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Eugenio Viola on Luciano Fabro



Eugenio Viola on Luciano Fabro

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On the occasion of the presentation at the Art Gallery of NSW, within the 21st Biennale of Sydney, of a series of works by Luciano Fabro, well-known representative of the Arte Povera artistic movement, the Art Gallery of NSW will host a talk by Dr Eugenio Viola, Senior Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). The Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Mami Kataoka, will introduce the exhibition and Dr Viola.

fabro sitoConceptual artist and writer Luciano Fabro (1936-2007) was dedicated to redefining the expressive potential of sculpture through the use of a broad range of materials, both traditional and non-traditional, challenging the creative possibilities of the medium. Following this methodology, Every Order is Contemporaneous of Every Other Order: Four Ways of Examining the Façade of the SS. Redentore in Venice, 1972, comprises a screen-printed line drawing in four parts. Fabro takes inspiration from Convivio (The Banquet), c. 1304, an unfinished text by Dante Alighieri in which the author explores a range of ideas regarding ethics, politics and philosophy. Within the four trattati or books, Dante provides distinct frameworks for interpreting an artwork: the literal, the allegorical, the moral and the anagogical. In alignment with Dante’s instructions, Fabro presents four possible readings of the architectural elements of the façade of the Basilica del Santissimo Redentore, also referred to as Il Redentore, a sixteenth-century Roman Catholic church located in the sestiere of Dorsoduro, Venice

Eugenio Viola, PhD, is an Italian Curator and Art Critic. He is the current Senior eugenio viola riina varol 5 Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Since 2009 he has held curatorial positions at MADRE, the Contemporary Art Museum of Naples. From 2013 he has been responsible for the research and development of the museum’s collection and co-curated the first Italian large-scale exhibitions of Boris Mikhailov and Francis Alÿs as well as a complex Daniel Buren project. Viola has also worked as a guest curator for several Italian and International institutions, curating solo exhibitions devoted to: Regina José Galindo (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, 2016), Karol Radziszewski (CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland, 2014), Mark Raidpere (EKKM - The Contemporary Art Museum of Tallinn, Estonia, 2013), Marina Abramović (PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion, Milan, Italy, 2012), Francesco Jodice (MSU - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011), and ORLAN (MAMC - Musée d’art moderne et contemporaine, Saint Etienne, France, 2007). In 2015 he curated the Estonian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. He is a scholar in theories and practices related to performance and Body Art and has published and lectured extensively on these subjects in Italy and abroad. He has published several essays and he has edited the monographs on Regina José Galindo (Ed. Skira, Milan, 2014), Hermann Nitsch (Ed. Morra, Naples, 2013), Marina Abramović (Ed. 24 Ore Cultura, Milan, 2012), and ORLAN (Ed. Charta, Milan, 2007). He collaborates on regular basis with "Artforum"(USA) and "Arte" (Italy).

mami kataokaMami Kataoka has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2009), Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only (2012), Makoto Aida (2012), and Lee Mingwei and His Relations (2014-15). Prior to this position, Kataoka was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Gallery (1997-2002) and researcher at NLI Research Institute on cultural policies and urban development projects (1992-1997). She was also international curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009. Kataoka regularly writes and gives lectures on contemporary art in Asia.

Free entry. Limited seats. 


Date: Saturday, April 07, 2018

Time: From 3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Biennale of Sydney

Entrance : Free


Centenary Auditorium Art Gallery of NSW