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HangarBicocca presents Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time\, an unprecedented exhi bition which examines the work of the late American artist Mike Kelley (Det roit\, 1954 – Los Angeles\, 2012) in an open path among installations\, vid eos and sculptures mainly realized from 2000 to 2006: works of great intens ity which perfectly represent the complex and visionary universe of one of the most influential figures in contemporary art.
Cultural aspects and autobiographical memories are so much a part of Mike Kelley’s art: his rel ationship with education\, his links with modernist architecture\, his view of the tradition of painting and of American literature and his approach t o the vernacular and to popular culture\, youthful initiatory rites and sty les of musical subcultures. The exhibition opens with Extracurricular A ctivity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) and Runway for Interactive DJ Event\, two installations which constitute a funda mental turning point in Mike Kelley’s research and the dawn of what was to be his most prolific creative period. "Eternity is a Long Time"\, which giv es the exhibition its title\, is also the phrase pronounced by one of the t wo protagonists in the video entitled Extracurricular Activity Projecti ve Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) to his partner before both of them take their own lives.
Another key installation is the John Gl enn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project (Including the Local Culture Pictorial Guide\, 1968-1972\, Wayne/Westland Eagle) of 2001\, which t akes inspiration from a monument to the astronaut John Glenn\, after whom t he high school that Mike Kelley attended was named. The fragments of colour ed ceramic and glass which cover the sculpture were picked up by Kelley him self in the river in Detroit. Sophisticated artistic techniques and typical ly vernacular processes\, the monuments of tradition and anti-monumentality \, personal and collective memory\, and a media-based world of the imaginat ion and pop culture all come together in this emblematic work.

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The project is given an unmistakable touch by Emi Fontana\, the Italian curator who lives in Los Angeles and who worked closely with Mike Kelley during th e last fifteen years of his life.

DTEND:20130908 DTSTAMP:20140729T062515 DTSTART:20130524 GEO:45.5200303;9.2186773 LOCATION:HangarBicocca Foundation\,Via Chiese 2 \n Milan\, 20126 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Eternity is a Long Time\, Mike Kelley UID:274026 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130524T230000 DTSTAMP:20140729T062515 DTSTART:20130524T110000 GEO:45.5200303;9.2186773 LOCATION:HangarBicocca Foundation\,Via Chiese 2 \n Milan\, 20126 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Eternity is a Long Time\, Mike Kelley UID:274027 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR