Alfredo Cramerotti (UK, international vice-president) is co-curating with Elsa Barbieri the exhibition IDEAL-TYPES [Chapter 2], opening on May 7th at 5pm at Marignana Arte, and including artists Athanasios Argianas, Maurizio Donzelli, Nancy Genn, Artur Lescher, James Lewis, Alice Pedroletti, Antonio Scaccabarozzi and Verónica Vázquez.
If you'll happen to be in Venice, you are cordially invited to join us at the opening on May 7th.
Moreover, a special guided tour of the exhibition for AICA members only is planned on May 9th at 9am.
Inspired by Max Weber’s theory, whereby for studying a social action without reducing its particularities to a collection of individual events we must start from the perception that the individual has of the real world, IDEAL-TYPES [Chapter 2] is an ongoing exhibition project designed as a speculative tool which makes possible to measure reality: the ideal-type (Idealtypus).
The eight international artists are invited to formulate an artistic language that visually translates the thought relationships when trying to set out a concept; they do so through the dialogue between their respective art works, and with gallery spaces.
A methodological paradigm that is never traceable empirically in its conceptual purity, the ideal-type is intended as a utopia that shares characteristics with real objects, even if it does not correspond to any specific example. With it, the materiality of existence must be compared in order to illustrate the significant elements of its empirical content.
It is thus a matter of adopting something imaginary or intangible to better understand the concrete. The concept does not copy real life but underlines its most intrinsic connections. Without any expectation of objectivity, the artists build a kind of seductive, meticulous and inconsistent verisimilitude to verify empirically. By isolating a particular phenomenon from the complex of interactions, and catching uniform elements in the repetition of the same, each one proceeds in structuring the ideal-type that operates as a unilateral and rational measuring device of reality.
The artworks on display question the viewers by encouraging them to develop always new readings on the being within a visual and spatial conversation.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual Italian-English catalogue.
IDEAL-TYPES [Chapter 2]
Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Elsa Barbieri
Marignana Arte Venice, from 7 May to 7 September 2019
Opening: Tuesday, 7 May, 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Special openings: from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 May, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Opening hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, 2:00 - 6:30 pm; Thursday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm / 2:00 - 6:30pm; Sunday and Monday closed or by appointment
Dorsoduro 141, Rio Terà dei Catecumeni
Vaporetto stops: Salute - Line 1, Spirito Santo - Lines 5.1 / 5.2
Image: Alice Pedroletti, Study for a Sculpture, 2016 (courtesy of the artist)