Matteo Rubbi – Glorious Guest of the Querini Stampalia Foundation

2307_copywebViaggio in Italia is a trip the artist undertakes in the Italian provinces—and elsewhere—using only local transit and taking with him only the bare minimum, with no planned route or destination, and which takes shape based on the situations and circumstances he encounters.

Rubbi’s aim is not to create a map of the places he visits, but to raise awareness of areas outside major cities, as he explores a decentralised and often marginal territory. Matteo Rubbi is the narrator and reporter. Rubbi involves local daily newspapers—one of the primary “places” in which provinces express and learn about themselves—which become part of this itinerant work of art, he asks permission of the dailies to publish short articles, written in collaboration with the newspapers themselves, about the places he discovers along the way.

Viaggio in Italia at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia displays the first stages of the project and bears witness to it. The trip began in the small town of Perdaxius in Sardinia’s former mining region of Sulcis Iglesiente, and then unexpectedly headed to Dakar.

Rubbi decided to travel all the way to Senegal to follow an international cooperation project born in Sulcis and promoted by Cherimus, a Sardinian association, and Ker Thiossane, a Senegalese organization.

The project is called Chadal, after a migrating bird that lives in both regions, and aims to bring together Sardinian and Senegalese musicians, creating a dialogue between two distant musical cultures that are both rich in history. At the end of this first stage, the artist produced an LP record with the original music and texts born of this collaboration.

The record will be installed and played in a small area of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia near the water door, a place in which to take a break and discover news of the trip in progress. Matteo Rubbi describes it as “A human-sized space, open to the outdoors, a threshold subject to the vagaries of the weather”.

After Sardinia, Senegal and Venice, Matteo Rubbi will continue his trip in the province of Bergamo, where he was born and raised.

Viaggio in Italia marks the conclusion of the 8th Furla Prize, Italy’s preeminent award supporting contemporary artists. The project was financed by the Fondazione Furla and will be available to the public through a free loan at Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo).

The artist will also participate in an itinerant residency in the United States, with his home base at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, USA). Fondazione Carisbo will also acquire Matteo Rubbi’s work Domenica (Ingresso) for its collection. The work was created for Pleure qui peut, rit qui veut, an exhibit of the works of the five 2011 Furla Prize finalists (Bologna, Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio, 29 January-6 February 2011).

Matteo Rubbi was selected by the curators Lorenzo Bruni and Carson Chan, and named the winner of the 8th 2011 Furla Prize on 28 January by an international jury composed of Christian Boltanski (sponsoring artist of the award), Stefano Chiodi (historian and art critic), Vít Havránek (director of Tranzit Display Gallery in Prague) Jörg Heiser (critic and associate editor of Frieze) Miguel Von Hafe Pérez (director of the CGAC Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

The jury explains its choice: “For his ability to interact with the spectator and create unexpected relationships between the exhibition space and the public space in a spirit of generous openness.

His work involves a variety of cultural spheres both conceptually and materially, and reveals an acute experimental sense from his invitation to passersby to tune in to the rebroadcasting of Luigi Nono’s 1960 work Intolleranza on Rai Radio Tre, to his project exploring lesser-known Italy through the local press, in the spirit of Pasolini, Ghirri and Celati’s ‘travels in Italy’.”


Matteo Rubbi – Winner of the 8th Furla Prize
Viaggio in Italia
3 June – 18 September 2011
Opening Friday 3 June 2011, at 11:00 a.m
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice



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