Presentation of the catalogue Cosmogonia: Supernovas of Italian collecting – NERO publishing

Saturday December 18, 2010 – h.12.00 am
Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive
Museo Carandente - Piazza Collicola, 1 – Spoleto

On Saturday December 18, in the frame of “Bachem Natter / Happy Christmas” opening day of the winter exhibition programme at Palazzo Collicola, the catalogue Cosmogonia: Supernovas of Italian collecting – Collezione Sciarretta will be presented. The publication has been released in occasion of the exhibition under the same title, curated by Gianluca Marziani, which will be open until January 7, 2011 at Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive di Spoleto.

The collection that Stefano and Raffaella Sciarretta started up in the early 1990s began with Italian Pop Art and then went on to examine young Italian art, which was ignored by the market and produced almost surreptitiously. Later on, the collection started opening towards international artists, each with their own personal and geographical identity. All together, these different experiences, practices, studies, and interests determined the possibility to build up the eclectic and still constantly evolving form of the collection itself, which now comprises approximately 400 works, by over 200 artists. The works gathered by Raffaella and Stefano Sciarretta reveal a caustic criticism of present-day issues such as the dictatorship of the economy, war, manipulation of information, and the exploitation of peoples.

One of the prerogatives of the collection has always been that of supporting all those artists whom it represents, promoting projects and assisting them in ways through which to continue their research within the contemporary art system and beyond. The importance of this aspect has led the collection to develop and to expand into Nomas Foundation: a mobile, flexible, nomadic organism. Nomas Foundation’s programme includes exhibitions, events and experimental activities, in the attempt to support and promote young contemporary art.

ARTISTS INCLUDED IN COSMOGONIA: SUPERNOVAS OF ITALIAN COLLECTING – COLLEZIONE SCIARRETTA

DARREN ALMOND / FRANCESCO ARENA / ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT / MATTEO BASILE’ / VANESSA BEECROFT / MARC BIJL / JOHN BOCK / MAURIZIO CATTELAN / LORIS CECCHINI / PETER COFFIN / NEMANIA CVIJANOVIC’ / OLAFUR ELIASSON / FLAVIO FAVELLI / FISCHERSPOONER / KENDELL GEERS / PIERO GOLIA / PETER LAND / ELSE LEIRVIK / YASUMASA MORIMURA / VLAD NANCA / WANG QINGSONG / SAM TAYLOR-WOOD / PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU / ADRIAN TRANQUILLI / SPENCER TUNICK / SISLEJ XHAFA

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Catalogue cover – NERO publishing