September 8, 2014 - BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts - The Yellow Side of Sociality: Italian Artists in Europe
September 8, 2014

The Yellow Side of Sociality: Italian Artists in Europe

The Yellow Side of Sociality: Italian Artists in Europe
10 September 2014–18 January 2015

Press opening: 9 September, 11am

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
23 rue Ravenstein
1000 Brussels
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm, 
Thursday 10am–9pm

The Yellow Side of Sociality: Italian Artists in Europe is presented by BOZAR and Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, and gathers the work of a multi-generational group of artists, from historical figures such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ettore Spalletti and Vettor Pisani to a younger generation, including Micol Assaël, Rossella Biscotti and Chiara Fumai.

The title brings together the concept of sociality, the natural inclination to come together and share the duties demanded by the art of living well, and the colour yellow, which calls forth positive associations with sunshine, pleasure and happiness, but also stands for cowardice and jealousy. In Italy, a giallo is also a film or novel brimming with sensational crime and mystery. As a shade of sociality, yellow captures the ambiguities of Italian culture and society, while also conveying the country’s positive tradition of placing art at the centre of social intercourse and innovation.

Various works of art in The Yellow Side of Sociality invite visitors to get involved rather than simply look on from the side-lines. Davide Bertocchi’s installation, Top 100, invites the audience to listen to the top hits of the international art scene, while Marinella Senatore’s Movie Set is just that: a set which visitors can use to shoot a film or scene. Artists Christian Frosi and Diego Perrone present a long and enigmatic table with a selection of Italian art magazines illustrating current trends in the art scene, both in their homeland and abroad. With BOZAR Silent Tour Cesare Pietroiusti offers an intriguing guided tour around the corridors of the Centre for Fine Arts that the general public is not normally permitted to enter. Luca Vitone’s Eppur si muove is a wheel-shaped sofa, a space for reflection and meetings dedicated to the condition of the Roma people in Europe. Michelangelo Pistoletto’s installation, Love Difference – Mar Mediterraneo, on the other hand, is one big mirroring table in the shape of the Mediterranean Sea, with chairs from the countries of the different cultures of the region. The image invokes the cultural diversity around the sea while simultaneously suggesting solidarity.

The exhibition is displayed on BOZAR STREET, a freely accessible route that connects the two public entrances of the Centre for Fine Arts, one on rue Ravenstein and the other on rue Royale. On this occasion, the STREET extends itself all the way up to the Justus Lipsius Building, which houses the Council of the European Union in Brussels, where in the main hall visitors can admire a monumental version of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Third Paradise.

Curator: Nicola Setari
Artists: Nico Angiuli, Micol Assaël, Rosa Barba, Davide Bertocchi, Rossella Biscotti, Christian Frosi, Chiara Fumai, Renato Leotta, Diego Perrone, Cesare Pietroiusti, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marinella Senatore, Ettore Spalletti, Luca Vitone, Franz West

Participating art magazines: Cura, DROME, E Il Topo, Le Dictateur, Mould, Nero, Mousse, Permanent Food, Toilet Paper, PIZZA
Coproduction: BOZAR EXPO, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art
Support: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy
Design: Leftloft
In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Press contact
leen.daems [​at​] / T +32 2 507 83 89

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