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  • Elisabetta Benassi, Timecode, 2000.

    I Moderni/The Moderns

    Castello di Rivoli
    Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
    April 16–August 24, 2003

    Was postmodernism merely a parenthetical blip within the continuing arc of modernism? That’s the big question raised by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in her ambitious curatorial debut at Castello di Rivoli. She has selected twenty-five contemporary artists who, she says, revisit utopian ideological tenets of modernism or who are concerned with themes of perception and formal composition resembling those considered during the technology boom at the beginning of the twentieth century. If the artists are mostly familiar—included here are Tacita Dean, Liam Gillick, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Sze, and Piotr Uklanski—Christov-Bakargiev shows them in a new light. A catalogue features key modernist texts as selected by each participant.