The Magnificent Obsession at MART Rovereto, a powerful museum experience in modern and contemporary art

by admin on October 29, 2012

MART Rovereto - ARCOSpainRovereto, Italy (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

The MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy) celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition that redraws the partnership between its collections and the public, reflects about the museum’s heritage and embarks on a new way of observing the latter. The Magnificent Obsession will last virtually an whole year, from October 26, 2012, to October six, 2013, and will occupy the complete second floor of the MART museum.

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MART’s wealthy collections have typically been presented in thematic exhibitions, with a focus on a specific group of artists or artwork. The tenth anniversary’s exhibition aims rather to construct a much more substantial overview of the collection, enabling the public to discover it in its integrity and variety, from an unexpected point of view. Often the obsession typical of each and every collector governed the taste of the collection itself, and directed the creation and development of several of the collections donated or loaned to the Mart. This is the beginning point for “The Magnificent Obsession”, an exhibition for which MART has turned solely to its in-house capabilities, with the curating undertaken by a group of its curators and conservators: Nicoletta Boschiero, Veronica Caciolli, Margherita de Pilati, Duccio Dogheria, Daniela Ferrari, Mariarosa Mariech, Paola Pettenella, Alessandra Tiddia, Denis Viva and Federico Zanoner. The exhibition at MART Rovereto also reveals and shows the “behind the scene” activities regarding the collections, such as the process and research behind conservation, restoration, institutional relations and study, and unveils its own pulsing heart, the evidence of essence of a museum as an active and continually evolving organism.

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MART director Cristiana Collu expresses the powerful visual and immersive experience of “The Magnificent Obsession” with an handful of adjectives: “Self-thaught, water-diviner, auto-da-fe’ of works. Victim or protagonist, recomposed collection, disturbing and provocative, maniacal and fetishist. Obscure object of desire. Secret, sharing, intoxication, celebration. Giddiness of blending”.

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The show starts with the operates of Andrea Malfatti, and via irredentism and the emergence of modernity it leads to Richard Long’s “Trento Ellipse”, made of porphyry from the neighborhood Trentino area. Visitors of “The Magnificent Obsession” will be capable to meet the protagonists and most important examples of Italian and international art: paintings, sculptures, archive documents, graphic performs, photographs, books, publishing rarities, posters, applied art and furnishings, with sections devoted both to the museum’s masterpieces, such as those of the Futurist avant-garde, and to less effectively-identified but equally astonishing functions, such as these belonging to Italian art of the 1930s (Abstraction, Rationalist Architecture, Mario Sironi, Giorgio De Chirico) or to the 1960s and ’70s (Lucio Fontana, Pop Art, Visual Poetry) and a lot more latest occasions (Andrea Pazienza, Joseph Beuys, Irving Penn, Christian Boltanski, Alighiero Boetti, Richard Lengthy).

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The layout of the exhibition at MART is chronological in scope, but not in the sense of a sequence of historicized trends and movements bringing as an alternative a fresh view, and open to the theme of striving for identity as a museum which has distinguished itself for its dynamism over the final ten years. The works are presented at “The Magnificent Obsession” with out any visual hierarchy, mixing the collections of the MART museum and highlighting the differences in between categories via a temporal shift, with the objective of assisting to develop a dialogue among the decades, in the manner of the “previews of the future” presented by the previous, or of the “archaeology of the present” presented by the present predicament. In a specific sense, it the exhibition at the MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art constitute a re-evocation of the spirit of the 19th-century salons, exhibitions that represented a distinct way of hunting at performs of art. “The Magnificent Obsession” offers a sensitivity close to the criteria of collecting and the visual circumstances of reality, rather than the presumed neutrality and ascetic nature of modern and modern exhibitions spaces.

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The exhibition will also host new performs created and realized for the exhibition by modern artists, who will offer their view of the historic succession of the works: Paco Cao, Liliana Moro, Emilio Isgro’ and Christian Fogarolli are among the very first artists invited to interpreter “MART ́s magnificent obsession”.

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Guest Artists’ biographies

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Paco Cao&#13

Born in Asturias (Spain) in 1965, the artist presently lives and operates in New York, where he settled in the 1990s right after concluding his history of art reports. Paco Cao quickly started working on different artistic fronts without having favoring 1 medium over an additional, and linking with each other different disciplines inside his function. His artistic processes regularly consist of a collective dimension and the diverse cultural identities of social groups. Ever considering that his initial and provocative “Rent a Body project” (1993-98) and his more recent complete-length film, “El veneno del baile” (2009), Paco Cao has ranged from overall performance to cinema, exploring the profound relationships defining the phenomena of social and cultural aggregation or fragmentation. Among his most important tasks in latest years are “Appear-alike Contest Series” (2001-2004), on the theme of individual and public portraiture, and “Do not touch the white lady” (2006), which continues his investigation into the depiction of self and of other individuals. In 2011, he exhibited at the eighth Mercosul Biennale and at the Facets of Figuration exhibition at MoMA New York.

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Emilio Isgro’&#13

Born in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Italy) in 1937, Emilio Isgro’ is 1 of the most multifaceted artists and intellectual critics of his generation. Well-known for his erasures, or works that arrive at a unfavorable image of an initial text through the obsessive and cautious black crossings out that occasionally let a couple of words to be made out, Isgro’ has also dedicated himself to poetry, journalism and drama. He embarked on his career in the early 1960s, quickly adhering to the investigation via image and text of Visual Poetry, which anticipated some of the themes and intuitions that would subsequently typify Conceptual Art. More than the years, Emilio Isgro’ also explored other approaches to the visual arts, like installations and his latest “sculpture”, “Seme d’arancio” (1998), produced for his house town. Private exhibitions of his function have recently been hosted in Italy at the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Pecci in Prato (2008), the Fondazione Marconi in Milan (2012) and at the Santa Maria dello Spasimo complex in Palermo (2000-2001). In 2007, Alberto Fiz collected many of his writings from 1963 to the present day in an anthological volume.

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Liliana Moro&#13

Born in Milan (Italy) in 1961, where she lives and works, Liliana Moro began working with visual arts at the end of the 1980s, after studying at the Accademia di Brera with Luciano Fabro. In the Milanese cultural melting pot of these years, Liliana Moro was 1 of the founders of one of the option exhibition spaces which revitalized the cultural climate of the city. The artist won essential recognition with an invitation to the IXth Documenta of Kassel (1992) and to the Venice Biennale (1993). Her operate favors no medium in particular, but concentrates on the person experience of the observer, who is usually invited to go beyond what is visible and decreased to essentials by the artist. Among her individual exhibitions in public spaces, these at the ARC Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris (1993), at the MUHKA in Antwerp (1996) and at the Istituto di Cultura Italiana in Los Angeles (2007).

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Christian Fogarolli&#13

Born in Trento in 1983, Christian Fogarolli graduated in Sciences of Cultural Assets from Trento University. Given that 2008, he has developed a painterly style marked by different expressive methods and has at the very same time frequented a Master’s course in Study, Diagnosis and Restoration of Paintings at Verona University, expanding his artistic interest to include every little thing from the techniques of Old Masters to contemporary innovations. His painting draws from a hyper-realist inspiration and develops with a much more quick, expressive brushwork alternating in the use of materials, creative tools and supports: from a traditional canvas to wood, expanded polystyrene to plasterboard and metal sheeting. The laying down of color, initially with thin but several coats of paint, passes via thicker, plastic and occasionally violent material layers embodied in the white plaster or light atmospheres of ash and rust in some backgrounds. Humanity and its dimension within the modern context, at each an person and social level, lies at the centre of his perform. He is at the moment participating at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany, with a single perform.

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“The Magnificent Obsession” at MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto opens on October 26, 2012 and will be open to the public, with variations of the works proposed and new interventions from the guest modern artists, until October 6, 2013. Much more info on “The Magnificent Obsession” at MART Rovereto is accessible on the internet at the MART web site http://english.mart.trento.it/magnificentobsession. News and updates on the exhibition will be accessible on Twitter following the hashtag #magnificentobsession e MART’s Twitter account @mart_museum.

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MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto&#13

MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Museum of Contemporary and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy) celebrates its first ten years of activity featuring many exhibitions, efficiency and interventions among other individuals, those from Hermann Nitsch, David Claerbout, Paco Cao, Emilio Isgro’, Liliana Moro, Christian Fogarolli and Paolo Meoni. The 2012-13 calendar of MART is available on the web at the MART site http://www.mart.tn.it.

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Press Workplace MART&#13

Corso Bettini, 43 – 38068 Rovereto (Trento, Italy)&#13

Head of Communication: Flavia Fossa Margutti&#13

Press Workplace contacts: Luca Melchionna / Clementina Rizzi&#13

E-mail: press(at)mart.trento.it&#13

Tel: (+39) 0464 454.124 / 127

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