This summer, La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Rome presents a wealth of exhibitions and installations to satisfy your contemporary culture cravings.
The first of these latest additions is George Drivas’ /Uncinematic, curated by Daphne Vitali. Currently representing Greece at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017, in this exhibit, Drivas sets about questioning our notion of space and time through a selection of filmic works produced between 2005 and 2014, aptly complementing the Gallery’s on going Time is Out of Joint exhibition. He creates a dialogue between film and photography, between motion and pause and between narrative and non-narrative. In his 3-channel video installation Social Software the rhythmically evolving selection of still images invite the viewer to decipher a plot; thus highlighting his two fold approach: that of a developing linearity and that of a frozen moment in time. Despite being set in the bustling urban spaces such as New York City, Drivas drowns these metropolitan hubs in silence and slows them almost to a standstill demonstrating the value of pause and reflection.
Corpo a Corpo / Body to Body:
Alongside this cinematic investigation of the ever-abstract concept of time, the Galleria Nazionale offers us a unique insight into one of art’s age-old fascinations: the body. Corpo a Corpo, curated by Paola Ugolini, is a walk-through exhibition of video, photography, sculpture and more that seeks to look back upon the cooperation of body and art during the ‘female quest for self-determination’ of the 60s and 70s. With a mixture of today’s artists and artists from this golden era of feminist self-discovery from whom they have drawn inspiration, Corpo a Corpo demonstrates how the body itself can be (and has been) used as a tool to artistically express cultural, anthropological and political views. Highlights include Alice Schivardi’s site-specific photography series entitled Ero figlia unica. Tutti con me e me con voi in which she effortlessly blends into a series of multicultural family photos, the 1974 experimental Ketty La Rocca’s Le mie parole e tu which highlights the link between body and language and lastly, don’t miss Tomaso Binga’s series of Alfabetieri where the female body plays a key role.
Davide Rivalta’s majestic bronze lions that have been surveying Villa Borghese from the museum steps will no doubt have struck anyone lucky enough to have already visited this gorgeous gallery. Well, this summer this regal pack have become five and accompanying Rivalta’s vast lion drawings in the hallway connecting the North-East and North-West wings. In another reference to Time is Out of Joint, these magnificent beasts are said to act as an acknowledgment to the Museum’s history whilst also being symbolic of art’s unchartered territories.
/Uncinematic – Corpo a Corpo
From 22 June – 24 September 2017
The National Gallery of Modern Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
Open Tue-Sun 8.30am-7.30pm
Entry Fee €10, reduced €5