Curated by: Francesco Bonami
From 11 December Palazzo Pretorio brings 22 international artists to Prato for the Hi Woman! The news of the future by Francesco Bonami and promoted by the Municipality of Prato - Palazzo Pretorio Museum.
“With this exhibition, once again the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio questions the theme of the dialogue between the many possible contemporaries, between past and present” declares Rita Iacopino, director of the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio.
"We want to continue to offer our visitors an opportunity for reflection and new insights into our heritage," said Simone Mangani, Councilor for cultural policies of the Municipality of Prato.
Thus Palazzo Pretorio with its exceptional collection welcomes 22 contemporary artists each with their own announcement to reveal to the spectators: Huma Bhabha, Irma Blank, Koo Donghee, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Jessie Homer French, Roni Horn, Jutta Koether, Andrew LaMar Hopkins , Maria Lassnig, Babette Mangolte, Lucy McKenzie, Aleksandra Mir, Susan Philipsz, Paola Pivi, Maja Ruznic, Jenny Saville, Fiona Tan, Genesis Tramaine, Andra Ursuta, Marianne Vitale, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
22 women not to respect a predictable political correctness but to underline the centrality of the female subject in ancient and contemporary narration.
22 artists who at the same time play the role of the angel and the Virgin, who at the same time are bearers and recipients of an abstract, symbolic and profoundly concrete revolution.
Through painting, sculpture, video and sound, the 22 artists will invade the museum, engaging in dialogue with the works of the permanent collection, sometimes finding harmony, sometimes creating powerful and stimulating short circuits for the public. Annunciation is a word that contains multiple meanings that touch the reality of our sociality and communication and at the same time refer to one of the cornerstones of Western culture.