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Moltitudini - Solitudini

Museion Bolzano  •  Italy [IT]

For the second consecutive year, Museion – Museum of modern and contemporary art in Bolzano, is entrusting a project to an outside curator within the double aim of bringing contemporary art into spaces which are different from the same Museion. Spaces which are not specifically appointed to art, in order to enjoy an exterior sight onto a distinct urban texture as well as on local territory. In 2002, Giacinto di Pietrantonio, director of GAMeC in Bergamo, gave life to the “Guida” project, and thus created a lively comparison between contemporary art works and the collections of various town and provincial museums. In 2003, Sergio Risaliti, once director of the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena and active at the moment as an independent curator, has created the project: “Multitudes-Solitudes. More other and I”. A general reflection on the dualism “multitudes-solitudes”, which inevitably starts from the complex relationship between “crowd” and individual, born out of the event of the twentieth century metropolis. Intuitively it had already been made subject by authors like E.A. Poe, Baudelaire and Benjamin, it finds multiple declinations in the world of art, which, without ever “illustrating” the theme, proposes other questions, different paradigms of interpretation.

Thus not a thematic exhibition, but a theme able to open new hypothesis, a series of works which draw from several environments, but which – at the end – lead to a common denominator, as these works can be subdivided into nuclei of meaning. Works of art which enter more into a comparison with merely spatial and architectonical situations and stage actual “cells of habitations” become the subject of a complex exchange between the inside and the outside, the world and the self, among these we find works by Pierpaolo Campanini, Loris Cecchini, Atelier van Lieshout, Costa Vece, Andrea Zittel, and a video by Absalon. The hard, sometimes violent relationship with the others is to be detected in the video by Francis Alÿs, as in the works by Canevari; solitude tout court, as seen in a moment of estrangement from reality and meant as a solipsistic experience is differently faced by Marco De Luca, Armin Linke, Sabrina Mezzaqui and Luca Vitone; solitude in the midst of a crowd felt by Hassan Khan, Kim Sooja, Marco Vaglieri and Cesare Pietroiusti; alienation as the effect of a multitude in the photographs by Anri Sala and in the video by Melik Ohanian. Multitude is interpreted as an indispensable burden, as a condition of a necessary enrichment or simply as a state of chaos by Letizia Cariello, Lara Faveretto, Domenico Mangano and the Stalkers

Artists : Absalon, Francis Alÿs, Mohammed Hassan Bakri,  Elisabetta Benassi, Pierpaolo Campanini, Paolo Canevari, Letizia Cariello, Loris Cecchini, Lara Favaretto,  Flavio Favelli, Fabrice Gygi, Henrik Hakansson, Hassan Khan, Kimsooja, Atelier van Lieshout , Armin Linke, Stefano Lorenzi,  Marco de Luca, Marcello Maloberti, Domenico Mangano, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Federico, Melik Ohanian , Adrian Paci, Teresa Paoli, Cesare Pietroiusti, Sara Rossi, Anri Sala, Andreas Slominski, Stalker, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Uri Tzaig , Marco Vaglieri, Costa Vece,  Cesare Viel,  Luca Vitone, Andrea Zittel

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