press release

Is it possible to imagine a place where one can admire works of art, where one can aid a performance and at the same time intertwine human relationships, enjoying the sounds from musical moments, perhaps concentrating on the flavors of curious foods and drinks that recall dionysaic ambiences? La Galleria dell’Amore will realize this fantasy: it is the newest project by the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea of Trento, in which the Trentino institution is preparing to escort its public for the summer of 2005 under the auspices, naturally, of love! In order to realize this idea, Marina Abramovic, “Mother of All Performances”, was called upon to curate the initiative, whose long career has significantly marked the history of this innovative genre within the range of visual arts that today is very much alive and vital. And with her are her young ex-students from the Academy of Fine Arts of Braunschweig (Germany), now reunited under the title IPG, Independent Performance Group, who for this occasion will transform the spaces of the Galleria Civica of Trento into a place dedicated to love! From June 11th at 6:00pm – the date when the project will inaugurate – until September 11, 2005, the Galleria will be transformed into a home with metaphorical rooms, each one dedicated to the theme of love. Thanks to the artists’ videos and installations set in various places, it will be a space to visit and experiment in. A mystical garden, similar to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve committed original sin, will welcome us into the “house”. To approach the burning heart of the project it will first be necessary to pass through the veranda: space of transition and moment of relax where everyone is invited to abandon their own inhibitions. From this point onward, spaces will be opened where dreams merge with reality: inviting cots of various forms, variegated colors and attractive materials inspire sweet and creative dreams of love amongst videos, objects, sculptures that alternate in spaces where visitors are invited to interact. The Gallery of Love will also serve as a meeting place: every Thursday evening a bar will be activated with music and cocktails, a kitchen with strictly aphrodisiac foods, and where one can open curtains that will assist one or more of the performances that will pave the way for the first edition of the International Award for Performance (granted in September for the occasion of the exhibition closing). Love as a collective event, lived in artistic terms, is presented as an experience without precedents: there are no paragons to other exhibitions because it has as its source, a live experience that actively involves spectators, generating energy in a pure state. The IPG collective will give a crude and clear demonstration of the energy level inside the project for the opening event with a round of performances that will utilize various techniques and combine a multiplicity of expressive devices. Vivid actions and installations – performances of long durations – in which the body is an expressive medium fundamental in order to investigate the limits of art and eradicate the taboos of love. For the presentation of the project, issue number 13 of the Galleria Civica’s quarterly magazine “Work. Art in progress” will be dedicated to the event. It will include presentation texts by curators of the exhibition, as well as contain images and critical essays relative to the works by the artists involved in the project and an unpublished interview with Marina Abramovic.

Marina Abramovic, celebrated artist who has written the history of performance from the Seventies as a pioneer of Body Art to the Leone d’oro at the Venice Biennale in 1997, has recently given life to the Independent Performance Group, a group of young artists formed under her guidance during the years she taught at the Hochschule für Bildende Künst of Braunschweig (Germany). This group of students reunites with Abramovic every two years to participate in the workshop “Cleaning the house” that foresees both physical and mental training. This training is intended to stimulate a reflection on the mental and physical condition of the artist. The participants are subjected to a rigid program of exercises sometimes similar to a true and real school of survival.

Oliver Blomeier (Germany). Ivan Civic (Bosnia-Erzegoniva). Amanda Coogan (Ireland). Nezaket Ekici (Turkey). Lotte Lindner (Germany). Till Steinbrenner (Germany). Dorte Strehlow (Germany). Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia). Doreen Uhlig (Germany). Viola Yesiltac (Germany)


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La Galleria dell´Amore
kuratiert von Marina Abramovic

mit Oliver Blomeier, Ivan Civic, Amanda Coogan, Nezaket Ekici, Lotte Lindner & Till Steinbrenner, Dorte Strehlow, Melati Suryodarmo, Doreen Uhlig, Viola Yesiltac