GAMeC of Bergamo presents the 2022-2023 exhibition program

Bergamo's GAMeC announces its exhibition program for 2022 and 2023. Among others will come Anri Sala, Dora Budor, Christian Frosi, Rachel Whiteread.

Bergamo’s GAMeC, the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Lombard city, has unveiled its exhibition program for 2022 and 2023, marking the 30th birthday of the museum, which opened in 1991. After a year that saw the gallery bring works by Regina Cassolo Bracchi, Ernesto Neto, Daiga Grantina and the exhibition Nothing is Lost. Art and Matter in Transformation, running until February 2022, GAMeC’s new exhibition season will open in March with the third installment of the La Collezione Impermanente cycle, dedicated to the 2000s. At the same time, Spazio Zero will host the exhibition Dancing Plague, the winning project of the 11th edition of the Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize for Art - EnterPrize. In June, a retrospective returns to chronicle the production of Christian Frosi, an artist who has chosen to leave the public scene for more than a decade, while the Sala delle Capriate in Palazzo della Ragione (the museum’s summer home) will come alive thanks to Time No Longer, an immersive project by Anri Sala. The year closes in October with the first solo exhibition in an Italian museum by Croatian-born artist Dora Budor.

The year 2023, when Bergamo and Brescia will be Italian cultural capitals, will open for GAMeC in February with the third and final chapter of the Trilogy of Matter, dedicated to the theme of dematerialization in the dimensions of emptiness and flow. Also already in the works are the first solo exhibition in an Italian museum by artist Vivian Suter and Rachel Whiteread’s site-specific intervention for the Palazzo della Ragione. Finally, great space will be given, both in 2022 and 2023, to Radio GAMeC, the digital project born on the Gallery’s social channels during the 2020 pandemic emergency, which has evolved into a permanent experimental publishing platform dedicated to the blossoming of new communities through debate on current events.

“The trans-pandemic phase we are going through,” says Lorenzo Giusti, Director of GAMeC, “and the appointment of Bergamo and Brescia as Italian Capitals of Culture in 2023, have pushed us to frame within a single perspective of meaning the projects and activities of the next two years. A long period in which, through art and word, we will bring attention to some of the great issues of our time (the preservation of memories and data, the dematerialization of processes, the ecological turn) always keeping faith with the historical, horizontal projection that GAMeC has adopted in its projects at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries and without forgetting the attention to the possibilities of comfort and care that shared art and culture can provide.”

“For the year in which Bergamo, together with Brescia, will be at the center of attention as the Italian Capital of Culture,” continues Alberto Barcella, president of GAMeC, “the museum has prepared a program full of initiatives anticipating, as early as 2022, a path that aims to be open to the international dimension, to attention to the most innovative, to experimentation and reflection on the great themes of current events, proposing, as is its mission, opportunities for knowledge and reflection capable of involving a sensitive, curious public and (especially) young people.”

“GAMeC’s program,” concludes Bergamo City Councilor for Culture Nadia Ghisalberti, “is a first glimpse of the activities of 2023: the major exhibition on dematerialization in 20th- and 21st-century art, which anticipated some of the profound changes of our time, fits into the theme of innovation, while the presence of Vivian Suter and Rachel Whiteread, two of the best-known artists, confirms the international vocation of GAMeC, which has given Bergamo a new attractiveness in the contemporary art scene. Radio GAMeC, moreover, on the strength of the public success achieved last year, will be a particular communication channel capable of reaching different audiences, from digital audiences to visitors, activating a dialogue and a participatory confrontation on the most topical issues at the center of the development lines of the Italian Capital of Culture.”

Rebecca Allen, Life Without Matter, 2018. Virtual reality art installation. Image courtesy of Arcade, London and Brussels
Rebecca Allen, Life Without Matter (2018; virtual reality installation). Courtesy of Arcade, London and Brussels

The program

January - December 2022

Radio GAMeC 30 Years

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of GAMeC, which first opened to the public in November 1991, Radio GAMeC will trace the history of art over the past 30 years by identifying-from 1991 to 2021-a representative event for each year that has passed (an exhibition, a work of art, a publication, an event), producing as many podcasts resulting from a series of conversations with international guests and distributed through the various dedicated platforms.

March 10, 2022-January 8, 2023

The Impermanent Collection #3
Curated by Sara Fumagalli, Valentina Gervasoni and Angela Fabrizia Previtali

The Impermanent Collection is a research, exhibition and workshop platform that since 2018 highlights the hybrid nature of GAMeC’s collection, reflecting on its dynamic character. After the first chapter of the exhibition-which told the story of the museum’s collections-and after the second-which put the Collection in dialogue with a nucleus of works confiscated in Lombardy and destined for the Gallery-the third exhibition of the cycle, conceived as an active display, will focus on the 2000s, with a selection of works created in the last two decades and which have become part of the Collection at different times-such as those by Latifa Echakhch, Rochelle Goldberg, Isabelle Cornaro and Anna Franceschini, among others-that analyze some trends in contemporary artistic production. This nucleus of works will be joined by works by Italian artists of Generation Y called to dialogue with the identified themes.

March 10-May 29, 2022

Dancing Plague
Curated by Panos Giannikopoulos

The Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize for Art - EnterPrize is the first international competition dedicated to young curators under 30, born from the desire to remember Lorenzo Bonaldi’s passion for art and collecting. In March 2022, the exhibition Dancing Plague, the winning project of the 11th edition, awarded for its imaginative character, will open in Spazio Zero. Starting from the historical episode of the Dancing Plague, the project brings into dialogue post-medieval European history, issues of colonialism, and the pandemic experience.The project orchestrates diverse media and experiences, reflecting from an original perspective on dance, the body, and disease through the works of Benni Bosetto, Ufuoma Essi, Klaus Jürgen Schmidt, Lito Kattou, Petros Moris, Eva Papamargariti, Konstantinos Papanikolaou, Mathilde Rosier, Michael Scerbo, and Elisa Zuppini.

June 9 - September 25, 2022

Christian Frosi
Curated by Nicola Ricciardi

One of the most appreciated Italian artists of his generation, Christian Frosi (1974) has made transience the constant element of his artistic production. His works, created in just over a decade, take the form of evanescent clouds of foam or laundry drying racks suspended in mid-air, hula-hoops poised on sand pyramids or approximate reconstructions of levitation experiments. Since 2012, the artist himself has chosen evanescence and invisibility, deciding to remove himself from the art scene. Ten years after his exit from the scene, GAMeC is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to him to observe his production and contextualize it, with the aim of preserving his history and preventing his work from being defined exclusively by the exceptional nature of his silence.

June 9-October 16, 2022

Anri Sala
Curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Sara Fumagalli

For the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo, the celebrated Albanian-born artist Anri Sala (b. 1974) has imagined a contextualized readjustment of his last major production, Time No Longer. The installation, composed of computer-generated images, will bring visitors into contact with an enlarged reproduction of a record player floating in a space station, which will play the notes of a new arrangement for clarinet and saxophone of Olivier Messiaen’s work Quartet for the End of Time. Notes diffused within the space, along with flashes of light that go along with the rhythm of the music, will reveal the architectural lines and frescoes contained in the ancient hall, thus extending to the origins of local public history the bridge between past and present, between memory and projection into the future.

October 13, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Dora Budor
Curated by Sara Fumagalli and Valentina Gervasoni

For her first solo exhibition in an Italian museum, Croatian-born artist Dora Budor (b. 1984) will create a project conceived in close relationship with the structural qualities of Spazio Zero, in which the features of the context will be amplified, removed or inserted into other circuits. Some of the works in the exhibition, conceived as a continuation of the artist’s solo show at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2022), will investigate an idea of architecture as a tectonic, infrastructural and gendered system.

January - December 2023

Radio GAMeC Capital

In the year of Bergamo and Brescia as Italian capitals of culture, Radio GAMeC will bring to life a rich schedule of investigations and insights dedicated to the most pressing issues of contemporaneity, with a particular focus on the theme of ecological turnaround and process reconversion. Thanks to a recording studio inside the museum and a new mobile device to reach different points in the vast territory of the two provinces, Radio GAMeC Capital will broadcast on a regular basis dealing with the great themes of the present and broadening the cultural experience to audience participation. A true thematic channel available to the local community, visitors and digital users, capable of engaging heterogeneous and distant audiences.

February - May 2023

The Trilogy of Matter
Curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Domenico Quaranta

The third and last major exhibition of the cycle that began in 2018 with Black Hole and continued in 2021 with Nothing is Lost, after recounting the specific interest of some artists and artists in the depths of matter and advancing a reflection on the transformative dimension of the Whole, will explore the theme of dematerialization by connecting the research on emptiness initiated by the early movements of the historical avant-garde with the investigations on flux begun in the years of early computerization and continued in the post-digital era through the use of new languages and simulated realities. Occupying all the spaces of the museum and with a part developed exclusively in the web, the exhibition will welcome some of the great protagonists of art history together with authors of more recent generations.

June - October 2023

Vivian Suter
Curated by Lorenzo Giusti

The works of Argentine-born artist Vivian Suter (1949) tell of the intimate bond that keeps them united with the vital forces of the environment in which they were born. Having moved at the age of thirty-five to Guatemala since 2005, when much of her work was submerged in the passage of Hurricane Stan, the artist further opened her research to the infinite possibilities of chance, accepting metamorphosis as an essential element of art and painting. The exhibition, the first ever produced by an Italian museum, will collect a significant series of Vivian Suter’s canvases, made at different stages of her production.

June - October 2023

Rachel Whiteread
Curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Sara Fumagalli

One of the most celebrated British artists of her generation, Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963) reflects on the memory of places by investigating the relationship between emptiness and fullness, between past and present, making sculptures, similar to architecture, that can reach the largest dimensions. For the exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione, the artist will make a group of new works inspired by the architectural context, thus creating a new bridge between past and present, between material history and current culture of forms.

GAMeC of Bergamo presents the 2022-2023 exhibition program
GAMeC of Bergamo presents the 2022-2023 exhibition program

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