FM Centre for Contemporary Art
The new centre dedicated to contemporary art and collecting promoted by Open Care opened in Milan’s historic industrial complex of the Frigoriferi Milanesi on April 7th, 2016.
It brings together in a single context all the subjects and functions relating to the valorization of art, its exhibition and conservation. With an exhibition space and as a research and restoration center, FM Centre for Contemporary Art activated an experimental cultural and educational program dedicated to art collections and artists’ estates.
Under the artistic direction of Marco Scotini, independent curator and director of the Visual Arts Department of NABA Academy, FM Centre for Contemporary Art will be advised by an international board of experts that includes Vasif Kortun (Director, SALT, Istanbul), Grazia Quaroni (Senior Curator / Head of Collections, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris), Charles Esche (Director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI, Rome), and Enea Righi (Art collector, Bologna).
FM Centre for Contemporary Art presented the third event of its exhibition program on the occasion of the next edition of MiArt during the Milan Art Week: Il Cacciatore Bianco/The White Hunter. African Memories and representations (March 31st - June 6th, 2017). The new and wide ranging collection curated by Marco Scotini – following on from the success of the preceding L'Inarchiviabile and Non-Aligned Modernity – continues an investigation into the decentralization of the hegemonic and indisputable model of western artistic modernity in the current geo-political scenario.
Il Cacciatore Bianco/The White Hunter is an exhibition about the construction that the West has made of Africa rather than about its art.
With over 30 contemporary and an equal number of anonymous, traditional artists with more than 150 works, Il Cacciatore Bianco/The White Hunter presents a path articulated around the forms of representation and reconstruction of memory and African contemporary reality through works from – as well as from the Parisian Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain - major Italian collections and archive material on Italian colonial history.
At the same time also two other shows opened: Luca Maria Patella. autoEncyclopédie: "La Scrittura" (Laura Bulian Gallery), curated by Marco Scotini and Africa Blues. Achille Mauri (Temporary Space), curated by Microclima.
The Centre inaugurated on April 7th, 2016 with the show "The Unarchivable. Italia anni '70" (April 8th - June 15th, 2016) curated by Marco Scotini in collaboration with Lorenzo Paini. The exhibition will present a survey of the Italian artistic scene of the 1970s.
At the same time also two exhibitions promoted by Laura Bulian Gallery, and the galleries Monitor, P420 and SpazioA opened within FM Center for Contemporary Art. Laura Bulian Gallery, whose permanent location is in the center, inaugurated Imagine a Moving Image, the first solo exhibition in Italy of the young Croatian artist Marko Tadić.
Monitor, P420 and SazioA, on the other hand, were the first galleries to
occupy the temporary space inside the center created for projects promoted
by research galleries. Their exhibition was entitled Corale and put in dialog artists from various generations. In particular, Eric Bainbridge, Franco Guerzoni, Benedikt Hipp, Nicola Samorì and Claudio Verna for Monitor; Luca Bertolo, Esther Kläs, Chiara Camoni, Piotr Łakomy and Giulia Cenci for SpazioA; Helene Appel, Riccardo Baruzzi, Rodrigo Hernandez, Paolo Icaro and Alessandra Spranzi for P420.
The program continued on October 26th with the opening of other three exhibitions (October 27th - December 23rd, 2016):
Non-Aligned Modernity Eastern-European Art from the Marinko Sudac Collection, curated by Marco Scotini, in collaboration with Andris Brinkmanis and Lorenzo Paini.
The show was the largest and most comprehensive presentation of Eastern-European art during the Cold war to ever be displayed. The exhibition was based on 700 works by 120 artists from the conceptually most complete and relevant private collection of Eastern-European artistic practices - the Marinko Sudac Collection (Zagreb, Croatia).
After the succes in Milan, the exhibition opens at Ludwig Museum in Budapest (March 22 – June 25, 2017) in a new adaptation revised by the curator Marco Scotini, intitled “Non-Aligned Art”, works from the Marinko Sudac Collection.
Ugo La Pietra. I gradi di libertà (Laura Bulian Gallery)
Michele Zaza. Opere / Works 1970/2016, curated by Elena Re and promoted by Galleria Giorgio Persano (Temporary Space).
Luca Maria Patella. autoEncyclopédie: "la Scrittura"
Neon Paradise - Shamanism from Central Asia
Ugo La Pietra "The degrees of freedom"
Marco Tadic. Imagine a Moving Image