Palazzo Carpegna - Salone d'Onore

Germano Celant

on the subject of : Arte Povera's Grand Tour

As part of the "Narrated Exhibitions" series, on Thursday 17th May the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca will host a conversation with Germano Celant on the theme of "Arte Povera's Grand Tour" which will be introduced by Francesco Moschini. Germano Celant will reflect on the experience of curating the "Arte Povera 2011" project which, as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of  the unification of Italy, involved eight different museums and cultural institutions simultaneously displaying over 300 art works and installations in galleries and open-air spaces in the Italian cities of Turin, Milan, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Bari.The exhibition project centred on the artistic movement which was born in 1967 when Celant himself coined the term "Arte Povera", and the project has involved artists such as Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio, illustrating - over forty years later - the movement's historical development and contemporary evolution at a national and international level.The programme of exhibitions represented the movement's various phases and "languages" in diverse locations: the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Rivoli (Turin), the Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna in Rome, the GAMeC Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, the MADRE Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina in Naples, the MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, the MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, the Milan Triennale and Bari's Teatro Margherita.Together with the directors of each of the museums and institutions involved, Germano Celant devised an archipelago of exhibitions which have combined a vast number of art works - both historical and recent - in a journey through time, from 1967 to 2011, exploring the national and international events in which the artists connected with Arte Povera have been protagonists.
Thanks to its geographical scale, one of the project's notable characteristics has been that of connecting the national network of museums, creating a synergy within which the particular identity of each of the various institutions is reflected in the diverse and specific approaches adopted. The environmental installations of Arte Povera have been flanked by accompanying sections dedicated to photography, video, books and theatre, along with a selection of works by European and American artists  emphasising the movement's important links with the international context.

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Germano Celant | Grand Tour dell'Arte Povera (05.17.2012)