Not an exhibition on the relationship between music and visual art, but rather on their similarities and their reciprocal interferences. Not only notes, but also stars and performers who use their body as a means of communication with the public. Musica per gli occhi, until 4 November in the exhibition area of Santa Maria della Scala, is an innovative project that investigates contemporary languages and their hybridisation.
Daniele Pitteri, Director of Santa Maria della Scala, recalls how, from the early 1980s, pop music acquired an extraordinary expressive instrument with videos: “The birth of MTV brought a radical transformation in the way music was enjoyed and profoundly changed the mental attitude to perceiving and understanding reality”.
The exhibition, curated by Luca Quattrocchi, aims to analyse this dualism in a display articulated in three visual and auditory areas. It begins with 15 videos created by internationally famous artists, including Francesco Vezzoli, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Creed, AES, Robert Boyd and Jesper Just.
It continues with a broad selection of videos made for Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and other pop icons by past and contemporary film directors. Michelangelo Antonioni, Luc Besson and Derek Jarman, but also David Lynch, Roman Polanski and Wim Wenders. The third section hosts visual installations by some of the most subversive and significant contemporary artists, such as Keith Haring, Banksy and Andy Warhol.
The first section of Musica per gli occhi has 15 videos by artists like Francesco Vezzoli, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Creed, AES, Robert Boyd and Jesper Just
Each section is set up so as to make the videos true work of arts on display, accompanied by careful direction of audio input that creates a unique experience for visitors, immersing them in a turmoil of images and sounds.
Homepage: Adel Abidin, Three Love Songs, 2010
Videostill. Courtesy: Adel Abidin
Page 1: Pipilotti Rist, I’m a victim of this song, 1995
Videostill. Courtesy: Electronic Art Intermix (EAI), New York
Page 4: Francesco Vezzoli, An Embroidered Trilogy, 1997-1999
Video still from Il sogno di Venere. Courtesy: Fondazione Museion. Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Andrea Righi collection.
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