Ways of Working: the Incidental Object (One Torino)
Curated by Julieta González, Senior Curator, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
The exhibition curated by Julieta González at the Fondazione Merz investigates questions linked to subjectivity and identity in the context of industrial production and workplace.
Ways of Working: the Incidental Object is the first chapter of an ongoing project that examines the way in which artists have addressed the theme of work, labour, alienation and production from the twentieth century to the present day, generating new ways of working, to be precise and different approaches towards the object.
In this first chapter, as indicated by the title, it is the object that assumes the role of the protagonist. The exhibition is constructed like a map that traces the affinities in the works of artists of different generations articulating various lines of thought.
The exhibition presents a group of seminal works from the ’60s and ’70s by acclaimed artists like Stuart Brisley, who presents his 1970 monumental installation Poly Wheel, composed of 212 Robin Day stacking chairs; Enzo Mari with his democratic chair built according to the instructions of Autoprogettazione; works by Mario Merz; Charlotte Posenenske with a series di Reliefs, and Mladen Stilinovic with a selection of works from the gigantic installation Exploitation of the Dead.
In dialogue with these renowned works are those of younger artists like Felipe Mujica, who proposes a new project created for the Fondazione's courtyard; Mai-Thu Perret, whose film related to An Evening of the Book (2007) will be screened on selected nights throughout the whole exhibition period; Tobias Putrih, with a film titled The Death of Tarelkin; Falke Pisano, with the installation Figures of Speech (Formation of Crystal); several works by Gabriel Sierra; Superflex's participatory installation Copy Light Factory (2005); and Andrea Zittel, who presents a series of new “uniforms” developed from her Personal Panel Uniformsof the nineties.
ONE TORINO is the first edition of a new annual initiative, conceived and produced by Artissima in collaboration with museums and foundations in the city, which is aimed at placing Torino at the centre of an important cultural dialogue about contemporary art by consolidating its position as an experimental and dynamic art capital and by promoting both its contemporary and historical identity.
ONE TORINO comprises five independent yet interlinked group shows at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, GAM Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Fondazione Merz, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, and Palazzo Cavour – a magnificent historical venue in the town centre.
ONE TORINO is an all-new event of international prominence which will be inaugurated on the occasion of Artissima 2013 and will draw the national and international public to the city from 7 November 2013 to 12 January 2014. Through the voices and visions of its invited curators and their exhibitions, it will bring to Torino revived energy, innovative languages and approaches, and important new works by more than 50 artists from around the world.
ONE TORINO is developed and produced by Artissima.
In collaboration with the city’s main museums and foundations.
Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Torino, Città di Torino
With the generous support of:
Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Camera di commercio di Torino