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.

Image Diplomacy

Vladislav Shapovalov

From December, 2 to February, 10 2018

Opening December, 1 2017 at 7 pm

Curated by Emanuele Guidi

With the first show in Italy of the Russian artist Vladislav Shapovalov, ar/ge kunst continues to present artistic practices that deal with history and the material of which it is made up; Long-term researches that are obliquely positioned in respect to official historiography, dedicating themselves to the re-composition of facts and moments considered minor, obsolete or simply forgotten; practices that above all critically investigate the media through which the story is written and communicated, and through which it continues to reverberate in the present.

In "Image Diplomacy", Vladislav Shapovalov addresses the cultural and political heritage of the "Communist project" as articulated by the Soviet Union, constructing its perspective from his own biography of a young Russian who grew up in post-1989 Russia and resident for many years in Milan.

It is a confrontation that is initiated by the discovery at the Italy Russia Association, of dozens of files containing entire photographic exhibitions and films on the most diverse aspects of life in the Soviet Union (from sport, domestic and public life, technology and work, geography and architecture, to women's emancipation, and achievements in space exploration) in order to promote to the world the image of a modern, emancipating, internationalist and alternative project to that of American capitalism.

These exhibitions were designed by the Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries (VOKS) and circulated through a network of friendship associations established in many countries by sympathizers for the Soviet experiment.

One of the central aspects of Shapovalov's research focuses on methods of display and exhibition strategies employed for some of these expositions, which could be assembled autonomously and at low cost by simply following the instructions and technical drawings also contained in the discovered files.

The idea of a modernity within anyone's reach was proclaimed not only through the reproducibility of photography and film, but also by the display systems themselves, thus transforming the exhibition into the ideal "medium" for conveying and spreading this message.

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