The rooms of memory | Venice Art Biennale 2015

Place: Venice, Country: Italy
Organization: MiBACT
Curator: Vincenzo Trione
Exhibition design: Giovanni Francesco Frascino
Text by Federica Lusiardi
Photos © Inexhibit, 2015
Additional photo: Peppe Avallone

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The Italian pavilion at the Arsenale, Photo © Inexhibit, 2015

Stepping in the rooms of memory | Venice Art Biennale 2015 – Italy pavilion
Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit

Codice Italia is the title of the exhibition in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2015.
Curated by Vincenzo Trione, the exhibition is a voyage across Italy’s contemporary art, highlighting some constants, that share a common “genetic code”. From the curator’s words: “Though they follow different paths, the artists of Codice Italia aim to re-invent media, while, at the same time, they draw on the existing iconographic and cultural material in a problematic way. Although the work of these artists is in tune with the most audacious results of international artistic research, they avoid the dictatorship of the present”.

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Photo by Peppe Avallone, courtesy of La BIennale di Venezia

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Mimmo Paladino, Untitled, 2015, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

The artists have been invited to realize symbolic works, sort of poetic manifestos, as well as to combine them with “Archives of Memory” inspired by the “Mnemosyne Atlas” by Aby Warburg (an art history critic, that in the late-Twenties realized an illustrated atlas made with images taken from books, magazines and other sources of the time; a sort of encyclopedia of the European culture memory, sorted into chapters). The exhibition, designed by Giovanni Francesco Frascino, therefore provides autonomy to each artist’s work and organized in “rooms”, each housing one piece of art and one archive of memory.

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Nicola Samorì, archive of memory, 2015, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

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Antonio Biasucci, Corpo Unico, 2015, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

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Marzia Migliora, Stilleven, 2015, installation view; photo © Inexhibit, 2015

Featured artists: Alis/Filliol, Andrea Aquilanti, Francesco Barocco, Vanessa Beecroft, Antonio Biasucci, Giuseppe Caccavale, Paolo Gioli, Jannis Kounellis, Nino Longobardi, Marzia Migliora, Luca Monterastrelli. Mimmo Paladino, Claudio Parmiggiani, Nicola Samorì, Aldo Tambellini

Alongside with the invited artists’ work, the exhibition features some homages by Peter Greenaway, William Kentridge and Jean-Marie Straub and a video-installation by Davide Ferrario presenting an  insight on what memory by Umberto Eco.

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The “Tribute to Italy” by Peter Greenaway, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

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Davide Ferrario / Umberto Eco, On Memory, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

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Claudio Parmiggiani, Untitled, 1997-2015, photo © Inexhibit, 2015

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Vanessa Beecroft, La membre fantôme, 2015, photo © Inexhibit, 2015


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