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LETTER FROM ITALY

Spazio Aperto

IT’S AN ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR STORY. Young artists everywhere seek recognition, yet for Italians, that recognition is rarely achieved through the support of museums or public institutions. Danilo Eccher, who became director of Bologna’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna in January 1996—he was previously the director of the Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea in Trento—hopes to change that. He has initiated Spazio Aperto (Italian for “open space”), a one-year program of exhibitions and performances designed to acquaint the public with new developments in contemporary art.

The shows will follow one another in rapid succession; none will run longer than three weeks. The program was inaugurated in January with a group show, “Io, Una Seduzione Personale” (I, a personal seduction), curated by Vittoria Coen. Included were works by four artists who addressed ideas about selfhood: photo-based work by Elisabetta

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