Join us for a screening of short films and documentaries exploring Turin, Italy, the home of Arte Povera. Screened as part of our summer series providing context on artistic processes and materials, cultural climates, and periods of economic collapse examined in Landlord Colors.

We’ll be screening the following:

  • “Arte Povera: a film by Beatrice Merz and Sergio Ariotti,” 2000 (28 min), presented in conjunction with Artecinema. A documentary that gives an overview of the Arte Povera movement, beginning with its rise in the late 1960s through the present day. Through a presentation of archival materials from significant exhibitions—such as the 1968 exhibition Arte Povera + Azioni Povere in Amalfi and the 1997 Venice Biennale, footage from recent solo exhibitions, and clips from interviews with Arte Povera founding member and art historian Germano Celant, as well as other artists, critics, and gallery directors—the film depicts the movement’s complexity and significance.


  • “Jannis Kounellis: Gray is the color of our time,” (21 min) presented in conjunction with Louisiana Channel. Take a look behind Greek artist Jannis Kounellis’ raw and powerful work: “There’s no distance between me and the dialogue established years ago, which sees man as the centre. That’s what compels me to create art all the time, every day.”


  • “Mario Merz – Igloos” by Gabriele Raimondi, 2018 (24 min) presented in conjunction with Artecinema. A documentary about seminal Arte Povera artist Mario Merz created during the preparations for his recent exhibition at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan. Curated by Vicente Todolí and realized in collaboration with Fondazione Merz, the exhibition brought together thirty-one igloos, from his first Igloo di Giap (1968) to Spostamenti della terra e della luna su un asse (2003), created the year of his death. Set against the backdrop of Turin in the late 1960s, the documentary traces the history of the igloo in Merz’s work.


Artecinema, an international film festival of documentaries regarding contemporary art, was established in 1996 with the objective of making various facets of contemporary art known to the public at large. []

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