From October 4, 2018 to January 6, 2019, Bergamo’s GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea presents Black Hole. Art and Materiality from Informal to Invisible, the first exhibition in an ambitious three-
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Gino De Dominicis, Senza titolo (Autoritratto), 1995. Mixed media on Masonite, 37 x 28.5 cm. Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano. Deposit from a private collection. Photo: Alexandre Zveiger. Courtesy Archivio Gino De Dominicis, Foligno and Paola De Dominicis.
Activating a dialogue with the history of scientific and technological discoveries, as well as exploring the development of aesthetics theories, Black Hole showcases the work of those artists who have explored the material element’s most intrinsic significance, where the actual concept of “material” shatters to open up a profounder idea of “matter” as an original element, as the primordial substance that constitutes everything.
The exhibition intends to narrate this dimension in three different perspectives: the first, of those who looked to the tangible, material element as a primary entity, preceding or alternative to form; second, of those who interpreted human nature as part of a broader material discourse; thirdly, of those who embarked on the penetration of matter, pushing the boundaries of materiality itself, grasping its infinitesimal and energetic dimension.
Section 1: Informal
The works of the first section interact with the development of scientific discoveries, and hence shun any intent to represent the world, using traditional and unusual materials not as elements to be shaped and thereby create new forms, but by virtue of their intrinsic value, of their standing as “elements in themselves.” Material configurations whose indeterminacy transmits an idea of reality as a constantly changing substance.
Section 2: Humankind-
This section evolves in an articulated, transversal path, with the artworks of different generations of artists installed side by side, sharing a strong material component but also a variously manifest presence of an anthropomorphic element. Works in which the human body is then primarily a “material body”, and the human figure hinted at or in decomposition becomes the vehicle for an integrated world vision, held together by the very theory of matter.
Section 3: Invisible
Unlike those of the first two sections, testifying to a physical relationship with matter—slashed, coated, scratched, burnt, oozed, but “in itself” matter nonetheless—the works in the third section look to more hidden aspects of matter, invisible to our eyes, conversing with the atomistic and subatomic dimension.
Exhibiting artists : Karel Appel, Hicham Berrada, Alberto Burri, Christo, Gino De Dominicis, Jean Dubuffet, Simone Fattal, Jean Fautrier, Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Lydia Gifford, Cameron Jamie, Asger Jorn, Hans Josephsohn, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Leoncillo Leonardi, Piero Manzoni, Nicola Martini, Luca Monterastelli, Movimento Arte Nucleare (Enrico Baj, Joe Colombo, Sergio Dangelo), Gastone Novelli, Tancredi Parmeggiani, Florence Peake, Carol Rama, Milton Resnick, Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, Thomas Ruff, Ryan Sullivan, Antoni Tàies, Jol Thomson, William Tucker.
Meru Art*Science Research Program
The exhibition will avail itself of the contribution offered by Fondazione Meru – Medolago Ruggeri for biomedical research, which has put in place a new research project in the context of Trilogy of Matter and as part of the BergamoScienza festival.
The programme, conceived with the aim of creating site-
Exhibition October 04, 2018 -
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