martedì 26 giugno 2018

IIC Melbourne, dal 12 luglio l"Contrappunti #01 Marco Fusinato / Vettor Pisani" Mostra di arte contemporanea

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Progetto sviluppato in partnership tra l’IIC di Melbourne, l'IIC di Sydney e il Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).
Il “contrappunto” è un termine che definisce l’arte di combinare una nota contrapposta all'altra (punctum contra punctum), in una o più melodie più o meno autonome tra loro. Per estensione, il termine "contrappunto" può essere utilizzato per definire qualsiasi elaborato artistico capace di restituire un racconto incentrato su temi, motivi o toni a contrasto, opposti, eppure complementari. D’altronde, il potere evocativo dell’arte avvicina mondi diversi ritenuti lontani, rendendoli per incanto comuni e familiari.

Contrappunti. Sguardi incrociati sul presente dell’arte è un progetto pluriennale, sviluppato attraverso una serie di mostre che intende per l’appunto contrapporre, per affinità o divergenza ed oltre ogni logica generazionale, la ricerca di alcuni tra i più interessanti artisti italiani con quella di altrettanti artisti australiani, il cui lavoro ed il cui modus operandi nascono e si relazionano a contingenze molto distanti da quelle che appartengono ai rispettivi contesti, con l’intento di evidenziare, oltre una supposta lontananza, fisica ma soprattutto culturale, nuove associazioni di pensiero, materializzate in occasioni espositive che sono, allo stesso tempo, occasioni di incontro e di discussione.

Sotto questo punto di vista, Contrappunti vuole essere la rappresentazione di un viaggio metaforico in cui l’arte dimostra, ancora una volta, la capacità di vincere le contingenze, le impasse emozionali, le incertezze del caso, prolungando i tempi del pensiero, creando fertili attese e cortocircuiti inaspettati, saldando le distanze e annullando le differenze, in quanto l’arte è sempre per la co-esistenza di tutte le possibili differenze, di natura storica, politica, sociale, culturale, razziale, sessuale, religiosa e culturale.

Eugenio Viola, PhD
Senior Curator - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Counterpoints # 01 Marco Fusinato – Vettor Pisani

Counterpoints #01 displays in dialogue works of the Australian Marco Fusinato and Italian Vettor Pisani.

Marco Fusinato (Melbourne, 1964), is an eclectic artist and musician whose work often investigates different tensions such as the ones between high and underground culture, noise and silence. Drawing on his punk counterculture and anarchist background from 1970s Melbourne, he appropriates this political and artistic radicalism combining these strands in his dual modes of noise music and visual art practice. His overall aesthetic strategy links allegorical appropriation with interest in the intensity of a gesture or event.

Vettor Pisani (Bari 1934 – Rome 2011), was a real precursor who successfully combined conceptual investigation with irony, the play of language with role-playing, masking with the search for truth, significant history with the chronicle of the trivial, the sacred with the profane, the art of the past with provocations of the present. He usually defined his work as “a philosophical and cognitive theatre of the modern history of Europe”. Pisani was one of the most important artist in Italy from the ‘70s, as well as one of the most personal and visionary authors on the art scene of his generation.

Despite their research and their work has blossomed in entirely different socio-political and cultural contexts, both Fusinato and Pisani employ a multidisciplinary approach in their practice, crossing through a variety of mediums and genres. Correctly, the aesthetic of both widely uses existing imagery to create a new association of thoughts. Furthermore, they both believe that re-contextualising the original materials, allows the viewer to renegotiate the meaning of the original in a different, often subversive (and more current) context.

A subtle joke of correspondences connects all the exhibited works: Vettor Pisani often conceived his oeuvre in relation with Joseph Beuys. One of his most iconic performances, for example, acted several times, is titled The rabbit doesn’t like Joseph Beuys (1976), and even the Blue semi-cross (1980), was imagined connected with Beuys Eurasia. The Beuys’ multiple Rose for Direct Democracy (1973), is also the starting point of Fusinato’s A Dozen Roses (2006). He developed this photographic series taking the multiple of the German artist to a commercial photographer with a bouquet of fresh long-stem roses. Each flower was placed into the cylinder then photographed and printed at 1:1 scale. Fusinato’s family history of the anti-fascist Veneto partisan movement during WW2 and the political discourse of the post-war Italian Communist Party, crucial in the research of the Australian artist, resonate in Pisani’s Untitled (2011), that belongs to a series of political works the Italian artist did on the themes of Judaism, Nazism, and the compromised European identity. Furthermore, the violin included in this work recalls the Mass Black Implosion series (2007-17). Here Fusinato reproduces at the real scale a selection of scores by avant-garde composers, tracing a line from every original note to an arbitrarily chosen point as a proposition for a new composition. [Eugenio Viola]


Marco Fusinato (Melbourne 1964, where he lives and works), has been exhibited in many exhibitions worldwide, including 21st Sydney Biennale, 2018; 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 2015; ‘Soundings: A Contemporary Score’, the first ever exhibition of sound at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013; 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo 2012; 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India, 2012; 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Madrid, 2010; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and the Museum of Malmö, Sweden, 2009; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2006; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2006; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2005; Auckland Art Gallery, 2005; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2005.

Alongside texts, Fusinato has had a long history of working with (and making) experimental music. He has released many editions of conceptual music-related artefacts. His sound works explore the language of noise. His primary focus is on the unconventional use and abuse of the electric guitar and related electronic devices.

Marco Fusinato is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Vettor Pisani (Bari 1934 – Rome 2011). In 1970, he moved to Rome, where he had his first solo exhibition at the gallery La Salita, titled ‘Masculine, Feminine and Androgynous: Incest and Cannibalism in Marcel Duchamp’. The exhibition already included many of the themes that the artist would pursue throughout his career. That same year he won the prestigious Pino Pascali Prize and had another solo exhibition at the Castello Svevo in Bari, where he presented his celebrated work Lo Scorrevole (Zip-line) for the first time. The following year, the artist took part in his first Paris Biennale and began a collaboration with Michelangelo Pistoletto – Plagio (Plagiarism) - that was exhibited at Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery in Turin, the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt, and Galleria Marlborough in Rome.

In 1972, Harald Szeemann invited him to participate in Documenta 5. 1972 was also the first year he took part in the Venice Biennale, where he would return in 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1993, and 1995. It also marked the start of a long series of solo and group exhibitions at international institutions (Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Kunstverein and Lenbachhaus, Munich; Grand Palais, Paris; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; MoMA PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.

Special thanks to: Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy / Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Contrappunti #01 Marco Fusinato / Vettor Pisani

(12 luglio - 7 Ottobre 2018)

Mostra di arte contemporanea, curatore Eugenio Viola

Vernice: giovedì 12 luglio 2018

Data: Da Gio 12 Lug 2018 a Dom 7 Ott 2018

Orario: Dalle 18:30 alle 20:00

Organizzato da : IIC Melbourne

In collaborazione con : Pica Perth, Anna Schwartz Gallery, IIC Sydney

Ingresso : Libero

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