Mart 2019

Exhibitions, in-depth focuses, special projects. This is Mart 2019

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The first major exhibition for 2019 renews the relationship between the Mart and the German VAF-Foundation , whose collection scope embraces modern and contemporary Italian art and outlines its varieties.
Thanks to precious relationships forged with important Japanese museums, in autumn the Mart will present the most complete exhibition ever to be staged in Italy on 20th-century Japanese painting.
The exhibition year will close with an extraordinary international collaboration with the Guggenheim of Bilbao . The two European museum colossuses, created in the same historical-urbanistic period by two starchitects in cities with industrial pasts, present a major research project curated by Germano Celant.
There will be no shortage of in-depth focuses on the museum's Collections, the projects of the Archivio del '900, the exhibitions at the Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero and the Galleria Civica in Trento.
Passion. 12 Italian Art Projects
curated by Daniela Ferrari and Denis Isaia
in collaboration with VAF-Foundation
23 February - 4 August 2019 | second floor
25 May - 8 September 2019 | first floor
The exhibition will take up residence for more than half a year in the galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions on the first and second floors of Mart. Organized into different periods and sections, Passion is a major project dedicated to VAF-Foundation, the largest collection in storage at Mart. Born of a great passion for Italian art, the German Foundation has amassed one of the world's most extensive collections of contemporary Italian works. 
The exhibition is organized into twelve distinct but interpenetrating thematic areas in 20th-century painting and sculpture. The various sections weave a dense network of relations highlighting the many diverse expressions of the Italian artistic quest. 
The exhibition includes more than 250 works, featuring masterpieces by the foremost modern and contemporary artists: Medardo Rosso, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Felice Casorati, Renato Guttuso, Ettore Colla, Agostino Bonalumi, and Giuseppe Uncini.
VAF-Foundation Prize 8th Edition 
16 March - 12 May 2019 | first floor
The twelve Passion projects feature the first stage of the prestigious VAF Prize, awarded by the German Foundation to Italian artists under the age of 40. The winner will be announced on Friday, 15 March during the exhibition preview, which will feature the finalists in this year's competition. 
The participants are Nico Angiuli, Davide Balossi, Giulia Berra, Martina Brugnara, Nina Carini, Federica di Carlo, Andrea Fontanari, Giovanni Gasparro, Silvia Giambrone, Emanuele Giuffrida, J&Peg, Dario Maglionico, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Michele Parisi, Susanna Pozzoli, and Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto.
The prize will be presented this summer in Germany at the Stadtgalerie Kiel.
Ars Nipponica. Masters of Japanese Painting from the Early 20th Century
curated by Tadashi Kanai
28 September 2019 - 12 January 2020 | first floor
In recent years, the Mart has devoted particular attention to the Italian painting of the early 20th century, which, in opposition to the avant-gardes, looked to the tradition and rediscovered its roots, reinterpreting them. After the exhibitions devoted to the Divisionists, to Sironi and Boccioni, to Magic Realism and Novecento Italiano, a new analysis is provided by the comparison with modern figurative painting in the Japan of the early 20th century and those Japanese artists who, after a stay in Europe, revive and reinterpret Italian and European stylistic elements.
With around 60 masterpieces coming from Japanese museums and rarely seen in Europe, Ars Nipponicarepresents the visual evidence of encounters with, reactions to and assimilations of different cultures, suggesting a pluralistic and multi-faceted "return to order", allowing a reflection on the very history of early 20th-century painting.

Richard Artschwager
curated by Germano Celant
in collaboration with Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
12 October 2019 - 19 January 2020 | second floor
Entrusted to curator Germano Celant, the largest exhibition ever presented in Europe on US artist Richard Artschwager (1923-2013) will be staged first in Italy, then in Spain.
Focusing on understanding space, everyday objects and perception, Artschwager's poetics imposed itself as a unique case in the art of the past century. His works deal with the representation of utilitarian tools reproduced with industrial materials such as formica, Celotex, acrylic paint and aluminium.
Added to these founding aspects is the attention devoted to pure geometric form and painterly illusionism. The result is paintings and sculptures that suspend the categories of the image and objects in a limbo between the space they physically occupy, the utility they reference and the artistic representation.
Focus Collections
The Pablo Echaurren Donation
curated by Duccio Dogheria, Denis Isaia, Mariarosa Mariech
7 April - 23 June 2019
Sara Enrico. The Jumpsuite Theme (Italian Council Prize)
curated by Denis Isaia
in collaboration with National Gallery in Prague
7 July - 20 October 2019
Intermedia. Archivio di Nuova Scrittura. The Collection of Paolo Della Grazia
curated by Nicoletta Boschiero and Duccio Dogheria
in collaboration with Museion Bolzano
22 November 2019 - Spring 2020
Life Fast as a Film. Emanuele Caracciolo and the Post-Futurist Cinema of the 1930s
curated by Nicoletta Boschiero and Federico Zanoner
13 April - 20 October 2019
Tuuumultum! Little Atlas of Art and Music from the Collections of Mart
curated by Nicoletta Boschiero and Duccio Dogheria
9 November 2019 - 29 March 2020
Face-to-Face. Mauro De Carli and Piermario Dorigatti
curated by Margherita de Pilati
23 March - 12 May 2019
Everyday Life. Globalisation | Nationalism | Representation
curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni and Carlo Sala
in collaboration with Festival dell’Economia 2019
30 May - 8 September 2019
Gianni Pellegrini. Absences and Presences
curated by Margherita de Pilati
21 September 2019 - 26 January 2020