“From the Cavern to the Moon” at the Pecci Centre, Prato
Two paths through the exhibition, one in the large wing of the new construction and the other taking up half of the old museum building, divided into eight sections dialogically linked with extraordinary substantiation, through unpublished reports and original comparisons between the works which each time incorporate or avoid philological combinations of artistic genres, stylistic groupings or historical chronologies, illustrate the first part of the contemporary art heritage collected over the last three decades by the Pecci Centre in Prato. This is the first exhibition to go on show in the renewed Pecci Centre focused on an art collection that reflects the long-term operational activities and actual acquisition opportunities of seven managements and various curators who have successively taken the helm of the Tuscan museum since 1988 up until the present-day; this is a glimpse of what has been produced and left behind by the large and small exhibitions of the past, and in addition it introduces some works that have never been exhibited before or that were recently acquired by the Pecci Centre.
Works by sixty Italian and international artists, including environmental installations which act as a centrepiece for the exhibition sections, various video works and artistic actions and performances revived and included in the collection, here represent a non-exhaustive but particularly significant summary of the art of the last half century, conceived and curated by Stefano Pezzato in collaboration with the artistic area of the Centre for the arrangement, and with Umberto Borella for the exhibition design.
The new presentation of the collection represents an itinerary through artistic forms that occupy and become part of the environment; the experience represents a true immersion among works of art that develop and repeat over time in the form of videos, actions and performances. It is an invitation to partake in a direct experience and evolve like the heritage of the contemporary art museum of Prato and Tuscany. The public will be free to pass “through the collection of the Pecci Centre” and draw energy from an encounter with the works or engage with the combinations proposed, on an art tour rich in suggestions and revelations. The exhibition takes us through the ancestral period evoked by the legendary Caverna dell’antimateria by Pinot Gallizio and the cosmic space revealed in Luna by Fabio Mauri, passing through the energy proliferation that emerges in La spirale appare by Mario Merz, the future habitat of Supersuperficie imagined by Superstudio, and the integration between art and architecture tested in Intercamera plastica by Paolo Scheggi.
Two special projects that remained after the end of the exhibition The End of the World act as focal points for the exhibition itinerary: the immersive reverse path in the monumental Transcorredor by Henrique Oliveira and the immeasurable “starry” walkable floor by Carlos Garaicoa. These two artworks set up specifically within the Centre, respectively in the new wing and the old exhibition space, are placed in among others such as the dynamic suspended Canoa by Gilberto Zorio and the impressive painting Ri de Pomme by Julian Schnabel, the photographic exploration Pic-Nic Allée by Massimo Vitali and the metal low relief Senza titolo (montagna) by Enzo Cucchi, the open flames framed by knives by Jannis Kounellis and the expansive material painting by Marco Gastini, Metamorfosi inspired by the world of insects by Jan Fabre and the imaginative Concerto per mosca blu e matita gialla by Ilya Kabakov, the modular concretion by Loris Cecchini and the pictorial embroidery by Shirazeh Houshiary, the emblematic Uomo nudo di schiena by Michelangelo Pistoletto and the dialectic Multibed#1 by Vito Acconci, the female icon Jacqueline by Andy Warhol and feminist self-determination by VALIE EXPORT, the famous Taglio on the canvas by Lucio Fontana and the sliced and hung Feltro by Robert Morris, the sculptural dichotomy of stone explored by Anish Kapoor and the spatial suspension of the board by Marco Bagnoli.
Works by Vito Acconci; Vahram Aghasyan; Archizoom Associati; Marco Bagnoli; Pier Paolo Calzolari; Paolo Canevari; Loris Cecchini; Marcos Chaves; Giuseppe Chiari; Fabrizio Corneli; Enzo Cucchi; Gino De Dominicis; Ulan Djaparov; VALIE EXPORT; Jan Fabre; Factory of Found Clothes; Sylvie Fleury; Michael Fliri; Lucio Fontana; Pinot Gallizio; Rainer Ganahl; Marco Gastini; Nan Goldin; Franco Grignani; Pietro Grossi; Shirazeh Houshiary; Ilya Kabakov; Anish Kapoor; Dani Karavan; Joseph Kosuth; Jannis Kounellis; Ketty La Rocca; Sol LeWitt; Francesco Lo Savio; Amedeo Martegani; Fabio Mauri; Mario Merz; Robert Morris; Maria Mulas; Ugo Mulas; Bruno Munari; Marco Neri; Lamberto Pignotti; Michelangelo Pistoletto; Chris Sacker; Remo Salvadori; Paolo Scheggi; Julian Schnabel; Keith Sonnier; Esther Stocker; Superstudio; David Tremlett; UFO; JCJ Vanderheyden; Luigi Veronesi; Massimo Vitali; Andy Warhol; Erwin Wurm; Gilberto Zorio
at the Pecci Centre, Prato
until 28 January 2018