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HELEN MIRRA Walking, weaving - GIANNI PETTENA Natural Architecture

Helen Mirra, 1-21 May, Overlook - Green Gulch - Redwood Creek - Heather Cutoff - Overlook (detail) 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Gianni Pettena, Human Wall (detail). Courtesy Galleria Federico Luger, Milano, 2012 – photo: Antonio Maniscalco.


Duration: 22nd July – 24th September, 2017
  21st July, 2017 8 o'clock pm
Curated by:
  Christiane Rekade

From 22 July -24 September 2017 Merano Arte will host two exhibitions: The American artist Helen Mirra (born 1970 in Rochester, New York, lives in northern California) and Gianni Pettena (born 1940 in Bolzano, lives in Florence).

Although they work quite differently they have one discussion in common: the landscapeand its interpretation.  Both exhibitions  show a connection between the landscape in the  Western United States and South Tyrol.

Helen Mirra‘s  approach is usally based on long walks or excursions   and the work is totally affected by this, and made simoultaneously or in parallel.
Merano Arte has invited Helen Mirra to pass a month in Merano to prepare her exhibition.

She will started with a walk of several days: on 16 June she  opened her exhibition in the Andriesse Eyck Gallery in Amsterdam. The day after she left for Merano partly on foot and partly by train. She decided every single day whether to go on foot or take the train by throwing a coin. With this work she is referring to the project „Variable Works (In Progress), 1970 by the American conceptual artist Douglas Huebler and Marcheur de Kassel, 1972 by the Polish artist Andre Cadere. A documentation of this excursion will be part of the exhibition in Merano.

Gianni Pettena is co-founder and one of the most important representatives of  the„radical Architecture“ of the seventies. Influenced by Conceptual Art and Land Art he develops his installations, photos, drawings and projects while watching nature and landscape and in his works quite often there are no borders between architecture and art.

Although Gianni Pettena left Bolzano as a young adult, South Tyrol’s landscape is fundamental for his artistic work and his comprehension of architecture. This exhibition shows us this constant relationship with the landscape of his native place. undefinedmore...

Upcoming exhibitions

Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio. , Senza titolo, 2017. courtesy the artist and T293, Rome


In bocca a te ogni cosa muore

Duration: October 8, 2017 – January 14, 2017’
Opening:  October 7, 2017    
Curated by:
Christiane Rekade

The artwork of the Neapolitan artist, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio (born in Pozzuoli in 1972, lives in Berlin) highlights the subtle irony and the sharp accuracy in observing our society and our daily life. His artwork – installations, paintings, videos – are sarcastic parodies and comments of a reality the rule system of which is often close to collapse.

Armando Ronca, EUROTEL Meran, 1958 - 1960

ARMANDO RONCA Modern architecture in South Tyrol 1935 - 1970

Duration: October 15, 2017 – January 14, 2017
Opening:  October 14, 2017   
Curated by:
  Magdalene Schmidt, Andreas Kofler

Armando Ronca’s projects acquire a prominent role among the postwar buildings in Meran and Bozen. Although the modern postwar architecture was conceived as the architectonic expression of a new beginning, its appreciation at the time was limited. Our common suspicion towards a repulsive architecture is today slowly being replaced by the awareness that even at the time, architectonic and urban qualities emerged. The exhibition will show for the first time to the public Armando Ronca’s artwork, whose buildings are mainly to be found in Meran and Bozen. Ronca’s buildings have to be set and investigated within an interest towards the town’s historical development in order to trigger a confrontation with the urban configuration of Meran in the 21st century.