Florence – Montelupo Fiorentino – Pelago Museo Novecento, Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea Fornace Cioni Alderighi, Ex Fabbrica Tappeti
11 November 2017 – 11 February 2018
Exhibition organised and promoted by Mus.e Scientific Director and Curator: Valentina Gensini
This is the idea developed by Adrian Paci for his Di queste luci si servirà la notte, the solo exhibition by the Albanian artist on from 11 November 2017 until 11 February 2018 at the Museo Novecento and the Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea venues in Florence and sites in the municipalities of Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino, co-producers of the project as a whole.
The exhibition, curated by Valentina Gensini, is promoted and organised by Mus.e as part of the Progetto Riva directed by Valentina Gensini and produced in partnership with and thanks to contribution of the Sensi Contemporanei project under the framework programme agreement between the Region of Tuscany, MiBACT Directorate-General for Cinema and the Agenzia per la Coesione Territoriale. The exhibition was made possible in part by the contributions of Herno and Publiacqua. The exhibition tour winds from the Museo Novecento, with production and presentation of a new video installation, to the Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea venue and to industrial archaeology sites linked to the communities of Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino. A many-faceted corpus of works offering intense, poetic interrogations centring on the themes of migration, identity and movement as flow.
‘Adrian Paci’s project started far off in time,’ explains exhibition curator Valentina Gensini. ‘We have been working together for two years, establishing a privileged relationship with the Florence metropolitan area and with the river. This year, Paci is returning to produce a new performance and a new video: in a poetic night-time passage on the Arno, a boat as sinuous as a jellyfish with its ten luminescent tentacles (special optic fibres) investigated the archaeology of the river; its flow that both conceals and reveals, betrays and resignifies. And this was the starting point for the installation, the centrepiece of the exhibition, produced by Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea and the Museo Novecento for this project.’
Aligned with the ‘diffuse’ exhibition plan approach shared with the Sensi Contemporanei project, Di queste luci si servirà la notte extends its metropolitan dimension to outlying areas, to the exhibition’s partner municipalities; in each case, to industrial archaeology sites symbolic for the communities and strictly related to the collective rites celebrated in the videos: in Montelupo Fiorentino, the Cioni Alderighi brickworks hosts the video installation entitled The Encounter (2011); the former carpet factory in the San Francesco locality of Pelago is the venue for the video installation entitled One and Twenty-Four Chairs (2013).