On the occasion of Grand Tour Contemporaneo, a programme of exhibitions and events promoted by Fondazioni Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Grassi collaborates with Vdrome to propose a cycle of rarely seen artists’ films and videos. The works presented highlight the unique and special relationships that Italy has established, from the 1960s onwards, with foreign avant-garde artists and filmmakers.

<u>Text</u> <br/> <b>Vdrome</b>

<span class="alinea"></span>Italy has an ancient tradition of welcoming visitors and opening up to the world. This tradition has been described time and again by visiting foreigners who, through their work and stories, have transmitted Italy’s culture and enriched its heritage. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>The paths created by these cultural exchanges are constantly traveled to this day: the importance of Italy as a destination during the Grand Tour, throughout the Baroque, Romantic, and Neoclassical periods, created an ideal model for communication and dialogue, which even the trauma caused by two worlds wars was not able to destroy. And that is a very valuably thing today, given that it is more important than ever to present things from a different angle, to encourage and perpetuate cultural exchanges and influences. From the 1960s to the present day, Italy has established unique and privileged relationships with foreign visual artists and experimental filmmakers, who have discovered, traveled, and examined the country from unexpected perspectives. In an era of ever‑increasing physical and cultural barriers, it is essential that we perpetuate another history, rooted in community and sharing. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>Vdrome is an online cinema dedicated to artists’ films, which reinvents itself at each of its offline event, never showing the same film twice. Indeed, one of the few rules or principles of Vdrome is never to revisit its own history, nor the many films and videos that constitute its archive. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>The title chosen for the two days of screenings presented at Palazzo Grassi’s Teatrino, “Molte rondini fanno primavera” refers to the arrival of swallows, birds that travel across continents to live in different territories and countries. They are transnational figures <i>par excellence</i>, both concrete and poetic, and possess a lightness of mind and spirit that is associated with the summer season. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>The program consists of a wide selection of works created in Italy by foreign artists. These films and videos are hard to find and little known, screened in Italy and in the cinema on this occasion for the first time. Each one has contributed to the creation of a unique, polyphonic, and evolving imagination, which has generated a new and important look at the landscapes, culture, and language of Italy. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>We wanted to celebrate this experience by temporarily investing the Teatrino with unpredictable, oblique, rare, and resplendent worlds and gestures, emphasizing that Palazzo Grassi is above all a space for the discovery and support of contemporary art, which contributes to enhancing Italy’s position on the global stage, through exchanges between nations. <br/> <br/> <span class="alinea"></span>“Molte rondini fanno primavera”’s program consists of twelve films by important contemporary artists: Francis Alÿs, Jem Cohen, Theo Eshetu, Runa Islam, Joachim Koester, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Joan Jonas, Rosalind Nashashibi, Charlemagne Palestine, Philippe Parreno, Laure Prouvost, and Amie Siegel. <br/> <br/> <br/> <div style="text-align:center;"><b>VDROME</b></div> <br/> <div style="text-align:center;" class="notes"> Vdrome is an online cinema that offers regular screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers whose production lies in between contemporary art and cinema. Selected for the importance of their content, their artistic quality, and their innovative originality, the works screened by Vdrome are typically shown in the context of film festivals, exhibitions, and surveys, and are thus of very limited access. Vdrome is curated by Edoardo Bonaspetti, Andrea Lissoni, and Filipa Ramos, with Enrico Boccioletti as Managing Editor. </div>
Pauline CURNIER JARDIN <br/> <i>Explosion Ma Baby</i>, 2016 <br/> HD video and sound 7’
Francis ALŸS <br/> <i>Duett</i>, 1999 (film stills) <br/> In collaboration with Honoré D’O. Photographic documentation of an action.
Philippe PARRENO, Carsten HÖLLER, Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA <br/> <i>Vicinato</i>, 1995 (still frame)
Joachim KOESTER <br/> <i>Morning of the Magicians</i>, 2006 <br/> (film still) <br/> film 16mm 4’46’’

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