OPENING FEBRUARY 22, 2024

Become a Member and get invited to the Members Opening Reception on February 22.

 

OPENING HOURS:

Friday and Saturday: 11am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm). Guided tours: 11am and 2pm

Members-only hours: Monday-Thursday by appointment

General admission: $15 for guided tours; $10 for open hours

Members & students: free

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This exhibition, curated by Marco Scotini, is dedicated to Italian artist and writer Nanni Balestrini (1935-2019). The exhibition focuses on two crucial decades in the career of the Neoavanguardia artist, the 1960s and the 1970s. It begins ideally in 1963, the year in which the Gruppo 63 literary movement was founded in Palermo with Balestrini among its founders. It then concludes in 1980, the year of the release of Blackout, a short poem conceived in the aftermath of the New York City blackout of 1977.

Planned as an “action for voice” to be performed by Demetrio Stratos in May 1979, the work was never performed due to the premature death of the Greek vocal experimenter and to Balestrini’s indictment in the 1979 investigations surrounding Autonomia Operaia.

Nanni Balestrini, ‘Cavallo’, 1963. Collage on paper. Private collection, courtesy Frittelli arte contemporanea, Florence

 

Much emphasis has been placed on the exclusively typographical character of writing in Balestrini’s plastic works. This exhibition will instead draw attention to the double acoustic and visual level of Balestrini’s word or, better yet, to what Paolo Fabbri described as its “phonic-optic indiscernibility”. Examining the relationship between Balestrini and Luigi Nono, which lasted an entire decade, and focusing on their collaboration, will shed further light on the search for the disalienation of the word pursued by both.

As a point of reference for historical precedents, the exhibition will also include a selection of Futurist freewordist visual poems, a literary-artistic form of expression that was coopted by the Italian Neoavanguardia in the 1960s due to the revolutionary potential of the historical avantgarde movement.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR: Marco Scotini is an art critic and curator.
He currently is artistic director of FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, a center specializing in the preservation and enhancement of private collections, artists’ archives and the promotion of contemporary art. Since 2004, he has been director of the Department of Visual Arts at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti of Milan and Rome.

He is scientific director of the Gianni Colombo Archive, the Bert Theis Archive, the Clemen Parrocchetti Archive and the Nanni Balestrini Archive. Since 2014, he has been responsible for the exhibition program of PAV- Parco Arte Vivente in Turin. He was artistic director of the 2nd Yinchuan Biennale in 2018 and was a member of the Italian Council from 2019 to 2021.

He has curated exhibitions for leading national and international art institutions, including the Albanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015), three editions of the Prague Biennale (2003, 2005, 2007), Anren Biennale (2017), 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018) and was advisor for Bangkok Biennale (2020 and 2022). It is part of the 17th Istanbul Biennale (2022) and the BETA Timișoara Biennale (2022). He has been part of the project TV Politics at documenta 14 (2017). Marco Scotini’s project Disobedience Archive is part of the 60th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte della Biennale di Venezia (2024), curated by Adriano Pedrosa.

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