April 8, 2010 - Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara - Fourteenth edition
April 8, 2010

Fourteenth edition

Fourteenth edition​

26 June – 31 October 2010

Curated by Fabio Cavallucci


Announcement of the list of participating artists

The fourteenth edition of the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, curated by Fabio Cavallucci, will take place from June 26th to October 31st 2010.

The theme of this edition will be the monument, or rather that radical process of de-monumentalisation which has freed sculpture from any celebratory, encomiastic function. The monument has been the emblem of power, the tool of mass homologation, but also the catalyst of patriotic values and an irreplaceable building-block in the construction of collective memory. It became a fundamental target of revolts and revolutions, and was then eliminated with the application of the ideals of democracy and freedom of our times.

However in the flexible, ever-changing scenario of today’s society, in a turn-of-the-century atmosphere perhaps heralding the actual end of history as we know it, the old values and materials can sometimes be seen to re-emerge alongside the contemporary iconoclasm. Will we once again identify ourselves with monuments?

The town of Carrara, where Michelangelo and Canova once came for their marble, and whose history is linked to both marble quarrying and processing, is at present suffering from the loss of centrality of this raw material in the art world. The local context thus becomes a mirror of those cracks in the production system of the whole western world, and the contact with this real situation provides inspiration for the artists invited to the exhibition.

The choice of the locations, old sculpture laboratories and other abandoned buildings in the centre of town, where the signs of time and neglect are evident, immerses us even further in that dimension of disorientation which is a leitmotif of the whole exhibition.

In the exhibition, the theme is introduced by some historical examples of late 19th and early 20th century monumental production, from Leonardo Bistolfi to Fausto Melotti. These stand alongside models of statues from the Fascist period and Soviet and Chinese socialist realism. The central part of the exhibition is the group of works by more than thirty contemporary artists of various nationalities, most of whom will be creating projects specifically for the exhibition:

Carl Andre, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Huma Bhabha, Rossella Biscotti, Monica Bonvicini, Carlos Bunga, Cai Guo-Qiang, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcelo Cidade, Nemanja Cvijanović, Sam Durant, Urs Fischer, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago, Daniel Knorr, Terence Koh, Liu Jianhua, Paul McCarthy, Ohad Meromi, Gustav Metzger, Deimantas Narkevicius, Kristina Norman, Damián Ortega, Santiago Sierra, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kevin van Braak, Yelena Vorobyeva and Viktor Vorobyev, Gillian Wearing, Yerbossyn Meldibekov and Nurbossyn Oris, Artur Żmijewski.

The themes of the Biennale are then extended to a programme of initiatives which will run parallel to the exhibition itinerary throughout the opening period. These will stretch to architectural aspects, performance cycles and workshops.

The fourteenth International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara is organised by the Council of Carrara, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Carrara and the Cassa di Risparmio of Carrara, with the support of Regione Toscana and Provincia di Massa Carrara and in collaboration with the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara, the Agency for Tourism Promotion of Massa Carrara, the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara Spa, and the Friends of the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara association.

Dates: June 26th – October 31st, 2010

Press and professional preview: June 25th, 2010

Opening: June 26th, 2010

XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara
Teatro degli Animosi, Piazza Cesare Battisti, 54033 Carrara (MS), Italy
T: +39 0585 641548
F: +39 0585 641394
E: biennaledicarrara.press@gmail.com
W: www.labiennaledicarrara.it

Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara
Share - Fourteenth edition
  • Share
Click to subscribe to e-flux and be the first to receive the latest news on international exhibitions and all e-flux related announcements
Subscribe to e-flux
Be the first to receive the latest news on international exhibitions and all e-flux related announcements.
Subscribe to architecture
Explore the most recent content from e-flux architecture and urbanism
Subscribe to e-flux programs
Keep up-to-date on all upcoming talks, screenings, and exhibitions at e-flux in New York