garde cultural offering on an international standing.
With a range of exhibitions and cycles of encounters, the Manifesta7 art projects involve more than 230 artists, architects, writers and experts from around the world, with an excellent programme of secondary events held alongside the main ones. In Rovereto, Adam Budak will develop his show entitled PRINCIPLE HOPE between the ex Peterlini 20th-century industrial building, the 19th-century Manifattura Tabacchi and the train station, home to manifeSTATION, curated by the Office for Cognitive Urbanism. In Trento, Anselm Franke/Hila Peleg are the curators of the show entitled L'ANIMA or dei molti guai nel trasporto delle anime (of the many troubles with the transporting of souls) at the Palazzo delle Poste, a rationalist building of the 1930s. In Bolzano, the Raqs Media Collective, consisting of Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, are working in another early 20th-century industrial building - the ex-Alumix - with the exhibition THE REST OF NOW. In room 124 of the ex-factory, visitors will also have free access to the Tabula Rasa cycle of meetings and events for the 111 days of the exhibition, curated by Denis Isaia in conversation with the Raqs Media Collective. The project held in the fourth exhibition venue, the great Austrian fortress known as the Fortezza, the whole team of curators have come together on the Scenarios project, which explores the immaterial dimension.
With an international outlook yet strongly rooted in the local territory, UniCredit has chosen to be a Partner of Manifesta because it sees in this Region an example to be followed in terms of synergies between art, culture and territorial development, as shown by the great powerhouses of cultural production and diffusion to be found in the area: the MUSEION in Bolzano, the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea in Trento and the Mart in Trento and Rovereto — of which the Group has been a Main Partner since 2005, developing the contemporary section in particular.
Manifesta is being followed closely by UniNews, the UniCredit online magazine, with the publishing project "Manifesta Countdown" which has interviewed the key protagonists of the event, the artists and the main players on a territorial level. Manifesta is part of the initiatives of the Group linked to its Art Experience, which promotes contemporary art as a fundamental tool to bring people together and foster exchange and dialogue. All UniCredit employees are invited to visit the Biennial free of charge, with special guided tours available in the venues of Rovereto thanks to the UniCredit & Art Staff.