At the Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti, the Apology of History

At the Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti, the Apology of History
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A choral tale of international breadth, dedicated to history - conceived of as a means for understanding the present . inaugurates the Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti (ICA). The non-profit space situated in the former industrial area of Via Orobia and dedicated to contemporary culture, but also research and experimentation, hosts the exhibition inspired by the work Apologie pour l’Histoire ou Métier d’Historien with which historian Marc Bloch highlighted the essence of history in human development. The collective exhibition at the ICA offers an in-depth look at the stratification, ambiguity and dissonance in what Cicero called “magistra vitae”, giving form to an idea of universal history, read through a kaleidoscope of impressions of the present. This narrative centred around recent geopolitical and social events is in line with the mission of the ICA, a crossroads of languages, cultural heritages and a multitude of narratives. From Yto Barrada to James Lee Byars, from Ryan Gander to Antonio Ottomanelli, twelve artists, differing in age and background, take up the lessons of Bloch, looking for the signs of mutation in the present, the tensions projected towards the future, all starting with an understanding of the past. Utilising a parallelism between art and history, the exhibition offers a look at these two instruments which have proven essential to understanding within human society.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano