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From: 23/01/2015 - To: 25/01/2015

Oratory San Filippo Neri

Via Manzoni, 5 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

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Date of last update: 26/01/2015, 11:00

Public Collection - Bologna
Alexandra Pirici &
Manuel Pelmuş

23 > 25 January 2015
Oratorio San Filippo Neri


Public Collection by Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici within the project “ON14|15, Do elephants ever forget?”, a project of contemporary art that gives possibility to Italian and foreign artists to create site specific works and performances in public places in the city of Bologna.


The new work ‘Public Collection’ by Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici addresses the context of the public museum. It approaches art history from the inception of the public museum as an institution that archives, historicizes, collects cultural items and reflects on society.

The focus of the work is the idea of a material collection that functions as the cornerstone for the very concept of the museum. Other important elements are the use of enactment as a strategy in an attempt to claim history, to de-scale or to de-monumentalize while simultaneously actualizing significant artworks and events using only a few human bodies. Thus, the new work exists both in alliance and in tension with the reference. ‘Public Collection’ uses similar strategies as previous works, such as the ‘Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale’or ‘Just Pompidou It. A Retrospective of Centre Pompidou’. In the former, for example, a group of performers enacted the history of the Biennial in an empty pavilion.

For 'Public Collection – Bologna' they take into consideration the venue and the dominant representations in the space, while also including works that are significant for the city's art history, placing the bigger history in dialogue with the local one.

further information on the website www.onpublic.it

  • From: 23/01/2015
  • To: 25/01/2015

Friday 23 January 6pm - 10pm

Saturday 24 January 7pm - 11pm

Sunday 25 January 3pm - 7pm