Passion. 12 Italian Art Projects

23/02/2019 - 08/09/2019

The exhibition will take up residence for more than half a year in the galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions on the first and second floors of Mart. Organized into different periods and sections, Passion is a major project dedicated to the VAF-Stiftung collection, the largest in storage at Mart.  Born of a great passion for Italian art, the German foundation has amassed one of the world’s most extensive collections of contemporary Italian works.
The exhibition is organized into twelve distinct but interpenetrating thematic areas in 20th-century painting and sculpture. The various sections weave a dense network of relations highlighting the many diverse expressions of the Italian artistic quest.
The exhibition includes more than 250 works, featuring masterpieces by the foremost modern and contemporary artists: Medardo Rosso, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Renato Guttuso, Ettore Colla, Agostino Bonalumi, and Giuseppe Uncini.

VAF Foundation Prize 8th Edition
16 March - 12 May 2019 | first floor

The twelve Passion projects feature the first stage of the prestigious VAF Prize, awarded by the German foundation to Italian artists under the age of 40. The winner will be announced on Friday, 15 March during the exhibition preview, which will feature the finalists in this year’s competition.
The participants are Nico Angiuli, Davide Balossi, Giulia Berra, Martina Brugnara, Nina Carini, Federica di Carlo, Andrea Fontanari, Giovanni Gasparro, Silvia Giambrone, Emanuele Giuffrida, J&Peg, Dario Maglionico, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Michele Parisi, Susanna Pozzoli, and Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto.
The prize will be presented this summer in Germany at the Stadtgalerie Kiel.

www.mart.tn.it

 

Ex post. Laurina Paperina | Rolando Tessadri | Luca Coser | Christian Fogarolli

17/11/2018 - 03/03/2019

A display focusing on the most recent works by four Trentino artists who differ in terms both of their experiences and their types of research: Laurina Paperina (1980), poised between references to high culture and to the society of mass consumption; Rolando Tessadri (1968), a representative of the new generation of analytical painting; Luca Coser (1965), an artist and intellectual operating on the boundary between the image and its negation; and Christian Fogarolli (1983), who is engaged in an investigation involving art, psychology and the medical sciences.
These are the first four protagonists of the new Quaderni ADAC collection, a series of monographic publications devoted to some of the most significant names in the Archivio Trentino Documentazione Artisti Contemporanei, which is active at the Galleria Civica in Trento.

Curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni.

Galleria Civica, Trento e ADAC
Via Belenzani, 44
38122 Trento
T. +39 0461 985511
civica@mart.tn.it
www.mart.trento.it

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

06/10/2018 - 27/01/2019

Winner of the Leone d’Argento and the Carnegie Art Award, represented in some of the world’s foremost collections, one of the protagonists of contemporary art in northern Europe, the Swede Nathalie Djurberg has exhibited in the most important international art institutes, including the Tate Britain, P.S.1 in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, and Fondazione Prada in Milan.
For years Djurberg has worked with the musician, producer and composer Hans Berg, who is particularly well known for his work in electronic and experimental music. Together the two artists build large immersive installations, bona fide landscapes of the absurd that explore the dynamics and contradictions of our time. Using irony and paradox, the two artists stage biting allegories of the most visceral and grotesque sentiments: jealousy, revenge, greed, and lust.
Constituting the second stage of the project that involves Moderna Museet and Schirn Kunsthalle, the exhibition is the broadest yet dedicated to the Swedish duo.

The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet in collaboration with Mart and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

mart.tn.it/djurberg&berg

 

Close. Not Here.

Paths of Tridentine Creativity

14/07/2018 - 14/10/2018

Close. Not Here. assembles in Trento those Tridentine artists – by birth or election – who have built their international careers elsewhere, in or outside of Italy.
Curated by the Tridentine artist Luca Coser, faculty member at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, along with the curators of the Galleria Civica, the project presents the cultural pursuits of those who dwell – mentally and physically – in an elsewhere that is not just geographic.
Born between 1943 and 1989, the authors live and work in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, Canada and the United States, and have participated in international exhibitions and events. The works on display have been created using a multiplicity of techniques and languages. The result is a story with a number of voices, revealing the heterogeneity of identities and creative experiences.
As in a journey, the itinerary is marked by points of access, of transit, for stopping and resting, highlighted by the layout designed by the Campomarzio architects’ collective.

On display are works by:

Cinzia Angelini, Carmelo Arnoldin, Fabrizio Barozzi, Marco Dalbosco, Veronica de Giovanelli, Anna de Manincor, Loredana Dordi, Piermario Dorigatti, Giancarlo Ferrari, Matteo Franceschini, Micol Grazioli, Flavio Marzadro, Valentina Miorandi, Andrea Pallaoro, Rafael Pareja, Matteo Peterlini, Mariella Poli, Matteo Rosa, Giacomo Sartori, Gino Tavernini, Antonello Veneri.

Galleria Civica, Trento e ADAC

Via Belenzani, 44

38122 Trento

civica@mart.tn.it

www.mart.trento.it

Gianfranco Baruchello

19/05/2018 - 16/09/2018

Developed in collaboration with Gianfranco Baruchello (Livorno, 1924), the exhibition retraces the pursuit of an artist who ventured beyond the traditional confines of art, questioning cultural systems and conventions. An experimenter in techniques and idioms, Baruchello began his quest in the late 1950s, rethinking the pictorial medium, practicing juxtaposition, assemblage, writing, and reductions of scale. In constant dialogue with the innovative thinking of Marcel Duchamp, his exploration of new forms of expression ranges from paintings on various supports to the creation of box-objects, and from the editing of films to the performance of actions and projects on the environmental scale. The exhibition traces out an itinerary through Baruchello’s principal nuclei, exploring the space of the work and the relation between the real and the oneiric dimensions, employing a peculiar methodology adopted by the artist and the curator Gianfranco Maraniello.

Gianfranco Baruchello

19/05/2018 - 16/09/2018

Developed in collaboration with Gianfranco Baruchello (Livorno, 1924), the exhibition retraces the pursuit of an artist who ventured beyond the traditional confines of art, questioning cultural systems and conventions. An experimenter in techniques and idioms, Baruchello began his quest in the late 1950s, rethinking the pictorial medium, practicing juxtaposition, assemblage, writing, and reductions of scale. In constant dialogue with the innovative thinking of Marcel Duchamp, his exploration of new forms of expression ranges from paintings on various supports to the creation of box-objects, and from the editing of films to the performance of actions and projects on the environmental scale. The exhibition traces out an itinerary through Baruchello’s principal nuclei, exploring the space of the work and the relation between the real and the oneiric dimensions, employing a peculiar methodology adopted by the artist and the curator Gianfranco Maraniello.

Carlo Alfano subject space subject

05/11/2017 - 18/03/2018

The Mart continues its exploration of artists who defied the limits of traditional artistic practices in the second half of the twentieth century and significantly contributed to redefining the boundaries of contemporary art.
The monographic exhibition is the first major retrospective of the work of Carlo Alfano hosted in a museum. Starting from a nucleus of works that for many years have been absent from international art shows or rarely exhibited at all, the exhibition illustrates the artist’s creative path from the mid-1960s to his death in 1990. Fifty works, many of which assume monumental dimensions, illustrate the developments in an artistic quest that has yet to be fully explored.


After his debut in the 1950s in association with the Informalism movement, Carlo Alfano (1932-1990) went on to explore the mechanisms of vision and perception, extending his quest from works of kinetic art to the creation of three-dimensional environments. Starting in the late 1960s, his distinctive analytical approach began to assume increasingly evident characteristics of conceptual art. Amply represented in the exhibition, this stage in his career is characterized by linguistic and philosophical elements that explore space and time, the individual and the other. Among the most famous works we note the Distanze series and the work Stanza per voci, installed for the first time in the dual-frame version, and the Frammenti di un autoritratto anonimo cycle, which he began in 1969 and continued working on to the end of his life. During the 1970s and with even greater continuity in the following decade, Alfano returned to figuration, turning his gaze to mythological subjects and iconographic references to the history of art, without, however, abandoning the self-reflective dimension that distinguishes his entire oeuvre.  
The exhibition illustrates the developments in Alfano’s art with special attention to how the works are displayed, giving the visitor the experience of the theatrical inclination that is one of his hallmarks. The exhibition includes works from major private collections and public institutions, such as the Galleria Nazionale d’arte moderna and the Museo d’Arte contemporanea Donnaregina.
The monograph with contributions from Flavia Alfano, Maria De Vivo, Stefano Ferrari, Denis Isaia, Gianfranco Maraniello and Andrea Viliani represents the most complete compendium of the artist’s works currently in existence. Published in Italian and English, it was made possible thanks to the ARCHIVIO ALFANO.

Francesco Lo Savio

Curated by Silvia Lucchesi, Alberto Salvadori, Riccardo Venturi

05/11/2017 - 18/03/2018

More than fifteen years after the last major exhibition of his works in an arts institution, Francesco Lo Savio (1935-1963) is again the focus of a monographic museum exhibition that draws on new research to cast fresh light on the artist’s oeuvre. Archival materials, sketches, plans and photographs, many exhibited for the first time, provide the basis for this novel project.

Among the preeminent names in the Italian and international arts scene, Lo Savio introduced a wealth of ideas that would be picked up by the minimalists and conceptual artists during a brief but blazing career that was cut short by his death at the age of twenty-eight.
A relationship with architecture underpins not just his projects, but also his entire creative thought process, a theoretical device that guided him in rethinking the role of art in contemporary society. Indeed, the distinctive style of his works – few of which were exhibited during the artist’s lifetime – is more architectural than minimal.
Through a selection of fifty works, the exhibition spans Lo Savio’s entire creative arc, highlighting the principal elements that best define his quest: the study of space and the rendering of light. The exhibition traces out a trajectory from his Filtri, heavily textured layers whose surface becomes a vibrant pattern of images, through the paintings in the Spazio-Luce series, to the Metalli and the Articolazioni totali, structures engaging in a manifesto-dialogue with the architectural space in which they are situated.
The itinerary concludes with Lo Savio’s architectural and urban design projects, where the artist redefines the elements of his sculptural, visual and conceptual practice in his well known studies for the Maison au soleil, the prototype for a dwelling unit inspired by Le Corbusier’s buildings.
A central figure in the Roman art scene in the 1960s, Lo Savio has exhibited internationally and his works are now preserved in public museums and private collections, including the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, the Museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Fondazione Prada and the Pinault Collection, which have provided important loans for the Mart exhibition.
The exhibition will be followed by the publication of a monograph with contributions from some of the foremost Lo Savio specialists, a critical edition of the artist’s writings, and a collection of unpublished documents.

Jacopo Mazzonelli. To be played at maximum volume

07/10/2017 - 07/01/2018

Now in its fourth year of affiliation with Mart, the Galleria Civica di Trento is a listening post and cultural reference point for a large geographical community. With the solo exhibition of work by Jacopo Mazzonelli (Trento 1983), it reaffirms its attention to the pursuits of young professionals active in the arts.
Graduating in piano and contemporary music from the Accademia Internazionale TEMA of Milan, Jacopo Mazzonelli creates sculptures, assemblages, and installations that penetrate into the intricate borderlands between visual arts and music. In his artistic quest, he embraces techniques and methods borrowed from a host of different disciplines.
Exploring possibilities in interpreting and visualizing sound, the artist deconstructs, transforms, and recomposes musical instruments. His interest centres on the “musical gesture”, on that which underlies the execution as opposed to the actual sound produced: the works almost always address music without producing it. He accompanies this by an examination of how rhythm and the incessant flow of temporal change are perceived.
Titled after a 2017 work inspired by the cover of a well known album by David Bowie, the exhibition presents some of the artist’s most recent and significant works, many of them site-specific. One of them is ABCDEFG, winner of the Fondo Privato Acquisizioni [Private Acquisitions Fund] prize for contemporary art of ArtVerona | Art Project Fair. The installation consists of seven pianos modified in such a way that each can play only one note. The work will debut at the Galleria Civica as part of a performance representing a close dialogue between instruments of classical extraction and electronic devices, with original music by Matteo Franceschini.

 

Galleria Civica Trento and ADAC

Via Belenzani, 44 Trento

civica@mart.tn.it

www.mart.tn.it

 

 

All the "isms" of Armando Testa

22/07/2017 - 15/10/2017

On the centenary of his birth, the Mart is devoting to Armando Testa a highly imaginative exhibition that explores the visual universe of one of the most eclectic and fertile minds in the panorama of Italian creativity.

Among the most significant figures in the advertising world of the last century, Armando Testa (1917-92) won himself a place in the collective memory of generations of Italians with his irony, playful spirit and communicative force. The characters and images of his creations have become genuine icons of the country’s postwar visual culture: from the eccentric Caballero and Carmencita of adverts for Paulista coffee to the alluring blonde of Peroni beer, from the synthetic red geometries of Carpano vermouth to the robust forms of the Pirelli elephant.

Drawing directly on the energy and experimentation of the historical avant-gardes, Testa’s inventions were characterized by an extraordinary visionary capacity that took up and reworked the ideas and stylistic mannerisms of the great artists of the 20th century. It is to this universe of references that the exhibition is dedicated: taking the inspiration for its title from something Testa once said, it explores the full range of his work. What emerge are his principal formal themes: fingers and hands, spherical shapes, fantastic animals and worlds, all given expression through a wide variety of methods and media.
Interspersed with some of the most important interviews given by Testa during his lifetime, the exhibition looks at the extremely modern galaxy of “isms” - Futurism, Abstractionism, Surrealism - that Testa was able to interpret in such an exceptional way. The exhibits include sketches, posters, TV commercials, drawings, collages, silk-screen prints and photographs, along with paintings and sculptures.

 

www.mart.tn.it

 

Pages