53rd International Art Exhibition
The Ministry for Cultural Affairs, PARC - General directorate for the quality and safeguarding of the landscape, contemporary architecture and art and the Venice Biennale Foundation announce the opening of the new Italian Pavilion at the Tese delle Vergini in the Arsenale for the 53rd International Art Exhibition (Venice, 7th June - 22nd November 2009).
The Pavilion will host the COLLAUDI. Omaggio a F. T. Marinetti (Tests. Homage to F.T. Marinetti) exhibition, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli and Luca Beatrice.
The artists invited to participate with works made specially for the show are: Matteo Basilé, Manfredi Beninati, Valerio Berruti, Bertozzi&Casoni, Nicola Bolla, Sandro Chia, Marco Cingolani, Giacomo Costa, Aron Demetz, Roberto Floreani, Daniele Galliano, Marco Lodola, MASBEDO, Gian Marco Montesano, Davide Nido, Luca Pignatelli, Elisa Sighicelli, Sissi, Nicola Verlato and Silvio Wolf.
The Italian Pavilion in the Arsenale, which will be enlarged to include the spaces of the former Italian Pavilion and so increase the current 800 square metres to 1,800 square metres, will overlook the adjacent Giardino delle Vergini and will be one of the main innovations of the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
In announcing the list of artists selected, curators Beatrice Buscaroli and Luca Beatrice have sought to stress some of the elements underlying their choice, starting with the reasoning upon which the selection itself was based: “Not a simple selection of artists but a true exhibition responding to a specific theme, to a concept. The starting point”, continue the curators, “was the homage to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, who is the tutelary numen of COLLAUDI. It is the vitality in the present that interests us about Futurism, the first and only Italian avant-garde movement of the 20th century. A movement open to the co-existence of all the languages, from the historic ones, such as painting and sculpture, to the experimentation of art films, photography, performance and unusual materials. This vision without pre-constituted barriers is exactly what we have sought to adopt, paying close attention to the works – designed and produced for the occasion – and not to the simulacrum of the work or the artist’s name. Our survey”, conclude Beatrice e Buscaroli, “has concentrated above all on the 40-45-year-olds, adding some younger artists and other masters representing visual and cultural points of reference”.
“I applaud the return of the Italian Pavilion”, declared the Minister for Cultural Affairs, Sandro Bondi, “which now has double the space thanks to the fruitful collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia. Italian creativity thus returns to centre stage at the International Art Exhibition, recovering a crucial role in one of the greatest events in the world dedicated to contemporary art. I wish to thank Luca Beatrice and Beatrice Buscaroli for their fine work so far and wish them every success in continuing their project”.
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