Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara


27 Jul - 28 Sep 2008

Nient’altro che scultura. Nothing but sculpture
27 July - 28 September 2008

Curated by Francesco Poli
The 13th Carrara International Sculpture Biennial Nient’altro che scultura. Nothing but sculpture, curated by Francesco Poli, is divided into several sections: Homages, The Topicality of Marble, New Statues, Sculpture as a Living Body, In Town, Sculpting Time, and The Marble Workshops. The choice of the title underlines the specific character of this event, created in 1957, and it reasserts the tight link between the town and the production of sculptures.
The exhibition focuses on the most significant and innovative aspects of sculpture, giving rise to an in-depth reflection and to a more precise vision of the present situation in this creative sector, by comparing young emerging artists with artists of great renown.

Louise Bourgeois
Parco della Padula

On exhibition in the park are Eye-benches, two pairs of marble sculptures by the American sculptor of French origin. Almost 100 year old, she is one of the greatest living artists, a veritable icon of the international feminist culture.

Mario Merz
Chiesa del Suffragio
A large Igloo by Merz, Auf dem Tisch, der Hineinstösst in das Herz des Iglu, has been installed in the empty church and enters into a dialectical rapport with the church’s Baroque structure.
Giulio Paolini
Accademia di Belle Arti
In the Accademia’s Aula Magna, home to a group of casts of classical statues, Paolini’s work creates a metaphysical tension, a dialogue with the context, giving rise to a complex aesthetical reflection between past and present.
Pietro Cascella
Accademia di Belle Arti
The Accademia’s Sala dei Marmi houses a series of original plaster studies for important monumental works by this sculptor who recently died and worked mainly in stone.
Centro Arti Plastiche Internazionali e Contemporanee
The Topicality of Marble
The section emphasizes on the one hand the artistic importance of marble, of which the Carrara quarries are the main producers in the world, whereas on the other it also attests to how today marble (and generally all types of stone) is again considered a sculptural medium having special expressive characteristics, and therefore also used in the most innovative creations of many important artists.
On display here are works by the following artists: Giovanni Anselmo, Davide Bertocchi, Domenico Borrelli, Louise Bourgeois, Gianni Caravaggio, Jessica Carroll, David Casini, Giacinto Cerone, Mat Collishaw, Gianni Colosimo, Tony Cragg, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Marco Gastini, Richard Long, Luigi Mainolfi, Aldo Mondino, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Nunzio, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Leonardo Pivi, Marc Quinn, Mario Rizzi, Remo Salvadori, Fabio Viale, Yi Zhou, Gilberto Zorio, Italo Zuffi.

New Statues
An important and significant aspect of sculpture instead is found in the second section: a renewed interest in the representation of both realistic and hyper-realistic human figures, but also of all types of variously deformed and elaborated body shapes.These statues or human (and animal) simulacrums are made not only with traditional materials (bronze, marble, wood, plaster, and papier-mâché) but also, especially, with synthetic materials (fibreglass, latex, silicon, and artificial wax).The most widespread technique is that of a life cast, and the figures - either nude or clothed (sometimes also with real attire) are often used in particularly striking installations.
Works by the following artists are here on display:
Maddalena Ambrosio, Stephan Balkenhol, Nicola Bolla, Paolo Chiasera, Marco Del Re, Jan Fabre, Daniel Glaser & Magdalena Kunz, Antony Gormley, Trevor Gould, Paolo Grassino, Robert Gligorov, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Honert, Shirazeh Houshiary, Myriam Laplante, Luigi Mainolfi, Marzia Migliora, Aldo Mondino, Beatrice Pasquali, Perino & Vele, Lucio Perone, Luisa Rabbia, Maurizio Rabino, Juliao Sarmento, Paolo Schmidlin, Thomas Schütte, Diego Scroppo, Kiki Smith, Pia Stadtbäumer, Luigi Stoisa, Jan Van Oost.

The section New Statues showcases the Biomimetic Android FACE. This work is the result of an innovative project carried out by the Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca “E.Piaggio”, Facoltà di Ingegneria dell’Università di Pisa, IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris Pisa and Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. FACE consists of a body with a realistic face created through biomimetic engineering techniques which will be used to actively interact with children suffering from autism.

Sculpture as a Living Body
Hosted in the museum, the third, smaller section is dedicated to some important video works where the artist uses the vital and plastic tension of his body (as well as those of others) as a fundamental means of expression. Works by the following artists are here on display: Marina Abramovic, John Coplans, Regina Josè Galindo, Joan Jonas, Paul McCarthy, Tony Oursler, and Ene Liis Semper.

Il Parco della Padula
In addition to sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, permanent installations from past years by Sol LeWitt, Mario Merz, Anne e Patrick Poirier, Luigi Mainolfi, Claudio Parmiggiani, Robert Morris, Dani Karavan e Ian Hamilton Finlay can also be seen.
In Town

Duomo di Sant’Andrea
Via del Plebiscito
The problem of the relationship between plastic works of art and urban spaces is analyzed in the ancient Duomo and in Via del Plebiscito, with articulate proposals beyond the traditional concept of placing sculptures outdoors.In this sense, various works differing in material, technique, form, spatial criterion for their placement, as well as in aesthetic and cultural concepts and intentions were deliberately chosen to be part of the exhibition.
Works by the following artists are on display:
Salvatore Astore, Mirko Basaldella, Botto & Bruno, Sergio Cervietti, Riccardo Galleni, Giacomo Manzù, Luciano Massari, Eliseo Mattiacci, Matteo Peducci & Mattia Savini, Saverio Todaro, Filippo Tincolini, Jelena Vasiljev, Luca Vitone.

Accademia di Belle Arti
Sculpting Time
Curated by Marco Baudinelli and Alessandro Romanini.
The Accademia di Belle Arti play host to an exhibition of works by young artists who come from some of the most important European fine arts academies.
Academy of Fine Arts Design, Bratislava
Martin MuranicaAccademia di Belle Arti di CarraraGabriele Panico; Alessandro Ratti; Anna Soltysiak, Joanna Kania
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts de Paris
Shinobu MikamiNABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano
Master Digital Environment Design D3D _008
Interfaculty Art Science, Royal Academy KABK, Royal Conservatory KONCO Den Haag/L’Aja
Nicky Assmann, Eric Parren; Alfredo Ciannameo; Thijs Elich, Violet Jongejans;
Riccardo Villari; Lars Kynde, Renée HulshoffStädel Schule, FrankfurtMarcel Schiele

Casa dello Studente
Lo Spazio e gli AltriThe exhibition held in the Casa dello Studente is part of that at the Accademia di Belle Arti.Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara Davide Bignami; Mc Zinga rOsso Team: J. Harris, L. Laudario, A. Cazzagon / American University, Beirut Hatem El Imam / AMS, Bangkok - Birmingham City University Fratelli Psiolayabut / FAVU, Brno (Czech Republic) Helena Hladilová / IUAV, Venezia Emiliano Pistacchi / HSLU, Lucerne Celine Meyrat / AVU, Prague Radim Labuda & ADD Sound System, Petr Valer / Kopenhagen, Denmark Jon Erik Nyholm / SAMK, Kankaanpàà (Finland) Tiina Vehkaperä, Hannu Ahosola / University of the Arts, London Tim Birtwistle, Oliver Rees, James Whittington / University of Seoul Nam Sang Su / Urban Research Institute ADBK, Nürnberg, Andrea Spreafico, Mickl Schmidt CRAP-Conflict Research Action Program.

Tags: Marina Abramović, Giovanni Anselmo, Stephan Balkenhol, Davide Bertocchi, Botto&bruno, Louise Bourgeois, Botto & Bruno, Gianni Caravaggio, Giacinto Cerone, Paolo Chiasera, Mat Collishaw, John Coplans, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Regina José Galindo, Marco Gastini, Robert Gligorov, Antony Gormley, Paolo Grassino, Thomas Hirschhorn, Martin Honert, Shirazeh Houshiary, Joan Jonas, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Luigi Mainolfi, Paul McCarthy, Mario Merz, Marzia Migliora, Aldo Mondino, Robert Morris, Nunzio, Jan Van Oost, Tony Oursler, Giulio Paolini, Claudio Parmiggiani, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, M. Pistoletto, Leonardo Pivi, Marc Quinn, Luisa Rabbia, Mario Rizzi, Remo Salvadori, Julião Sarmento, Thomas Schütte, Kiki Smith, Luigi Stoisa, Perino & Vele, Luca Vitone, Gilberto Zorio, Italo Zuffi