WHEN YOU DANCE YOU MAKE ME HAPPY: Highlights from the Luciano Benetton Collection

13th September – 10th November 2019
Opening: 12th September, 6.30 pm

Gallerie delle Prigioni is pleased to announce the group exhibition When you dance you make me happy featuring selected artworks from the Luciano Benetton Collection. The exhibition focuses on the human body: a vessel of existential struggle from which ingenuity and creativity flow. Dance is a metaphor that guides us on a journey beginning with introspection and leading to performative acts. The body moves, stops, resumes, and gains strength within a group, into a crescendo that passes from decadence to triumph.
In the cells of the former Habsburg prison, the show curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis brings together sculptures, paintings, prints and videos by international artists. The starting point of the exhibition is the tension between inner and outer worlds, public and private realms, interpreted through the idea of the body as a shell that is both a home and a prison. The focus then broadens to the collective dimension and observes the performative roles the body plays in social gatherings of celebration, mourning or protest. Soundsuits – the iconic series in which Nick Cave blends armor, ceremonial dress and couture fashion – becomes a symbol of autonomy and empowerment. Among the works on show are the cut-off Polaroids by Maripol (Eyes are the reflection of your soul, 2013), which capture the celebrity gaze, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s enigmatic portrait of fictitious figures in a timeless setting (Pass, 2011).Gallerie delle Prigioni is pleased to announce the group exhibition When you dance you make me happy featuring selected artworks from the Luciano Benetton Collection. The exhibition focuses on the human body: a vessel of existential struggle from which ingenuity and creativity flow. Dance is a metaphor that guides us on a journey beginning with introspection and leading to performative acts. The body moves, stops, resumes, and gains strength within a group, into a crescendo that passes from decadence to triumph. In the cells of the former Habsburg prison, the show curated by Nicolas Vamvouklis brings together sculptures, paintings, prints and videos by international artists. The starting point of the exhibition is the tension between inner and outer worlds, public and private realms, interpreted through the idea of the body as a shell that is both a home and a prison. The focus then broadens to the collective dimension and observes the performative roles the body plays in social gatherings of celebration, mourning or protest. Soundsuits – the iconic series in which Nick Cave blends armor, ceremonial dress and couture fashion – becomes a symbol of autonomy and empowerment. Among the works on show are the cut-off Polaroids by Maripol (Eyes are the reflection of your soul, 2013), which capture the celebrity gaze, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s enigmatic portrait of fictitious figures in a timeless setting (Pass, 2011).

Participating artists: Hamed Al Moctar, Arman, Stuart Bird, Iskra Blagoeva, Ecke Bonk, Seni Camara, Bianca Casady, Nick Cave, Mohammed Charinda, Felix Deac, Birgit Dieker, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Leo Gabin, Barkley L. Hendricks, Karoline Jeuffroy, Joseph Kosuth, Dapper Bruce Lafitte, Helmut Lang, Deborah Luster, Joseph Lyombo, Maripol, Atefeh Marjani, Angel Miov, Asli Narin,
Ousmane Ndiaye Dago, Hermann Nitsch, Hélio Oiticica, Giangi Pezzotti, Anna
Elionora Olsen Rosing, Haralampi G. Oroschakoff, Iona Rozeal Brown, Accra
Shepp, Mario Toral, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Arturas Valiauga

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