The 6th Arte allArte opens on 14, 15 and 16 September 2001 in six different
locations in the provinces of Siena and Pisa.
The thematic focus of the exhibition event is Art Architecture Landscape. It is not being held in any of the major cities of Tuscany but in towns which are nevertheless imbued with natural, historical and artistic connotations. The project involves a number of contemporary artists who have been invited to submit a new work specifically conceived of for the site where it will be displayed.
Once again the aim is to relate the characteristic sense of the art of our age with a context moulded by the traces of a tradition and history that have made the Tuscan landscape a unique environment. Each artist has been invited to develop an original project for one of the host cities. One work, one context.
The artists are as follows: Marina Abramovic (born in Belgrade but for many years resident in Amsterdam) at Volterra; Cai Guo-Qiang (born in southern China, educated in Japan and based since a few years ago in New York) at Colle Val DElsa; Jannis Kounellis (who was born in Piraeus but has lived in Rome since the 50s) at Montalcino; Surasi Kusolwong (born in the ancient capital of Siam and currently resident in Bangkok) at Casole DElsa; Pascale Marthine Tayou (who was born in Cameroon and after a period in Paris is now based in Brussels) at San Gimignano; and Nari Ward (born and brought up in Jamaica, now based in New York) at Poggibonsi. A special project has also been entrusted to Gianni Motti. The Arte allArte project also includes a design competition for the Casa della Musica (House of Music) in Colle Val DElsa. A further special project will be undertaken at Linari involving Daniel Buren, Ottonella Mocellin and José Antonio Hernàndez-Diez.
It is quite clear, then, that the 6th Arte allArte is opening up a spectrum of artistic experiences and working practices with different bases and cultural fields which are being called upon as never before to interact on the art scene, and by virtue of which the very definition of Art has been stretched beyond the confines of dominant Western Art. This year the encounter between Tuscany the legendary cradle of Western Art and the manifest openness of the present is particularly extreme. The current situation, then, is so open-ended and splintered as to deserve not so much a review as a new form of artistic experience.
The Arte allArte project is not only aimed at an art-loving public but also closely concerns and involves the communities living and working in the areas where the works of the individual artists will be temporarily sited. This direct contact, established without the mediation of the media, cannot fail to produce a strong impact, also causing perceptible modifications in the juxtaposition between work and landscape, which in turn are active primary instruments of daily life and of the relations between the individual, society and the world.
After the exhibition has opened, a catalogue will be published containing critical texts by the curators, Jerome Sans and Pier Luigi Tazzi. A section will be devoted to each artist and will include pictures of previous works, photographs of visits to the site and of the works in situ.
Besides the catalogue there will also be a guide for visitors to Arte allArte, produced by Nico Orengo with the collaboration of Roberto Rossi and Michele Taddei. The guide will connect the six towns to the surrounding countryside, with suggestions for restaurants, wineries, hotels and information about characteristic flavours and other attractions.
Information: ass. culturale Arte Continua, tel ++39 0577 907157, fax ++39 0577 907291, email@example.com; www.arteallarte.org
Press office: Rosi Fontana, tel. ++39 050 9711343, fax ++39 050 9711317, r.fontana@tin.