Axer / Désaxer. Lavoro in situ, 2015, Madre, Napoli - #2
10.10.15 — 04.07.16
Two projects have been specially commissioned by the Madre museum in 2015 from the French artist Daniel Buren (Boulogne-Villancourt, 1938) to celebrate the relationship between the museum and its community, on the occasion of the first ten years of the Madre’s activity: Come un gioco da bambini. Lavoro in situ, 2014-2015, Madre, Napoli – #1 and Axer / Désaxer. Lavoro in situ, 2015, Madre, Napoli – #2.
One of the most important contemporary artists, Buren is the author of a work in which the visual value is always associated with the theoretical, and whose emblematic element could be summed up in his comprehension and use of the notion of in situ: an expression that the artist himself indicates as the stringent interplay between his works and the exhibition and urban venues where they are created. The two projects in situ were made at different times, focusing on the area of the entrance and the Re_PUBBLICA Madre gallery, both places of immediate encounter between the museum and its public.
Axer / Désaxer. Lavoro in situ, 2015, Madre, Napoli – #2 consists of an intervention of architectural dimensions, conceived by the artist especially for the Madre’s atrium. Set obliquely facing the street in front, the museum building is made to “rotate” by the artist’s intervention so as to replace it on the axis towards Via Settembrini before it. Through black and white stripes 8.7 cm thick (one of the recurrent features of the artist’s in situ works) the floor of the entrance suggests an unusual escape route and a potential perspective axis rectilinear to the road axis, so that the museum emerges from itself to embrace the city around it, while a structure-pavilion, consisting of colored surfaces and mirrors, reverberates and enhances this new isometric imagery. In this way, the artist acts on the viewer’s standpoint, creating an area of perceptual and cognitive mobility, of vision, mediation, mutual attraction and communion, in which interior and exterior, museum and community penetrate into each other and merge. Each visitor is thus welcomed and invited, literally at a glance, to be part of the work, to actively participate in the relation it celebrates between the institutional sphere and public dynamics.
Desiderata (in media res)
10.10.15 — 18.01.16
Organized by the Madre in collaboration with WIELS, Brussels, and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Mark Leckey. DESIDERATA (in media res) is the first retrospective, as well as the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution, devoted to Mark Leckey (Birkenhead, 1964), one of the most influential contemporary artists, winner in 2008 of the prestigious Turner Prize of the Tate Britain in London, and the Central Art Award of the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne. Revealing the profound and seminal influence that the British artist has had on subsequent generations of artists, the exhibition presents, along with new productions, a wide selection of historical works realized in each of the media used by Leckey – sculpture, installation, sound works and environments, performances and videos – installed in a unitary course conceived for the spaces of the museum as a progressive series of interiors.
La Voce. Nel giallo faremo una scala o due al bianco invisibile
10.10.15 — 29.02.16
Since the early 1970s the artistic practice of Marco Bagnoli (Empoli) has been divided between drawing, painting, sculpture, environmental and sound installation, combining them with each other in a pervasive synthesis, aesthetic datum and scientific statement, theories of vision and color and iconological research, ancient knowledge and a moving experience of space and time, in which the work explores the ramifications of thought, becoming a matrix of knowledge, both rational and intuitive. The intervention of Marco Bagnoli at the Madre museum in Naples, titled La voce. Nel giallo faremo una scala o due al bianco invisibile (“The Voice. In yellow we will make a ladder or two in invisible white”), is part of the project L’ALBERO DELLA CUCCAGNA. Nutrimenti dell’arte (“TREE OF COCKAYNE. Nutrients of art”), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, presented simultaneously on October 10, at the XI Giornata del Contemporaneo AMACI- Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani, articulated in various art operations throughout the country, in public museums and private foundations.