(THE AIR VIBRATES WITH THE BUZZ OF INSECTS)
October 7th – December 17th 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
The exhibition, curated by Sebastien Faucon, borrows its title from a 1970 work by Pier Paolo Calzolari (L’aria vibra del ronzio degli insetti) and provides a chance to see a broad sample of works from the 60s to the present day that reflect on the true nature of things around us whilst also tracing the stirrings of ecological sensibilities.
It is a deliberately non-chronological mixing of pieces from the museum permanent collection of Arte Povera (Anselmo, Boetti, Calzolari, Penone) and Land Art, juxtaposed with recent acquisitions (Michael J. Smith, Gianni Pettena, Julien Discrit) plus pieces by invited artists. Without being a full-blown study of the legacy left by Arte Povera, the exhibition examines a continuum of artists who have embraced poetic visions of the banal to which is added a vein of political activism.