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.
The variational status
From 7 December to 11 February 2017
Opening, 7 December 2016 7 pm
Curated by Emanuele Guidi and Antoine Marchand
The exhibition "The Variational Status" at the ar/ge kunst is the first public presentation of a research project by artist Riccardo Giacconi, which in 2017 will continue with a performance at the Centrale Fies (July 2017), a second exhibition project at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (October 2017) and an artist's book published by Humboldt Books (February 2017).
The project investigates the relationship between a range of narrative forms (puppetry, street storytellers, flyers and pamphlets) and a series of pre-political acts of revolt staged between Italy and South America. Starting out from Riccardo Giacconi's interest in tradition as an "act of transmission", "The Variational Status" evokes a narrative constellation between animation, suggestion, revolt and orality.
Via Museo 29 - 39100 Bolzano
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