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Bring Your Own

23.09.2005  -  08.01.2006

BYO Bring Your Own: more than the mere title of a new exhibition, it reveals the intention of the MAN to give a name to an attitude which has marked its short history and to strengthen a practice which denotes the ability of a modern museum, working in such an eccentric environment, to be open-minded, hospitable, and watchful. 

The museum, thanks to its agility and versatility, is ready to put aside its own collection in order to house another one, thus offering its own physical space as a protagonist, not only a white, empty book to be written down, but a complex structure with which to start a dialogue and write a new story. 

To exhibit an art collection within an environment different from its own, necessarily means to reweigh and reinterpret it; this is all the more true in this case where the works from the collection of Teseco Art Foundation, consistent with the philosophy of the Group whose objective is to spread the themes of modern culture to a wider public, not limited to the experts of the field, are installed at the Head Office of the company. This environment is completely different from the neutral context of a museum where the artworks help not only to design the space but define a real conceptual map. Bring your own then, presents itself as a wide selection: the result of an external eye that gets near the artworks without automatically removing them from that original project of which they are part. Organizing an exhibition (as well as starting a collection) means in any case performing a selection; for this reason in planning this exhibition we have related to the entirety of the Teseco collection as a given background, trying to highlight some of its original features which seem now less definite because of the great number of works the Foundation has acquired over about fifteen years. 
An exhibition is always the expression of a particular viewpoint, one that is made authentic and defined not by the supposed ability to see things as a whole but the will to turn an always limited eye (the limitation being itself a basic condition of seeing), into a focus and delimited vision: only within this last perspective any artworks present in an exhibition finds its necessary and correct justification in relation with a given space and the other artworks, in a kind of mutual enlightenment. 

The exhibition catalogue is then not meant as a guide to the Teseco collection but as an instrument related to an exhibition, a delimited and focused one whose objective is to throw a particular light on the Italian and international art scene of the last years, starting from the works of a collection. An exhibition including photographs and sculptures, videos and paintings, huge installations and decidedly more intimate artworks. An exhibition which pays attention to the international panorama without at the same time forgetting the Italian young artists or renouncing the rediscovery of some outstanding artists from the 60s and 70s who are almost unknown in our country. 

The artists:  Marina Abramovic, Franz Ackermann, Stefano Arienti, Massimo Bartolini, Vanessa Beecroft, Elisabetta Benassi, Simone Berti, Botto & Bruno, Matti Braun, Candice Breitz, Antonio Catelani, Claude Closky, Daniela De Lorenzo, Carlo Fei, Adam Fuss, Alberto Garutti, Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker, Alex Hartley, Thorsten Kirchhoff, Jürgen Klauke, Yayoi Kusama, Eva Marisaldi, Amedeo Martegani, Laura Matei, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Juan MuÑoz, Luigi Ontani, Panamarenko, Luca Pancrazzi, Cornelia Parker, Paola Pivi, Tobias Rehberger, Andrea Santarlasci, Cindy Sherman, Elisa Sighicelli, Katharina Sieverding, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Giovanni Surace, Wolfgang Tillmans, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Francesco Vezzoli, Chen Zhen, Heimo Zobernig, Italo Zuffi. 


Curated by Saretto Cincinelli and Alberto Mugnaini 

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