Somewhere Between Art and Dance - the Experiments of Simone Forti at the ICA

Somewhere Between Art and Dance - the Experiments of Simone Forti at the ICA
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What is a dancer and choreographer doing at the MoMa of New York? She is breaking down the barriers of art and experimenting new territory for the language of the body, entering through the front door of the collection of one of the most prestigious museums in the world. We’re talking about the ‘60s and the artist in question is Simone Forti, Italian-American who helped write the history of performance and post-modern dance. At 84 years of age, Simone returns to Milan for a retrospective at the Istituto Contemporaneo delle Arti, offering the Italian public an intriguing selection of new works. Drawings, water colours, prints, videos and other documents illustrate the intense work carried out in the United States, including her contribution to Fluxus and collaborations with Nam June Pike, Yoko Ono, Steve Paxton and Trisha Brown. During the same period, the famed Dance Constructions was a breath of fresh air on the international scene. “A watershed piece in which the relationship between bodies and objects, movement and sculpture, was substantially reconsidered,” said MoMa curator Stuart Comer in describing the impact of the work. Beyond the confines of dance and performance, the attitude of improvisation, experimentation and the ethical-intellectual reflections of Forti are a perfect fit for the calendar of ICA, which is centred around the theme of living this year.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano