Curated by Federico Piccari
Fondazione 107 is pleased to announce Hortus Conclusus, a project to mark ten years spent organising exhibitions. The thirty artists who have been invited to participate come from Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA, bringing paintings, sculptures, installations, performances and photography that will dialogue with each other.
The title Hortus Conclusus was chosen to convey the intimacy of secret thought and, at the same time, the possessive field of the intellectual work of an artist, a writer or a school of poetry. To achieve this, the participating artists are linked to each other by a shared modus operandi that induces them to take steps, by means of their action, to transform a consolidated situation that has reached a critical breaking point. Hortus Conclusus will become the ideally constructed place where the word krisis acts as the driving force for a heterogeneous, across-the-board itinerary, a word from which we garner the original etymological meaning in classical Greek, which conveys the sense of ‘opportunity’, the moment when a decisive choice is made that can open the way to new possibilities and strive to seek out new solutions. This is the approach that has been adopted by the artists invited to take part in the exhibition when constructing their works. There is no single rule: here there is a mental process that combines with a method of action to highlight the approach adopted by the artist to tackle the world.