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  • Giovani Anselmo

    Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna

    May 26–August 27, 2006

    Curated by Gianfranco Maraniello and Andrea Viliani

    “I, the world, things, life—we are all situations of energy.” Giovanni Anselmo wrote these words in 1969, during the heyday of arte povera, and has since developed an artistic practice that explores visible forms of latent energy in the natural world. Whether with vegetables, granite blocks, or projected light, Anselmo makes empty spaces and raw materials vibrate with a sense of gravity, direction, and time. The first exhibition of his work in an Italian museum in sixteen years comprises some thirty pieces: sculptures, photographs, and slide projections from the ’60s and ’70s, along with recent projects. An artist adept at conjuring displacement, Anselmo will also create a new work for the show that addresses the institution’s relocation next year, when it will be renamed the Museo d’Arte Moderna Bologna, or MAMBO. The accompanying catalogue includes essays by Rosalind Krauss, Tacita Dean, and the curators.