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Passages through Sicily. The Palazzo Riso collection and beyond

  • 10

    July 2009
  • 04

    October 2009
Palermo, Palazzo Riso  

The collection of the Palazzo Riso, Sicily's new Museum of Contemporary Art, will be shown to the public for the first time in an exhibit entitled "Passages through Sicily." The show will display 40 works from Italian and international artists dating from World War II to the present. Included works represent such avant-garde artists as Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra, Emilio Isgrò, Salvo and Antonio Sanfilippo


The new generation of artists from Sicily will also be on display, including Alessandro Bazan, Francesco De Grandi, Andrea Di Marco, Fulvio Di Piazza, Laboratorio Saccardi, Domenico Mangano, Francesco Simet and Croce Taravella. The work of such local artists as Giovanni Anselmo, Christian Boltanski, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Paola Pivi and Luca Vitone will additionally be showcased. Still others, connected to the island through important international initiatives or through projects commissioned by the museum in its first year of operation, will also be incorporated, including Canecapovolto, Loredana Longo, Giuliana Lo Porto, Giulia Piscitelli and Lili Reynaud-Dewar.


In an effort to tap into some of the most interesting international art trends that have characterized recent exhibitions in Sicily, the show will also display a variety of works borrowed from outside of the collection. According to the curators, the nature of these pieces may indicate important future developments for the museum's collection. They include works from the artists Marina Abramovic, Rosa Barba, Vanessa Beecroft, John Bock, Maurizio Cattelan, Tony Cragg, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Luciano Fabro, Stefania Galegati, Fausto Melotti, Aleksandra Mir, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Anri Sala, Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Struth and Cy Twombly.


As a complement to the museum's previous show, "Sicily 1968-2008: The Spirit of Time," the exhibition will present, in addition to the museum's own collection, numerous works on loan from two major Sicilian collectors, Gianfranco Benedetti and Valentina Moncada, who play a large role in the international contemporary art world.


As a reflection of the Group's support for this initiative, the show will include two works drawn from the UniCredit Group Art Collection. The artists are Massimo Vitali with the work Mondello Monte Pellegrino 2, #2779 and Carlo Valsecchi with #0324 Mondello, Palermo, I.


The exhibition, held in two locations a few blocks apart at the Palazzo Riso and the Cavallerizza di Palazzo Sambuca (home of the Sambuca Foundation), charts a path through the center of Palermo, thus connecting two important institutions that exemplify the role of contemporary art in protecting and promoting our artistic heritage.



(picture: Massimo Vitali, Mondello Monte Pellegrino 2, #2779, 2007, UniCredit Group Art Collection)




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