Hans Haacke

Hans Haacke

Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Hans Haacke
Biennale di Venezia, 1993
Photo: Roman Mensing
© Hans Haacke/VG Bild-Kunst

June 29, 2010

Hans Haacke
Show and tell

1 July, 7 pm
Fondazione Antonio Ratti – Villa Sucota
Via per Cernobbio 19, Como

Solo show
21 July – 5 September 2010
Spazio Culturale Antonio Ratti
Largo Spallino 1, Como

Opening: 20 July, 6 pm

Give and take
XVI Advanced Course in Visual Arts
29 June – 20 July 2010, Como
Visiting Professor
Hans Haacke

The XVI edition of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts, organized by Fondazione Antonio Ratti, will take place from the 29th of June to the 20th of July. Entitled Give and Take, it will have as Visiting Professor Hans Haacke (born in Germany in 1936, he now lives and works in New York).

The 1st of July, from 7pm, professor Hans Haacke will give a public opening lecture of the course, entitled Show and Tell.

Hans Haacke will talk about a selection of physically and biologically interactive works, and works he especially produced for the social and political arena. They will give a sense of many years of his engagement as an artist/citizen.

On the 20th of July, to celebrate the conclusion of the Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Hans Haacke’s first solo exhibition in Italy will open at the Spazio Culturale Antonio Ratti, Largo Spallino 1, in Como.

The exhibition, will be open to visitors until the 5th of September 2010, Tuesdays to Sundays, from 4 to 8 pm.

In response to the architecture of San Francesco and its frescos, Hans Haacke has chosen 3 works for this exhibition.

Wide White Flow of 1967 will dominate the central nave.

12 photographs of spontaneous plant growth, taken in an open-air courtyard of the Berlin Reichstag, will line the side naves.

The plants have sprouted at the seat of the German parliament in the artist’s ongoing participatory project DER BEVÖLKERUNG (To the Population). This dedication to all residents of the country puts into perspective the exclusive and historically burdened inscription DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLKE (To the German People) on the building’s façade. Before the Bundestag accepted this work in 2000 by a slim majority, the proposal had generated a heated, nation-wide debate. Since its inauguration 10 years ago, more than 280 Members of the Bundestag have contributed soil from their election districts.

In areas of the 17th century frescos of the apse, which, due to the ravages of time, are now blank, the artist will introduce continuously changing glimpses of Italy’s contemporary corporate culture.

Other appointments of this course edition will be the following: Corso Aperto, the 3rd of July from 6pm at Villa del Grumello (which will include performances, installations, projections and lectures by the participating young artists); a lecture by Peter Osborne, the 9th of July at 7pm and one by Alexander Alberros, the 15th of July at 7pm. Both lectures will take place at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Villa Sucota and will be followed by a seminar dedicated to the course participants.

The course is directed since 1995 by Annie Ratti and curated by Anna Daneri and Cesare Pietroiusti.

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