Melvin Edwards features in 'Museum for Preventive Imagination – Editorial'

Melvin Edwards features in 'Museum for Preventive Imagination – Editorial'

17 July - 27 September 2020
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Overview

The project's title is inspired by the 'Bureau for Preventive Imagination' (Ufficio per l’Immaginazione Preventiva), established in 1973 by Carlo Maurizio BenvedutiTullio Catalano and Franco Falasca with the aim of producing an art capable of revolutionising society. 

'Museum for Preventive Imagination' is the title of the three-year programme of interdisciplinary exhibitions and events envisioned by Luca Lo Pinto, the new Artistic Director of Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO) that will evolve organically until the end of 2022. This vast project presents the Museum as a constantly changing site, not necessarily dictated by the traditional format of events and openings but welcoming experimentation and new and surprising interpretations. Without overlooking the origins and development of the Museum as an institution, 'Museum for Preventive Imagination' aims to free the museum from anachronistic models and to transform the institution into a performative space. Titled 'Museum for Preventive Imagination – Editorial', the first exhibition in the programme imagines the museum as a three-dimensional magazine or series of publications in which each work suggests possible directions, positions and languages for the forthcoming programme. Included in the exhibition are examples of Melvin Edwards' celebrated 'Lynch Fragments' series. Born in 1963 from...

'Museum for Preventive Imagination' is the title of the three-year programme of interdisciplinary exhibitions and events envisioned by Luca Lo Pinto, the new Artistic Director of Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO) that will evolve organically until the end of 2022. This vast project presents the Museum as a constantly changing site, not necessarily dictated by the traditional format of events and openings but welcoming experimentation and new and surprising interpretations. Without overlooking the origins and development of the Museum as an institution, 'Museum for Preventive Imagination' aims to free the museum from anachronistic models and to transform the institution into a performative space.

Titled 'Museum for Preventive Imagination – Editorial', the first exhibition in the programme imagines the museum as a three-dimensional magazine or series of publications in which each work suggests possible directions, positions and languages for the forthcoming programme. Included in the exhibition are examples of Melvin Edwards' celebrated 'Lynch Fragments' series. Born in 1963 from the turmoil of the civil rights movement, the series references lynching as an emblem of brutal racial and social control. Informed by the socially engaged sculpture of modernists such as Julio González and David Smith, these expressive works exploit the charged connotations of industrial materials to explore themes of race, protest and justice. 

Participating artists include: Xavier Aballí, Andreas Angelidakis, Archivio Storico Birra Peroni, Archivio Marcello Salustri, Pierre Bismuth, Henry Bond, Corita Kent, Gino De Dominicis, Trisha Donnelly, Melvin Edwards, Morgan Fisher, Philipp Fleischmann, Liam Gillick/Henry Bond, Marcia Hafif, i ready made appartengono a tutti®, Ann Veronica Janssens, Lory D, Marcello Maloberti, Cecilia Mangini, Franco Mazzucchelli, Luigi Nono, Gastone Novelli, Joanna Piotrowska, Emilio Prini, Puppies Puppies, Sarah Rapson, Roberto Rossellini, Seth Siegelaub, Giovanna Silva, Lewis Stein, Nora Turato, Ufficio per l’Immaginazione Preventiva, Vipra, Luca Vitone, Nicole Wermers and Eduardo Williams & Mariano Blatt.

The project's title is inspired by the 'Bureau for Preventive Imagination' (Ufficio per l’Immaginazione Preventiva), established in 1973 by Carlo Maurizio BenvedutiTullio Catalano and Franco Falasca with the aim of producing an art capable of revolutionising society. 

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Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
Via Nizza, 138, 00198 Roma RM, Italy

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