Category: arte

27
Nov

Kate Crawford |Trevor Paglen: Training Humans

“Training Humans”, conceived by Kate Crawford, AI researcher and professor, and Trevor Paglen, artist and researcher, is the first major photography exhibition devoted to training images: the collections of photos used by scientists to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems in how to “see” and categorize the world.

In this exhibition, Crawford and Paglen reveal the evolution of training image sets from the 1960s to today. As stated by Trevor Paglen, “when we first started conceptualizing this exhibition over two years ago, we wanted to tell a story about the history of images used to ‘recognize’ humans in computer vision and AI systems. We weren’t interested in either the hyped, marketing version of AI nor the tales of dystopian robot futures.” Kate Crawford observed, “We wanted to engage with the materiality of AI, and to take those everyday images seriously as a part of a rapidly evolving machinic visual culture. That required us to open up the black boxes and look at how these ‘engines of seeing’ currently operate”.

“Training Humans Symposium” took place on Saturday 26 October at 2.30 pm, engaging with the exhibition. The event involved Prof. Stephanie Dick (University of Pennsylvania), Prof. Eden Medina (MIT), Prof. Jacob Gaboury (University of California, Berkeley), along with the project curators Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen. Putting the ideas in the exhibit in conversation with their path-breaking work, the speakers examined questions such as: where are the boundaries between science, history, politics, prejudice and ideology in artificial intelligence? And who has the power to build and benefit from these systems?

“Training Humans” explores two fundamental issues in particular: how humans are represented, interpreted and codified through training datasets, and how technological systems harvest, label and use this material. As the classifications of humans by AI systems becomes more invasive and complex, their biases and politics become apparent. Within computer vision and AI systems, forms of measurement easily – but surreptitiously – turn into moral judgments.

Of import to Crawford and Paglen are classificatory taxonomies related to human affect and emotions. Based on the heavily criticized theories of psychologist Paul Ekman, who claimed that the breadth of the human feeling could be boiled down to six universal emotions, AI systems are now measuring people’s facial expressions to assess everything from mental health, whether someone should be hired, to whether a person is going to commit a crime. By looking at the images in this collection, and see how people’s personal photographs have been labeled, raises two essential questions: where are the boundaries between science, history, politics, prejudice and ideology in artificial intelligence? And who has the power to build and benefit from these systems?
As underlined by Crawford, “There is a stark power asymmetry at the heart of these tools. What we hope is that “Training Humans” gives us at least a moment to start to look back at these systems, and understand, in a more forensic way, how they see and categorize us.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication in the Quaderni series, published by Fondazione Prada, including a conversation between Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen on the complex topics addressed in their project.

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20
Nov

Urs Fischer. Leo

An artwork is not about the now.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian is pleased to present Leo, an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer.
Across his protean oeuvre, Fischer frequently evokes art historical genres and motifs with wry self-awareness and humor. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials, as in Bread House (2004–05), a life-size cabin constructed from loaves of sourdough bread. Embracing transformation and decay while resounding with poetic contradictions, Fischer’s art excavates the potential of its materials and media, producing joyful disorientation and sinister bewilderment.

Fischer’s candle sculptures exemplify the relationship between permanence and impermanence. He began to make them in the early 2000s with a series of crudely rendered female nudes, standing upright or lounging in groups. A series of realistic figurative candle portraits followed, including a full-size replica of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women, and Marsupiale (Fabrizio) (2017), which amalgamates a portrait of the Florentine antique dealer Fabrizio Moretti with an oversize bust of Saint Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners. In 2018, Fischer created a candle replica of the art patron and collector Dasha Zhukova, which burned for weeks in the shopfront gallery at Gagosian Davies Street in London.

Fischer’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. Cast entirely in wax, the family is posed in mid-action: George gestures while conversing with Leo, as Irmelin holds Leo in her loving embrace.

As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. Captivating in their materiality and haunting in their implications, Fischer’s candles serve as both portraits of—and meditations on—the passing of time. Elaborating on traditions of memento mori, they remind viewers of the transience of life, beauty, and even art itself.

Leo is presented in the ground floor gallery of Gagosian Paris. On view upstairs in the Project Space is Smalls, an exhibition of new works by Spencer Sweeney.

Urs Fischer. Leo
October 14–December 20, 2019

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Image: Urs Fischer Gentle Moon, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, solvent-based screen printing ink 96 x 72 in 243.8 x 182.9 cm © Urs Fischer. Photo- Ulrich Ghezzi. Courtesy Gagosian
11
Nov

Dadamaino – Dare tempo allo spazio

La galleria A arte Invernizzi inaugura giovedì 28 novembre 2019 alle ore 18.30 una mostra personale di Dadamaino (Milano 1930 – 2004), che ripercorre i diversi momenti della ricerca dell’artista mettendo in luce l’unitarietà e la continuità che ne hanno segnato le scelte estetiche e personali nel corso del tempo.

“Nella feconda stagione di radicali azzeramenti linguistici – scrive Bruno Corà – a cavallo tra la fine degli anni Cinquanta e l’inizio del 1960, accanto alle proposte degli artefici di Azimuth Piero Manzoni ed Enrico Castellani, trova posto l’azione affiancatrice dell’opera di Dadamaino, integra figura tra quelle emerse dalla tensione spazialista avviata da Fontana. Ma, non diversamente da quegli artisti, Dadamaino raggiunge rapidamente un’autonomia linguistica autorevole e autonoma”.

All’ingresso della galleria si trova l’opera Oggetto ottico-dinamico (1962), in cui le diverse tessere in alluminio applicate su tavola dall’artista creano delle “scacchiere” variabili che guidano lo sguardo attraverso percezioni illusorie. Al primo piano della galleria sono esposti tre lavori appartenenti al ciclo de “La Ricerca del colore” (1967) in cui l’artista ha approfondito il rapporto che viene ad instaurarsi fra diverse coppie di colori combinate, in termini quantitativi e qualitativi, utilizzando i sette colori dello spettro (rosso, arancio, giallo, verde, celeste, blu e violetto) associati con bianco, nero e marrone. Nella stessa sala sono presenti anche due tavole del ciclo “Cromorilievi” (1974), in cui l’intenzionalità pittorica emerge, più che dalla variazione dei toni, dalla disposizione degli elementi geometrici utilizzati da Dadamaino per creare molteplici effetti dinamici e luministici che alludono alla profondità visiva. Nella seconda sala del piano superiore si trovano i lavori del ciclo “L’inconscio razionale” (1975-1977), in cui l’intreccio perpendicolare di linee orizzontali e verticali, che affiorano e si nascondono in modo discontinuo sulla superficie, si apre a componenti nuove, più legate a criteri irrazionali e inconsci. Negli ambienti successivi dello stesso piano sono esposte opere appartenenti alla serie dei “Volumi”, che l’artista ha realizzato tra il 1958 e il 1960, e che si differenziano in diverse tipologie, in relazione al numero dei fori realizzati sulla tela, fino a giungere ai “Volumi a moduli sfasati” (1960) in cui la superficie trasparente viene movimentata dalla fitta successione di fori regolari, praticati su fogli di materiale plastico sovrapposti. La riflessione sul segno che Dadamaino avvia con “L’inconscio razionale” viene maggiormente indagata al piano inferiore della galleria, dove nelle opere appartenenti al ciclo “Costellazioni” (1984-1987) – tra cui Ennetto, presentato alla XI Quadriennale di Roma del 1986 – si può notare una maggiore e progressiva apertura nel rapporto con lo spazio, in cui viene meno la dipendenza rispetto alla struttura lineare della scrittura. Il segno diviene via via una traccia, senza un preciso ordine di svolgimento, e si identifica come pura energia senza un inizio e una fine. Così, quasi fossero solchi nella superficie, i tratti che percorrono le opere della serie “Passo dopo passo” (1988-1990), “Il movimento delle cose” (1990-1996) e dei successivi “Sein und Zeit” (1997-2000), attraverso un minuto e costante proliferare di segni sulla superficie trasparente del poliestere, racchiudono il rapporto tra l’infinitamente piccolo del gesto preciso e chiuso nel momento definito dall’accadimento e l’infinitamente grande del tempo nel suo continuo scorrere.

In occasione della mostra verrà pubblicato un volume bilingue che ripercorrerà l’iter creativo di Dadamaino dalla fine degli anni Cinquanta al 2000, con la riproduzione delle opere in mostra, un saggio introduttivo di Bruno Corà, una poesia di Carlo Invernizzi e un aggiornato apparato bio-bibliografico.

DADAMAINO. DARE TEMPO ALLO SPAZIO
VOLUME CON SAGGIO DI: BRUNO CORÀ
PERIODO ESPOSITIVO: 28 NOVEMBRE 2019 – 5 FEBBRAIO 2020
ORARI: DA LUNEDÌ A VENERDÌ 10-13 15-19, SABATO SU APPUNTAMENTO

A ARTE INVERNIZZI
VIA DOMENICO SCARLATTI 12  20124  MILANO  ITALY
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Immagine: Costellazioni, 1986

28
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Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, commencing with “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” on view Nov. 9–Oct. 12, 2020. This first part of the exhibition will feature the recent gift of over 50 major historical artworks, including more than 35 seminal works by Duchamp, promised to the museum by Washington, D.C., collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The second stage of the exhibition, on view April 18, 2020–Oct. 12, 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists. Both exhibitions are organized by Evelyn Hankins, the Hirshhorn’s senior curator, and accompanied by a 224-page publication.

“The Levines’ gift is transformative for the Hirshhorn, and because of their generosity we are able to present the works of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, whose influence is still felt by artists working today,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “Through this exhibition, museum visitors will observe firsthand the evolution of Duchamp’s creative output alongside examples of artworks by his peers and artists of subsequent generations.”

“Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” comprises an unparalleled selection of artworks, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career. The exhibition will include a number of Duchamp’s most famous readymades, including “Hat Rack,” “Comb,” “Apolinère Enameled,” “With Hidden Noise,” “L.H.O.O.Q.” and “Why Not Sneeze?,” which together embody Duchamp’s then-radical idea that an artist’s ideas are more important than craft or aesthetics. Also prominently featured will be a number of Duchamp’s unique drawings and prints related to his magnum opus, “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” including “Pendu Femelle,” “Studies for the Bachelors in the Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, No. 2,” “Bride” and “Nine Malic Moulds.” Further insight into his unique working process is revealed by “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box)” and “In the Infinitive (The White Box),” which contain more than 150 facsimiles of Duchamp’s working notes for “The Large Glass.” His forward-thinking mindset can be seen in his later kinetic works, such as the “Rotoreliefs (Optical Disks)” and “Cover of S.M.S. (Esquivons les ecchymoses des esquimaux aux mots exquis),” which demonstrate the artist’s interest in creating works that call upon the brain to enhance, instead of merely process, the information received by the eye, deftly anticipating future experiments in film and Op art. The exhibition will also include portraits of Duchamp, as well as works by his contemporaries and those he influenced, including Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn, among others. An educational resource room for visitors of all ages will be included at the end of the exhibition, featuring books about Duchamp and his practice and hands-on making activities inspired by the artist’s work. An interactive chess table will also be included at the end of the exhibition—a nod to one of the artist’s favorite pastimes.

The second exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Duchamp by examining works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection that touch upon a number of broad themes pivotal to the artist’s practice. The exhibition will begin by introducing artwork created by Duchamp’s friends and contemporaries, many of whom explored similar ideas, often challenging traditional artistic mediums to create work that questioned the conventional ideas of fine art. Other issues investigated in the work of artists like Joseph Kosuth and Robert Rauschenberg include optics and light, language, the reuse and reproduction of existing images, the use of everyday objects, the artist’s commitment to self-representation and his belief that an artwork’s meaning is inherently dependent on the viewer.

The promised gift will establish the Hirshhorn as a preeminent Duchamp resource in the mid-Atlantic region, offering one of the most significant public collections in the United States alongside those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Together the paired exhibitions, which demonstrate not only Duchamp’s incredible impact on art, but also the ways in which his revolutionary practice transformed people’s understanding of what an artwork can be, will give viewers a full awareness of the artist’s inimitable significance.Continue Reading..

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Vincenzo Agnetti. Autoritratti Ritratti. Scrivere Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni

Io scrivo delle cose dalle quali ricavo i miei quadri che a loro volta sono di stimolo per altri scritti…
Vincenzo Agnetti, Corriere della Sera, febbraio 1972

BUILDING, dal 23 ottobre 2019 al 18 gennaio 2020, presenta Vincenzo Agnetti – Autoritratti Ritratti, Scrivere – Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni a cura di Giovanni Iovane.
La mostra, articolata nelle due sezioni Autoritratti Ritratti Scrivere, si concentra su una selezione di opere dell’artista che comprendono non soltanto i suoi celebri “feltri”, ma anche molti altri lavori tra cui Identikit (1973), Autotelefonata (No) (1972) e Elisabetta d’Inghilterra (1976) – in cui l’artista sperimenta in maniera originale il genere del ritratto – e il celebre Quando mi vidi non c’ero (1971), dedicato al tema dell’autoritratto con Il suonatore di fiori (1982), ultima sua opera rimasta incompiuta. Agnetti aveva stretto un sodalizio culturale con Enrico Castellani e Piero Manzoni, contribuendo, sin dagli anni Sessanta, all’indagine critica sul loro operato artistico con testi caratterizzati dal suo peculiare stile di scrittura, a metà fra analisi critica e poesia. Nella sezione intitolata Scrivere, vengono dunque presentate una selezione di opere di Castellani e Manzoni legate alla ricerca di Agnetti, a partire da Litografia originale (1968), in cui da un lato (recto) c’è l’opera di Castellani e dall’altro (verso) un testo con diagramma di Vincenzo Agnetti. Di Piero Manzoni troviamo invece le “tavole di accertamento” e le “linee”, oltre a opere attinenti al tema del ritratto, fra cui la Base magica (1961), modello di “scultura vivente” dall’evidente carattere performativo. Ritrarre è un’azione: il verbo, che etimologicamente deriva dal latino retrahĕre– tirare indietro – esprime un “atto negativo” che Agnetti, alla lettera, inserisce sia linguisticamente che come azione performativa all’interno della sua pratica artistica. In questa pratica, che consiste in una dialettica negativa “scrittura – opera – scrittura”, l’atto del ritrarre gioca un ruolo fondamentale proprio per il suo significato negativo di sottrazione ma anche, successivamente, di recupero. L’ultima parte della mostra comprende un’ampia sezione documentaria con testi e fotografie che raccontano il complesso rapporto “scrittura – opera – scrittura” di Agnetti, per il quale la “scrittura – opera” diventa qualcosa di diverso rispetto agli Statements degli artisti concettuali. In questo senso, un’opera come l’autoritratto Quando mi vidi non c’ero può essere intesa come uno speech actper usare un termine di John Langshaw Austin, filosofo del linguaggio, autore di How to Do Things with Words [come fare opere con le parole] (1962). Nella serie dei “feltri” Agnetti delinea una sperimentazione artistica in cui la scrittura e l’opera assumono un valore che supera la definizione restrittiva di una pratica “concettuale”, per diventare performance.

Parte del progetto espositivo sono anche le performances di Italo Zuffi, create dall’artista in occasione di questa mostra, per attivare, sottolineando l’aspetto performativo dell’opera di Agnetti, una riflessione contemporanea sui concetti di ritratto etraduzione. Anche per questo progetto BUILDING propone un’estensione pubblica della mostranella città di Milano. Alcune opere fra le più mistiche di Vincenzo Agnetti, come Ritratto di Dio(1970) o Apocalisse (1970), verranno esposte in alcuni ambienti dei Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio. Un calendario di lectures e seminari di approfondimento accompagnerà lo svolgimento della mostra. Il catalogo, edito da BUILDING, comprenderà testi, fra gli altri, di Giovanni Iovane, curatore della mostra, Marco Meneguzzo, Gaspare Luigi Marcone, Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo, Federico Sardella, Marco Senaldi e un’intervista inedita di Tommaso Trini all’artista, risalente agli anni Settanta.

La mostra è stata realizzata in collaborazione con l’Archivio Vincenzo Agnetti, la Fondazione Enrico Castellani, la Fondazione Piero Manzoni e con il supporto della galleria Osart, della Collezione La Gaia e di collezioni private.

Vincenzo Agnetti

Autoritratti Ritratti
Scrivere Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni

con performances di Italo Zuffi

a cura di
Giovanni Iovane

Dal 23 ottobre 2019 al 18 gennaio 2020

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Immagine in evidenza: Note sul ritratto di tutti, 1975. Litografia 105 x 78 cm cad. Edizione di 100©Archivio Agnetti, courtesy BUILDING

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Musja. The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?

Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Monster Chetwynd, Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Sheela Gowda, James Lee Byars, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Gregor Schneider, Chiharu Shiota

Curated by Danilo Eccher

Musja, the exhibition space in via dei Chiavari 7 in Rome presided over by Ovidio Jacorossi, becomes a private museum with the opening on October 9 of Who is afraid of the Dark?, the first exhibition within The Dark Side project, a three year programme curated by Danilo Eccher.

The vast art collection owned by Jacorossi, covering the period from the early 19th century Italian to the present, will be flanked by the most innovative contemporary trends in the international panorama in order to highlight the fundamental contribution of art to personal and collective growth. The new museum also sets out to become established as a focus for the development of civil society in Rome, and to carry forward cultural commitment, and dialogue with international public and private institutions and museums.

The complex thematic setting of The Dark Side project is organized into three exhibitions spread over three years, and dedicated to: “Fear of the Dark,” “Fear of Solitude,” and “Fear of Time.” The first event in the new exhibition programme—“Fear of the Dark”—brings together 13 of the most important international artists with large site-specific installations and large-scale artworks by established artists, such as Gregor Schneider, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Christian Boltanski, James Lee Byars as well as new protagonists on the contemporary art scene such as Monster Chetwynd, Sheela Gowda, and Chiharu Shiota. There is a substantial Italian component with works and installations by Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Monica Bonvicini. During the opening of the exhibition, and thereafter at monthly intervals, there will be a performance by “Differenziale Femminile,” a group of four actresses, in the rooms of the gallery.

The majority of the site-specific works will be produced especially for the exhibition, while others are loans from various institutions, galleries and some others are part of the Jacorossi collection. All of them were selected for their power to draw the viewer in and encourage reflection on the topic while, at the same time, introducing some essential aspects of current contemporary art research. Visitors will be able to analyse their own reactions to sensory and tactile experiences, theatrical and magical visions, rituals and settings, anxieties that take different and unexpected forms only to melt away.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition, published by Silvana Editoriale, contains a wealth of images by all the participating artists as well as written contributions. In addition to Danilo Eccher’s contribution, there are also some intellectually complex views on the theme of the dark by theologian Gianfranco Ravasi, theoretical physicist Mario Rasetti, psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna and philosopher Federico Vercellone. Different points of view, cross-cutting approaches, intellectual fields that diverge, overlap and are interwoven, give the project much greater scope than a standard art exhibition.

In the course of the exhibition, Musja will also be holding a series of meetings on the theme, coordinated by Federico Vercellone, professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy at Turin University.

The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?
October 9, 2019–March 1, 2020

Musja
via dei Chiavari 7
Rome
Italy

Image artwork by Gino De Dominicis, Jacorossi collection

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Jan Fabre – The Rhythm of the Brain

Palazzo Merulana, nato dalla sinergia tra la Fondazione Elena e Claudio Cerasi e CoopCulture, inaugura la stagione espositiva autunnale con una mostra dedicata all’artista belga Jan Fabre, The Rhythm of the Brain, a cura di Achille Bonito Oliva e Melania Rossi.

In esposizione oltre trenta opere dell’artista belga, tra sculture in bronzo e cera, disegni, molte delle quali mai esposte in Italia e alcune scelte appositamente per la Collezione Cerasi. All’interno degli spazi espositivi dell’ex Ufficio di Igiene, la mostra si svilupperà in due capitoli: l’uno si concentra su un dialogo diretto con la collezione permanente e il suo percorso espositivo; l’altro consiste in una selezione di lavori dell’artista sul tema del cervello e del rapporto tra arte e scienza, allestito insieme ad alcuni ritratti e autoritratti della Collezione Elena e Claudio Cerasi.  Una riflessione sull’arte, sull’immaginazione e sul pensiero degli artisti nel corso della storia: oltre ad alcune opere storiche che si pongono in dialogo visivo con il lavoro di Fabre, la mostra vede continui rimandi simbolici e semantici a tutta la collezione permanente del Palazzo.

Il percorso inizia con due sculture in bronzo: To Wear One’s Brain On One’s Head (2018) e De blikopener (2017). Questi autoritratti dell’artista, che porta in bilico il proprio cervello sulla testa e che tiene in mano un apriscatole, saranno una sorta di guida per tutta la mostra, che dispiegherà nei vari spazi del Palazzo l’intimo pensiero di Fabre riguardo all’arte, al pensiero umano, alla fantasia e all’immaginazione.

Jan Fabre sarà inoltre presente al Romaeuropa Festival 2019, dall’11 al 13 ottobre per una corealizzazione con il Teatro Vascello, con lo spettacolo The night writer giornale notturno di Jan Fabre con Lino Musella: un’autobiografia intima e provocatoria tratta da alcune pagine dei diari personali dell’artista affidati all’interpretazione dell’attore italiano Lino Musella.

 Jan Fabre. Con una carriera che dura da quarant’anni, Jan Fabre (1958, Anversa) è considerato una delle figure più innovative nel panorama dell’arte contemporanea internazionale. Come artista visivo e teatrale e come autore crea un’atmosfera intensamente personale con le sue regole, leggi, personaggi, simboli e motivi. Tra le personali più significative di questo versatile artista belga sono da ricordare “Homo Faber” (Kmska, Anversa 2006), “Hortus/ Corpus” (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo 2011); “Stigmata. Actions and Performances, 1976-2013”, Maxxi, Roma 2013; M hka, Anversa 2015; Mac, Lione 2016; Leopold Museum, Vienna 2017; Caac, Siviglia 2018). Jan Fabre è stato il primo artista vivente a presentare una mostra di ampio respiro al Louvre di Parigi: “L’ange de la métamorphose”, nel 2008. Nel 2016, con “Spiritual Guards” Jan Fabre ha portato una grande mostra presso il Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio e piazza della Signoria, a Firenze. È stato inoltre invitato da Michail Piotrovskij a realizzare un importante progetto all’Ermitage di San Pietroburgo: “Jan Fabre. Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty” (2016-2017). La personale “Glass and Bone Sculptures 1977-2017” è stata presentata come evento collaterale della 57° edizione della Biennale di Venezia (2017). Per Palermo capitale italiana della cultura 2018 MondoMostre ha organizzato “Jan Fabre. Ecstasy & Oracles”, Duomo di Monreale-Valle dei Templi di Agrigento 2018), evento collaterale di Manifesta 12.

Jan Fabre – The Rhythm of the Brain
a cura di Achille Bonito Oliva e Melania Rossi
dall’ 11 ottobre 2019 al 9 febbraio 2020

Palazzo Merulana
via Merulana, 121 – Roma

Orari
Da mercoledì a lunedì, dalle 10.00 alle 20.00, martedì chiuso
Ultimo ingresso ore 19

Info e tariffe
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info@palazzomerulana.it

In co-realizzazione con Romaeuropa Festival 2019, Flanders State of the Art e galleria Magazzino

My REVIEW on RIVISTA SEGNO: Il cervello vibrante di Jan Fabre

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Antony Gormley – Solo Exhibition

Acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley presents his most significant solo exhibition for over a decade. A conversation between old works and new, it will span his wide-ranging practice and exploit the scale and light of the RA’s architecture.

This exhibition is intended as a form of adventure that invites both physical and imaginative participation. The body in Gormley’s work is not a protagonist in a narrative, nor an ideal, a portrait or a memorial – it is the body inand as space.

Early experimental sculptures, objects and drawings – often made using his own body as a primary tool, material and subject – are brought together with large scale environments made especially for the RA. Using organic, industrial and elemental materials, such as iron, steel, lead, seawater and clay, the solidity and certainty of sculpture is put to the test, acknowledging entropy, disintegration, the experience of disorientation. Our understanding of matter itself is under scrutiny – what it means to have a body, when every ‘thing’ is essentially space and energy. Sculpture, for Antony Gormley, is not treated as a ‘thing apart’, separate from its context; it is a means of interrogating and activating its space and place. His negotiation of the surface of the body, his preoccupation with the space within, treads the line between the body as a container of feeling, a living reality, our ‘condition’, and the body as an abstract entity.

From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for the galleries of Royal Academy of Arts, it will be present his most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.

Following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley will be the next artist to take over our Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. The exhibition will explore Gormley’s wide-ranging use of organic, industrial and elemental materials over the years, including iron, steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay. We will also bring to light rarely-seen early works from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which led to Gormley using his own body as a tool to create work, as well as a selection of his pocket sketchbooks and drawings.

Throughout a series of experiential installations, some brand-new, some remade for the RA’s galleries, we will invite visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies. Highlights include Clearing VII, an immersive ‘drawing in space’ made from kilometres of coiled, flexible metal which visitors find their own path through, and Lost Horizon I, 24 life-size cast iron figures set at different orientations on the walls, floor and ceiling – challenging our perception of which way is up.

Perhaps best-known for his 200-tonne Angel of the North installation near Gateshead, and his project involving 24,000 members of the public for Trafalgar Square’s the Fourth Plinth, Antony Gormley is one of the UK’s most celebrated sculptors.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Caiger-Smith, with Sarah Lea, Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Please note: if you are sensitive to enclosed spaces, one of the works may not be suitable for you to enter. Please ask a member of staff for the best route around. Some of the works contain water, sharp edges and materials that can transfer onto clothing.

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Antony Gormley
Solo Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
September 21 – December 3, 2019

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HUMA BHABHA – The Company

There is so much physical destruction happening in different parts of the world, to the extent that many functioning cities look like archeological digs. One of the ways I like to approach the past is in a cinematic way, reimagining the past and projecting towards the future just as movies often do.
—Huma Bhabha

Gagosian is pleased to present The Company, new sculptures and drawings by Huma Bhabha. This is her first exhibition in Rome.

In expressive drawings on photographs as well as figurative sculptures carved from cork and Styrofoam, assembled from refuse and clay, or cast in bronze, Bhabha probes the tensions between time, memory, and displacement. References to science-fiction, archeological ruins, Roman antiquities, and postwar abstraction combine as she transforms the human figure into grimacing totems that are both unsettling and darkly humorous.

The Company is inspired in part by “The Lottery in Babylon” (1941), a short story by Jorge Luis Borges in which a fictional society is taken over by a pervasive lottery system that doles out both rewards and punishments. The lottery is purportedly run by the Company, a secret, perhaps nonexistent body determining peoples’ fates. Bhabha’s procession of sculptures makes visible the power of this unseen Company. It comprises a pair of large, disembodied hands floating atop transparent plinths; a seated figure; and several standing figures of varying scale. Drawings on photographs echo these forms and characters, which could have come from a distant realm of the future just as easily as from a lost civilization. The standing figures are carved from stacks of dark cork—which emits an earthy, acrid odor—and its technical inverse, Styrofoam. These materials appear to be hard and dense, like eroded stone or freshly quarried marble, but they are lightweight and soft, allowing Bhabha to carve quickly and spontaneously without over-refining. The sculptural process thus becomes a sort of embodied stream of consciousness from which alien monsters, fertility goddesses, and Greek kouroi emerge.

The masklike visages of Bhabha’s sculptures are at once majestic and jarring. Painted in incongruous pastel tones—blue, mauve, pink, and green—they recall graffiti, where urban grime combines with interventions of glowing color. With their deranged, cartoonish features empowered by a foreboding bipedalism, Bhabha’s sculptures seem to both mock and warn as reflections of and witnesses to human pride and power, veneration and iconoclasm.

Pairing the scars of war, colonialism, and trauma with allusions to current events and popular media, Bhabha has long maintained that the world is an apocalypse, both man-made and natural; her ravaged sculptures appear to have witnessed some measure of catastrophe yet survived to tell the tale. Like an enthroned pharaoh or cyborg caught in a shower of shrapnel, a seated figure is assembled from sallow clay pressed into chicken wire, mottled fragments of Styrofoam, toy dog bones, and rusted chairs from Bhabha’s hometown of Karachi, caught in the crossfire of internecine and international conflict.

In Bhabha’s large drawings, human and nonhuman figures occupy the intersection of photography, collage, and painterly gesture—their composite faces and shadowy forms seeming to haunt landscapes, city streets, and architectural settings. In one, a blue and beige arch is imposed on Bhabha’s own photograph of an ancient dog statue in Rome’s Musei Capitolini, with two white kouroi looming in the background.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome will host a conversation between Bhabha and Cristiana Perrella, director of the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, on September 18 at 6pm. The event will be held in English and open to the public.

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Andrei Tarkovsky – The Exhibition

With associative films rich in imagery, such as Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974) and especially Stalker (1979), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932‒1986) made his name as a leading innovator of the language of cinema. This autumn, Eye presents an exhibition and film programme devoted to the celebrated filmmaker and mystic, focusing specifically on Tarkovsky’s quest for existential truth. In addition to immersing the visitor in Tarkovsky’s imagery, the exhibition includes unique documents — letters, photos and Polaroids — that have never previously been displayed in the Netherlands. Moreover, the accompanying film programme features digitally restored films.

The work of Andrei Tarkovsky weaves together dreams and memories, past and present. The painterly beauty of his images, his metaphysical reflections on humanity, and his lucid observations about cinema still inspire new generations of filmmakers and artists. Filmmakers such as Béla Tarr and Alexander Sokurov are considered his most direct descendants in the world of film.

inner voice, personal visual idiom
Beyond the straitjacket of social-realist Soviet cinema, Tarkovsky developed a unique body of work in which he saw life as a spiritual quest for truth and self-knowledge. He called it the ‘inner voice of humankind’, which could only be heard within range of the magical and transcendental. He saw his films as ‘hieroglyphics of absolute truth’, acts of non-rational creation that, more than analytical science, were capable of revealing existential meaning.

For Tarkovsky, who died in 1986, film was the ideal medium for getting close to ‘real’ life. Of all the arts, film comes closest to the laws and patterns of human thought and life, he contended — and that made it the most truthful form of art. The style of Tarkovsky’s films was determined by extremely long takes, a very slowly moving camera, remarkable use of sound and music, and an alternation of coloured and monochrome sequences.

exhibition concept

The exhibition has been conceived to get as close as possible to Tarkovsky and his work. That is why it will immerse visitors in the director’s imagery, intoxicating them, as it were, with numerous precisely chosen fragments from his films. This approach follows the ideas of the filmmaker regarding the ‘poetry of the image’ and the necessity of a ‘poetic logic’ and a ‘poetic montage’.

private memories

Especially unique is the collection of Polaroids and photographs – never previously shown in the Netherlands – made by Tarkovsky in a private capacity and while filming. The exhibition will also include material from Tarkovsky’s private archives, including letters, scripts and other documents that have never before been presented. These mementos of Tarkovsky’s personal and professional life have been made available by Tarkovsky’s son Andrei Andrejevich Tarkovsky.

film programme

The accompanying programme features Tarkovsky’s entire body of work, mostly in the form of digital restorations, including The Mirror (1974), Solaris (1972),  and his last film, The Sacrifice (1986). Also included are films by directors who inspired Tarkovsky (Sergei Parajanov, Robert Bresson) and by directors who Tarkovsky inspired (Lars von Trier, Alex Garland). Six of Tarkovsky’s films will be distributed nationally by Eye.

For those interested in Russia’s Soviet past, a six-part lecture series is being organized in collaboration with Russia expert Otto Boelen from Leiden University.

The art magazine Kunstschrift will publish a special issue devoted to Tarkovsky.

Founded in 2012, Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam was based on the former Dutch Cinematheque and focuses its exhibition programme on the intersection between film and visual arts. Eye explores the interplay between film and visual arts and vice versa. Recent exhibitions have been organised with artists and filmmakers such as William Kentridge, Ryoji Ikeda, Jesper Just, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Anthony McCall, Jan Svankmajer and many others.

Andrei Tarkovsky – The Exhibition
Curated by Jaap Guldemond, in collaboration with Marente Bloemheuvel.
Exhibition, films, talks & events
September 14–December 6, 2019

Eye Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Image: Stalker, 1976, Andrei Tarkovsky