March 26, 2019 - Fondazione Adolfo Pini - Carlos Amorales: THE ACCURSED HOUR
March 26, 2019

Fondazione Adolfo Pini

Carlos Amorales, The cursed village (still), 2017. Video. Courtesy of Estudio Amorales and kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

Carlos Amorales
April 2–July 8, 2019

Press Preview: April 1, 11am
Opening: April 1, 6:30pm

Fondazione Adolfo Pini
Corso Garibaldi, 2
20121 Milan, Italy
Museo Amparo

T +39 02 874502
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From April 2 to July 8, 2019, on the occasion of Miart 2019, Fondazione Adolfo Pini will present the exhibition THE ACCURSED HOUR, by Carlos Amorales, curated by Gabi Scardi.

Carlos Amorales is interested in language, images and their transformation. More generally, he takes an interest in communication systems, their constant renewal, their potentialities and pitfalls; as well as the mechanisms that allow particular narratives to emerge at the expense of others; and, by extension, the issue of dominant representation, the manipulation of communication and thought. In his work visual art, music, animation and poetry converge, all interpreted, with great formal rigor, through a deep awareness of the present time and its tensions.

For Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Amorales has conceived the exhibition THE ACCURSED HOUR, which focuses on his life-size installation Black Cloud and on various elements from the project Life in the folds. The exhibition will also include silhouettes and other works by the artist, in a continuous shift between images and signs. With Black Cloud, a swarm of thousands of black butterflies will invade the premises of the Foundation starting from the staircase at the very entrance. 15,000 butterflies will populate the new and the already existing spaces of the Foundation. With Life in the folds, the artist will scene the theme of human violence against other human beings. A kind of violence that lies deep within and that can explode in unjustified ways. The project also includes an animation video that tells a dramatic story while at the same time showing the hands of a puppeteer moving the characters' threads: a metaphor of the mystification to which history and our own actions are subjected, both whether we are aware of it or not. From this central nucleus stems a variety of transpositions. Among the others: a large installation and a series of ocarinas, each of which has the shape of a sign and which all together create a coded language that can be both "read" and "played". Their sound is also used as the video’s soundtrack. Some shapes appear on the walls of the Foundation as if they went through them: they are human silhouettes and seem to hold some papers in which the salient moments of history are represented. The exhibition will also include the story-board in which the video’s characters and story come to life for the first time.

With this exhibition, Amorales refers to his country, Mexico, while at the same time showing extremely current discrepancies and tensions throughout the world, and the need to identify the origins of our ghosts, to recognize their scope, matrix, and ideological value. After presenting the five site-specific projects The Missing Link by Michele Gabriele, Materia prima by Lucia Leuci, Memory as Resistance by Nasan Tur, Labyrinth by Jimmie Durham and SUMMERISNOTOVER by Šejla Kamerić, with this new exhibition Fondazione Adolfo Pini continues its journey into contemporary art, under the guidance of Adrian Paci.

Fondazione Adolfo Pini
Founded in 1991 thanks to Adolfo Pini (1920-1986) and named after him, the Foundation is based in Milan in the elegant, late 19th-century building situated in 2 Corso Garibaldi. Among the initiatives held by the Foundation are Storie Milanesi, curated by Rosanna Pavoni, Casa dei Saperi, curated by Valeria Cantoni Mamiani and a cycle of projects dedicated to contemporary art, curated by Adrian Paci.


Opening hours 10am-1pm / 3-5pm

Special opening Milan Art week
from Monday to Friday extended hours 10am-1pm and 3-7pm
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 11am-1pm and 3-6pm

T +39 02 874502

Press office Fondazione Adolfo Pini
Alessandra de Antonellis
alessandra.deantonellis [​at​], T 3393637388
Laura Cometa
laura.cometa [​at​], T 3271778443

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