What’s on at MAMbo? Bologna

March 26, 2008

Just 10 months after its opening, the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna has undergone a major exhibition-project directed by Gianfranco Maraniello, glancing both at the past and at the future of the museum itself.

The project has been divided into two different sections and will show MAMbo’s permanent collections in the ground floor rooms. The first area, called SpazioGAM, will cover the heritage of the Gallery of Modern Art (GAM), the predecessor of the museum, as an occasion to showcase a number of ouvres from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mostly by local artists. The space is meant to become an overview of the museum’s roots and, at the same time, build a relationship with the city of Bologna: not only from an historical point of view, but also as an interdisciplinary key with which to read the present and the future of the museum. This reflection on the past is to be read as an opportunity for methodological innovation, which will be verified over the years to come. This project is articulated in a picture gallery (“INTRO”), in an area for temporary exhibitions (“TOPICS”) and in a lounge (“OPEN LIBRARY”), created for further research, reflection and workshop activities. Therefore, SpazioGAM will be a multifunctional area conceived as a linking point with the history of the GAM. The second section of the collection’s exhibition is “Focus on Contemporary Italian Art,” and reflects on the recent Italian art scene. The institution has decided to think in generational terms, and to reflect the issue of the Italian art scene today. Among the artists shown: Stefano Arienti, Vanessa Beecroft, Monica Bonvicini, Pierpaolo Campanini, Maurizio Cattelan, Loris Cecchini, Lara Favaretto, Giuseppe Gabellone, Luisa Lambri, Eva Marisaldi, Paola Pivi, Riccardo Previdi, Elisa Sighicelli, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Nico Vascellari and Francesco Vezzoli

Focus on Contemporary Italian Art

Opened on March 15, MAMbo has presented the first selection of “Focus on Contemporary Italian Art.” As the first museum to introduce in an explicit way what can be considered an authentic generational issue, MAMbo has devoted a specific space to the permanent collection which gives the idea of a laboratory. Chronological routes and forced thematic gatherings are avoided. It is the “open” relationship among the works that creates an environment expressive of a working method, which can hold a dialogue with architecture and design, engage with the experimentation of new media and with the reinterpretation of traditional techniques. The sense of history’s purpose is surpassed, personal mythologies are instead considered and new works are conceived as authentic devices, while movies, concerts or performances by other artists from other disciplines are also hosted.

Artists: Stefano Arienti, Sergia Avveduti, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Carlo Benvenuto, Simone Berti, Davide Bertocchi, Monica Bonvicini, Pierpaolo Campanini, Maurizio Cattelan, Loris Cecchini, Lara Favaretto, Giuseppe Gabellone, Luisa Lambri, Eva Marisaldi, Davide Minuti, Luca Pancrazzi, Paola Pivi, Riccardo Previdi, Elisa Sighicelli, Alessandra Tesi, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Nico Vascellari, Francesco Vezzoli

Patrick tuttofuoco Installation view at MAMbo – Riccardo Previdi, Installation view at MAMbo – SpazioGAM

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