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From June 24th to September 18th, 2016, the Galleria Civica di Modena, hosted in the Palazzina dei Giardini, will organize an exhibition that explores the phenomenon of writing. 1984. Evolution and regeneration of writing, curated by Pietro Rivasi and produced by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena in collaboration with the Biblioteca Civica Luigi Poletti, will offer a panorama of the multiple evolutions of writing, examining some of its most significant artists, such as Taps & Moses™, Olivier Kosta-Thefaine, PAL Crew, who are laying the future aesthetic and theoretical basis of this form of expression.

The exhibition will show the most controversial aspects of the art of the streets: the "non-commissioned interventions" in public space. Thanks to a strong presence of photographic and video documentation, the viewer will literally interact with what artists have experienced. It will also reveal how writers have adapted to society during the years: some of them have tried to renew their language and codes, some others have transferred their street experiences in a more classical art, while some others still preserve the original soul of New York pioneers.

The two sections which compose the exhibition will show separately photos, videos and installations by Zelle Asphaltkultur, Taps & Moses ™, BBS Crew, Fra32, Sauli Sirviö, Porto. Next to these, there will be Never going home, a movie that tells the wandering life of Utah and Ether, two jet setters of the international writing scene, during a trip to Japan, and Writers' bench, a video installation edited by Spraytrains.com. Documents are crucial to preserve the history of non-commissioned urban interventions, because they are ephemeral by nature due to the exposure to atmospheric events, to  the authorities which cancel them and the interventions of other writers that change the existing works. The retrieval and study of these media, mostly on paper, is therefore an necessary tool for understanding the path of artists who are now recognized.

In the second section, there will be works by Francesco Barbieri, Egs and PAL Crew, both from public and private collections, and works created specifically for the Palazzina dei Giardini by Olivier Kosta-Thefaine and Matteo Ceretto Castiglioni/CT.

The title of the exhibition is linked with George Orwell's novel 1984, published in 1949. "Today that premonition of global control - says Pietro Rivasi - has become a reality. But, let's not forget that Subway Art, the book that more than anything else was responsible of the explosion of writing in Europe and in the world, and the exhibition Arte di Frontiera, in nearby Bologna, which showed in a prominent institutional framework the most important writers of the time New Yorkers, were both from 1984 too".

A catalog, printed by Luca lettuce Anonima Impressori Bologna with the works on display and texts by the curator, Jacob Kimvall, Jens Besser and Pierpaolo Ascari, will finally be published.



Modena, Galleria Civica, Palazzina dei Giardini
Corso Canalgrande 103, 41121 Modena

June 23 to September 18 2016

Free admission

Hours: Thursday-Sunday 19:00 to 23:00; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday closed
special opening on the occasion of festivalfilosofia
Friday, September 16 9:00 to 23:00;
Saturday, September 17 9:00 to 1:00;
Sunday, September 18 9:00 to 20:00

Opening Thursday, June 23, at 18.00 with DJ sets from 19.00 hours
preview for the press Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 am

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