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Contemporary Art in Italy



Contemporary Art in Italy

Contemporary Art in Italy
Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00pm

musei giorno contemporanea

Presented on the occasion of EXPO CHICAGO and of Giornata del Contemporaneo.

The Italian Cultural Institute presents two museums of contemporary art committed to following art outside conventional boundaries and bringing it to a broad range of diverse audiences, both local and international.

Roberta Tenconi, Curator and Art Exhibition organizer at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curator of Collections at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, will participate in this event.

Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, established in 2004, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers 15,000 square meters, making it one of the largest contiguous exhibition spaces in Europe. It presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists, with each project conceived to work in close relation to the architecture of the complex, and explored in depth through a calendar of parallel events.

The mission of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea is to engage local and international audiences in a deeper understanding of our present times through art and culture, while contributing to the social development of its surrounding region. In addition to collecting and exhibiting artworks, the Museum is a hub for creativity, research and learning, primarily in the field of contemporary art, by reflecting on the present through a dynamic relationship with the past. The first museum devoted to contemporary art in Italy, Castello di Rivoli is a beacon for the art world. Since it opened in 1984, it has continuously presented innovative exhibitions and radical art performances, while remaining sensitive to the unique Baroque castle that hosts it. Designed in 1718 by Filippo Juvarra, the castle is a constant source of inspiration for artists. Its architecture and history inspire the creation of new works conceived specifically for the Museum’s Permanent Collection. The Museum frequently collaborates with other local cultural institutions, hosting theatrical performances, concerts, film and video festivals as well as seminars and conferences both on- and offsite. It also programs symposia and roundtables dedicated to other fields, from literature, philosophy, and music, through to science, physics, and conservation.

Roberta Tenconi is currently the Curator at PirelliHangarBicocca in Milan. Since her appointment in September 2105 she has curated solo shows by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (2019), Matt Mullican (2018), Leonor Antunes (2018), Eva Kot'átková (2018), Rosa Barba (2017), Laure Prouvost (2016), and Petrit Halilaj (2015), and co-curated (with Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Chiara Parisi) the group exhibition "Take Me (I'm Yours)" (2017). She is currently preparing solo exhibitions of Cerith Wyn Evans and Neïl Beloufa. Prior to her work at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Tenconi was Assistant Curator for "The Encyclopedic Palace," the International Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale curated by Massimiliano Gioni (2013). Between 2006 and 2015 she worked at the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan in the capacity of Assistant Curator and Special Projects Manager, organizing various ambitious projects and solo shows with international artists such as Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (2013), Cyprien Gaillard (2012), Pipilotti Rist (2011), Alighiero Boetti (2011), Paul McCarthy (2010), Tacita Dean (2009), Tino Sehgal (2008), Peter Fischli and David Weiss (2008), Pawel Althamer (2007), Paola Pivi (2006), and the group exhibition "The Great Mother" (2015). While developing and collaborating to various other curatorial independent projects, in 2006 she was part of the curatorial team of the 4. Berlin Biennale and served as Visiting Curator at Melbourne Contemporary Art Spaces (2006). She has written several exhibition texts for institutions around the world (Berlin Biennale, Palazzo Grassi, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi among the others), has contributed writings to numerous magazines including Mousse, Domus, Flash Art, Muse, and L'Officiel Arte and has collaborated on many editorial projects, more recently with Hatje Cantz, Skira, and Mousse Publishing. She regularly lectures, participates to panel discussions and serves as juror or selecting curator in art prizes, nominee and acquisition committees—as recently for Phaidon, MAXXI Bulgari Prize 2018, MiArt fair, Henraux International Sculpture Award, and the Paulo Cunha e Silvs Art Prize from the City of Porto.

Art historian, curator and author of several publications, Marcella Beccaria is Chief Curator and Curator of Collections at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea located in Rivoli-Torino, Italy. Beccaria completed an MA in Art History and Museum Studies at the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Boston University, Boston. Beccaria started her museum experience in the United States working at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. At Castello she developed the permanent collection and organized numerous exhibitions such as Claes Oldenburg Coosje van Bruggen (2006), A Room of One’s Own (2008), Vito Acconci (2010), History I never lived through (indirect witness) (2012), Marinella Senatore (2013-14), Jan Dibbets (2014), Gilberto Zorio (2017), Nalini Malani (2018). Additional co-curated exhibitions include Colori (2017), solo exhibitions on Giovanni Anselmo (2016), Wael Shawky (2016), Anri Sala (2019). Recent collaborations include the exhibitions Heart of Darkness. Can art prevent mistakes?, OGR Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino (2019), and Dall’argilla all’algoritmo. Arte e tecnologia. Opere dalle collezioni di Intesa Sanpaolo e Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Gallerie d’Italia, Milano (2019). International museum collaborations include The ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Beccaria authored many monographic catalogs, and she edited several books about Castello’s collections, including Ten Years and Beyond. The Collection of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – CRT for Turin and Piedmont (2010). As a writer, she also collaborated with several magazines and published with museum institutions such as La Biennale di Venezia; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu Serralves, Porto; Stedelijk Museum, Ghent; Istanbul Biennial; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; SAM-Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Centre Pompidou, Metz; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg. She authored Olafur Eliasson, a monograph published by Tate, London (2013).


Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art hosts more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Festival Hall, presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. The exposition draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while engaging the region’s contemporary art community and collector base. The 2019 edition of EXPO CHICAGO will align with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020) and present various programs and events throughout Chicago during EXPO ART WEEK (September 16–22, 2019). For more information about EXPO Chicago, please click here.

While in Chicago, Roberta Tenconi and Marcella Beccaria will participate in EXPO Chicago's Curatorial Exchange program. Launched in 2018, the Curatorial Exchange offers mid-career and established international curators the opportunity to engage closely with their peers and with EXPO CHICAGO’s more than international exhibitors while exploring Chicago’s cultural landscape through a tailored four-day program. Developed in partnership with foreign consulates and cultural agencies, the Curatorial Exchange aims to inspire future collaborations and dialogue and foster new insight on gallery and institutional programs and artists’ practices from Chicago and around the world.

The lecture on September 17th is free and open to the public.
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Data: Mar 17 Set 2019

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Ingresso : Libero


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