PastPresentFuture: Next Stop, Verona
After the grand opening at the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, the only Italian venue for the "PastPresentFuture" exhibition will be the Palazzo della Ragione, located in the heart of Verona. Eighty art works from the UniCredit Group Art Collection, along with eight masterpieces from the Fondazione Cariverona will be on display, covering five centuries of European art organized in seven theme-specific sections that examine the present in the light of the past, and vice versa. Jointly supported by UniCredit Group and the Fondazione Cariverona, in cooperation with the exhibition's sponsor, the City of Verona, the show also includes municipal and regional ancillary events, as well as innovative educational programs designed and presented by the Education Department of the Castello di Rivoli, a partner of the UniCredit & Art project.
"PastPresentFuture" aims to establish a connection between the exhibition, the city and the local community, turning the experience of art into an opportunity to come together, to socialize and to network. The general public and schools will be involved through workshops and joint activities, held both in public spaces and at select venues throughout the city.
The show opens with "On Classic", the first themed section, which leads with one of the masterpieces of 20th-century Italian sculpture, Woman Swimming Under Water, a sculpture created by Arturo Martini in 1941 to 1942 and acquired by the fondazione in 2005. Following are works by contemporary artists, including Candida Höfer, Olivo Barbieri and Giulio Paolini, in combination with such past masters as the Jan Frans van Bloemen, a member of the Bamboccianti school, the self-described "pictor classicus" de Chirico, his brother Alberto Savinio and the decadent Hans Makart. The show continues with "Objects of Desire", a hall that links an installation by Tony Cragg with a large composition by Recco, while displaying four unique patchworks by Kurt Schwitters alongside the famous Flowers, by Andy Warhol, and a still life by Morandi. The third themed section, "On Geometry", features works by Imi Knoebel, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Ghada Amer and others.
"Metropolis", comprises works by key contemporary photographers, including Andreas Gursky, Massimo Vitali, Gabriele Basilico (whose photos of Beirut from the UniCredit Collection are displayed with photos of Verona commissioned by the Fondazione), Fischli & Weiss, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans, Vincenzo Castella, and Francesco Jodice. Taken together, this part of the show investigates and develops the relationship between the individual and urban spaces.
Next up is "Sublime and Picturesque", featuring such artists as the 18th-century painter, Paul Bril, an important representative of the Barbizon School, Charles Daubigny, and the contemporary artists Georg Baselitz, Andreas Gursky and Hans Op de Beeck.
The human form is portrayed in "Face to Face" and "Body Talk" Works on display in these sections include a masterpiece by Antonio Donghi; a photograph by VALIE EXPORT, who is the foremost representative of Viennese body art; the beautiful Psiche abbandonata da Amore, by Dossi; photos by E.J. Bellocq; a painting by Goya; the amazing Portrait of a Gentleman, by Savoldo; the anonymous faces portrayed by Hans Schabus; The Head of the Baptist Presented to Herod, by Baglione; and a photo of the death mask of Alban Berg, by Trude Fleischmann. Of equal significance in this section is the connection made between a photo by Heinrich Kühn, an outstanding representative of early 20th-century pictorialism, and a beautiful painting by Cagnaccio di San Pietro, from the Fondazione Cariverona collection - both addressing the theme of mirrors and reflection.
The show ends with two monumental works by Gerhard Richter and Emilio Vedova (the latter from the Fondazione Cariverona), in which the artists' bodies and gestures are featured in a fascinating pictorial interpretation of body language.
Based on their mutual commitment to culture and a desire to share their artistic heritage in order to increase public awareness of art and promote social development, the Fondazione and the Group joined forces for this show with the object of enhancing the local cultural dialogue.
If you are unable to visit Verona to see the show, the works on display from the UniCredit Group collection can be seen online as a virtual show, at www.artcollection.unicreditgroup.eu/, launched on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition in Vienna.
The international public can look forward to the exhibition's next stop, Istanbul, the current European capital of culture, where "PastPresentFuture" will be displayed at the Yapı Kredi Kultur Sanat in the fall.
(photo: Giulio Paolini Tre per tre (ognuno è l'altro o nessuno), 1998-1999/2008 © Giulio Paolini Photo: courtesy Archivio Giulio Paolini)
If you want to watch the video-presentation of the exhibition commented by the curator, Mr. Walter Guadagnini, please click here http://undo.net/eventinvideo/189
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