Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Some of our past projects: our collaboration with Hangar Bicocca, Milan, between 2005-2008

In 2005, Adelina von Fürstenberg funded in Milan in the premises of NABA (New Academy of Fine Art) in via Darwin 20, ART for The World Europa, the  sister NGO of Geneva based ART for The World. 
Since then, and until 2008, it started a close collaboration with Hangar Bicocca, a space dedicated to international contemporary art located in a former industrial building.

ART for The World Europa curated the following exhibitions in the venue of Hangar Bicocca:

28th October -  23rd December 2005

Since 2000, travelling in the museums all over the world, from Geneve to Rome, New York, Lugano, London, Paris, Montecarlo and Bruxelles, the exhibition Playgrounds and Toys was the first art project of Art for The World Europa in Milan at Hangar Bicocca in October 2005.
It showed models of playgrounds and educational toys created by artists, architects and designers from all over the world. The aim of this project, launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2000, is to provide concrete help to children who suffer from social injustice or live in unacceptable conditions even in the urban context.

Marina Abramovic’s BALKAN EPIC
20th January 2006 - 23rd April 2006

The exhibition has been conceived as a spectacular journey into Marina Abramovic' work.
In particular, it showed, for the first time, the multi-channel installation Balkan Erotic Epic, based on Abramovic's research into Balkan folk culture and its use of erotic. According to her, “It is through eroticism that the human tries to make himself equal with the gods: 'In folklore, people believed that in the erotic there was something superhuman that doesn't come from him but from the gods. Obscene objects and male and female genitals have a very important function in the fertility and agricultural rites of Balkan peasants' '. Balkan Erotic Epic belongs to a series of works that reflect Abramovic's Serbian origins, also including the installations 'Balkan Baroque' and 'Count on Us' as well as the single-channel works 'The Hero' and 'Tesla Urn', which are also included in the exhibition, together with Nude with Skeleton, a still-life that focus on the relationship between life and death.

COLLATERAL When Art Looks at Cinema
February 2 - March 15, 2007

Artists: Cory Arcangel, Pierre Bismuth, Candice Breitz, Brice Dellsperger, Charles de Meaux, Omer Fast, Thomas Galler, Liam Gillick & Philippe Parreno, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Pierre Huyghe, Runa Islam, Mike Kelley, Dimitris Kozaris, Melik Ohanian, Carola Spadoni Clemens von Wedemeyer

Co-curated with Anna Daneri and Andrea Lissoni, COLLATERAL, shows the relationships and mutual influence between art and cinema. It offers a journey where works by artists from different generations and backgrounds are shown next to the founding figures of the medium. Some are more connected to the tradition of “cult” cinema, some more to that of video art, some to an installation in the exhibition space, and some more to experimental cinema.
The installation, designed by architect Andreas Angelidakis, creates a space of screens and projections, a huge Plato’s cave with geometric objects emitting a soft light from inside. Each work is housed in a open screening room, a dark cave with three walls and side opposite the projection left open. Visitors can enter each of these caves and enjoy the film in darkness or step outside and study from far away.

URBAN MANNERS. 15 Contemporary Artists from India
October 19th, 2007 – January 6th, 2008

Artists: Sheba Chhachhi, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Probir Gupta, Subodh Gupta, Ranbir Kaleka, Jitish Kallat, Reena Saini Kallat, Bharti Kher, Nalini Malani, Raqs Media Collective, Raghubir Singh, Vivan Sundaram, Hema Upadhyay, Avinash Vereararghavan

The exhibition presents the works of 15 emblematic Indian artists and reveals the striking contradictions of contemporary India.
The artists who have been invited to Milan are sculptors, painters and video artists whose works are inspired by the issues that distinguish Indian society, such as immigration, environmental protection, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, the loss of traditional values, and poverty and wealth in a globalised world.
These works are modern, yet also filled with tradition. As a result, they powerfully express the two souls of contemporary India, where spirituality and the material world, underdevelopment and brand-new technology live together in a fragile balance. The installation was designed by architect Uliva Velo.