070311: Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz Che Fare? Arte Povera – The historical years

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz Che Fare? Arte Povera – The historical years 18.02.11 – 29.05.11 From the echo chamber of myth Sometimes history can offer the most incredible stories, make it clear what is was like back then, and attempt to find out why it was the way it was. The Lentos Kunstmuseum is currently leafing through the brightly illuminated picture book of recent art history and narrates the dark history of the Italian-origin and Italian-biased Arte Povera of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Something that is more than commendable for a transalpine museum – seen from the perspective of Rome- and with a view on the presumably main theme of the upcoming dOCUMENTA (13), almost visionary: with the “Idee di Pietra (views of a stone) by Giuseppe Penone on June 21, 2010, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, head of the dOCUMENTA already pointed in the direction of Kassel. In “Che fare? Arte Povera – The historical years”, a production by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the chapter of a poor, but never pathetic art is extensively dealt with and illustrated in works ranging from A (as in Giovanni Anselmo) to Z (as in Gilberto Zori). Among the 100 works displayed, the starting as well as the rejection points of a group of artists create an intense dialogue - arguing with social-revolutionary intent – typically 1968ers – with poetic-emotional “archetypes from the echo chamber of myth” (Hans-Joachim Müller). In an historically well secured and philosophically-lined territory (e.g. through Germano Celant or Harald Szeemann), in which Pop Art artists acting in step, together with polished and banal everyday folklore, have no place. It is not surprising that the pictures and space objects and their naturalistic materials, which are blatantly obvious for everyday use, appear burnt out and come across in a straight, simple, directly symbolic language. After the grandiose demands of the Arte Povera for a liberalized life and risk-prone withdrawal have faded, the size and perfection of the objectification of the epic topics – energy, alchemy and existence, world, time and history – can now be pointedly perceived. Which, on the whole, is not to their disadvantage. And this is how the as yet and over and over core-competent narrations of Arte Povera, in their search for an authentic art in an authentic life, reproduce across all generations. Something that incidentally proves the interminable character of a myth and identifies a myth as being tireless intellectual work, which, today, should lead to a museum visit. But that is another story…. By Stephan Maier Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz 4020 Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1 Tel: +43 70 7070 36 00 Email:info@lentos.at http://www. Lentos.at Opening hours: Daily except Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
4020 Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promendade 1
Tel: +43 70 7070 36 00
Email: info@lentos.at
Öffnungszeiten: täglich außer Mo 10-18 Uhr, Do 10-21 Uhr

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