In addition to their collaborative exploration of the collection of the Museion, Bolzano’s modern and contemporary art museum, the artists Stefano Arienti and Massimo Bartolini each created their own contributions to the exhibition -2+3.
Stefano Arienti’s work for the show is dealing with the ideas of authorship, memory, and the technical reproduction of images. Arienti created depictions of various works which are emblematic of the Museion’s collection. These reproductions have then been photocopied and “authenticated” not by the signature of the artist, but by means of a stamp, showing the Museion’s logo. The copies are presented at a number of points in the exhibition space and they are distributed for free to the visitors. In this video, Stefano Arienti talks about the basic idea behind this work.
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The work of Stefano Arienti, (Asola, 1961) tackles many of the issues connected to our complex system of vision, with the idea that artistic practice can help reawaken perception, numbed by overexposure to all the stimuli we are subjected to.. One of the most influential artists of his generation, he has featured in numerous solo and group shows, including a retrospective at the MAXXI in Rome in 2004 and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in 2005, and taking part in Anteprima Bovisa, Milano Europa 2000, the Milan Triennale in 2001 and the Venice Biennale in 1993, in the Aperto section. Recent projects that relate to space and history, artistic and social heritage, include the exhibitions at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice and Palazzo Ducale in Mantua.