Italia Happening – Salon für Kunstbuch

NERO is excited to be participating in the exhibition Italia Happening, a show dedicated to artists’ books in Italy taking place at Salon für Kunstbuch at 21er Haus in Vienna on Wednesday 18, February, at 7pm.

In 130 exhibition pieces, a current view on Italian artistic production is assembled, demonstrating that the country’s contribution to recent art history cannot be boiled down to Arte Povera or Maurizio Cattelan.

For the last three years, the country finds itself in the post-Berlusconi era, after two decades that saw cultural life shaped by a political figure who stood not only for dramatic cuts in the area of art and culture, but also for a privatized media landscape and a deliberate torpedoing of critical discourse.

What about the current situation of Italy can be discerned from publications stemming from the arts? What is happening, and what attracts interest in individual cases? Who did not leave the country under these circumstances, and which topics and discourses are currently debated?

On the opening: Bernhard Cella talks to Gabrielle Cram (Lead of dramaturgy, Tanzquartier Vienna).

Accompanying the exhibition:
Italia Reenactment - Dramatic reading of dialogues by the Dutch artists
Fucking Good Art with protagonists from the Italian art scenes (2012)
and contributions by curators Luca Lo Pinto (NERO Magazine, Rome; Kunsthalle Wien)
and Andreas Hapkemeyer (Museion, Bozen).

NERO’s publications:
Documenta 1955-2012 The endless story of two lovers - VV.AA.
Wonders of the volcano by Salvatore Arancio
The dry salvages by Elisabetta Benassi
Roma by Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Italian conversation – art in the age of Berlusconi by Fucking good art
Draft score for an exhibition by Pierre Bal Blanc


Salon für Kunstbuch – Arsenalstraße 1, Vienna
18 February  – 30 April 2015