In Rome kicks off Mirabilia Urbis, a contemporary art exhibition spread among historic city sites

On Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Mirabilia Urbis, a contemporary art exhibition that, until Oct. 13, embraces the historic center of the city of Rome in a walking itinerary that starts from Campo de’ Fiori and reaches the neighboring streets, opens.

The exhibition project conceived by Carlo Caloro and produced by artQ13 is curated by Giuliana Benassi with the support of the Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Beni Culturali, in the person of Councillor Cinzia Guido of the Municipio I Centro Roma Capitale, and involves about twenty Italian and international artists: Alterazioni Video, Josè Angelino, Elena Bellantoni, Tomaso Binga, Carlo Caloro, Federica Di Carlo, Stanislao Di Giugno, Rä di Martino, Flavio Favelli, Grossi Maglioni, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Britta Lenk, Via Lewandowsky, Girolamo Marri, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Jonathan Monk, Matteo Nasini, Lulù Nuti, Leonardo Petrucci, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Calixto Ramirez, Julian Rosefeldt, Corrado Sassi, Alice Schivardi, and Lamberto Teotino.

The exhibition Mirabilia Urbis is configured as a particular path that goes through stages located in different spaces, both commercial and institutional, between the Rioni Parione and Regola: maze of streets and alleys that characterize one of the most peculiar areas of the center of Rome. The title, borrowed from the ancient tourist guides for pilgrims born in the Middle Ages, stems from the need to trace and map an unprecedented and unexpected route, offering the visitor a totally new experience of approaching the place. Through the artists’ works, the exhibition intends to analyze the transformations of this area of Rome, recording the changes that have led to the change of social, economic, administrative, political, cultural and artistic structures on which the founding values of contemporary reality rest.

The artists will build, through their artistic experiences, an unprecedented path characterized by a wide variety of expressive languages: from video to performance, from environmental installation to photography, painting and sculpture, drawing parallel and overlapping paths capable of offering a new reading of the cultural and historical geography of the area. The works will meet the spaces interpreting their history, putting themselves in dialogue with the peculiar characteristics of a place or provoking visual contrasts, in some cases becoming mimetic and in others provocative or celebratory.

Among the spaces involved in the project, just to name a few, the Cinema Farnese, the historic bookstore Fahrenheit 451, Palazzo Falconieri home of theAcademy of Hungary in Rome, the historic Hollywood exercise, the luthier’s workshop and the headquarters of Colli Independent Art Gallery

The performative actions, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, will instead be appointments to attend, such as Marri’s at Wala or Caloro ’s at the Academy of Hungary in Rome; gestures to participate in, as in the case of Bellantoni ’s at Head Space; or improvisations to discover, such as organist Livia Mazzanti ’s intervention at the Church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone or Alice Schivardi’s performance, the latter at the PCI’s historic headquarters.

Visitors, with map in hand, will be able to feel like “contemporary pilgrims” and immerse themselves in the itinerary on foot or aboard a shuttle provided by the organization, choosing independently the various itineraries and the duration of the stops.

A book-catalogue of the exhibition, published by Viaindustriae publishing and conceived as a guide to the exhibition route and travel handbook, will collect maps, critical texts, images and historical records enriched by interviews with local people alternating with the narrative voices of the owners of the spaces and descriptions of the artists and works on display.

The opening of the exhibition will be held on Monday, October 7 from 6 p.m. at Cinema Farnese, one of the distribution points of the book-catalogue and route map, also available at the other locations.

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Pictured: Julian Rosefeldt, Deep Gold 2013-2014, still from video

Source: press release

In Rome kicks off Mirabilia Urbis, a contemporary art exhibition spread among historic city sites
In Rome kicks off Mirabilia Urbis, a contemporary art exhibition spread among historic city sites

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