Photo ©John Armleder, courtesy the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milano, London, Hong Kong
curated by Letitia Ragaglia
Opening 21/09/2018 7 pm
22/05/2018 – 13/01/2019
Museion kicks off its new season with a solo show by John Armleder entitled Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more they stay the same). After the video Endless for the media façade in 2016 and his participation in various shows between 2005 and 2007, for the Bolzano museum it is a return to a collaboration with this generation’s most influential Swiss artist.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, John Armleder (1948, Geneva, Switzerland) has developed an oeuvre that reaches beyond the customary schema of art criticism and the art establishment, blurring the dividing lines between art and architecture, art and design, art and everyday items. His multifaceted practice mingles painting, sculpture, environmental installations, performance, video, critical texts and editorial and curatorial projects. Throughout his career Armleder has brought together chance and design, high brow culture and entertainment, unsettling irony and conceptual analysis, always challenging the notion of authorship and the idea of the originality and uniqueness of the work of art. And although his body of work is extremely varied, all of his pieces are like fragments, different parts of a single, overarching project: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!
Museion, exhibition view, Superflex, Free Beer, 2018 Foto: Luca Menenghel
curated by Letizia Ragaglia
07/10/2017 – 23/09/2018
Artists: Carl Andre, Mirosław Bałka, Robert Barry, Massimo Bartolini, Monica Bonvicini, Angela Ferreira, Spencer Finch, Sylvie Fleury, Werner Gasser, Luis Jacob, Hubert Kostner, Matt Mullican, Otto Piene, Superflex, Günther Uecker, Michel Verjux, Luca Vitone and Heimo Zobernig
Works of art that can be entered and explored; works of art that envelop us and play with our senses; works of art designed to be used in some way: this is the focus of INSTALLATION ART, Museion’s new exhibition, which presents immersive pieces from the museum’s collection that invite the public to physically engage with them. Sixteen artists – from Carl Andre to Luis Jakob, Heimo Zobernig and Monica Bonvicini – present large scale installations, video and works of light art that generate a spatial dimension. The selection spans various different types of installation art – some of them plunge us into an imaginary world, others affect our perception on a sensory or intellectual level, while others are based on eliciting direct interaction with visitors. All of them pay special attention to the viewer, who completes the work of art and becomes part of it, actively participating and adding his or her personal experience. Several of the works were made especially for Museion on occasion of previous exhibitions, and therefore stand as a record of the museums’ past shows.
Foto: Luca Menenghel
curated by Andreas Hapkemeyer
16/11/2017 – 23/09/2018
More than 50 works in ink or watercolour on paper present the intriguing oeuvre of the German artist Irma Blank, whose script-based aesthetic does away with the legible word, feauturing poetic subdivisions of fictitioustext into lines and blocks, as we know it in books, newspapers and other publications. The meditative spirit typical of her works is reinforced by the intense use of the colour blue. Irma Blank’s exhibition in Museion continues the exploration of the works in the Archivio di Nuova Scrittura which are part of the collection.
Irma Blank (Celle, Germany, 1934, lives and works in Milan) uses the written word as a tool for ituitive cognition, returning verbal language to the status of “Urzeichen”, primordial signs. In a career spanning more than forty years Blank has exhibited in museums, galleries and international events such as documenta in Kassel (1977), the Venice Biennale (1978, 2017), the Quadriennale in Rome (2005), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010), Kunsthaus Hamburg ( 2016) and MAMbo Bologna (2016).
Piazza Piero Siena 1
39100 Bolzano, Italy