21/03/2015 – 10/01/2016
Opening 20/03/2015, 7pm
Curated by Letizia Ragaglia
The exhibition presents works that have joined Museion’s collection in the last seven years, as acquisitions, donations or long-term loans.They all tie in with the research themes pursued by the museum, such as the new directions in sculpture, and the exhibition brings to light the fact that traditional artistic categories no longer always exist separately from one another. There is a special section devoted to artist’s books and graphic art, which interface with some of the works in the collection. UNESCO has proclaimed the year 2015 as the International Year of Light, therefore a large part of the exhibition is dedicated to a selection of light art works.
Allora & Calzadilla, Pawel Althamer, Francis Alÿs, Carl Andre, Stefano Arienti, Micol Assaël, Nina Beier, Ulrike Bernard and Caroline Profanter, Rossella Biscotti, Monica Bonvicini, Julia Bornefeld, Wilma Kammerer and Sylvie Riant, Christoph Büchel, Clarie Fontaine, Stefano Cagol, Vera Comploj, Nicolò Degiorgis, Tacita Dean, Jimmie Durham, Michael Fliri, Peter Friedl, Mario Garcia Torres, Isa Genzken, Goldschmied & Chiari, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, Gabriel Kuri, Sonia Leimer, Klara Lidén, Liu Ding, Teresa Margolles, Ana Mendieta, Vlad Nanca˘, Maurizio Nannucci, Deimantas Narkevicˇius, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, Diego Perrone, Pietro Roccasalva, Michael Sailstorfer, Leander Schwazer, Luca Trevisani, Rosemarie Trockel, Tatiana Trouvé, James Turrell, Valie Export, Nico Vascellari, Danh Vo, Andro Wekua
Goldschmied & Chiari Genealogy of Damnatio Memoriae, 2009
carved magnolia tree 600 cm
The installation Genealogy of Damnatio Memoriae, presented for the first time during the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), is a living tree carved with the dates and places of violent historical events which occured between 1969 and 1980 in Italy, which can be assimilated into the Strategy of Tension. The principles that guided the selection are the lapse of time between the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan and the massacre in the railway station in Bologna, and the violence of the State and the services deviated in the status quo and power self-preservation through terror. The dates and places of the events are carved onto the trunks and the branches using the characters of dynastic genealogies. The Latin expression “damnatio memoriae” shows a kind of condemnation in use in Ancient Rome, according to which the condemned person was punished through the obliteration of all memories related to him. Through such a familiar device as a genealogical tree, this partial chronology has allowed to represent the massacres and murders as a common line of blood, which unites the community in the memory and oblivion of the events themselves. The magnolia tree is planted in the park behind the museum of contemporary art Museion, Bolzano, as a public work of art.