Chaotic Passion, 16 december, Museo d’arte Contemporanea Villa Croce

curated by Anna Lovecchio and CHAN
17.12 2015 — 20.03 2016
Opening: December 16, 6 pm
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea/ Villa Croce/ Genova

Artists: Meris Angioletti, Chiara Camoni, Alice Cattaneo, Cristian Chironi, Danilo Correale, Claire Fontaine, Silvia Giambrone, Alice Guareschi, Jacopo Miliani, Margherita Morgantin, Rebecca Moccia, Andrea Nacciarriti, Pennacchio Argentato, Serena Porrati, Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, The Cool Couple, Serena Vestrucci, Void.

Vincenzo Agnetti, Cesi Amoretti, Antonio Calderara, Ettore Colla, Gianni Colombo, Pietro Consagra, Dadamaino, Corrado D’Ottavi, Lucio Fontana, Virginio Ghiringhelli, Osvaldo Licini, Piero Manzoni, Bruno Munari, Anna Oberto, Mauro Reggiani, Regina, Ben Vautier, Rodolfo Vitone, Gianfranco Zappettini, Alberto Zitocchi.

Writing about collecting, Walter Benjamin maintains that “every passion borders on the chaotic” in a continuous tension between the poles of order and disorder. Does the same hold true for a museum’s collection? For the thirtieth anniversary of Villa Croce Museum, the exhibition Chaotic Passion intends to explore this dialectical relation by putting artworks from the collection in dialogue with works produced over the last ten years by a new generation of artists.
Chaotic Passion proceeds on the assumption that the museum’s permanent collection should not be locked up in a fixed aesthetic canon that speaks uniquely of a past more or less distant from our time. Challenging the works of the collection by re-positioning them into the present makes it possible to bring to the fore diverse aspects of their ongoing significance. It may shift the expectations of the public by prompting the renewed appraisal of the works’ valence and the renegotiation of their meaning.

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