Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci announces its upcoming exhibition programme

Words by Alessandra Bellomo
February 4, 2021

With the contagions decreasing, museums are reopening in many Italian cities. It is the case of the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, which today announced an upcoming set of exhibitions. 

The first to open next spring will be the retrospective dedicated to the late Chiara Fumai, a project by Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. “Poems I will never released (2007-2017)” will collect an almost-complete corpus of works by the artist, three years after her death. The pieces on view document her performances, which she always refused to record. Her actions draw inspiration from female iconic personalities, now forgotten despite their influential mark on history. The exhibition will travel to La Loge, Brussels, in autumn 2021, and at Casa Encendida, Madrid in 2022, which also collaborated to the retrospective.

At the end of April, “Senza Fretta”, a solo exhibition by Simone Forti, will also open its doors under the curatorship of Luca Lo Pinto and Elena Magini. Internationally-renowned, Forti is a key figure in the development of the performative scene, starting from the 50s. From the 70s, he has begun pioneering creative research, revolving around the experience of the body as a means of knowledge. He works across different media, such as painting, drawing, video, and sound, but it is dance the core of his practice. The exhibition in Prato focuses on the “News Animations” series, started in the 80, in which the artist interprets the news from the media through performative pieces.
“Senza Fretta” is the first major survey dedicated to the artist in an Italian museum. 

The exhibition “Cambio”, by Formafantasma, will open on May 14, 2021. “Cambio” is an ongoing investigation by the duo into the evolution of the wood industry over the centuries, under different perspectives from the impressive income generated by the sector, to its environmental impact. The role of contemporary design is under investigation too, in rethinking industrial, political, and philosophical processes concerning trees and the urgent ecological emergency. Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, the survey will be presented along with other inputs, such as Giuseppe Penone’s research about trees. 

In winter 2021, the exhibition “Domus Aurea. Martino Gamper, Francesco Vezzoli and ceramics by Gio Ponti” will set up a dialogue between works by Francesco Vezzoli, pieces by the designer and artist Martino Gamper, and the ceramics produced by Gio Ponti between 1923 and 1933 during his collaboration with the Richard-Ginori factory. The exhibition is the chance to put in comparison artists from different times but all joint by the desire for experimentation across different media.

Chiara Fumai. “Poems I will never released (2007-2017)
April 2 – August 29, 2021

Simone Forti. “Senza Fretta”
April 30 – May 25, 2021

Formafantasma. “Cambio”
May 14 – October 24, 2021

“Domus Aurea. Martino Gamper, Francesco Vezzoli and ceramics by Gio Ponti”
Winter 2021

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