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festivalfilosofia sapere;2008




Non stop

09.00 - 23.00

The sublime is now


Palazzo Santa Margherita - Galleria Civica

Producers: Galleria Civica and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Curator: Marco De Michelis
18.30: vernissage

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The show's title draws its inspiration from a brief article written by the American painter Barnett Newman in 1948. Over 200 years since the Sublime was given a definition, the concept reasserts its topicality: the Romantic quest for new frontiers and experiences is still the pulsing heart of the contemporary world of art.
The challenge, that irrepressible urge that drives us to journey beyond the limits of the known universe, returns in the works and undertakings of the artists present in the exhibition, all of whom, at their own peril, push back the frontiers of their world: alone on a sailing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, at the South Pole in search of the albino penguin and its song, in an Arctic storm or pursued by giant ice-breakers.
The show includes mainly videos, films and sound installations by a variety of authors on the theme of the Sublime. 
The works of Tcita Dean, Deborah Logorio and Cyprien Gaillard refer to Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson (1970), among those late twentieth century works which perhaps come closest to the idea of the Sublime, in which the artist expresses strongly his conviction that nature can be a source of life but not total knowledge, that we can manipulate, but never know it completely.   
The exhibition continues with the installation In Search of the Miraculous, in memory of the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, who lost his life in 1975 during a solitary transatlantic crossing. Similarly, the Frenchman Pierre Huyghe goes to the end of the world to record the song of the albino penguin, recounting his voyage towards the South Pole in a video film. The video made by the German John Bock, on the other hand, documents the perilous conditions created by an Arctic storm.
Finally, the film made by Guido van der Werve re-evokes the frozen, Romantic landscapes painted by Caspar David Friedrich: the Dutchman walks on the ice in Finland pursued by a majestic ice-breaker. 

The exhibition catalogue is in two language with an abundant supply of images of the works on display and critical articles by Marco De Michelis, Angela Vettese and Franco Rella.

Curator: Marco De Michelis
Producers and organisers: Galleria Civica and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

Marco De Michelis lectures in the History of Architecture at Columbia University New York and at the IUAV in Venice.

The exhibition continues until 6 January 2009 at the following times:
Closed on Mondays
From Tues to Fri 10.30 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 18.00
Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10.30 - 18.00
8 Dec 2008, 5/6 Jan 2009: 10.30 -18.00
25/26 Dec 2008, 1 Jan 2009: 15.00 - 18.00
Entrance free

For information:
Galleria Civica, c.so Canalgrande 103, 41100 Modena
tel. 059 2032911/2032940 - fax 059 2032932