15 Oct 2021

The Body of the Art World

Guided tours, painting workshops, drawing courses and thought meetings around the Jenny Saville exhibition

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15October 2021


20February 2022

On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to the great English artist Jenny Saville, which has just opened to the public, the Museo Novecento and MUS.E present a new program of initiatives aimed at different audiences.

Saville’s work – so energetic, so carnal, so cumbersome – is in fact the artistic text on which a calendar of appointments is built that allows one to approach his intense poetics and his language, gravitating around drawing and painting, but also to central issues in today’s society.

Guided tours to the exhibition

Every Saturday at 3pm and 4.30pm they will allow you to better appreciate the rich body of works exhibited at the museum, investigating the underlying research and exploring its surfaces, high results of the artist’s reflections on the human figure, the body, senses, identity, visible and invisible relationships between individuals, in a unique synthesis between classical lesson and contemporary sensitivity.

Human Scribbling. Drawing course

Five appointments for each course lasting 1h15 ‘- from Wednesday 20 October to Wednesday 17 November / from Wednesday 24 November to Wednesday 22 December / from Wednesday 12 January to Wednesday 9 February – always at 4.30pm.

Human scribbling, is a drawing course aimed at young people and adults divided into five sessions that allows you to exercise the eye, hand and brain in the representation and multiple interpretation of reality.

Figure. Painting workshop

Every Sunday at 4.30pm – starting Sunday 24 October.

Figures. Painting workshop, is aimed at children aged 8 to 12 and dedicated to painting, in particular to the genre of the portrait, the protagonist of the work Saville in its widest forms.

Thought meetings

Sunday 7 November 11 am: Canonical bodies? with Loris Mazzagatti and Laura Verdi
Sunday 5 December 11 am: Blindness with Roberto Francavilla and Carlo Bordoni
Sunday 9 January 11 am: We are body with Saveria Chemotti and Maria Teresa Russo

Sunday 20 February h11.30 am: A fior di pelle with Daniela Calabrò and Federica Matelli: exhibition, bodies, nudity in Jean Luc Nancy and in the work of Jenny Saville.

Around the themes explored by the artist – of overwhelming topicality, now viscerally engaging, now inevitably disturbing, as explicit as unfathomable – a cycle of “thought meetings” has been developed, held by the great scholars of Western culture and society: the appointments , structured in the form of dialogue, will be centered on the themes of the body – transversally affected by anthropological, aesthetic, philosophical, ethical reflections – and of blindness – exterior and interior – exemplary represented by the painting Rosetta II. To look, always, beyond.
We begin on Sunday 7 November investigating the canons of the body with Loris Mazzagatti, a scholar of the concepts of normality and body obesity (University of Milan Bicocca) and with Laura Verdi, sociologist of cultural processes at the University of Padua and author of the volume Il corpo al centro (Cleup, 2015); we continue on December 5 reflecting on external and internal blindness with Carlo Bordoni – sociologist, writer and journalist, as well as a profound connoisseur of the thought of Zygmunt Bauman, who dedicated a deep reflection to figurative blindness – and Roberto Francavilla, expert in the work of José Saramago, author of the famous Blindness, and professor at the University of Genoa; on 9 January with Saveria Chemotti, a scholar of the codes and identities of the female body (University of Padua) and author of numerous essays and novels, and Maria Teresa Russo, who has dedicated extensive multidisciplinary research to the ambiguities of the body (University of studies of Roma Tre). Moderate the meetings Valentina Zucchi, MUS.E; to conclude on 20 February with two great thinkers – Daniela Calabrò, associate professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Salerno and Federica Matelli, independent researcher and curator – who will invite you on a journey around the theme of the body starting from the reflections philosophies of the famous French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

The program was created in collaboration with the cultural mediation of MUS.E.
Appointments are possible thanks to the precious support of American Express, GIOTTO – love brand of F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini, Tenderly – brand of Lucart Spa, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella and Unicoop Firenze.

Ph credits: Jenny Saville, Study for the Eyes of Argus (dettaglio), 2021, matita colorata su carta da acquerello.
© Jenny Saville. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian