Lost in Landscape

Lost in Landscape

Mart Rovereto

Left to right: Carlos Garaicoa, Cuando el deseo se parece a nada (When desire resembles nothing), 1996. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins. Photo © Oak Taylor-Smith. Bae Bien-U, snm1a-171h, 2002. Courtesy the artist and Galerie RX, Parigi.

April 5, 2014

Perduti nel paesaggio (Lost in Landscape)
April 5–August 31, 2014

Mart Rovereto
Corso Bettini, 43
38068 Rovereto (TN)
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10am–6pm,
Friday 10am–9pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–6pm

T +39 800397760
info [​at​] mart.trento.it


“The traveller knows the little that is his,
discovering the much that he has not had and will not have.”
–Italo Calvino

The Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto presents Perduti nel paesaggio/Lost in Landscape, a major exhibition dedicated to contemporary landscape and its many meanings: space, environment, territory, the place in which one lives and which one leaves.

The exhibition, curated by Gerardo Mosquera, tackles the subject through the works of over 60 artists from around the world, many of which never before presented in Italy. On display will be over 170 photographs, 84 paintings, ten videos, four video-installations, four installations, four context-specific interventions (Gonzalo Diaz, Takahiro Iwasaki, Glexis Novoa and Cristina Lucas), one web-specific project (Simon Faithfull) and one artist’s book (Ed Ruscha).

What is described at the Mart is certainly no Eden, and nor a new artistic genre, but instead a passionate and heartfelt look at the world, which necessarily reveals its most dramatic and contradictory corners. In the catalogue (published by the Mart), Gerardo Mosquera writes that the term “landscape” simultaneously defines “both the perception of a given place, and its depiction.”

Perduti nel paesaggio/Lost in Ladscape opens with The microwave sky as seen by planck, the first complete image of the universe, captured in 2010 with the Planck (©ESA/ LFI & HFI Consortia) satellite telescope. This image, delineating the total landscape, consists of the most ambitious appropriation of the environment ever realised. This image of the universe is flanked by the antique Celestial Disk of Nebra (1,600 BC), which is instead the earliest known depiction of the universe. This absolute landscape confirms the desire to challenge the infinite and the permanent expansion of the cosmos, containing, describing and possessing it.

Between these two extremes, the Mart’s exhibition offers numerous contemporary interpretations from different latitudes. From artworks with a strongly social content, such as the landscapes photographed by Fernando Brito of Mexico to the dreamlike interpretations of Hong Lei, which alternate with the natural scenarios of Analía Amaya. The sites of conflict described by Vandy Rattana, Gabriele Basilico, Kang Yong-Suk and Rula Halawani, which maintain a dialogue with the scenarios of urban transformation of Iosif Kiraly and Guillermo Santos. Surreal images, maps, urban and lunar landscapes join together in an exhibition exploring the dialectic between distance and belonging, and constructs messages, triggers experiences, proposes investigations.

The exhibition starts from the immensity of the universe to arrive at the simplicity of the face of an individual transformed into landscape: an act of appropriation that is perhaps even more extreme than capturing infinite space, in the work of Luis Camnitzer of Uruguay.

Artists represented:
Marina Abramović, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Lara Almárcegui, Analía Amaya, Carlo Alberto Andreasi, Massimo Bartolini, Gabriele Basilico, Bae Bien-U, Bleda y Rosa, Fernando Brito, Luis Camnitzer, Pablo Cardoso, Jordi Colomer, Russell Crotty, Gonzalo Dìaz, Simon Faithfull, Fischli & Weiss, Carlos Garaicoa, Emmet Gowin, Carlo Guaita, Andreas Gursky, Rula Halawani, Todd Hido, Huang Yan, Carlos Irijalba, Takahiro Iwasaki, Isaac Julien, Anselm Kiefer, Iosif Kiraly, Hong Lei, Glenda Leòn, Yao Lu, Cristina Lucas, Armando Lulaj, Rubens Mano, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Richard Mosse, Sohei Nishino, Glexis Novoa, Sherman Ong, Gabriel Orozco, Alain Paiement, Junebum Park, Paul Ramìrez Jonas, Vandy Rattana, Szymon Roginski, Ed Ruscha, Guillermo Santos, George Shaw, Gao Shiqiang, David Stephenson, Davide Tranchina, Carlos Uribe, Agnès Varda, Verne Dawson, Michael Wolf, Catherine Yass, Kang Yong-Suk, Du Zhenjun

Catalogue essays
Gerardo Mosquera, Curator
Yrjö Haila, lecturer in Environmental Policy at the University of Tampere
Sophie Bonin, lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles
Joao Nunes, landscape architect
Giovanni Maria Filindeu, architect
Veronica Caciolli, Mart curator
Denis Viva, Mart curator


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