Per_Forming a Collection
Madre Museum, Naples, Italy
Per_forming a collection is a project in progress that aims to shape the idea of the collection like a living organism, which grows and is articulated over time. It combines archival research with commissions for new works created in situ while uniting the dimension of the museum as a place of encounter and participation with the idea of the collection as an unending story, always open to new connections.
Per_forming a collection is a long term project that merges the dimension of the museum as a place for encounters, participation and learning. The focus is not on a specific theme, group or historical period, but on artists of different generations, comprising new productions and historical works, predominantly created or shown in Naples from the 1960s down to the recent years.
The museum's collection is conceived as a work in progress based on an exchange of ideas, as a collective portrait and the place for a shared rewriting of art history. Per_forming a collection proposes a way to experience the museum in the name of the multiplicity of experiences and voices, thinking about the concept of a “collection” as:
· A collection of works but also of documents and testimonies, in order to reconstruct the stratified social and cultural contexts in which the works themselves have been produced, received and interpreted.
· A twofold instrument that takes account of the past in an active relationship with the present.
· A constellation of materials that make it possible to move beyond the strict criteria of art history as a form of rigid storytelling, and in which the local dimension and the international horizon are intertwined and redefine each other.
Per_Forming #1: Carlo Alfano, Carl Andre, Nanni Balestrini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Joseph Beuys, Domenico Bianchi, Tomaso Binga, Alighiero Boetti, Sam Falls, Lino Fiorito, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Kosuth, Julian Beck and the Living Theatre, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Marinella Senatore, Arrigo Lora Totino, Lawrence Weiner
Per_Forming #2: Vincenzo Agnetti, Robert Barry, Alighiero Boetti, Mattew Brannon, George Brecht, Jeremy Deller, Piero Gilardi, Emidio Greco, Douglas Huebler, Judith Hopf, Emilio Isgrò, Maria Lai, Gino Marotta, Giuseppe Penone, Gianni Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Garcia Torres, Eulalia Valdossera, Andy Warhol, Gilberto Zorio
Per_Forming “Entr’acte”: Marisa Albanese, Vito Acconci, Henri Chopin, Tony Cragg, Robert Filliou, Cyprien Gaillard, Mark Manders, Marisa Merz, Dennis Oppenheim, David Robbins, Nam June Paik, Gianni Piacentino, Vettor Pisani, Katharina Sieverding
Per_Forming #3: Francis Alÿs, Antonio Biasiucci, Lawrence Carroll, Roberto Cuoghi, Giulio Delvè, John Henderson, Shirin Neshat, Mimmo Paladino, Mario Schifano, Pádraig Timoney
Per_Forming #4: Marina Abramović, Getulio Alviani, Giovanni Anselmo, Richard Artschwager, Renato Barisani, Bill Beckley, Bianco-Valente, Agostino Bonalumi, James Lee Byars, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Capri. Un pretesto, Carter, Danilo Correale, Tony Cragg, Riccardo Dalisi, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Giuseppe Desiato, Bruno Di Bello, Gabriele Di Matteo, Jimmie Durham, Falso Movimento, Lucio Fontana, Gilbert&George, Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, Gruppo XX, Judith Hopf, Thomas Houseago, Mimmo Jodice, Ilya&Emilia Kabakov, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Christian Leperino, Nino Longobardi, Francesco Lo Savio, Léa Lublin, Urs Lüthi, Luigi Mainolfi, Piero Manzoni, Giuseppe Maraniello, Raffaela Mariniello, Allan McCollum, Fausto Melotti, Mario Merz, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Roman Ondák, Luigi Ontani, Operazione Vesuvio, Gina Pane, Luca Maria Patella, Manfred Pernice, Pino Pinelli, Robert Rauschenberg, Paolo Scheggi, Markus Schinwald, Lorenzo Scotto Di Luzio, Cindy Sherman, Ettore Sottsass, Ettore Spalletti, Haim Steinbach, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Superstudio, Ernesto Tatafiore, Eugenio Tibaldi, Andy Warhol, Franz West