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.
Many Maids Make Much Noise
From 5th December - 13rd February 2016
Opening, Friday 4th December 2015 7 pm
With the first Italian solo exhibition by British artist Olivia Plender (b. 1977), ar/ge kunst concludes its 2015 programme reflecting on thirty years' activity as Bolzano/Bozen's Kunstverein and on the meaning of its own name (ar/ge kunst as Arbeitsgemeinschaft or working group).
Plender is interested in the voice as material and an instrument to investigate how forms of authority and power relations can be established. In particular, she is interested in what the act of speaking in public itself means, who exactly feels the legitimacy to do it, who does not and how this affects the construction and the narration of history.
In "Many Maids Make Much Noise", Plender carries on her recent research into the history of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) - the militant wing of the British Suffragette movement, which, at the beginning of the twentieth century, fought for women's right to vote - allowing aspects to emerge that official historiography considers minor but that are central in the genealogy of the struggle for civil rights.
ar/ge kunst will be closed from 24 December 2015 till 7 January 2016
Via Museo 29 - 39100 Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 971601
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 1pm and from 3pm - 7pm
Saturday from 10am - 1pm