July 20, 2005 - Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art - Luna Park. Fantastic Art.
July 20, 2005

Luna Park. Fantastic Art.

Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Teahouse / Casa del Thè, 2005,
Courtesy Neugeriemschneider, © foto Sillani Luna Park. Fantastic Art
Sculptures in the park

curated by:
Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto
Works by: A12, Petra BLAISSE, CLIOSTRAAT, Alberto GARUTTI, Gabriel OROZCO, Paola PIVI, Tobias REHBERGER, Tomas SARACENO, Andreas SLOMINSKI, Monika SOSNOWSKA, Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA, Patrick TUTTOFUOCO

www.villamanincontemporanea.it

For the exhibition Luna Park. Fantastic Art twelve international artists have created new specific projects for the park of Villa Manin. The works, freely inspired by the theme of the game and of interaction, actively challenge the public and stimulate a dialogue with the historical and natural context of the site. On the fields, along the paths, between the trees and the vegetation, the works surprise us and make us think: some are looked at, some can be touched, crossed through, inhabited, walked on, hit at, thrown at or they can even be carried with us. The exhibition becomes a pathway of discovery, experience and amusement in which the visitor, whom every artist chooses to involve in a different way, is indeed the protagonist. Making us roll on a grass slide Paola Pivi inebriates us with the euphoria of nature. By means of a colourful group bench, Patrick Tuttofuoco unites us physically in the observation of the landscape. Cliostraat offer us a moment of rest on their spiderweb-hammock. Rirkrit Tiravanija welcomes us with an espresso in his teahouse. In his colourful cage Alberto Garutti lets nature grow freely. Through a catapult which launches stuffed animals, A12 contrast sweetness and violence. Tobias Rehbergers shooting target allows visitors to take aim at a symbolic prey. With their mirroring parasols Petra Blaisse/Inside Outside camouflage us in the natural surroundings. Monika Sosnowska makes us reflect on the significance of the park by presenting an impossible ruin. Andreas Slominski forces us to look at the park from a different point of view. Tomas Saraceno creates a flying garden where Tsillandia plants give life to a self-sufficient ecosystem. With his Go game in huge scale, Gabriel Orozcos work becomes the symbol of the concept of the game as freedom of though and movement.

Il Teatro dellArte
Masterpieces from the Collection of the Ludwig Museum Cologne

Works by:
Althamer, Bacon, Balkenhol, Baselitz, Beckmann, Beuys, Bulatov, De Maria, Dijkstra, Dix, Eggleston, Genzken, Gertsch, Giacometti, Gilbert and George, Goller, Guttuso, Herold, Hoerle, Immendorf, Kabakov, Kawara, Kingelez, Kippenberger, Kirkeby, Klapheck, Klein, Komar & Melamid, Lassnig, Mikhailov, Paik, Penck, Picasso, Polke, Richter, Rosenquist, Rotella, de Saint-Phalle, Sander, Sehgal, Tillmans, Tinguely, Viola.

Il Teatro dellArte is an exhibition that develops like a play, a spectacle in which each viewer is an actor, together with the artworks, on the Baroque stage of Villa Manin. Through a display which emphasises the dialogue with the architecture of the villa, Il Teatro dellArte reveals a heterogeneous panorama on the themes and approaches which have characterised our recent times. The historical frame is not only a backdrop, but also an active and participatory context breaking up the play into numerous distinct acts in which the works of art relate and interact. Each room represents an act, not as a classification, but rather as a starting point to allow the public to reflect on the message of the images in relationship to their historic, artistic, socio-political and human frameworks.

With this exhibition art turns into a stage on which, through the artists vision, the comedy of history and life takes place. Villa Manin and its past become a fantastic setting underlining the significance of human thought and of its creation.

Il Teatro dellArte
& Luna Park. Fantastic Art
June 8th November 6th 2005
VILLA MANIN CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Passariano, Codroipo (UDINE) Italy www.villamanincontemporanea.it
info@villamanincontemporanea.it
tel. 39 0432 906 509

just one hour from Venice!

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