Au rendez-vous des amis
International Conference and Exhibition
Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini, Collezione Burri
Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco
Conference June 26-27, 2015
Palazzo Vitelli a Sant’Egidio
Exhibition June 27 – October 18, 2015
Ideated and curated by Bruno Corà
Città di Castello (Perugia), Italy
Taking up the title Au rendez-vous des amis that Max Ernst gave to his 1922 painting now at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, this extraordinary conference-exhibition promoted by the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri and scheduled for 26–27 June 2015 at the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco in Città di Castello is certainly one of the largest and most significant ever held.
This international event has involved numerous artists and directors of European museums and aims to offer their viewpoints and thoughts on the most important aspects of contemporary life regarding art in relation to the sacred, memory and history, markets and economics, communication, nature, science and technology, development of the social context, ethics, and the new cultures of new countries. This is occurring at a critical juncture, at a time when it is becoming increasingly necessary to restore the centrality of thought and artwork. The aim of this initiative is to emphasize the penchant of artists of different eras – as documented by paintings and photographs – to meet to discuss various ideas and also engage with each other verbally. Consequently, here we want to revive this inclination at a moment in which numerous problems affect artistic individuality and reflection seems to be relegated exclusively to virtual media.
Two work sessions have been planned around these issues, primarily to permit debate and allow the participants to engage with each other. For 26 June nine roundtables have been set up, each devoted to one of the issues and coordinated by a moderator/museum director.
On the morning of 27 June, during a single plenary session attended by artists and museum directors, the issues discussed the previous day will be summarized, but the participants will also have an opportunity for further debate. To follow the dialogue in each participant’s native language there will be a simultaneous interpretation service in two languages, Italian and English.
Alongside discussion of the participants’ opinions, we also felt it was fundamental to show their works, and so an exhibition is being staged at Palazzo Vitelli a Sant’Egidio and will be open to the public from 27 June to 18 October 2015.
Au rendez-vous des amis – International Exhibition – Palazzo Vitelli a Sant’Egidio
Marco Bagnoli, Stephan Balkenhol, Gianfranco Baruchello, Bizhan Bassiri, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Gianni Caravaggio, Lawrence Carroll, Enrico Castellani, Giuliana Cunéaz, Richard Deacon, Silvie Defraoui, Auke de Vries, Antonio Dias, Braco Dimitrijević, Bruna Esposito, Marco Gastini, Eugenio Giliberti, Giorgio Griffa, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Abel Herrero, Shirazeh Houshiary, Paolo Icaro, Emilio Isgrò, Jan Jedlička, Magdalena Jetelová, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Christiane Löhr, Sergio Lombardo, Luigi Mainolfi, Masbedo, Eliseo Mattiacci, Vittorio Messina, Maurizio Mochetti, Carmengloria Morales, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Hermann Nitsch, Nunzio, Mimmo Paladino, Nakis Panayotidis, Claudio Parmiggiani, Paola Pezzi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lucio Pozzi, Luisa Protti, Renato Ranaldi, Franco Rasma, Giovanni Rizzoli, Bernhard Rüdiger, Remo Salvadori, Felix Schramm, Helmut Schweizer, Martin Schwenk, Anita Sieff, Santiago Sierra, Nedko Solakov, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Ettore Spalletti, Giuseppe Stampone, Marco Tirelli, Grazia Toderi, Costas Tsoclis, Alexandros Tzannis, Felice Varini, Eduard Winklhofer, Gilberto Zorio.
The exhibition Au rendez-vous des amis will be staged at the Palazzo Vitelli a Sant’Egidio in Città di Castello and the preview to the press and to the participants in the International Conference is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 26.
The official opening is the evening of Saturday, June 27 and the exhibition close October 18, 2015.