The Musee de art modern et contemporaine de Saint-Etienne Metropole is glad to host for the first time outside of Italy and in a public museum, the Fondazione VOLUME !, from June 13 to 20 January 2016. The Foundation will present the exhibition Passages dedicated to the activity that takes place since 1997 in its historical space in Rome.
The exhibition will open on June 12 at 18:30.
Born from the collaboration of Francesco Nucci, founder and president of the foundation, with some of the most brilliant minds and influential italian artists, VOLUME! started is journey devoting itself to the free reinterpretation of its rooms through the work of the artists. In the Nineties in Rome, VOLUME! found its peculiar position, brightening up the cultural life of the city, as a place in which the artist is free to create his artwork guided by a complex system of relations that spring among space, work and experience.
Passages is like a journey into the history of VOLUME!, that takes shape in the wide rooms of the Museum, as a village made up of several small “housing units”. The meaning of this element is not just architectonic but it can be found in the story of the exhibition space and as a permanent feature that has often tied the theme of the work to the space.
Each space contains a trace of the work that the artist realized in via San Francesco di Sales, maintaining its uniqueness and its transient state, and, at the same time, leads to the surface the memories layered on the walls of VOLUME!. In this unusual occasion, each work comes into a close relationship with the other, not only in a spatial system, but placing themselves on the same temporal level. This makes even more evident the primary purpose of the Foundation: that of being a place of total freedom, where the artist has the possibility of working autonomously, of modifying the space unconditionally, of giving a form to his idea, and offer it to the public. The exhibition path, designed by Anomia Studio, will be accompanied and highlighted by some works set on the walls of the exhibition space, contributing to the total transformation of the museum.
Since the floor destroyed during the first intervention of Alfredo Pirri, to the chaotic invasion of color Thomas Lange, the spirit of the Foundation has never changed, confirmed by the exhibitions that have taken place over the years. Emblematic are the iconic pregnant woman protagonist of the work of Kounellis, the rooms painted by Gianni Dessi, the alchemical works of Gilberto Zorio, the sculptural signs by Nunzio and Bizhan Bassiri and Francois Morellet’ neons. And yet the experiences of Pizzi Cannella, Mimmo Paladino, Gregorio Botta, Arcangelo, Giuseppe Gallo, HH Lim, Bruno Ceccobelli, Marco Gastini, Michele Zaza, Elvio Chiricozzi, Giuseppe Maraniello, Balka and Pirri, or the destruction wrought by Pedro Cabrita Reis, the work on time and the memory of Christian Boltanski and Fabio Mauri, the car burned by Costa Vece, the reflection on censorship of Carlos Garaicoa and Gianfranco Baruchello, the domestic space of Flavio Favelli, the Temple of Jimmie Durham, and also the idea of the space as a living body of Jaume Plensa and Sissi. Freedom is also underlined by the great difference between the works, from the straw into the wall by Olaf Nicolai, to the tunnel of Rui Chafes, from the small columns of Michele De Lucchi, to the towers of Valery Koshlyakov, and to the performative experiences of Santiago Sierra and Regina Jose Galindo.
The exhibition, in addition to re-create the work of the artists, presents records and documents of the “passage” of the artists, gathered in over 17 years, through the photographs of Claudio Abate, Rodolfo Fiorenza and Claudio Martinez and video documentaries of Giada Colagrande, Valerio Pittiglio, Dafnis & Papadatos.
On the occasion of the exhibition, will be published a book about the life of VOLUME! since 1997, with texts by Achille Bonito Oliva, Danilo Eccher, Lorand Hegyi, Lorenzo Benedetti, Silvano Manganaro, Silvia Marsano and a dialogue between Francesco Nucci and Claudia Gioia.