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    Curated by: Stefano Raimondi

    Artists: Vanessa Beecroft, Mariella Bettineschi, Joseph Beuys, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Regina José Galindo, Oscar Giaconia, Gilbert & George, Mimmo Jodice, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Barbara Kruger, Eva Marisaldi, Jonathan Monk, Hermann Nitsch, Paul McCarthy, Takashi Murakami, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Schütte, Bill Viola, Sislej Xhafa.

     

    The Senseless Body originates from the awareness that the
    body has always been at the very centre of art and its history. As the frescos in
    Palazzo della Ragione testify, there is no art which is not somehow rooted in a
    body. Nevertheless, the very notion of the body is constantly placed in doubt,
    and today we need to understand and respond to the reasons why the body is so
    bereft of sense and senses: objectivised, devitalised, subtracted from the classical
    canons of beauty, dislocated, politicised, ostracised, unutilised, reconfigured,
    humiliated, masked and reproduced.
    Technology, politics, ecology, religion, archaeology and popular culture are
    some of the forces deployed in the show, all contributing to a perpetual
    redefinition of the body. Applying the principle of action and reaction to the
    works, the body is modelled by infinite social forces, and at the same time it is
    capable of returning this energy so as to influence society in turn. In order to
    highlight these relational dynamics that generate thoughts, frictions, forms and
    counter-forms, research projects are brought together that are highly diverse
    from one another, yet like the spheres of Newton’s pendulum, capable together
    of channelling energy from one extreme to the other. In this way, we may move
    through the exhibition space as a vector rather than an onlooker, focusing on
    phenomena such as movement, acceleration, force, intensity, direction and
    orientation, as well as seeking out a coherent, scientific, univocal or indeed a
    structure endowed with sense(s). To the point that today it seems hard to speak
    of the body in singular terms: each body is plural, multiplied into various bodies,
    each with its own functions and aims.

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