Jenny Holzer's return to Italy with Tutta la verità

American artist Jenny Holzer returns to Italy, to Bergamo, with the exhibition Tutta la verità (The Whole Truth).

In Bergamo, at Palazzo della Ragione, the exhibition Jenny Holzer. The Whole Truth (The Whole Truth), open to the public from May 30 to September 1, 2019. The exhibition, curated by Lorenzo Giusti, director of GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, marks the return to Italy of one of the most influential artists on the international scene.

Through the written word, Jenny Holzer intends to lead to critical reflection. In the late 1970s, her Truisms challenged stereotypes in art and society, causing a stir. Spread through wall posters, T-shirts, prophylactic packaging, and baseball caps, the first verses were written on existing templates of aphorisms, maxims, and clichés; he later devised many other verse series, adapting the words to electronic signs, stone benches, light projections on natural or architectural surfaces, and oil paintings and watercolors.

The artist’s works deal with themes such as violence, oppression, gender, sexuality, power, war, and death. She uses language to challenge social norms, prejudice, and violence. The immediacy of his messages, communicated through forms associated with news and advertising, is aweapon against the mystification of reality.

The exhibition places the architectural elements of the Palace and the poetics of the American artist in dialogue. The walls of the Sala delle Capriate will host a series of light projections with verses dealing withidentity, gender, dialogue and the migration crisis, drawing on texts and poems by Italian writers, including Pier Paolo Pasolini and Patrizia Cavalli, and international writers, such as Wislawa Szymborska and James Schuyler.

Nine marble benches have also been created for the exhibition thanks to the contribution of the Henraux Foundation: these, placed in the center of the room, will allow the public to reflect by observing the illuminated walls and the phrases engraved on the surfaces of the benches themselves.

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Image: Jenny Holzer, Xenon for Bordeaux and Paris (2001) © 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ SIAE, Rome Photo: Attilio Maranzano

Jenny Holzer's return to Italy with Tutta la verità
Jenny Holzer's return to Italy with Tutta la verità

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