Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:39

Bruna Esposito at Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice.


Palazzo Fortuny

13 May – 26 November 2017

Co-produced with Axel & May Vervoordt  Foundation Curated by Daniela Ferretti e Axel Vervoordt

  _ Intuition, from the Latin intueor, is a form of knowledge that cannot be explained in words. It reveals itself in sudden flashes, images, sounds and experiences.

Therefore an exhibition that intends to explore the theme of intuition is bound to begin from humanity’s first attempts to forge an immediate relationship between heaven and earth: from the erection of totems, to shamanism and mystical ecstasy, from examples of epiphanic moments in religious iconography, such as the Annunciation, Visitation and Pentecost, to the potential for divine revelation through dreams.

From there, the field of investigation moves towards modernity: in the nineteenth century the themes of spirituality, dreams, mysticism, and the “panic” force in nature saw new developments and, at the dawn of the next century, played a decisive role in the birth of abstractionism, with the work of Vassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Hilma af Klint.

Ethnic art brought new forms and energies, and it, too, had a strong influence on the development of new artistic languages. The exhibition pays special attention to the most experimental aspects of Surrealism: writing and automatic drawing, collective creation and altered states of the ego. 

Experimentation in art continued and was developed through the work of various movements: Gutai, Zero, Spatialism, Cobra, Fluxus and American Abstract Expressionism. In addition, numerous other artists from the 1960s to the present day have returned to and amplified the Surrealist interest in automatism, achieving new formal and technical developments.

Ample space is also dedicated to contemporary forms of artistic expression:young artists’ performances linked to dreams, telepathy, the mind-body relationship, and installations that involve visitors empathetically.


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