Archivi del Novecento, Milan
April 5 – September 8, 2013
Curated by Roberto Cuoghi, Milovan Farronato
Dismeasure is a totally individual practice, without purpose and in conflicts with the values of communal life that promote the virtues
of measure and the happy medium. If an impulse that dominates the the field of consciousness finds a particular and effective form, it turns into a suggestion that moves towards community, prompting opposition or imitation. If imitation impulsively overcomes the propensity for restraint, an epidemic phenomenon takes place that compels community to carry out a transformation of thought, behaviour and collective action. An order of Dismeasure can expand to the point where it becomes a conventional value, sparkling off the cycle of suggestion from social milieu to physical person.” As part of the collaboration between the Museo del Novecento and the DOCVA (Documentation Center for Visual Arts), the Sala Archivi ‘Ettore e Claudia Gian Ferrari’ is hosting the exhibition Arimortis. On the occasion Milovan Farronato, acting on behalf of Viafarini, has invited the artist Roberto Cuoghi to propose a personal interpretation of the materials in the archives.
Arimortis is the request for a break, for a time-out. For the time to retie the laces of your shoes, bringing the game to a temporary halt. The term which gives the exhibition its title – often abbreviated to arimo – is in fact used by convention among Italian children when they are playing, to ask for an interruption. In the showcases of the Sala Archivi of the Museo del Novecento the pause permits ‘an intricate, unusual and stimulating cataloguing of data: the works coexist with cherished objects, the “memorabilia” with laborious – at times even dramatic – attempts to express one’s own inner emotional responses’. Since 1991 Viafarini DOCVA has been building up an unfiltered collection of the materials of Italian artists – or artists resident in Italy – who have expressed a professional intention, or in other cases an almost compulsive one.
For the exhibition – after examining all the materials gathered in almost 4,000 portfolios stored in the archives at the Fabbrica del Vapore – individual dialogues have been conducted, wherever possible, with each of the artists involved, with the aim of finding out how the obsessive universe of their research could ‘break out under glass’. The curators have drawn on these points of view: not a hortus siccus, but characteristic fragrances germinating within the archives.
Alfredo Aceto, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Riccardo Arena, Andrea Aversa, Betty Bee, Giona Bernardi, Lorenza Boisi, Sergio Breviario, Katthy Cavaliere, Enrico David, Luigi D’Eugenio, Alessandro Di Giampietro, Chiara Fumai, Cecile Genovese, Matteo Guarnaccia, Alberto Guidato, Karma Lama, Saverio Lanza, Gino Lucente, Francesco Mannarini, Laura Matei, Vera Morra, Michele Napoli, Katja Noppes, Cristiana Palandri, Paola Pivi, Sabrina Sabato, Manuel Scano, Olga Schigal, Gabriele Silli, Sissi, Alberto Tadiello, Maria Stella Tiberio, Ghergely Toth, Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Christian Tripodina