Toelichting van het Museo del Territorio in Biella zoals verwoord in het Engelse persbericht (citaat):
The exhibition for the Biella Prize for Engraving 2006 opens on Saturday, 18 March and will continue through to 4 June, 2006, at the Museo del Territorio in Biella. The show is curated by Jeremy Lewison, a British art critic and curator, who worked for several years as the Director of the Tate Gallery collections in London.
The exhibition comprises almost fifty works, including many complete portfolios, created in the last three years, by thirty-four of the most important contemporary artists. Artists from a wide range of nationalities are represented in the exhibition including Argentina, Austria, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Holland, Palestine, Poland, the US and South Africa.
The aim of the Biella Prize has traditionally been to give prominence to contemporary printmaking and not only to take an international outlook but to showcase a broad spectrum of techniques, from woodcuts to photogravure, thereby demonstrating the continuing vitality of the graphic arts as an instrument of expression, even among artists of the latest generation. It is not by chance, then, that the selected topic for this sixteenth edition, is Art in the Age of Anxiety, a critical reflection on the social and political realities of our times. “Insecurity, anger, escape from a painful reality, satirical criticism, idealization of the past, an interest in ecology, a focus on the contingent, the informal and the worthless, the numbing of feeling, dystopia, regeneration, extinction and chaos are among the themes of the artists I have selected for the show. Consciously or unconsciously, artists mirror the world. They are sensitive barometers of our time expressing opinions, observing its complexities and displaying our ambivalences.” as Jeremy Lewison writes in the catalogue.
Van de galerie zijn werken vertegenwoordigd van Christiane Baumgartner, Miroslaw Balka Paradise, Mona Hatoum, Guillermo Kuitca en Gabriel Orozco.
Er zal een uitgebreide catalogus in kleur verschijnen, uitgegeven door Skira, met teksten van Jeremy Lewison.
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