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Brazil – Rio hosts the event “Art on stage: Works from Italy’s MAXXI collection”

The Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and the Argentine PROA Foundation present the exhibition “Art on stage: Works from the  MAXXI Collection – National Museum of 21st Century Arts,” which opens on July 5, 2016. This is the first time works from the Italian museum’s collection have been exhibited in Latin America. The MAXXI opened in 2010 and was designed by architect Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016). The exhibition, curated by Anna Mattirolo, presents works that illustrate the breadth and diversity of the Italian collection, centred on contemporary languages, ranging from Arte Povera to the use of technology. It includes photographs, drawings, paintings, prints, installations and videos, as well as plastic and architectural projects. Nineteen artists will be on display until September 11, 2016: Mario Airò, Carlo Aymonino, Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, Gino De Dominicis, Massimiliano e Gianluca De Serio, Gilbert & George, Danilo Guerri, Ilya Kabakov, William Kentridge, Armin Linke, Luigi Ontani, Yan Pei-Ming, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Aldo Rossi, Grazia Toderi and Francesco Vezzoli. The exhibition is built almost like a stage and divided into four rooms, so visitors can enjoy the monumental installation of the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, charcoals by the provocative Gilbert & George, the technical perfection of architectural restoration projects by Danilo Guerri, the photographs of Maurizio Cattelan, Armin Linke and Grazia Toderi, the prelude to Arte Povera of Michelangelo Pistoletto, the “invisible” sculpture of Gino De Dominicis, the paintings of Yan Pei-Ming and the emblematic clock of Luigi Ontani. The event is sponsored by the Italian Embassy in Brasilia and the Italian Institute of Culture in Rio de Janeiro and is part of the “Year of Italy in Latin America”, sponsored by the Farnesina in partnership with the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Economic Development, the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities and the contribution of many companies.

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