Per_forming a collection #1 is the first chapter of an ongoing project designed to develop in a number of phases over the course of 2013 and devoted to the progressive formation of the Museo Madre’s permanent collection in Naples.
In this first phase, diffused throughout the museum, the focus is not on a specific theme, group or historical period, but on artists of different generations whose works have been conceived as physical and mental instruments that link together thought and action in the form of performances, texts, theatrical actions, happenings, environmental installations, videos and films. There are thus two axes around which the presentation is articulated: on the one side the body in action, the search for an active relation between artist and public – that of Joseph Beuys in the action La rivoluzione siamo noi (We are the revolution), that of the public that activates the environment in Yard by Allan Kaprow, or the confusion between public and actors in the staging of the Living Theatre – and on the other the gesture of writing as primary expression of language and communication – as in the conceptual works of Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, Carl Andre, of Carlo Alfano, of visual poets such Tomaso Binga and Arrigo Lora Totino, down to the collective work by Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Per_forming a collection #1 aims to shape a collection which, like a living organism, grows and is articulated over time, combining archival research with commissions for new works to be created in situ, and uniting the dimension of the museum as a place of encounter and participation with the idea of the collection as an unending story, always open to new connections and explorations.
Through the cooperation and support of artists, collectors and gallery owners, the museum’s collection is shown as a continuing process, as a collective composition and the venue for a stratified rewriting that proposes a way to respond to the museum as a multiplicity of experiences, rethinking the concept of a collection itself as: