In May 2022, two French institutions, MAMAC and Villa Arson in Nice, will shed light on some aspects of the historical and contemporary Italian art scene. Since « Identité italienne. L’art en Italie depuis 1959 » (“Italian Identity. Art in Italy since 1959”), curated by Germano Celant (1940-2020) and held at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) in 1981, no exhibition has offered in France, a panorama of this vivid and inspiring art scene.
Within the vibrant context of Artissima, the curators of the two shows will present their respective perspectives, their commitment with the Italian art scene and the main issues they intend to raise.
Valérie Da Costa, curator of Vita Nuova – New Stakes in Italian Art 1960-1975, aims to reveal a renewed perspective on the incredible vivacity of artistic creation within this particularly fertile and exceptional period in Italy. A period which was inextricably linked to the wealth of cinema and literature of those years.
The Future Behind Us / Le Futur Derrière Nous curated by Marco Scotini aims to read the last three decades of the Italian artistic scene under the light of the historical fracture with the Seventies.
Speakers: VALÉRIE DA COSTA (curator of Vita Nuova : Nouveaux enjeux de l’art en Italie 1960-75, MAMAC, art historian, art critic and curator, professor of contemporary art history at University of Strasbourg); MARCO SCOTINI (curator of The Future Behind Us / Le Futur Derrière Nous, Villa Arson, curator, Artistic Director of FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea. Is Head of the Visual Art, Head of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department at NABA, Head of the Exhibitions Program at Pav – Parco Arte Vivente, Turin);
Moderated by HÈLÉNE GUENIN (director at MAMAC, Nizza); ERIC MANGION (director at Villa Arson, Nice); VITTORIO PARISI (PhD in Aesthetics at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris, director of studies and research at Villa Arson, Nice)