11 Nov 2017 – 11 Feb 2018

Adrian Paci

Curated by

Valentina Gensini

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He will use these lights at night
Water as a metaphor for movement, flow, but also the possibility of action and reaction.

This is the idea that Adrian Paci developed to give life to “These lights will be used by the night“, a Tuscan personal by the Albanian artist, from 11 November 2017 to 11 February 2018 in the Florentine rooms of the Museo Novecento and Le Murate. Contemporary Art Projects and in the municipalities of Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino, co-producers of the entire project.
The exhibition, curated by Valentina Gensini, is promoted and organized by Mus. And in the context of Progetto Riva, directed by Valentina Gensini and realized thanks to the partnership and contribution of the Sensi Contemporanei project as part of the framework program agreement between the Tuscany Region, Mibact Directorate General for Cinema and the Agency for Territorial Cohesion.

The itinerary is divided between the Museo Novecento, with the production and presentation of an unpublished video installation, Le Murate. Contemporary Art Projects, and industrial archeology sites linked to the communities of Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino.

An articulated body of work that focuses on the themes of migration, identity and flow, dissected with intensity and poetry. Tracing personal stories and recalling the facts and transformations of recent history, Paci transcends personal experience and tackles migration and mobility as an ontological condition, very current in a historical moment in which the very concepts of home and identity (cultural , political and social) are continually recalled and questioned. Existence is interpreted as a continuous search, a perennial movement, and water becomes a metaphor for the idea of ​​flow and flow.

These lights will be used in the night – explains Adrian Paciwas born as an intervention on the Arno river through a performative action, but then the work moves towards a reflection on the dialogue and tension between light and dark, between the surface and the depth, between the visible and the invisible. The presence of man seems to be that of one who activates this dialogue without pretending to bring it to a conclusion“.

At the Museo Novecento Paci he exhibits a video-installation specially produced following the unprecedented action performed on the river in September: the large skeleton of a boat stands out in the main hall, together with the video reworking of the action from which the exhibition takes its name, a performance that featured a small boat equipped with luminous tentacles lowered into the water, immersed to plow the Arno river revealing the deep and dark dimension of the river.

Alongside these works there is a selection of video works centered on the cathartic and symbolic theme of water, such as The guardians and The column. On the second floor of the Museum, in relation to the Alberto Della Ragione collection, the artist presents paintings, videos and photographs (including paintings and photographic works Turn on and Back Home) that inhabit the rooms of the museum, establishing a timely and suggestive with the works of the permanent collection.

At Le Murate. Contemporary Art Projects, the exhibition develops between the first and third floors, with a large documentation room on the ground floor. The Home to go sculpture inhabits and re-signifies the Columns room, while the cells of the former hard prison find voice thanks to the delicate and absolute Rasha video, which dialogues in a strong and symbolic way with this place of pain. In the cells on the first floor are exhibited the pictorial and installation works of three young artists residing in Tuscany, Davide d’Amelio, Gianni Barelli and Lori Lako, selected directly by Adrian Paci following the workshop held here last year, in the scope of the Riva project.

According to the widespread planning shared with the Sensi Contemporanei project, these lights will be used during the night also involves the metropolitan dimension in the municipalities partners of the exhibition, which have identified symbolic industrial archeology sites for their respective communities and in close relationship with the collective rites celebrated. in the videos:
Montelupo Fiorentino, the Fornace Cioni Alderighi hosts the video installation The Encounter (2011);
Pelago, the former Carpet Factory in San Francesco hosts the video installation One and Twenty-Four Chairs (2013).

Adrian Paci

(Scutari, 1969) is one of the best known artists on the international art scene. Within his works (paintings, installations, videos, photographs) he investigates the human condition always in transit and the complexity of the social, political and cultural dynamics of our present. After studying painting at the Tirana Academy of Fine Arts, in 1997 Paci left Albania and moved to Milan where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited with personal exhibitions in numerous international institutions including: MAXXI Museum in Rome (2015); MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montréal (2014); Contemporary Art Pavilion – PAC in Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume in Paris (2013); Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Geneva (2013); National Gallery of Kosovo in Pristina (2012); Kunsthaus Zurich in Zurich (2010); Bloomberg Space in London (2010); The Center for Contemporary Art – CCA of Tel Aviv (2009); MoMA PS1 of New York (2006); Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2005) and Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2005). Among the numerous group exhibitions: 7th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (UABB), Nantou Old Town in Shenzhen, 14th Venice Architecture Biennale (2014), 48th and 51st Venice Biennale of Visual Arts (1999 and 2005), 15th Sydney Biennial (2006) and Lyon Biennial (2009).

The exhibition was also realized thanks to the contribution of Herno and Publiacqua.

Info hours and tickets:

Museo Novecento, Florence: Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun 11.00 am-7.00pm / Thu 11.00am-2.00pm
Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Florence: Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat 2.00pm-7.30pm free entry
Fornace Cioni Alderighi, Montelupo Fiorentino: Sat-Sun 10.00am -1.00pm / 3.00pm-7.00pm free entry
Ex Fabbrica Tappeti, San Francesco, Pelago: Sat-Sun 10.00am-1.00pm / 3.00pm-7.00pm free entry