SubBrixia intervention II: MARCELLO MALOBERTI for Stazione in Brescia
NERO presents the second step of the project SubBrixia with an installation by Marcello Maloberti at the metro stop Stazione in Brescia on Thursday the 17th of December. Maloberti’s installation is the second artistic intervention in the Brescia metro after that of Rä di Martino in October, making the metro a place for contemporary art.
The project entitled SubBrixia, created and produced by Brescia Museums and Brescia Mobility in collaboration with the Municipality of Brescia, continues to bring some of the leading protagonists of the Italian contemporary art scene to interact with the underground network of the city of Brescia, inaugurated in 2013.
For each station of the first five selected, a different artist is producing a site specific installation. According to the organizers, the project will not stop here and the desire is, in fact, to extend to the other stops thereby creating a kind of museum of contemporary art accessible to all. A new contemporary art space in the city, or rather, under the city. The notable examples are not lacking from the famous underground in Naples to that of London, to say nothing of that of Stockholm which, extending110 km, is considered the largest art exhibition in the world. In Brescia, the metro line has 17 stations and runs through the city for a total length of about 14 kilometers. Further, i is a metro that is noted for its elegant architecture and futuristic technology that creates a sense of being a passenger of the future or of Star Trek.
This artistic project is curated by NERO, which operates in the field of culture and contemporary art, in collaboration with Brescia Museum Foundation. It is realized as a “widespread show” that comes out of the museum to develop in different moments in time and space. An underground journey through the different stations that symbolize the various chapters of a fantasy story that takes shape in reality. An open book that explores geography, identity and heterogeneous languages.
An installation by Rä di Martino – displayed at the Marconi metro stop – opened SubBrixia, and it is now the turn turn of Marcello Maloberti, intervening in what is already the most symbolic and beautiful station, the Station precisely.
The works of these artists will be followed by those of Francesco Fonassi, PatrickTuttofuoco and Elisabetta Benassi in the next few months.
La base del mondo
The work designed by Marcello Maloberti comes out of the desire to represent ideally a second city that develops underground, as if it has been turned upside down. A kind of specular city: one developed in surfaces, ancient and archaeological, the other “underground,” contemporary and of which the subway becomes a monumental symbol. The title “La base del mondo” derives from a work by Piero Manzoni, in which the artist ideally constructs the socket of the world, a pedestal on which the terrestrial sphere can ironically mount and, thanks to the art, become itself an object or a trophy.
Marcello Maloberti (1966) lives and works in Milan.
Solo exhibitions: Fondazione Zegna, Trivero (2013); MACRO, Rome (2012); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); GAMEC, Bergamo (2009);
Group exhibitions: Soleil politique, Museion, Bolzano (2014); Italian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); From Zero to One Hundred, Triennale, Milan (2012); Performa09, New York (2009)
SubBrixia is an ambitious and innovative project, which aims to bring contemporary art to a place with high attendance which is a subway, thus bringing the most modern artistic languages to the general public. For Brescia this is an important and broad task, pushing the accelerator on the future and involving elements that are among the driving forces of its territory: the metro, which in the last two and a half years has transformed the urban geography with its 15 million passengers a year and like other cities, is now becoming a place for contemporary art. It is a project that can easily create new bridges with Europe and confirm the international character of a city that knows more and more and which has begun to speak a language that goes beyond its borders and size.
The project was realized thanks to the contributions of the project Moving Culture, the Regional Fund Expo 2nd phase, with the support of the Lombardy Region and the collaboration of ATS Expo.
The installation by Maloberti la Stazione opens on Thursday 17 December.