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mit Mario Airò, Doug Aitken, Carlo Alfano, Laurie Anderson, Stefano Arienti, Luciano Bartolini, Carlo Benvenuto, Barbara Bloom, Christian Boltanski, Fabrizio Corneli, Gino De Dominicis, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Alberto Garutti, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Nino Longobardi, Urs Lüthi, Fabio Mauri, Sebastiano Mauri, Ottonella Mocellin e Nicola Pellegrini, Tracey Moffatt, Margherita Morgantin, Marvin E. Newman, Cornelia Parker, Claudio Parmiggiani, Gianni Pisani, Markus Raetz, Annie Ratti, Rosanna Rossi, Anri Sala, Susanne Simonson, Jana Sterbak, Fiona Tan, William Wegman, Francesca Woodman

Palazzo delle Papesse proudly presents a new group show - curated by internationally-renown critic and scholar Lea Vergine - entitled D'ombra (The Shadow). The exhibition is produced by Palazzo delle Papesse in collaboration with the MAN museum in Nuoro where it will be on show until Spring 2007.

Core matter of the show is the notion of the Shadow. Since Egyptian tomb paintings up to recent times, artists have focused on and worked around this topic.

The man who loses his Shadow is damned and the woman sterile as per Adalbert von Chamisso's The Wonderful Story of Peter Schlemihl and Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Die Frau ohne Schatte. According to the legend, those who are not capable to communicate with their own shadow are condemned to death, and so are those who step on their shadow or misuse it. The shadow is, therefore, an unavoidable issue. Anything created or determined without a shadow is somehow disturbing. The same Shadow (a murky halo enshrouded in darkness) represents the hidden and secret part in people and objects. Every shadow is spellbound. Intact and well-recognisable, the shadow is like a ghost and, as for any other ghost, its reading is cryptic. You can lose your shadow or buy it, find and erase it; you can deserve it, understand it or, ultimately, get rid of it. But is the shadow a mere empty entity? Does the shadow really believe in our existence? And does it exist elsewhere but in the "here"?

We generally "own" a shadow (unlike von Chamisso's and other German Symbolists' characters); it grows in us and one day we will be our own shadow, our double and container. Those who do not know the shadow of the things, ignore their form.

In the Shadow form lays hidden, aware of its no-finity. The exhibit focuses on all this, avoiding the realm in the contemporary art practice that plays with the contrast between light and darkness and its visual perception. The show proposes artworks where the shadow remains the premise and most significant element of representation. Works wherein the shadow intimately contributes to the definition of the human psychological structure, alluding to the other side of the personality and to anything that there stays obscure and enigmatic.

First extensive group show of its kind, D'Ombra gives the possibility to verify how and in which quantity the ancient theme continues to return even in the works of contemporary artists.

Artists on show: Mario Airò, Doug Aitken, Carlo Alfano, Laurie Anderson, Stefano Arienti, Luciano Bartolini, Carlo Benvenuto, Barbara Bloom, Christian Boltanski, Fabrizio Corneli, Gino De Dominicis, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Alberto Garutti, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Nino Longobardi, Urs Lüthi, Fabio Mauri, Sebastiano Mauri, Ottonella Mocellin e Nicola Pellegrini, Tracey Moffatt, Margherita Morgantin, Marvin E. Newman, Cornelia Parker, Claudio Parmiggiani, Gianni Pisani, Markus Raetz, Annie Ratti, Rosanna Rossi, Anri Sala, Susanne Simonson, Jana Sterbak, Fiona Tan, William Wegman, Francesca Woodman.

Catalogue: Silvana Editoriale, available from the opening day, bilingual italiano-english, essays by Lorenzo Fusi and Lea Vergine.

The show will be travelling to MAN - Nuoro, from January 26th to May, 6th 2007.

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D'Ombra / The shadow
Kurator: Lea Vergine

mit Mario Airo, Doug Aitken, Carlo Alfano, Laurie Anderson, Stefano Arienti, Luciano Bartolini, Carlo Benvenuto, Barbara Bloom, Christian Boltanski, Fabrizio Corneli, Gino de Dominicis, Fischli / Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Alberto Garutti, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Nino Longobardi, Urs Lüthi, Fabio Mauri, Sebastiano Mauri, Ottonella Mocellin e Nicola Pellegrini, Tracey Moffatt, Margherita Morgantin, Marvin E. Newman, Cornelia Parker, Claudio Parmiggiani, Gianni Pisani, Markus Raetz, Annie Ratti, Rosanna Rossi, Anri Sala, Susanne Simonson, Jana Sterbak, Fiona Tan, William Wegman, Francesca Woodman

Stationen:
14.10.06 - 07.01.07 Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
26.01.07 - 06.05.07 MAN Nuoro