Monday, June 30, 2008

Bolzano: A NEW MUSEUM - for Modern and Contemporary Art

Bolzano: Museion.
The new Museion for Modern and Contemporary Art has just opened in Bolzano. The Berlin-based architects, KSV, Kruger Schubert Vandreike, designed the glass and metal cube. The inaugural show, until September, is called Peripheral Vision and Collective Body which brings together a big selection of post World War II works, across disciplines such as, art, film, performance and text. Why not include a visit to the Museion when you do the Manifesta 7 tour.
Manifesta 7. Manifesta 7 (July 19 – November 2) is the European Biennale of Contemorary Art in the Trentino - Alto Adige and the South Tyrolean region of Northern Italy. The Biennale presents 100 days of contemporary art covering 150 km. The locations for the Manifesta 7 exhibitions are in disused industrial spaces like a former tobacco factory or the Alumix aluminum-smelting complex or a former central post office. Works by 188 artists will be presented at the four Manifesta venues, most of which have been created especially for the occasion.

Bolzano: Museion – Maurizio Cattelan. Maurizio Cattelan's Charlie Don’t Surf, 1997, is a sculpture named after a brutal dialogue in the film Apocalypse Now. Charlie is a small boy in a hooded sweatshirt sitting with his back to the viewer at a school desk.

A Detail. A detail of Maurizio Cattelan’s Charlie Don’t Surf, 1997.

Bolzano: Museion – Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, 1964-1966 were filmed in his studio, known as The Factory. Visitors with potential “star” quality would be asked to sit in front of a camera and sit still while the camera was running. Subjects included; Bob Dylan, Salvador Dali, Baby Jane Holzer to name just a few.

Bolzano: Museion – Allora and Calzadilla. The Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla sculpture entitled Sediments and Sentiments, 2007, is the last in a trilogy of works that explores the interplay between militarism and sound in the context of today’s global state of war. Singers emit operatic rap from a tape recorder hidden inside the piece.

photograph by Manfredi Bellati
Bolzano: Museion - the back. The Museion can be reached from the back by foot or by bike across two irregular, free-form curving bridges over the river Talvera. See how the modern building integrates and doesn’t disturb the surrounding buildings.
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