pin Italian Cultural Institute, Rue de Livourne 38, 1000 Brussel (BE)
Opening: 2017/01/12 18:00
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 9.30 am - 1 pm, 2 - 5 pm
“a due”. Arte Contemporanea in Italia e Belgio 1990-2015 (“in twos”. Contemporary Art in Italy and Belgium 1990-2015), conceived and curated by Laura Viale and Maria Elena Minuto for the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, is a project that originated from the idea of creating a dialogue between a series of Italian and Belgian artists who have emerged since the 1990s up to the latest generations.
With a cycle of appointments that will continue until the end of 2018, “a due” hosts exhibitions, performances and encounters that highlight the dialogue between artists coming from different cultures, experiences and generations. Each Italian invites a Belgian to exhibit and create a relationship of affinity or contrast between artists.
The second year of the project opens with What We Can Use, What We Can't Move by Raffaella Crispino and Hans Demeulenaere. This show results from a close collaboration between the two artists and originates as an ironical analysis of the limits and possibilities offered by the exhibition space of the Italian Cultural Institute. The photographic archives of the two artists become the starting point for the creation of their works. With a critical rereading of “display in art” and “the art of display”, Crispino and Demeulenaere reflect on the critical and linguistic rationale behind contemporary art exhibition and curatorial methodologies. A selection of the material produced and preserved by the artists develops a complex narrative made up of images, objects, sculptures and installations that leave visible traces of their creative and exploratory process.