A project by ITALICS
an island-wide exhibition
curated by Vincenzo de Bellis
2 – 5 September 2021
The island-wide exhibition PANORAMAProcida, the first ambitious multi-site exhibition project presented by ITALICS, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, was held on the island of Procida from 2 to 5 September 2021.
This was the first edition of an annual exhibition series in which, again with the title PANORAMA, ITALICSwill be showcasing some of the most fascinating places in the Italian landscape, creating art itineraries that will continue, in the real world, the extraordinary journey that began in October 2020 on the web pages of this platform.
PANORAMA | Procida is an itinerary – planned in dialogue with Agostino Riitano, Director of Procida Italian Capital of Culture 2022 – that explores the island’s powerful beauty, where art and nature design a new landscape that includes the dimension of experience.
This collective happening witnessed the extraordinary simultaneous participation of the public, institutions and citizens; its success is also testified by the exceptional media visibility and the many social shares.
The exhibition designed for the island of Procida, spanning five centuries of art history, from antiquity to the contemporary, with great attention for Italian works and a specific focus on the Neapolitan area, brought together over fifty works by the artists:
Marisa Albanese (Naples, Italy, 1947–2021), Giovanni Anselmo (Borgofranco d’Ivrea, Italy, 1934), Salvatore Arancio (Catania, Italy, 1974), Gianni Asdrubali (Tuscania, Italy, 1955), Rosa Barba (Agrigento, Italy, 1972), Noah Barker (California, USA, 1991 ), Per Barclay (Oslo, Norway, 1955), Robert Barry (New York, USA, 1936), Elisabetta Benassi (Rome, Italy, 1966), Walead Beshty (London, GB, 1976), Daniel Buren (Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 1938), Giulia Cenci (Cortona, Italy, 1988), Chen Zhen (Shanghai, China 1955 – Paris, France, 2000), Antonio Della Guardia (Salerno, Italy, 1990), Fortunato Depero (Fondo, Italy, 1892 – Rovereto, Italy, 1960), Patrizio Di Massimo (Jesi, Italy, 1983), Flavio Favelli (Florence, Italy, 1967), Luca Francesconi (Mantua , Italy, 1979), Lucio Fontana (Rosario di Santa Fé, Argentina, 1899 – Comabbio, Italy, 1968), Mario García Torres (Monclova, Mexico, 1975), Igor Grubić (Zagreb, Croatia, 1969), Christian Holstad (Anaheim , USA, 1972), Paolo Icaro (Turin, Italy, 1936), Massimo Listri (Florence, Italy, 1953), Nate Lowman (Las Vegas, USA, 1979), Ibrahim Mahama (Tamale, Ghana, 1987), Marcello Maloberti ( Casalpusterlengo, Italy, 1966),
Domenico Antonio Mancini (Naples, Italy, 1980) , Darius Mikšys (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1969), Daniele Milvio (Genoa, Italy, 1988) , Alek O. (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1981), Luigi Ontani (Grizzana Morandi, Italy, 1943), Adrian Paci (Scutari, Albania, 1969), Mimmo Paladino (Paduli, Italy, 1948), Giulio Paolini (Genoa, Italy, 1940), Francesco Pedraglio (Como, Italy, 1981) , Giuseppe Penone (Garessio, Italy, 1947), Giulia Piscitelli (Naples, Italy, 1965), Nicola Samorì (Forlì, Italy, 1977), Tomás Saraceno (San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, 1973), Alberto Savinio (Athens, Greece, 1891 – Rome, Italy, 1952), Marinella Senatore (Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy, 1977), Francesco Simeti (Palermo, Italy, 1968) , Sissi (Bologna, Italy, 1977), Filippo Tagliolini (Fogliano di Cascia, Italy, 1745 – Naples, Italy, 1809), Fredrik Værslev (Moss, Norway, 1979), Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, USA, 1928 – New York, USA, 1987) , Heimo Zobernig (Mauthen, Austria, 1958), Damon Zucconi (Bethpage, USA, 1985) and a work by Matthias Stomer (1600, Amersfoort, Netherlands – 1650, Sicily) from the collections of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
The exhibition showcased the marvelous variety of styles, materials, compositional solutions and formal translations that have characterized creativity in all eras. The itinerary took in the whole island, from the Marina Grande port to Terra Murata, and included some strongly mimetic works that blended into the natural and human landscape, while others required the direct involvement of the visitors, ferrying them into new unexplored dimensions, and two special projects presented as ‘exhibitions within the exhibition.’
A work from the Neapolitan Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte’s priceless collections created a new and unique dialog with Concetto spaziale. La fine di Dio [Spatial Concept. The End of God] (1963) by Lucio Fontana.
Italics d’Oro inaugurated a new exhibition tradition: each edition of PANORAMA will celebrate a different artist who intensely experienced the area which hosts the island-wide exhibition from time to time. The first artist celebrated by Italics d’Oro is Daniel Buren.
The Civic Museum united a group of works that, from the 18th century to today, recounted Naples and its islands. The prison, historically located inside Palazzo d’Avalos, housed works evoking the themes of constriction and isolation. The mystical or spiritual works were concentrated around the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo. Some important sculptural installations were hosted in three of the famous terraces of Procida, lookout belvederes located in different points throughout the area with generous views of the Mediterranean. Finally, a substantial body of works were site–specific installations that fit naturally into the urban fabric or ephemeral pieces made for the most part by the younger of the selected artists. They experimented with multiple expressive modes involving sound, broadcasting, the digital dimension, storytelling and, above all, participation. Falling into this sphere were the five performances by the artists Robert Barry, Elisabetta Benassi, Igor Grubić, Marcello Maloberti and Adrian Paci.
Nor was there any lack of moments of shared reflection with the extraordinary participation of geographer Franco Farinelli who, in dialogue with Andrea Anastasio, an author who works with various media in the fields of design, architecture and visual arts, held a conversation open to the public on Friday, 3 September at the Terrazza of Terra Murata entitled Arte e Territorio. Spunti per una vera integrazione (Art and Territory. Ideas for a true integration.), moderated by curator Vincenzo de Bellis and Agostino Riitano, Director of Procida Italian Capital of Culture 2022.
PANORAMA | Procida fully embraced the founding principle of the entire ITALICS project, expressed in the subtitle Art and Landscape: the opportunity to interpret the landscape and its layered history, built up over centuries of human activity, through art and the relationships it can create between visitors and the territory, beyond all temporal or media classification. Every year, with PANORAMA, ITALICS will renew its commitment to promoting the beauty of our country, in all its profound complexity, through the eyes of Italian gallerists.
ITALICS is looking forward to welcoming next year’s audience of art lovers, professionals and all those eager to experience a new “panorama”, for a new journey to discover the Italian landscape!
PANORAMA | Procida was made possible thanks to Intesa Sanpaolo, project Partner, and Tod’s, who with this commitment confirmed its support for contemporary young creative artists.
The exhibition was realized with the support of the Campania Region, the Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee – museo Madre, and in collaboration with the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, under the patronage of the Municipality of Procida and “Verso Procida 2022.”
Our thanks go to Forma Edizioni for the publication of the exhibition’s guide and Media partner Il Giornale dell’Arte.
2 – 5 September 2021
A Project by Italics
Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis
in collaboration with Agostino Riitano
Valentina Schiano Lo Moriello with Marco Lauro
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A arte Invernizzi, Apalazzogallery, Alfonso Artiaco, Bottegantica, Cardi Gallery, Galleria Continua, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Thomas Dane Gallery, Massimo De Carlo, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Alessandra Di Castro, Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Ermes Ermes, Fanta-MLN, Galleria Fonti, Frutta, Gagosian, Galleria dello Scudo, Giacometti Old Master Paintings, kaufmann repetto, Laveronica Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Lia Rumma, Magazzino, Galleria d’Arte Maggiore g.a.m., Gió Marconi, Mazzoleni, Galleria Massimo Minini, Francesca Minini, ML Fine Art, Monitor, Galleria Franco Noero, Norma Mangione Gallery, Galleria Carlo Orsi, P420, Giorgio Persano, Pinksummer, Schiavo Zoppelli Gallery, SpazioA, Studio Sales di Norberto Ruggeri, Studio Trisorio, T293, Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Tommaso Calabro Galleria d’Arte, Tornabuoni Arte, Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Federico Vavassori, Veda, Victoria Miro Venice, Vistamare|Vistamarestudio.
A special thanks to Ilaria Artiaco, Alfonso Artiaco; Elena Dalla Costa, Galleria dello Scudo; Flavio Del Monte, Massimo De Carlo; Filippo Di Carlo, Galleria dello Scudo; Francesca Fattori, Alfonso Artiaco; Valentina Grandini, Tornabuoni Arte; Alessandra Minini, Galleria Massimo Minini; Valentina Rossi, Galleria Carlo Orsi; Claudia Staccioli, Gagosian; Charlotte Urgese, Galleria Continua; Astrid Welter, kaufmann repetto.