Italian Pavilion – L’Arte non e’ Cosa Nostra. L’Arte non e’ Cosa Nostra or Art Is Not a Mafia, illustrates, at the Italian Pavilion, the perception that the art world is run by an elite club. The curator Vittorio Sgarbi’s exhibition crams into several Arsenale spaces some 220 Italian artists, chosen by 200 Intellectuals, thinkers and cultural figures. He argues that by asking for such a wealth of views, he presents a true picture of the current state of Italian Art, in contrast to what he perceives as the narrow selections of previous years. Hence the title: “Art Is Not a Mafia”.
Italian Pavilion – the curator. Mired in controversy, as might have been expected following the appointment of the unconventional Vittorio Sgarbi as curator; the Italian pavilion is sprawling with 220 artists selected by writers, thinkers or cultural figures. In connection with the 150th unification of Italy shows the state of art being made in Italy today.
selected by - Ferzan Ozpetek - work by: Lello Esposito - title: Innocente Italia
selected by - Salvatore Niffoi and Cesare de Michelis - work by - Antonio Marras - title: Archivio Provvisorio
selected by - Piero della Francesca - work by: Franco Fedeli – title: Entro Dentro un Sogno
selected by - Lucio Dalla - work by: Franco Politano - title: Un Esercito di Anime
selected by: Alvise Zorzi - work by: Federica Marangoni - title: Escape
selected by: Cesare de Michelis - work by: Giorgia Fiorio - title: Cumfinis Mare Tirreno N 44-48
Giorgia Fioro and Guido Torlonia
Photograph by Manfredi Bellati
selected by: Grazia Gazzoni - work by: Patrizia Medail -title: Snow Storm
William Sawaya, Gilda Bojardi and Paolo Moroni
Mario Menguzzo and Cristina Pariset