"Exit". (Reviews: Turin)

By Meneguzzo, Marco | Artforum International, January 2003 | Go to article overview

"Exit". (Reviews: Turin)


Meneguzzo, Marco, Artforum International


FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO

Curated by Francesco Bonami, "Exit" included works by sixty-three young Italian artists. This was the inaugural exhibition for the new home of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, consolidating the city's preeminence in Italy in terms of public--or, in this case, public/private-institutions dedicated to contemporary art. Designed by Claudlo Silvestrin, the new museum is consistent with the foundation's stated purpose: to introduce and promote the most recent generation of artists. Everything follows the international model: a gigantic white container (as well as some smaller spaces) where the works can be installed in relationship, perhaps helping each other create an atmosphere, a common context, even to the extent of visually and conceptually superimposing the works.

At this point we have become accustomed to exhibitions that "provide the context"; for instance, the various editions of the Venice Biennale or Documenta. Such shows aim to identify the cultural scenario that underlies the general flow of ideas of a large number of artists. Likewise this exhibition: Beyond merely displaying individual works, it attempted to respond to questions about whether there is a specific and prevalent type of creativity evident in the work of young Italian artists and which subjects that work is addressing. Thus the curator consciously chose nor to focus on a theme but instead to proceed almost statistically, as in a sampling. Sixty-three artists are a lot, at least (if you want to be cynical) in terms of the capacity of the Italian art market, which won't be able to absorb them all. But the number is small in relation to the actual number of aspiring artists in Italy who are working at substantially the same level as those Bonami has selected. And yet despite its lack of international recognition, Italian production is often aligned with a sort of international style, renouncing those specifically Italian characteristics that made arte povera or the Transavanguardia successful. …

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