Italian Conversations – Art in the age of Berlusconi – Book launch

Saturday 4 February 2012 ?h 5 pm
MAXXI B.A.S.E. – Via Guido Reni, 4/A – Rome

Italian Conversations – Art in the age of Berlusconi is the result of an itinerant residency of the Dutch collective Fucking Good Art (Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma) in Rome, Bologna, Milan, Turin, Naples, Palermo and Lecce, who placed themselves as outsider observers of the complex Italian cultural scene in the current political and economical background.? Starting from an investigation of the territory, through a travel and study experience, the volume provides a mapping of the current cultural Italian situation, at the same time positioning itself as an original critical research.

The artistic duo, lead in their investigations by the partner institutions who acted as Ciceroni guiding them through spaces, venues and local situations, directly met with thinkers, artists, cultural workers and relevant voices. During the months of travel and research in the different cities the artists, experienced the events that in the last year, daily drove to the weakening of the institution’s role in the cultural scenario.

Through a series of interviews, stories, press clippings, dialogues, Italian Conversations offers, in a general redefinition of economical and cultural European policies, a fragmented portrait of the Italian current cultural and social context as a combination of independent initiatives, forms of self-organization made possible by the merging of private and public funds.

Italian Conversation – Art in the age of Berlusconi contains  26 conversations with artists, curators, critics and gallerists who play an active role in the Italian contemporary art world, 7 artists’ contributions and 9 texts, as welll as a list of independent non-profit private initiatives by artists, curators, collectors and others, compiled in collaboration with partners from the seven different territories involved in this book project.

The new volume of Fucking Good Art will be presented on 4 February at MAXXI B.A.S.E., in collaboration with MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome.

Guest relators: Vincenzo Latronico (writer and art critic)

Introduction: Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni (Directors Nomas Foundation), and Klaus de Rijk (Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome)

Italian Conversations – Art in the age of Berlusconi is a project by Fucking Good Art commissioned by Nomas Foundation, published by NERO, Rome, and post editions, Rotterdam. Supported by Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture), Mondriaan Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rome, and Parc Saint Leger – Centre d’Art Contemporain in France. ??In collaboration with Careof and O’, Milan; Nosadella.due, Bologna; Progetto Diogene, Turin; Archiviazioni, Lecce; Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples; Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo.

Short biography

Fucking Good Art is an artists duo formed by Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma. Since the publication of the first Rotterdam issue – an A3 pamphlet on pink paper – in December 2003 they have made special editions in Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Copenhagen, Riga, Switzerland, São Paulo, Brussels, Tbilisi and more.

Fucking Good Art is a travelling editorial project for research in art. The artists are interested in oral history, ethnographic- and documentary film, new modes of (aesthetic) journalism, counter cultures and sub cultures, civil society, self-organisation and DIY (do-it-yourself) strategies, art and activism, resistance, models ‘outside’ the art market, and ecology. They have a participatory strategy and are by nature highly sensitive to the context they are in.