Among the exhibitions to see in 2023 there are also the proposals of the GAMeC gallery of Bergamo, which between new or renewed collaborations, returns to explore important issues such as the preservation of memories, the dematerialization of processes, the decolonizationnarratives, the ecologicalturn. And it does so in the languages of painting, sculpture, experimental cinema, design and performance.
2023: Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture
GAMeC inaugurates the year of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture with the exhibition Leap into the Void, open since February. Art beyond matter, third and final chapter of the Trilogy of Matter, dedicated to the theme of dematerialization.
Summer 2023: the exhibitions not to be missed
Still among the exhibitions to see in 2023, but shifting the focus to the summer part of the agenda, there is also the first solo exhibition in an Italian museum Vivian Suter, artist of Swiss-Argentine origins, the site-specific intervention for the Palazzo della Ragione by the British artist Rachel Whiteread and a new episode of the cycle The Impermanent Collection.
Exhibitions scheduled for autumn 2023
In the autumn, however, while the rooms of the museum will be inhabited by the Italian performer Chiara Bersani, the projects of the Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno dedicated to Giovanni Francia – in collaboration with the Meru-Medolago Ruggeri Foundation for biomedical research – and the Lebanese artist and director Ali Cherri, in collaboration with In Between Art Film Foundation.
The 2023 programme, accompanied by educational activities and workshops for all audiences, is completed by the urban installations of Objects of Common Interest and Salottobuono respectively for Piazza della Libertà and for Kilometro Rosso Innovation District, born from the synergy between the Municipality of Bergamo, Confindustria Bergamo and GAMeC, and the collaboration with the Donizetti Opera festival (organized by the Donizetti Theater Foundation) for the new production of the opera The universal flood by Gaetano Donizetti, signed by the duo of Italian artists MASBEDO.
The 2023 exhibitions at GAMeC in Bergamo: appointments to mark
Leap Into The Void. Art Beyond Matter
February 3 - May 28, 2023
Third and final exhibition of the The Matter Trilogy cycle, Leap into the Void will explore the theme of dematerialization by connecting the researches on the void initiated by the first movements of the historical avant-garde with the investigations on the flow begun in the years of the first computerization and continued in the post-digital age through the use of new languages and simulated realities.
The exhibition, curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Domenico Quaranta, is divided into three thematic sections that frame as many ways of focusing, representing and expression of the principles of dematerialization.
The first will be dedicated to the representation of Void as an immaterial space, and will host a series of works by female artists who, at different times, have worked, especially in painting, through the principles of extreme reduction, minimal contrast and the imperceptible, describing the void as an imaginative, ideal or conceptual dimension.
The Flusso section will present a selection of works from different eras, from the avant-gardes to the present day, witnesses of the radical impact of computerization and digital networks on the perception of material reality. Finally, the Simulation section will focus on the junction between the real and the virtual, in an itinerary that will present pioneering and recent works; it will place works that critically investigate the impact of simulations on our perception of concrete reality in dialogue with others that, through the pictorial medium, amplify the perception by creating powerful visual illusions.
Rachel Whiteread …And The Animals Were Sold
June 23 - October 29, 2023
One of the most celebrated English artists of her generation, Rachel Whiteread (Ilford, 1963) reflects on the memory of places by investigating the relationship between empty and full and between past and present, creating architectural sculptures that can reach bigger size. Her work gives shape to the invisible space through the mold technique, made with different materials, such as concrete, rubber, resin and bronze.
For the exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione, curated by Sara Fumagalli and Lorenzo Giusti, the artist will create a group of new sculptures inspired by the context architectural, creating a bridge between different eras, between material history and current culture of forms.
The intervention foresees the production of thirty new works for the realization of which the artist will make use of some local stones, also present in the buildings of Piazza Vecchia: the gray orobic arabesque and the pink orobic arabesque from Val Brembana, the marble of White Botticino from the homonymous quarry in the province of Brescia and Sarnico stone, from the homonymous quarry in the province of Bergamo.
The shapes created correspond to the empty space inside the legs of some chairs; a choice which – quoting A cast of the space under my chair, the project created by Bruce Nauman in 1965 – questions the themes of emptiness and absence, bringing the thought on the architectural pre-existence of the square and, in this way, on its millenary history.
Vivian Suter. Home
June 23 - September 24, 2023
The works of the artist Vivian Suter (Buenos Aires, 1949) tell of the intimate bond that keeps them united to the vital forces of the environment in which they were born.
Having moved to Guatemala at the age of thirty-five, after having trained in Basel, starting in 2005, when most of her works were submerged during the passage of hurricane Stan, the artist further opened her research to the infinite possibility of chance, accepting metamorphosis as an essential, foundational element of art and painting.
The exhibition, curated by Lorenzo Giusti, is the first produced by an Italian museum and will bring together almost 200 canvases by Vivian Suter, created in phases several of her production.
A Stone in the Lake at the Vienna Secession
April 28-June 18, 2023
Curated by Jeanette Pacher, a monographic publication co-produced by GAMeC and Secession will be presented, in which attention will be given to the domestic creative dimension of the artist.
The Impermanent Collection #4
June 23 - September 24, 2023
The Impermanent Collection is a research, exhibition and laboratory platform that since 2018 has highlighted the hybrid nature of the GAMeC Collection, reflecting on its dynamic and at times contradictory character.
After the first chapter of the exhibition – which told the story of the museum's collections – and the second – which brought the Collection into dialogue with a nucleus of works confiscated in Lombardy and destined for the Gallery – the third exhibition of the cycle was conceived as an active display in conjunction with the celebrations dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the GAMeC, and presented the public with a rich selection of works from the museum's heritage created by authors of different generations, from the 1990s to today.
In 2023, The Impermanent Collection #4 – curated by Sara Fumagalli, Valentina Gervasoni and A. Fabrizia Previtali – will present a series of works belonging to the heritage of the Municipality of Bergamo, between historical and contemporary works, according to criteria that will re-elaborate the suggestions, preferences and indications of the public collected during 2022, according to a principle of shared planning of museum itineraries.
Chiara Bersani. Deserters
July - December 2023
Deserters (Disertori) is a live installation by Chiara Bersani (San Rocco al Porto, 1984), winning project of the eleventh edition of the Italian Council, the international promotion program of Italian art of the Directorate General for Creativity Contemporary of the Ministry of Culture.
Deserters stages a union of bodies; it is composed of a performative work for three actors with motor disabilities and a large sculptural environment in which the bodies meet and act, leaving signs of their passage.
The work deals with the themes of vulnerability and dependence, intertwining the languages of visual and performance; welcomes the public in an engaging journey that undermines the stereotypes related to the intimate, identity and sexual sphere that frequently affect people with disabilities.
Through this work, Chiara Bersani not only questions new practices of inclusion that take into account plural prerogatives, but investigates, from an aesthetic perspective rooted in proximity and relationship, the extended concept of accessibility. The work will be produced during a period of residence of the artist in Bergamo which will end with a series of event-days during which the public will be able to attend the final rehearsals of the performance in view of the debut at Kunsthaus Baselland of Muttenz/Basel, which in the autumn will host Chiara Bersani's first solo exhibition in a European institution, curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Ines Goldbach.
The promotion of the project also includes a talk and a workshop, respectively at the Galerie Stadtpark in Krems and the HangarBicocca in Milan.
At the end of the project, the score of the performance and the sculptural environment will become part of the GAMeC Collections.
Tomás Saraceno + Giovanni Francia. Solar City
October 2023 - January 2024
The Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno (San Miguel de Tucumán, 1973), on the occasion of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Meru - Medolago Ruggeri Foundation for biomedical research, will produce the work in collaboration with GAMeC and BergamoScienza.
The Solar City exhibition – curated by Anna Daneri and Carlo Antonelli – will give shape to the dialogue between the artist and the physicist and mathematician Giovanni Francia, a pioneer in the studies and applications of solar energy who designed the Sant'Ilario solar station in Genoa in 1965, the first solar energy thermoelectric plant in the world.
The exhibition itinerary, characterized by an immersive nature, will include works by Saraceno from the A Thermodynamic Imaginary series and objects from the Giovanni Francia Fund of the Micheletti Foundation in Brescia, which refer to the solar station of Sant'Ilario and to the visionary solar urban project of the same name, with modular propagation, developed by Francia in 1970 with the architects Bruna Moresco and Karim Amirfeiz.
In this context, a preview of a film will be presented – created for the occasion and produced by the Meru Foundation – which documents the performative project of the Aerocene artist: Libérer l'air.
October 2023 - January 2024
On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, curated by Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi, the artist and director Ali Cherri (Beirut, 1976) will preview a new video installation commissioned and produced by the In Between Art Film Foundation.
Through film, sculpture, drawing and performance, Cherri constructs metaphorical narratives that explore the convergence between history, archaeological finds and cultural heritage, highlighting their material manifestations and ideological implications.
The work of Ali Cherri – who received the Silver Lion at the Venice Art Biennale 2022 – is both a lyrical and a critical examination of the processes of construction of national identities, with a particular attention to the survival and to the metamorphosis of the original mythologies in the current context of global tensions.
The exhibition is the first project of Unison, a biennial initiative promoted by the In Between Art Film Foundation to support the production of newly commissioned video installations in collaboration with international institutions.
Objects Of Common Interest / Salottobuono
Urban installations for Piazza della Libertà and Confindustria Bergamo
January - December 2023
On the occasion of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023, GAMeC supports the Municipality of Bergamo and Confindustria Bergamo in the creation of two urban installations that will affect Piazza della Libertà and the square in front of the new headquarters of Confindustria Bergamo at Kilometro Rosso.
The projects, supported by Confindustria Bergamo, testify to the desire to support the Bergamo community through the creation of inclusive, sustainable meeting and socializing places that are harmoniously integrated into the city context, linked to the values of innovation and industriousness, and designed to create a bridge ideal between the city center and its periphery, between the historical and representative nucleus and the current pole of innovation and industry.
The Lights On project by Greek designers Objects of Common Interest (Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis will decorate Piazza della Libertà with a temporary intervention aimed at interpreting the theme of the capital of culture: The Illuminated City.
Pioppeto by the Salottobuono architecture firm, founded by Matteo Ghidoni, will transform the entrance space to the headquarters of Confindustria Bergamo within the Kilometro Rosso Innovation District, with a square dedicated to the concept of Industrious Nature.
The installation in Piazza della Libertà will be inaugurated at the beginning of 2023 in conjunction with the opening of the celebrations for Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture; the preparation of the square at the Red Kilometer is instead expected in spring 2023.
Masbedo. The Great Flood
Opera by Gaetano Donizetti for the Donizetti Opera festival
Teatro Donizetti, November - December 2023
The project for the direction and staging of the opera Il diluvio Universale by Gaetano Donizetti developed by the artists MASBEDO (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni) incorporates the original musical conception of the composer from Bergamo as sacred oratory to transform it into a lay prayer - transversal and inclusive in cultural references and narrative archetypes - staged through an installation dimension of strong visual power and immersive character.
The staging exploits the synesthesia of the theatrical medium to create an emotional connection with the audience and bring to its attention the highly urgent themes of the contemporary world, such as sustainability, inability to see the future and obsession with the present, social inclusion. The universal flood thus becomes a mirror in which to highlight the interconnections between past, present and future.