FROM & TO
Duration: 07 February - 12 April 2015
Artist: Diane Blondeau, Lorraine Châteaux, Quentin Derouet, Tony Fiorentino, Julia Frank, Sonia Leimer, Roberto Pugliese, Vivien Roubaud, Leander Schwazer, Thomas Teurlai
Curators: Valerio Dehò, Éric Mangion
The project series "FROM & TO" was initiated by Merano arte, first held in 2007, and repeated in 2011. In the past, selected Italian artists had each invited a colleague of their choice from abroad to develop a joint work or work on a topic with them.
For the latest edition 2014-2015, the project has been expanded. It now involves an intercultural exchange between France and Italy.
"FROM & TO" is part of the PIANO project: an Internet portal for contemporary art in France and Italy 2014-2015 that was established by the French association for the development of art centers d.c.a.
In cooperation with the Institut Français Italy, the French Embassy in Italy, and the Institut Français.
Kindly supported by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry for Culture and Communication, and the French-Italian Foundation "Nuovi Mecenati", as well as by Jeanne Zéler (Brussels) and La Station (Nice).
Five Italian and five French artists wee asked to realize a joint exhibition project within a period of two years. In the beginning, they exchanged letters, met several times, and took part in workshops. The first workshop took place at July 2013 in Villa Arson; the second was in October that same year at Merano arte. An Internet platform was installed to make the dialog and exchange between the participating artists easier.
The artists worked individually or in groups. The art managers of the two museums, Éric Mangion and Valerio Dehò, did not tie them down to any fixed topic. Thus, there was no limit to their creativity. The artists were able to take their own individual approaches, so the results are multifarious. All works were made specifically for this exhibition project and the rooms it is being held in.
From November 8, 2014 to January 19, 2015, the exhibition was held at Centre National d’art contemporain Villa Arson in Nice www.villa-arson.org
and from Februar 7 to April 12, 2015, it will be held at Merano arte.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue/journal.
"FROM & TO" is a Merano arte initiative. Its aim is to promote the development of young artists and to give them the opportunity to get in touch with other nations and to represent a platform for individual and new, joint ideas. The realization of an exhibition and the teamwork are the two main requirements. «From« and «to» is thus a metaphor for the buoyant exchange that takes place when the exhibition is prepared and then moves on.
For the first "From & TO" edition in 2007, Michael Fliri, Laurina Paperina, Stefano Cagol, Philipp Messner, and Brigitte Niedermair were invited. As partners, they invited Paul Kos, the Stealth group from Rotterdam, Matthew Smith, Anton Kannemayer, and Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen.
For the second edition in 2011, with the punned title "From & t(w)o", Elisabeth Hölzl, Carla Cardinaletti, Hubert Kostner, and Max Rohr got together with Armin Linke, Silvia Levenson, Michael Sailstorfer, and Stephan Balkenhol.