Beyond The Wall
With a wholly new and experimental approach in presentation, Beyond The Wall offers not only a fresh view of the collection but also of the very role of the Museum. A sort of game will overturn the key roles of curator and visitor, encouraging the latter to find one or two personal routes between the works. The works selected by the curator, Beatrice Merz, call into play the concepts of limit, frontier, place and memory.
The Museum: the walls and decor, traces of the unfinished dream of Victor Amadeus II and his architect, are often excised evidence – decayed by time and history – of other artists who worked in the Castle’s rooms when it was a historic residence. Now they offer a challenge to contemporary artists, a chance to measure themselves, their skills and commitment to going beyond the wall, physically, conceptually and politically, calling themselves into play to overcome the logic of distance and separation in prophetic terms. In the interpretation of art, walls – which are born as separation – become elements for extreme communication, places and moments of revelation of painful situations of cohabitation, of clashes or of oppression, of hope and restlessness. Naturally, the bricks and walls may be mental but also physical, cultural or economic.
The exhibition will present the works of over 55 artists on three floors.
Among the artists on show are: Franz Ackermann, Armando Andrade Tudela, Giovanni Anselmo, Francesco Arena, Yael Bartana, Lothar Baumgarten, Elisabetta Benassi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Maurizio Cattelan, Nicola De Maria, Luciano Fabro, Peter Friedl, Yang Fudong, Hamish Fulton, Luigi Ghirri, Mario Giacomelli, Gilbert & George, Jean-Luc Godard/Anne-Marie Mieville, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Jannis Kounellis, Sigalit Landau, Sol LeWitt, Goshka Macuga, masbedo, Ana Mendieta, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Marzia Migliora, Reinhard Mucha, Bruce Nauman, Shirin Neshat, Helmut Newton, Claes Oldenburg – Coosje Van Bruggen, Luigi Ontani, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Susan Philipsz, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Robin Rhode, Pipilotti Rist, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Tim Rollins, Michal Rovner, Thomas Ruff, Doris Salcedo, Pia Stadtbäumer, Hannah Starkey, Emilio Vedova, Francesco Vezzoli, Bill Viola, Ai Weiwei, Robert Wilson, Joel-Peter Witkin and Gilberto Zorio.