The XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara


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14 June 2010

Opening: 26 June, 11 a.m. Piazza Cesare Battisti, Carrara, Italy.

Press and professional preview: 25 June, 12 a.m.

The XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, curated by Fabio Cavallucci, will take place from June 26th to October 31st 2010. The exhibition, Postmonument, deals with the radical process of de-monumentalization which has freed sculpture from any celebratory or eulogistic functions. Monuments have served as emblems of power and tools of mass homogenization, but also as catalysts of patriotic values and as irreplaceable building-blocks in the construction of collective memory. Monuments became a fundamental target of revolts and revolutions, and were then eliminated, with the application of ideas of freedom and democracy. However, in the ever-changing scenario of modern-day society, old values and materials often re-emerge alongside contemporary beliefs.

The territory of Carrara has always been linked to both the quarrying and processing of marble, and at present is suffering from the decline of traditional sculpture, following the end of 20th century myths and ideologies. The local context in Carrara has become a mirror of the cracks in the entire western world, thus providing inspiration for the artists taking part in the exhibition. The decision to involve the entire town of Carrara in the exhibition—from old sculpture laboratories and other abandoned buildings, to squares and religious sites—further expresses the local dimension of transition and suggests the end of an era.

The exhibit will begin with an historical selection of late 19th and early 20th century monumental productions, along with models of statues from the Fascist and social realists periods. The central part of the exhibition, however, is the group of works by the more than thirty contemporary artists from all over the world, twenty-six of whom were commissioned especially for this occasion.

Today, the desire for majesty once entrusted to sculpture is best satisfied by the expressive power of contemporary architecture, represented in the exhibition by scale models and site-specific projects from world famous architects. A supplemental cycle of workshops and performances are also planned. The exhibition catalogue contains extensive political and social commentary, including observations from the curator, essay’s by art critics and historians, and exclusive interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev, and the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.

The XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara will be further enriched by a number of parallel events, ranging from design and monographic shows to theatre pieces. These events have been independently organized by various galleries and associations.

The XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara has been organised by the Council of Carrara, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Carrara and the Cassa di Risparmio of Carrara, with the support of Regione Toscana and Provincia di Massa Carrara and in collaboration with the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara, the Agency for Tourism Promotion of Massa Carrara, the Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara Spa, and the Friends of the Fine Arts Academy of Carrara association. Catalogue SilvanaEditoriale.

Dates and Hours: 26 June – 31 October, 2010 Until 19th September: from Tuesday to Thursday from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.; from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. from 21st September: from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Closed on Monday
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