Gallery Museum

Gallery Museum

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.

Topography of Terror

Elisa Caldana and Diego Tonus

From September, 8 to November, 18 2017

Opening September, 7 2017 at 6.30 pm

Curated by Emanuele Guidi

The film "Topography of Terror" (19.12.2016) is set in the unrealised building of the "Topographie des Terrors" in Berlin, which was initially planned by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor in 1993.

Zumthor's design won a competition for the construction of a Documentation Centre on the site where the Gestapo, the SS and the Reich Security headquarters were all located during the Nazi era, but the project was never realised due to its high costs and the architect’s radical and uncompromising attitude.

Starting from Zumthor's original drawings and plans, Caldana and Tonus produced a CGI-rendering of the Topography of Terror building; an image of a present-day future which never came into being and therefore provides the perfect stage for a narrative that asks how forms of terror operate now and how they might operate in future.

Island songs

Nicolas Perret & Silvia Ploner

From September, 8 to 27 2017

Opening September, 7 2017 at 8 pm

In collaboration with Transart Festival. At Civic Museum, Via Cassa di Risparmio 14

Curated by Emanuele Guidi

The artist duo Island songs (Nicolas Perret & Silvia Ploner) are opening their first Italian exhibition in the context of a collaboration between ar/ge kunst and Transart, and as a precursor to a new project they are developing with these two institutions for 2018.

The exhibition at the Civic Museum Bolzano unfolds along the lines of two distinct works: "Nýey" and "All Depends on the Sun", which enter into a dialogue on the common theme of sound as story teller and its potential impact on the human imagination and phantasy.

ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo
Via Museo 29 - 39100 Bolzano
Tel. +39 0471 971601

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Friday from 10 am - 1 pm and from 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday from 10am - 1pm
Monday closed
Free entrance