Curated by Adam Carr
EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION is a unique and ambitious exhibition that sets out to explore and reflect on the roles of perception and interpretation in the experience of viewing both works of art and exhibitions, revising the ways in which we commonly view them. It brings together artworks characterized by their use of doubling and symmetry; works produced in series – which consequently explores issues of artistic progression and development, change and variation; works that are visually deceptive; work produced in different versions, even produced by different artists, and presents them in a display format that itself will be premised on and follow these ideas. Taking place in the museum’s Manica Lunga building, for the exhibition the gallery space has been divided into two to form two separate galleries. In a further division, the two gallery spaces have been constructed with a wall in the centre so to comprise two rooms of equal size. Playing on the architecture of both gallery spaces, the specific selection of works and the requirements for their presentation results in the arrangement of works in one room to be partially mirrored in the other. The effect of this display, similar to a “spot the difference,” encourages the viewer to not only look closely at the works exhibited but also, collectively, to detect and almost reconcile the differences between the two rooms in each exhibition.
Works by more than forty emerging, mid-career and well-established artists are presented, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and sound, as well as installation and performance-based pieces. While the majority of artworks comprise those already in existence, including some selected from the museum’s collection, the exhibition also features new commissions.
Looking at works distinguished by doubling and symmetry, those conceived as two seemingly identically parts and those in alternative versions and in series, and adapting these ideas to the exhibition’s staging, EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION attempts to slow down exhibition viewing and make viewers question their own position and relationship to the works on view. It challenges the idea of the customary exhibition route, one that is commonly structured with a clearly defined beginning and ending point. Changing direction instead, the exhibition insists that visitors constantly go backward as well as forward to reassess, re-interpret and revisit and ultimately play a fundamental role in the exhibition and its possible mental reshaping. Guiding the viewer toward a form of detective work, EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION aims to inspire ways of seeing and interpreting not yet charted in exhibitions, offering an unorthodox exhibition experience and a new form of engagement that involves and challenges the viewer directly and asks them questions continually during their visit, and beyond.
EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION is an exhibition curated by Adam Carr for the Manica Lunga, one of the most problematic spaces in the museum to install works in. It is a long corridor 6 metres wide and 147 metres long: the exact opposite of the classic, neutral “white cube”. The idea was to add value to these spatial constraints by commissioning a series of exhibition projects custom-designed for the space. Adam Carr has interpreted the long corridor of the Manica Lunga as a kind of fantastic visual instrument, an immense kaleidoscope that duplicates images, thus multiplying our vision of the world and our experience of art.
A project on the double emerged within the context of interdisciplinary collaboration with other important institutions in the City of Turin. In this case the Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino, in parallel with EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION, will inaugurate a project on the double, organized by Mario Martone and Fabrizio Arcuri.
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.