Paloma Varga Weisz Root of a Dream

24/09/2015 - 24/09/2015

Paloma Varga Weisz Root of a Dream

curated by Marianna Vecellio

October 27, 2015 – January 10, 2016

opening Monday, October 26, 2015

 

The Castello di Rivoli offers its public the first solo show in an Italian museum of the German artist Paloma Varga Weisz. Born in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in 1966, Varga Weisz lives and works in Düsseldorf.

The Old World seems to be at the center of visual fascinations proposed by the artist who – through an iconography laden with references to Renaissance painting and sculpture or symbolist culture – creates complex installations of grand poetical intensity, at times unsettling but often contemplative and generally poised between dreams and reality. The many psychoanalytical references and a strong attention to the body – especially female bodies – on the artist’s part have guided the project by curator Marianna Vecellio in staging an event in close contact with the artist, which is in keeping with the best tradition at the Museum. Paloma Varga Weisz’s exhibition is made up of a vast selection of works, from ones from her youth up to more recent pieces, that are able to render the complex and intricate formal investigations of this German artist.

Francesco Jodice. AMERICAN RECORDINGS

17/10/2015 - 10/01/2016

Francesco Jodice. AMERICAN RECORDINGS

curated by Massimo Melotti

opening October 16, 2015

period: October 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Manica Lunga

 

The 20th century seen as the “American century” is the theme Francesco Jodice has conceived for the Museum’s New Media project. For the Multimedia Hall of the Manica Lunga – which can display synchronized and non-synchronized screenings at the same time on five megascreens – the artist has created the installation AMERICAN RECORDINGS, 2015 (20’), a true symphony through images thanks to which Francesco Jodice covers the 20th century, a century of Made in USA myths and heroes who forged the collective imaginary of generations not only back then. From President Eisenhower’s farewell speech to a nation facing the arms race and nuclear experiments; from the widespread power of information told in Network, a film by Sidney Lumet; from the birth of the horror genre with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a movie by Tobe Hooper, to Society (1989) directed by Brian Yuzna; from the readings of the free thinker Gore Vidal in The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall to End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, a film-documentary on the punk band, The Ramones, and the rise of television, the American historic-imaginary myth foreseeing today’s society. The artist has created a work that, by using archive material, offers an engaging vision that fascinates for its powerful images and allows us to reflect on the profound influence of myths and the imaginary in cultural processes.

Rounding off the event is the film ATLANTE, 2015 (9’), screened in the Multipurpose Hall.

Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

Piazza Mafalda di Savoia - 10098 Rivoli (Turin) Tel. +39 011 9565280 Fax +39 011 9565230 http://www.castellodirivoli.org

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