Andrea Viliani will guide you on a visit of images of Pompeii@Madre: Archaeological Matters, an exhibition based on a rigorous research project stemming from an unprecedented collaborative initiative between the Archaeological Park of Pompeii (Parco Archeologico di Pompeii), one of the world’s most important archaeological sites, and Madre, the contemporary art museum of Campania Region.
Stella Bottai will present the project Pompeii Commitment: Archaeological Matters, which reconfigures the archaeological site of Pompeii as a foundation for alternative forms of knowledge, forming through a multiplicity of functions: artist-led research center, collection of testimonies and documents, indefinite collection, hypothetical and transdisciplinary museum, library in formation. All these possible departments are dedicated to studying and sharing the multiple cognitive potentials of Pompeii and the episteme of its “archaeological matters”.
Andrea Viliani is the creator and co-curator of “Pompeii Commitment: Archaeological Matters”, at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Since 2020, he has also been the curator and Head of the CRRI (Castello di Rivoli Research Centre), a new department at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.
He was General and Artistic Director of the Donnaregina Foundation for contemporary arts / Mother of Naples, where he coordinated the project “Per_formare una Collezione”, and curated a number of personal and collective exhibitions, among which “Pompei@Madre: Archaeological Matters”.
He was also Director of the Civic Gallery Foundation-Center for Research on Contemporaneity in Trento, Curator at the MAMbo-Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and Assistant Curator at the Castello di Rivoli Museo of Contemporary Art. In 2006 he was among the 60 players of the Biennale de Lyon and in 2010-2012 among the 6 members of the Agent-Core Group of dOCUMENTA. In 2005 he received the Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize for Art-EnterPrize for the NO MANIFESTO exhibition and the catalogue project. He has also curated exhibitions, performance actions and research projects at the Centre International d’Art et du Paysage-Île de Vassivière, the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon in Montpellier, GAMeC-Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, MART-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Museion-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bolzano and Marino Marini Museum of Florence.
He is the author of essays in scientific publications and art books and contributes to numerous magazines including “Artribune”, “Flash Art”, “Frog”, “Kaleidoscope” and “Mousse”.
Stella Bottai is a contemporary art curator and writer based in London. Since 2020, she has been Co-Curator of “Pompeii Commitment: Archaeological Matters”, the first contemporary art programme of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. She is also a curatorial consultant on Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art Cosmic Programs.
She was associate curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019, curated by Milovan Farronato. Between 2016-19 she curated the exhibition and fellowship programmes in art and design at Kingston University London. She initiated and co-curated the podcast series Cold Protein with Lucia Pietroiusti, and currently hosts the Art by Telephone video-series on Harper’s Bazaar. She has edited several books and monographs, and has written for international magazines such as Mousse, Frieze and Dune
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