ICA Milano – Institute for Contemporary Arts, a non profit space dedicated to the arts, contemporary culture, research and experimentation, opens its doors in Milan. Based in the ex-industrial area of Via Orobia, the ICA inaugurates its programme with the group exhibition Apologia della Storia – The Historian’s Craft, curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi.
ICA Milano, directed by Alberto Salvadori, has arisen from the incentive to build an ideal, inclusive ecosystem for the arts and contemporary culture in Milan. It is a private foundation bringing together collectors, art lovers and professionals alike.
The title of the inaugural show is inspired by the book Apologie pour l’histoire ou Métier d’historien written in 1944 by one of the main intellectuals of the modern culture, French historian Marc Bloch. The exhibition unveils stories and provides methodological suggestions in which the recovery of collective memory and its role becomes the central element for each contemporary society.
The exhibition includes works by: Yto Barrada (1971, France), Lothar Baumgarten (1944 – 2018, Germany), James Lee Byars (1932, USA – 1997, Egypt), Nanna Debois Buhl (1975, Denmark), Ryan Gander (1976, United Kingdom), Haroon Gunn-Salie (1989, South Africa), Arjan Martins (1960, Brasil), Santu Mofokeng (1956, South Africa), Antonio Ottomanelli (1982, Italy), Paul Pfeiffer (1966, Hawaii), Javier Téllez (1969, Venezuela), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (1968, Romania; 1974, Switzerland).
- James Lee Byars - The Conscience
- Ryan Gander- The Prophet