The conceptual paradigm of an archeological pavilion frames the curatorial thinking of this exhibition. The archeological pavilion is an armature for the brain in the site of excavation. Its temporary, three dimensional form provides shelter for reflection. It is where planning occurs and the artefacts are measured and recorded. Layers of history come together and overlap within the garden of Villa Lontana. Sculptures from different eras are situated here. Bringing contemporary works which engage with duration, narrative and history into a dialogue with the garden animates our experience of the artefacts present in it. This plays with our perception of the past and its presentness. Download Press Release
To ask where and when the metadata of Villa Lontana begins is to set in motion streams of interconnected threads of histories. Artefacts, from domestic to forgotten and overlooked, urns, sarcophagi, grand edifices emerge as the specifics and traces of previous habitations over which we ponder. This exhibition situates works by Larry Achiampong, Elisabetta Benassi, Alessandro Cicoria, Barry Flanagan, Clementine Keith-Roach, Louise Lawler, Maria Nordman, Sudarshan Shetty, Daniel R. Small, Franco Troiani into this conversation.
BOOK LAUNCHARCHEOLOGI: The metadata of Villa Lontana Friday 3rd May, 6—9pm Villa Lontana
7:30pm – Sound performance by Walter Maioli (Aktuala, Futuro Antico, Synaulia), musician, composer and experimental archeologist.Urne Etrusche a Volterra (1958) of Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti will be screened on a loop during the evening.
For the publication launch we are re-siting the archeological pavilion in the garage of Villa Lontana. ARCHEOLOGI situates works by Larry Achiampong, Elisabetta Benassi, Alessandro Cicoria, Barry Flanagan, Clementine Keith-Roach, Louise Lawler, Maria Nordman, Sudarshan Shetty, Daniel R. Small, Franco Troiani in the garden of Villa Lontana. The book includes a section where each artist responded to the documentation of the exhibition as a work in itself.
The use of drones for aerial images, references archaeological surveillance. Drones with their all-seeing eyes like the ancient gods, hover, climb and descend, are increasingly a part of our everyday landscape. Used in agriculture, on archaeological sites and in war zones they encourage philosophical debate on moral questions. The garden of Villa Lontana was photographed by a drone camera before the exhibition opened.
ARCHEOLOGI: The metadata of Villa Lontana12x18cm, 180 pag, offset, 80gr uncoated paper/115 glossy paper
ALESSANDRO CICORIAVille Lontane, 2019Artist edition, 17x24cm, 28 pag, offset, 80gr glossy paper