contemporary art / history of art

ARTE CITY 2018: from painting to performance

During the weekend of the ARTE FIERA in Bologna, there are many artistic initiatives to welcome visitors and local residents. The range is huge from classical panel painting to installation, film projection and performance. Every art lover might find something interesting. In the following, we present our impressions of 28 events. They are sorted by the end date, since several shows are still ongoing.


Bruna Esposito: Inconveniente
Raccolta Lecaro
1 February – 24 June 2018

The sculptural works by Bruna Esposito – created since 2014 – primarily use the colour gold. This could be isothermal safety covers or golden wrapping paper in reference to these. The cycle is inspired by television pictures of the arriving of refugees from Africa in Lampedusa (Italian island). They often show people protected by these covers as initial aid.


Roberto Daolio. Aggregati per differenze (1978-2010)
MAMbo – Project Room
8 December 2017 – 6 May 2018

The exhibition shows the non-intentional collection of the late Robert Daolio, Italian art critic.


Gianni Dessì: Sestante
Otto Gallery
20 January – 15 April 2018

The exhibitions title “Sextant” refers to a journey. In the case of Gianni Dessì it’s an expedition into time and space, with paintings and sculptures from different periods. Thereby meet bright yellow oeuvres gloomy black ones.


I Lied in Visa Center – Group show
3 February – 14 April 2018

The group exhibition reflects about the dramatic changes in the memory and identity due to forced exile.


John Coplans + June Crespo: Foreign Bodies
3 February – 31 March 2018

John Coplan’s photographs of masculine bodies and June Crespo’s sculptures – pointing on the contemporary models of the female body are interacting in this exhibition.


Galleria d’Arte Maggiore
27 January – 31 March 2018

The Galleria d’Arte Maggiore presents ceramic sculptures, sketches and paintings by the late master Leoncillo.


Mataro da Vergato: Royal Eros
Spazio Testoni
26 January – 29 March 2018

Mataro da Vergato’s depicted jewels are digital paintings and composed by hundreds of human beings, often in unusual posture.


Angelo Maisto: little things
BLU Gallery
3 February – 17 March 2018

With his aquarelles and installations, Angelo Maisto carries us off into a surrealistic world close to Hieronymus Bosch. But his oeuvres are not so gloomy. On first glance, they seem to be pretty and decorative. Only on the second view, they reveal many surprises.


Virgilo Villoresi // Click Clack
2 February – 15 March 2018

Virgilo Villoresi allows fascinating panoramas with his kinetic installations.


Vedovamazzei: Unexpected Landscapes
Galleria de’Foscherari
20 January – 10 March 2018

“Unexpected Landscapes” unites a wide range of different techniques. The artist duo Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala – known as Vedovamazzei – presents sculpture, painting, and installation.


Mariarosaria Stigliano: La Settima Luna
Galleria B4
27 January – 7 March 2018

Mariarosaria Stigliana paints cityscapes with oil, pigments and lacquer on canvas.


Elia Cantori
Direzione generale Banca di Bologna
Piazza Galvani 4
2 February – 4 March 2018

On first glance, Elia Cantori’s images resemble photographs. Nevertheless, they are photograms: direct impressions of meteorite dusk scattered over the photosensitive paper. Aluminium casts of his series “Untitled (1:1 Map)” complete the exhibition.


Erin Shirreff
Salone Banca di Bologna
Palazzo De’ Toschi
2 February – 4 March 2018

The first solo exhibition of the Canadian artist contained two monumental works. There was the large screen video projection of “Son” and the installation “Many Moons”, with reference to the Bolognese artist Giorgio Morandi.


POLIS / Cinema: The coming Community
1 – 28 February 2018

POLIS / Cinema showed films in the MAMbo, reflecting about the Bolognese and Italian communist and post-communist identity. For the projection, the museum took down the huge painting “I Funerali di Togliatti” by Renato Guttuso.


Deutscher Werkbund
Istituto di cultura germanica
27 January – 28 February 2018

On the occasion of the hundreds anniversary of the Cologne based fair of the German Association of Craftsmen (Deutscher Werkbund), a scientific group of the Roman university La Sapienza assembled material about the event from 1914. Now, the Cultural Commission of Bolognese Architects completed the exhibition with the supplement “From the sofa cushion to city construction” to underline the far-reaching claim of the reform-movement.


René Paresce – Italiani a Parigi: Campigli, de Chirico, de Pisis, Savinio, Severini, Tozzi
Museo e l’Oratorio di Santa Maria della Vita
7 December 2017 – 25 February 2018

Point of Departure of the exhibition are paintings by René Paresce, completed by other Italian artists who resided in the first quarter of the 20th century in Paris.


POLIS / Artworks (Andreco, Dennis Oppenheim & Luigi Veronesi)
Museo di Palazzo Poggi
1 – 25 February 2018

Artworks by Andreco, Dennis Oppenheim and Luigi Veronesi were to discover in the charming halls of the museum of Science and Art. The encounter between contemporary art, scientific pieces and historic ambience generated new synergies.


POLIS / BBQ: Viewer Abandonment – Greatest Hits (Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer & Simon McGlinn)
2 -21 February 2018

In the context of POLIS / BBQ Tripla presented the Australian artist collective with the video “Viewer Abandonment”. Newspaper pages covered the three showcases of Tripla. Only a rectangle gap allowed the outlook to the film.


Claudio Olivieri: Un Percorso – Anni Sessanta-Duemila
La Spazia
20 January – 20 February 2018

Departing from the research of a painter with attention to the birth of a painting and its development on the canvas in the 1960s, Claudio Olivieri experimented with his medium. In the years 2000 he archived images of extreme transparency and luminosity.


Roberto Pugliese: Transanatomy
Teatro anatomica dell’Archiginnasio
1 – 18 February 2018

On the table of the Anatomical Theatre of the historic Archiginnasio di Bologna, Roberto Pugliese installed two interacting robots. They seem to conduct like human beings.


David Medalla: Locus Solus. Omaggio ad Arthur Rimbaud
Galleria Enrico Astuni
2 Decembre 2017 – 18 February 2018

“Locus Solus” shows works by David Medalla, including paintings, drawings, performance photos and installations. The exhibition is completed by oeuvres linked to the project “Mondrian Fan Club” executed in autumn 2017 during the artists residency in Bologna.


Mexico – La mostra sospesa – Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros
Palazzo Fava
19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018

Due to the inauguration scheduled for the 13th September 1973, the oeuvres of the collection Alvar Carrillo Gil and Carmen Tejero were already in place. Though two days before, the military under Augusto Pinochet took over power by a coup d’état and the oeuvres by Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros were sent back to Mexico in a hurry. A significant part of this pending show was on view in the Palazzo Fava.


Peter Demetz: Ieratica
Art Forum Contemporary
20 January – 15 February 2018

In the exhibition, Peter Demetz’ wooden sculptures frequently leave the typical frame. Some even dare a glance into the mirror.


Joseph Montgomery: via degli Eremiti
25 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

Joseph Montgomery’s oeuvres are in permanent tension between painting and sculpture. His hybrids have traditional elements of painting like canvas and colour, expanded to collages. At the same time, they are interacting on different levels like reliefs.


Maria Rebecca Ballestra: Morphosis
Galleria Cavour, Green Lounge
2 – 10 February 2018

Maria Rebecca Ballestra questions the relation between humans and nature.


Nino Noce: 88-18
Studio Nino Noce
27 January – 4 February 2018

In his studio, Nino Noce exposed several works from 1988 until today. His practice is not only painting, but also a kind of collage where he inserts fabric onto the canvas


Unpredictable: Preparing for the Future, without knowing what it will be like
Fondazione Golinelli
13 October 2017 – 4 February 2018

For “Unpredictable” 16 international artists presented their ideas about what might be significant in a nearer or farer future.


POLIS / BBQ: Performance: Fare un’immagine di tanto in tanto – Matteo Coluccia
3 February 2018, 20 p.m.

Matteo Coluccia questions about the human conditions, about the forms of power enabled by images.


Summary about the Art Fairs and art events in Bologna, February 2018:

Bologna: Art, Art, Art

Impressions of:


SetUp Contemporary Art Fair