November 28, 2002 - Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee - Francis Alys and Giuseppe Caccavale at Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome
November 28, 2002

Francis Alys and Giuseppe Caccavale at Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome

Francis Alys
Obra pictorica 1992 2002

Giuseppe Caccavale
Tavolo da disegno


28 November 2002 - 8 February 2003

Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee
Rome

Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee presents Francis Alÿs & Giuseppe Caccavale

Francis Alÿs The Prophet 2001 Olio e encausto su tela 38 x 47 cm.jpg; Giuseppe Caccavale, Corallo Nevicata Pastore lastra in vetro piano e pigmenti 2002

Two exhibitions dedicated, respectively, to Francis Alÿs (Antwerp, 1959), and to Giuseppe Caccavale (Afragola, 1960), open Thursday, November 28th, at the Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee in Rome.

The Francis Alÿs exhibition is organized by the Direzione generale per larte e larchitettura contemporanee Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, in collaboration with the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS) in Madrid. Rome is the first stop for the exhibitions European tour, which subsequently will travel to Zurich (February 28 May 11, 2003) and Madrid (May 28 August 18, 2003).

This is the first extensive solo exhibition of Giuseppe Caccavales work in an Italian museum.

This is the second pair of exhibitions in the series proposed by curator Paolo Colombo, which began in September with side-by-side solo exhibitions dedicated to Eva Marisaldi and Michael Raedecker; the series will continue in 2003 with exhibitions of the work of Margherita Manzelli and Kara Walker.

The Centers exhibition activities continue to be held in the spaces of the former Montello barracks on Via Guido Reni, where a new museum facility, designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is scheduled to open in 2005.

Francis Alÿs is exhibiting approximately forty paintings and ninety drawings, executed between 1992 and 2002, providing a complete and representative view of her pictorial research. Making use of analogies, comparisons and parallels, the artist juxtaposes themes that accumulate and recur in our collective conscience. These include ideas such as the liar, the prophet, and painting and punishment: human categories and situations that the artist abstracts from reality and turns into small paintings that narrate brief stories, anecdotes, and marginal gestures that reconstruct and describe the psychological context of our existence.

The publication that accompanies the exhibition is a book by the artist, co-produced by the Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee in Rome, the Kunsthaus Zurich, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS). The book, published by Turner Libros, is edited by Catherine Lampert, an independent curator and former director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London; it is being printed in three monolingual versions: Italian, English, and Spanish. The book will be presented for the first time at the Centro nazionale, on January 15, 2003, at 6 p.m.

For his exhibition, Giuseppe Caccavale has designed a large fresco (4 x 3 meters) that will be created on a movable frame. The artist also will show drawings on paper, executed in the spolvero (dust) technique traditionally used to make preparatory drawings for frescoes; in addition he will exhibit three works on glass. Like Alÿs, Caccavale considers observation and attention to the surrounding world and its details to be essential, and he uses techniques of drawing and fresco to tell abstract stories, represented with great manual skill.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book that functions as an annotation to the show; black and white photographs and color reproductions illustrate the artists work, from design phase to final product,

Parallel to the two solo exhibitions, the Center is presenting a video by Alessandro Pessoli (Cervia, 1963), entitled Caligola (Caligula, 1999-2002, DVD, color, 10 30, collection Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee). This work, created from the animation of approximately 6,000 drawings, addresses ideas of evil, pleasure, and folly.

exhibition information

Curator: Paolo Colombo

Dates: November 28, 2002 February 8, 2003

Location: Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee

Address: Via Guido Reni 10, Rome

Hours: Tuesday Sunday, 11 a.m. 7 p.m., closed Monday

Publications: Turner Libros for the Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee, Rome; Kunsthaus Zurich; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS);

Direzione generale per larchitettura e larte contemporanee and Centro nazionale per le arti contemporanee

Information: tel. 06 32 02 438; fax 06 32 02 931

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