Bologna | AGAINandAGAINandAGAINand at MAMbo explores the theme of cyclical time

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Bologna | AGAINandAGAINandAGAINand at MAMbo explores the theme of cyclical time

‘AGAINandAGAINandAGAINand’ inaugurates the 2020 exhibition program at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. The Sala delle Ciminiere of the Bologna museum is transfigured by the presence of works created by seven of the best known contemporary artists: Ed Atkins, Luca Francesconi, Apostolos Georgiou, Ragnar Kjartansson, Susan Philipsz, Cally Spooner and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

cover image: Luca Francesconi, Fish, 2020, Dried rudd, cadmium
Installation view at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2020
Photo Enrico Parrinello, Courtesy the artist and Galleria Umberto di Marino, Naples


The theme of cyclical time and the shift away from a linear representation of time pervades the contemporary scientific debate, to the point that physicists have come to see it as the central issue in a revolution in thought that is leading us to reconsider the very idea of time, through new theories such as string theory or loop quantum gravity. AGAINandAGAINandAGAINand aims at inquiring into the theme of loop, repetition and cyclicity in the present time, by looking at things from different perspectives, through the works of artists who have made this issue the focus of their research.
The exhibition project develops through different approaches: a sociological one, which looks into the impact of new technologies and organizational systems on the psychological and physical systems of humans; a philosophical and religious one, which draws inspiration from forms of experience based on holism, reincarnation, and a cyclical conception of time; and an ecological one, which propounds new models of production and consumption based on a new awareness of rural culture.
The authors of the works that will be displayed in the spaces of MAMbo come from different parts of the world, and the fact that they problematize the issue shows that there is a critical debate around time, and the forms of knowledge and power arising from it, in contemporary art. Moving between different media – performance, video, sculpture, painting, photography and installation – the project offers visitors a journey through immersive environments characterized by different degrees of temporal intensity.
Curated by Lorenzo Balbi with the curatorial assistance of Sabrina Samorì, the exhibition is one of the main projects of ART CITY Bologna 2020, the institutional program of exhibitions and events promoted by the Municipality of Bologna in collaboration with BolognaFiere, in coincidence with Arte Fiera.

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Ed Atkins, Safe Conduct, 2016, 3 channel video with sound
Installation view at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2020
Photo Enrico Parrinello. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London
Collection Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

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Apostolos Georgiou, Installation view at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2020
Photo Enrico Parrinello. From left:
Untitled, 2019; acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London/Piraeus
Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London/Piraeus
Untitled, 2018, acrylic on canvas. Private collection, Athens

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Ragnar Kjartansson, Bonjour, 2015, Installation performance
Installation view at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2020
Photo Gabriele Lepri. Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik

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Cally Spooner, DRAG DRAG SOLO, 2016, Single-channel projection on suspended transparent room dividing screen without sound, 11′ 20”. Installation view at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2020. Photo Enrico Parrinello. Commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for the 2016 edition of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement.
Courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and ZERO…Milan

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Susan Philipsz, Guadalupe, 2003/2019. Single-channel sound installation, 7′ 33”.
Exhibition view at Projekt Migration, Köln, 2005. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin.

AGAINandAGAINandAGAINand
temporary exhibition
23 January / 3 May 2020
MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna
via Don Minzoni 14 – 40121 Bologna
www.mambo-bologna.org


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