BREATHLESS / SENZA RESPIRO
London Art Now / Arte Contemporanea a Londra
19 October 2019 – 1 March 2020
Venezia, Ca’ Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna
Curated by Norman Rosenthal, Harry Woodlock
with Elisabetta Barisoni
With the support of The British Council
The exhibition presents more than a dozen artists of the young London generation according to the different artistic declinations, from painting to sculpture, from video to photography, to installation, to performance. Mostly unpublished productions and in many cases site-specific interventions to delineate the contemporary London cultural landscape, in the post-nineties evolution and in the pressing actuality of its most innovative interlocutors.
The authors are all emerging young people who live and work in London today; the exhibition presents over 40 works, of which 5 are unpublished site-specific works commissioned by the exhibition. The works come from the collections of the British Council, the Arts Council and galleries and artist studios.
Norman Rosenthal says: «that in spite of all the huge problems young artists face, and have always faced, today in London and elsewhere, the beautiful thing is that the creativity and originality of art continues to flourish in interesting and even startling ways. This exhibition, I like to think, will be a beautiful manifestation of this truth coming from London».
HHarry Woodlock remarks: «for some forty years now the UK has embraced a political ideology that equates economic prosperity with individual happiness. Whilst growth has brought enormous benefits to London, increased competition has produced widespread stress, anxiety and depression. As much as this exhibition seeks to refurbish a critique of capitalism it is above all a remark on the resilience of a young generation of artists who in spite of it all continue to produce urgent and challenging new work».
The artworks encompass disciplines as diverse as painting, sculpture, video, installation and performance, and will be in many cases seen in Italy for the very first time.
With Breathless / Senza Respiro Ca’ Pesaro, the Fondazione Musei Civici’s point of reference for contemporary art, underline once again its mission to be the museum of the present and its historical vocation of being a reference point for the renewal of society. As Elisabetta Barisoni says: «Through the filter of contemporary art, once again, we look for answers, even though we know that the best art is one that does not easily provide these and at the most poses new questions; even though we know that the artist’s eye always deforms and is more intense, more crude, more visionary than the news reports and more irrational than historicisation. But often it is more durable and sometimes even eternal».
Exhibition design and identity will be by the REAL foundation, a London-based cultural institute and architectural practice founded by Jack Self. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the opening of this exhibition.
Artists on show (in italic the artists with site-specific commissioned works): Larry Achiampong, Alvaro Barrington, Alice Channer, Matt Copson, Nicolas Deshayes, Ed Fornieles, Anthea Hamilton, Tom Hardwick-Allan, Celia Hempton, Evan Ifekoya, Lydia Ourahmane, Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib, Victoria Sin, Issy Wood.