The 16th Art Quadriennale at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome

The 16th Art Quadrenniale entitled Altri tempi, altri miti (Other times, other myths) opens to the public tomorrow at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Staged on the Noble Floor, it presents 10 exhibition sections conceived by 11 curators featuring 99 artists with 150 works, all recent and many created especially for the event. It therefore places itself within a historic tradition, revitalized by innovative production formulas and unconventional exhibition features which map out contemporary visual arts in Italy.

The museum layout is free and the visitor – starting from the central Rotonda which, during the exhibition, will be animated by the performances, meetings and film showings that are an integral part of the exhibition projects of many curators – can embark on his or her own personal visitor experience in one of the exhibition sectors.

The title is inspired by the collection “Un weekend postmoderno. Cronache dagli anni ottanta” (1990) (A postmodern weekend. Stories of the 1980s) by writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli (1955-1991) who tells the story of Italy in fragments. Similarly, the 16th Art Quadrenniale is conceived as a changing map of the cultural and artistic productions of contemporary Italy and each of the ten exhibition sections focuses on a theme, method, approach or geneaology that characterises its artistic projects. Simone Ciglia and Luigia Lonardelli in I would prefer not to/Preferirei di no, present a selection of authors who exemplify a widespread approach to creating art today, which can be linked to an evasion, a resistance to conform to definitions of identity. Michele D’Aurizio with Ehi, voi! (Hey, you!) proposes portrait painting as a medium with which one can span the most recent developments in our art, thanks to its ability to express a blend of the individual and social spheres. Luigi Fassi with La democrazia in America (Democracy in America) invites us to analyse in depth some of the aspects of the history of modern-day Italy by re-interpreting the thinking of Tocqueville. Simone Frangi in Orestiade italiana (Italian Oresteia) turns its gaze to the context of our country, and its cultural, political and economic sides, with a collective analogical rewriting of several core concepts of a work of film by Pasolini. Luca Lo Pinto in A occhi chiusi, gli occhi sono straordinariamente aperti (With Your Eyes Shut, They’re Wide Open) probes into the themes of time, identity and memory, interpreted in continuous metamorphosis within the relationship between the single and the collective. Matteo Lucchetti in De Rerum Rurale focuses on rural nature as a real, speculative space in which to describe and re-imagine the system of relations between natural and man-made environments, also in its historical depth. Marta Papini in Lo stato delle cose (The State of Things) proposes a system in progress in which the rotation of very different artists establishes a dialectic space between their individual explorations and between these and the audience. Cristiana Perrella in La seconda volta (The Second Time) identifies a nucleus of authors who share an interest in using materials full of stories that have already been told, which they reinterpret in apparently impossible combinations, guided by the poetics of transformation. Domenico Quaranta with Cyphoria analyses the impact of digital media on the various aspects of life, experience, imagination and storytelling. Denis Viva in Periferiche (Peripherals) identifies in polycentrism an original structural condition of our territory that also permeates our visual culture.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the visual identity and exhibition catalogue of this new edition of the Quadriennale have been conceived and published by NERO.

For more information visit the Quadriennale’s website.

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
via Nazionale, 194, 00184 Roma

13 October 2016 – 8 January 2017