We Love Art. Vision and Creativity Made in Italy presents new works by eight emerging Italian artists selected by curators Ludovico Pratesi and Marco Bassan: Benni Bosetto, Giulia Cenci, Tomaso De Luca, Lulù Nuti, Amedeo Polazzo, Alice Ronchi, Giulio Saverio Rossi and Namsal Siedlecki.
As part of the exhibition project, they were brought together with eight companies in which the Fondazione CDP has a stake, to realize new works: Open Fiber, Terna, Eni, Webuild, CDP Immobiliare, Snam, Tim and Ansaldo Energia.
The project thus deliberately follows the Italian tradition of a dialogue between artistic creativity and industrial production, how it was initiated in the 1950s by the magazine Civiltà delle Macchine or in the 1960s in exhibitions such as “Sculture nella città. Spoleto 1962”. This exhibition is considered a milestone in the history of 20th century art. It was conceived and curated in 1962 by Giovanni Carandente for the Festival dei Due Mondi and was one of the first examples of dialogue and interaction between industry and contemporary art. On this occasion, many of the greatest artists of the time, such as David Smith, Alexander Calder, Beverly Pepper, Lucio Fontana, Nino Franchina and Ettore Colla, created works of art in metal in the various Italian workshops of the Italsider steel industry. Their works were exhibited outdoors in the historic center of Spoleto and some of them are now part of the collection of the Gallery of Modern Art in Spoleto. We Love Art – Vision and Creativity Made in Italy has taken up these suggestions and renewed them in the current economic and artistic context.
The CLB Berlin is also the last stop of an extensive tour that has already taken the exhibition to New York, Mexico, Seoul, Chongqing and Cairo. At the end of the international tour, the eight artworks will join the collection of the Fondazione Cassa Depositi e Prestiti in Rome.
Speaking at the opening on the 25th:
Dr. Sven Sappelt, CLB Berlin,
Francesca Moschitta, Cultural Officer of the Italian Cultural Institute,
as well as the two curators of the exhibition: Ludovico Pratesi, curator and art critic at the daily newspaper La Repubblica, and Marco Bassan, founder and curator of Spazio Taverna in Rome.
The usual hygiene measures at the time apply.
A project of the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin (IIC)
in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Foundation (CDP) and CLB Berlin.
Photo (c) Giulia Cenci: Progresso scorsoio.