The ar/ge kunst Gallery Museum of Bolzano is situated in the Via Museo near the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum. The Gallery Museum presents a year up to 7 show regional and international artists.
In 2015 ar/ge kunst celebrates thirty years since its foundation in 1985. To mark this anniversary the entire annual programme will serve as a critical reflection on the history of ar/ge kunst and on the Kunstverein as the institutional model that has characterized it since the beginning.
Through the various practices of the participating artists, this process of self-examination will centre on the exhibition as a mode of research, production, collaboration and restitution; a space and time conceived to facilitate reciprocity and mutual influence between the exhibitions and the accompanying program of public discussions, workshops and performances.
ar/ge is an abbreviation of Arbeitsgemeinschaft (working group).
The first exhibition project of 2015 is entitled "Spatial Dispositions" and has been devised by Italian artist Aldo Giannotti (b. 1977, lives and works in Vienna). As a progressive examination of ar/ge kunst itself, Spatial Dispositions will operate as the introduction to the anniversary program.
The history and economics of ar/ge kunst, its mission statement and ambitions, its responsibilities towards members and visitors, its relationship to its cultural and political context are here translated into projects for potential installations and performances.
Flowers are Documents - Arrangement I and II
(Composition / Support / Circulation / Ritual / Storytelling / Time)
From May, 27 to July, 29 2017
Opening May, 26 2017 at 7 pm
With: NATALIE CZECH, KAPWANI KIWANGA
Episodes with: CHIARA CAMONI, DOUGLAS COUPLAND, DAVID HORVITZ, BRUNO MUNARI, ETTORE SOTTSASS JR.
Opening June, 22 2017 at 7 pm
With: MARTINA DELLA VALLE E RIE ONO, MILENA BONILLA E LUISA UNGAR, NATALIE CZECH, KAPWANI KIWANGA
Episodes with: HARIS EPAMINONDA, OLIVER LARIC, PAUL THUILE, BRUNO MUNARI, ETTORE SOTTSASS JR.
Exhibition design in collaboration with Matthias Pötz and Ada Keller
Curated by Emanuele Guidi
Flowers are Documents - Arrangement I and II gathers and juxtaposes the positions of various artists whose ongoing interest in the subject of flower arrangement opens out into investigations of several parallel fields of research.
Drawing on this traditional "theme" in painting and responding to the landscape of the South Tyrol with its rooted and blooming floricultural industry, the exhibition proposes practices that focus on and problematize notions of decoration and ornament, the ephemeral and the marginal.
Bouquets and ikebana become agents that make it possible to move alongside historical events and extreme presents so as to address issues like decolonization, legality, cultural identity and placemaking. At the same time they question what a document is by offering oblique ways of understanding both the nature of "the exhibit" and the act of exhibiting itself.
As consecutive seasons, the two chapters Arrangement I and Arrangement II unfold around real flower compositions by four artists as an accumulation in space. Four new commissions are accompanied and supported by "episodes" conceived by other artists, designers and writers: vases, books, videos and exhibition projects.
By changing the configurations of the works, the successive arrangements intertwine the "event" of blossoming with the process of ageing so as to stress the time-based nature of the "matter" on display and to offer to the visitors a body of works that changes on a daily basis.
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