22.06.2017 — 24.09.2017
The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea presents the exhibition Body To Body, curated by Paola Ugolini.
The exhibition analyses the exact moment when the artist’s work is characterized by the appropriation of new languages that range from dance to the event, from the happening to theatre, from painting to music, from theory to sculpture, and from cinema to video. Within these complex cultural events, the exhibition aims to cut out only the space in which the artist, having left behind the traditional art forms, uses his/her body as a means of expression.
It is a crucial moment that covers the two decades of the 1960s and ‘70s, years of consciousness-raising and self-determination, characterized by experimental research that varyingly expressed the feminist themes of such artists as Marina Abramović, Tomaso Binga, Sanja Iveković, Ketty la Rocca, Gina Pane, Suzanne Santoro, and Francesca Woodman, and of dance pioneers like Trisha Brown, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer.
In recent years, the language of the body has been exploited by Italian artists of our newest generation, such as the couple formed by Eleonora Chiari and Sara Goldschmied, Chiara Fumai, Silvia Giambrone, Valentina Miorandi, and Alice Schivardi – and by the Paris-based artistic group Claire Fontaine. All of these artists have re-actualized the legacy of those who came before them, creating a series of works that combine the rationale of aesthetics with that of politics. Their work brings to life the characteristics that the American critic Lucy Lippard acknowledged as being feminism’s contribution to the 1970s art scene: art that is“aesthetically and socially effective at the same time” and characterized “by an element of dissemination and by a need to be connected beyond the process and the product”.
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
viale delle Belle Arti 131 — 00197 Roma