Techniques of Evasion – Subversive strategies in the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde of the 1960s and ’70s
Venue: Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome Through conceptual photography, collages, sculptures, urban interventions, performances, mail art works, visual poetry and artist’s books, the exhibition demonstrates an alternative sphere of critical thinking and creative ways of living under totalitarian rule.
The movement Pattern and Decoration was developed in the USA in the 1970s by a number of artists, such as Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Kushner and Miriam Schapiro. Followers of the movement radically distinguished themselves from the predominant Minimal Art and Concept Art at that time. They questioned not only traditional notions of art, but also addressed broader political and social issues, such as activities of the feminist movement, or the situation of Native American communities. Their subject matters were articulated through an aesthetic of captivating ease and seductive beauty: with works that celebrate sensuality, fantasy and colour, as well as an immediate lust for life.
Sylvia Plachy’s pictures open a path to our own dreams and memories. She can find her photographs anywhere in the world. When she photographs, she is immersed like a child.
Nearly 3000 years ago, a tiny, unknown people, trapped between the great empires of the Ancient Orient, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece, told incredible stories about a flow of interconnected events that have travelled through time and space, surviving changing historical eras and cultures. This primeval narrative is recreated by the text of Frédéric Boyer and the drawings of Serge Bloch. Exile, migration, encounters and discoveries come to life, the account becomes our own story.
The newly set collection display makes attempts to present emphatic points not only in well-organised chronological order or along stylistic features, but to examine the characteristics, consonances, differences as well as the artistic-cultural parallels between Western and Eastern art. The collection renders it possible to show up substantive parallelism within the lifeworks of artists with dedicated and critical approach from Western as well as Eastern countries.