Il mondo magico at La Biennale di Venezia

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Il mondo magico at La Biennale di Venezia
Italian Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
From 13 May to 26 November 2017

 

Il mondo magico is the title of the project that curator Cecilia Alemani has chosen for the Italian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will present works by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi and Adelita Husni-Bey. Il mondo magico draws its title from a book by Neapolitan anthropologist Ernesto de Martino, which studies how various cultures and populations employ magic as a tool for responding to crises that undermine their power to grasp and shape the world around them.

 

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For Il mondo magico, Alemani has invited Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi, and Adelita Husni-Bey to create three new projects specifically commissioned and produced for the Italian Pavilion. The three artists not only share a fascination with magic, but were shaped by a similar background. All of them were born in Italy between the 1970s and the 1980s, and came onto the national and international scene at the brink of the new millennium, achieving different levels of fame. They belong to the first Italian generation to grow up in a cosmopolitan, international climate: their art and their languages are global, yet closely tied to Italian culture.

 

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Cecilia Alemani’s project Il mondo magico is perfectly attuned to Christine Macel’s overall concept for the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. VIVA ARTE VIVA revolves around an idea of humanism that celebrates art’s capacity to help individuals avoid being overpowered by the forces governing our world, forces which when given free rein can gravely circumscribe the human dimension.

 

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