“Long Live the Revolution” at Wunderkammern, Rome

Paolo Buggiani, Accensione di sole e nuvole, Erchie, 2016
Photo credit: Cinzia Sarto


Wunderkammern presents Long live the revolution, a collective exhibition by artists Tomaso Binga, Paolo Buggiani, Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring and Ken Hiratsuka.

Wunderkammern exhibits for the first time artworks of the great masters who have marked contemporary art history, thinking outside the box: Tomaso Binga (Salerno, Italy, 1931); Paolo Buggiani (Castelfiorentino, Italy, 1933); Keith Haring (Reading, USA, 1958-1990); Richard Hambleton (Vancouver, Canada, 1954-2017) and Ken Hiratsuka (Shimodate, Japan, 1959).

Art revolution: that is the motto Paolo Buggiani has appropriated by indelibly tattooing on his skin. According to the Tuscan artist, revolution is a necessary act to change a static situation, an explosive gesture whose final aim is to bring progress. As subversion of a static order, rebellion is the driving force of every artist featured in the show. The artworks exhibited in Long live the revolution are connected by the repetition of different procedures, yet meant to surprise the viewer, triggering a reflective process and wishfully a desire of change. This is to be seen in Buggiani’s New York performance series, where the artist is dressed up as Icarus and roller-skates through the traffic jam causing amazement–and anger, amongst drivers. Otherwise in Binga’s works, that aimed to dismantle the hateful aspects of patriarchy, firmly rooted in Italian–and other cultures, by using her body as connecting tool between the declaimed word and the involved spectator. A similar approach could be found in Keith Haring’s interventions on the New York subway advertising posters, rich of intrinsic sociopolitical messages. In the same metropolis, Urban Shadows by Hambleton surprised passers-by in unexpected street corners. A “necessary revolution” sensation is reflected also in Hiratsuka’s apparently endless lines, which seem to enclose humanity as a whole, with no distinction of sex, ethnicity or religion, speaking a universal language. Historical artworks are exhibited aside some more recent works.

Tomaso Binga during a performance, Lavatoio Contumaciale, 2005
Courtesy: Bianca Pucciarelli


Paolo Buggiani Hiroshima United Nations, New York City, 1982
Photo credit: Jennifer Cotter


Ken Hiratsuka Paris 1988, detail
Courtesy: Paolo Buggiani


Keith Haring Subway drawings


Binga, Buggiani, Hambleton, Haring and Hiratsuka
Long live the revolution
Curated by Giuseppe Ottavianelli
Critical essays by Serena Silvestrini and Egidio Emiliano Bianco

Opening: Saturday 2 December, 2017 | 18.30 – 21.30
2 December 2017 – 20 January 2018

WUNDERKAMMERN | Via Gabrio Serbelloni 124, Roma
opening times: Tue-Sat, 4-7pm | free entry
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