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.
VFI - Virgolo Future Institute
From 14 May to 30 July 2016
Opening, 13 May 2016 7 pm
VFI – Virgolo Future Institute (Such Territorial Claims Transform Spatial Imagination Into Obscure Anticipations of Repartition) is the latest and final iteration of Can Altay's one-and-half year residency in Bolzano, a collaborative project by ar/ge kunst and Lungomare (October 2014 - July 2016).
For the duration of the project Altay has been conducting a study focussed on Bolzano's complex relationship with the Virgolo, a nearby mountain that overlooks the city and has recently been the subject of a vigorous debate concerning its potential uses and developments.
Altay is now using the premises of ar/ge kunst for a three-month exhibition that continues the development of a prior series of public interventions that have employed different temporalities, acting as both observations on and contributions to the current debate.
The works so far have included a two-week exhibition and a public debate at Lungomare (Such Territorial Claims), a four-week poster campaign in the city (Transform Spatial Imagination into), a two-hour performative gathering on the Virgolo and an itinerant, ongoing eight-month intervention in public space (Obscure), with the titles and contents of these works all leading up to the current exhibition.
These public moments have posed a set of questions about territorial claims, the urban imagination and the experience of boundaries, notions that re-surface in Bolzano and many places today.
Via Museo 29 - 39100 Bolzano
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