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6 May - 4 November 2007

The century of off-media art from Futurism to the web

By mean of a spectacular scenario designed by Denis Santachiara for the renovated historic “Forno del Pane” building, the exhibition presents over four hundred works, including artist books, films, installations, paintings and photographs that show the Twentieth Century and its art as a period of far-reaching change, invention and innovation. It was the systematic and progressive incursion of new media that fostered a strong contamination of “classical” aesthetics, rejecting the presumed division between painting and cinema, sculpture and architecture, theatre and music, design and dance, to affirm an interdisciplinary language and undermine the foundations and the very concept of the separate identity and self-identity of art.

Vertigo looks at all the types of media communication of the century – from radio to the telephone, from photography to cinema, from television to video up to the latest digital developments – along an exhibition itinerary that begins with the first historic incursions in the field of technology, with the experiments in sound and poetry of Marinetti and Schwitters, the forays into visuals and film of Duchamp and Dalì, through Andy Warhol and Pop Art, Conceptual Art and artists like Fernand Léger, Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and Bill Viola, up to the greatest representatives on the international scene today.