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NEIL CAMPBELL Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?

4 June 6 November 2016
Group exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

installation view Neil Campbell, Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy, 2016

Artworks from Enea Righi Collection

Each exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny is inspired by a desire to trace the multidisciplinary route that epitomised Mariano Fortuny’s life in art. The theme of collecting is therefore a perfect topic to explore in relation to the versatile and mysterious identity of the great Spaniard. The exhibition Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc? [When the snow melts, where does the white go?], whose title is taken from a work by Rémy Zaugg, starts a many-faceted project which intends to provide now and in future years a portrait of important collectors of contemporary art by presenting their valuable art collections. The exhibition’s aim is to examine the question: how has the role of the art collector evolved from the time of the great Renaissance collections to the present day? This theme of great contemporary interest has in Enea Righi its first and main protagonist: businessman from the city of Bologna, who in over thirty years thanks to his passion and intuition and by supporting young artists and curators, has formed one of the most important collections of contemporary art in our country.

Eric Mezil and Lorenzo Paini, curators of the exhibition, have selected a group of works from Righi collection, starting from the rooms and the history of Palazzo Fortuny. Each floor is conceived as a cross section of our times, where works of artists from the 1960s (Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Lawrence Weiner, Enzo Mari, Cy Twombly, Rémy Zaugg and many others) are juxtaposed with those of some of the most rigorous interpreters of the current international scene (Walid Raad, Zoe Leonard, Ryan Gander, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philippe Parreno, Francesco Vezzoli, etc.) in a dialogue on various themes, such as architecture, performance, the body and the void.