Italian Pavilion 59th International Art Exhibition
The Venice Biennale
STORIA DELLA NOTTE E DESTINO DELLE COMETE
Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion Onofrio Cutaia
Curator Eugenio Viola
A work by Gian Maria Tosatti
Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5.30 p.m.
The Public Program of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022
First Italian Embassy: Museo Madre Napoli
Director General for Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity – Ministry of Culture
Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion
President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Art
Artistic Director of the Madre Museum
Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022
Gian Maria Tosatti
Artist of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022
Vice-President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Art |
Vice President Magaldi Green Energy
Head of International Relations Community of Sant’Egidio
Vincenzo De Luca
President of the Campania Region
On Wednesday 27 April at 5.30 p.m., the program of initiatives for the public on the occasion of the Italian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, will begin at the Museum Madre in Naples: a series of events aimed at broadening and disseminating the themes of the History of Night and Destiny of Comets throughout the world.
The first date in the calendar includes a public meeting attended by Onofrio Cutaia, Director General of Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity – Ministry of Culture Culture and Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion, Angela Tecce, President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Kathryn Weir, Artistic Director of the Museo Madre, Eugenio Viola and Gian Maria Tosatti, Curator and artist of the Italian Pavilion at the Arte 2022 Biennale, Letizia Magaldi, Vice-President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Magaldi Green Energy, and Mario Giro, Head of the International Relations Department of the Community of Sant’Egidio; concludes Vincenzo De Luca, President of the Campania Region.
“We are very pleased with the positive feedback that the Italian Pavilion has received from visitors,” explains the Director General for Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity – Ministry of Culture and Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion, Onofrio Cutaia, “and this makes us understand that the choice of the project curated by Eugenio Viola was one that the public understood and shared. The meeting at the Madre marks the beginning of a series of appointments that will address the issues touched upon by Tosatti’s work, which we hope will open up a stimulating and constructive debate. ”
The Italian pavilion at the Arte 2022 Biennale, curated by Eugenio Viola, is dedicated for the first time in its history to a single artist: Gian Maria Tosatti. History of Night and Destiny of Comets is the title of the exhibition project that completely occupies the spaces of the Tese delle Vergini and consists of an environmental installation with an irreducible theatrical syntax divided into a prologue and two acts. The first part, the story of the night, offers the visitor a symbolic journey through the rise and fall of the Italian industrial space; the second leads him to a final impressive vision that represents the Destiny of Comets.
An immersive work that addresses the difficult balance between man and nature, between sustainable development and territory, between ethics and profit, questions that are more urgent than ever in this meta-pandemic and politically unstable present.
At the same time, the Italian pavilion goes beyond the physical limits of the Biennale Arte 2022 through an extensive public program coordinated by Adriana Rispoli.
The Mother Museum of Naples is the first of the three embassies on national territory to host it. The entire program will begin in its rooms, as it is a particularly important place for the training of curator Eugenio Viola and artist Gian Maria Tosatti, but also the setting for their last important collaboration, which, after Seven Seasons of the Spirit in 2016, will reach the Pavilion Italy at the Biennale Arte 2022 with History of the Night and Destiny of the Comets.
The public program, promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity, aims on the one hand to symbolically unite the south and the north of the peninsula, stopping in Venice and Palermo but opening in Naples, and on the other to connect Italy with the rest of the world.
The program aims to disseminate the guidelines underlying the project of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2022 and to involve artists whose poetry in various fields unites the contemporary urgencies of a reinterpretation of history and a necessary search for a new ecological balance. as it is social, while aiming to create an international dialogue. The activities include a network of “embassies”: Museums and cultural institutions, both national and international, invited to independently organise meetings that contribute to creating a polyphonic mosaic of interventions on global issues related to sustainability and the problematic relationship between man, environment and territory.
All the activities of the public program are open to the public and are documented on social networks and on the website notteecomete.it.
Events | April – November 2022
First Italian Embassy
Madre Museum, Naples | April 27, 2022
Inauguration of the public program_ Talk h. 17.30
Onofrio Cutaia, Director General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture and Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion.
Angela Tecce, President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Art
Kathryn Weir, art director of the Madre Museum
Eugenio Viola and Gian Maria Tosatti, Italian Pavilion
Letizia Magaldi, Vice President of the Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Art | Vice President Magaldi Green Energy
Mario Giro, Director of International Relations of the Community of Sant’Egidio
Concluding Vincenzo De Luca, President of the Campania Region.
Ca ‘Foscari University, Venice | May – June 2022
Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage Venice
Coordination by Prof. Silvia Burini
Program of four meetings for the knowledge and dissemination of the research of Italian artists
Giulia Piscitelli (Naples, 1965, where she lives and works)
Andrea Mastrovito (Bergamo, 1978, lives between Bergamo and New York)
Eugenio Tibaldi (Alba, 1977, lives and works in Turin)
Stefania Galegati (Bagnocavallo 1973, lives and works in Palermo)
ART NIGHT VENICE | June 18, 2022 Performance
Dewey Dell (Teodora Castellucci, Agata Castellucci, Demetrio Castellucci)
Second Italian Embassy | June 2022
Marevivo onlus in collaboration with the Academy of Costume and Fashion of Rome, Museum of Natural Sciences, Venice
“How fashion companies, both textile and tanneries, and luxury brands are addressing the issue of sustainability”
Marry the Night. Venice and Palermo | May, June, September, October 2022.
A “performative” project by g.olmostuppia (Milan 1991, lives between Venice and Palermo).
Four “walksscapes” to discover the esthetics of the “vast province” and its impact on the territory, using the cities of Venice and Palermo as examples. Inspired by the Stalker Collective and Tarkovsky’s poetics, they will walk four areas of the Italian province, exploring their soul and contradictions to shed light on the abuse of power of industrial culture against nature and its revenge.
First path: Sacca San Mattia, Murano, Venice
Second way: Fincantieri shipyard, Palermo
Third way: Brancaccio district, Palermo
Fourth way: from the Italian Pavilion to the Mose Mouths, Venice
Third Italian Embassy | September 2022
Merz Foundation, ZAC Cantieri Culturali della Zisa, Palermo
Beatrice Merz, President of the Merz Foundation in dialog with Eugenio Viola in the context of the exhibition Ordo Naturalis / Ordo Artificialis
International Embassies | May – November 2022
The public program of the Italian Pavilion has invited, in addition to the three Italian embassies – Madre Museum, Naples, Marevivo, Museum of Natural Sciences, Venice, Merz Foundation, Cantieri della Zisa, Palermo – 10 international cultural institutions operating in countries where the debate on post-industrialization and environmental sustainability is urgent for various reasons. Each participating institution will organize a lecture to which it will invite an artist and/or scientist to discuss with a representative of the cultural world, moderated by a representative of each institution.
Participating international institutions:
MAC, Lima, Peru
EMST State Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia
MAC, Montreal, Canada
MSU Zagreb, Croatia
ZOMA Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa
AGWA Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
MAMBO, Bogotá, Colombia
Closing event of the public program
Talk with Eugenio Viola
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