Paesaggi Mentali / Traittorie Naturali
curated by Lorenzo Bruni
Opening June 14th 2018
June 15 – 30 September 2018
"G. G. Gemmellaro" Museum of Geology - University Museum System (SIMUA), corso Tukory 131, 90133 Palermo.
Paesaggi Mentali / Traiettorie Naturali is an exhibition curated by Lorenzo Bruni and is part of the Collateral Events of Manifesta12, the European biennial of contemporary art, in collaboration with SIMUA – Sistema Museale di Ateneo in Palermo.
Lorenzo Bruni is an independent critic and curator. Since 2000 he is the coordinator of the non-profit space BASE / Progetti per l'arte in Florence. Recently he curated the first solo show in Italy of Ulla von Bran at the new Museo del Novecento in Florence and the group show “Io sono qui” at Museo Macro Testaccio in Rome. During the 2017 Bruni curated the exhibition "The fragment as an instrument" with Piero Gilardi, Maria Thereza Alves and Oysten Aasan at the Galleria Enrico Astuni in Bologna and the solo show of Eliseo Mattiacci "Measurements" at the Poggiali Gallery in Florence.
In 2016 he was a consultant for the new opening of the Pecci Museum in Prato under the direction of Fabio Cavallucci as well as publishing the book "66/16" on the dematerialization of the work of art from the 1960s to today (Sputnik Edition in English and in Italian with Giacomo Prearo Editore). In 2015 he taught "Aesthetics of New Media" at the Academy of Bologna and Florence, in addition he managed the collective exhibition with international artists of different generations "Telling a place" at the Galleria Astuni in Bologna and group show at the GAM in Palermo with Gianni Pettena ("radical architect") and Marc William Zanghi. In the same year, Fortino Edition published his book "Parole, site specific and the change in the perception of visual art from the Nineties to today".
In previous years he was the curator for different Italian and foreign museum institutions including Karst, Plymouth, Uk; RISO Museum, Palermo; KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania; HISK, Ghent, Belgium; Lanfranco Baldi Foundation, Florence; Musée d'art modern de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France. His curatorial research practice led him to create different cycles of exhibitions intended as platforms for theoretical and practical reflection, which later became essays for books and articles.
These include the idea of contemporary landscape, the journey back to the era of Google Maps, the temporality of contemporary sculpture, the abstract painting tradition after the spread of digital screens, the interactions between performance, video and sound. design up to that - realizing the cycle of exhibitions from 2005 to 2009 in the space of ViaNuova contemporary art of Florence - on the legacy of modernism. Actually he is teaching at AANT - Academy of Art and New Technologies in Rome (History of Art and Visual Arts and Graphic Design) and at Academy of Fine Arts in Reggio Calabria (Phenomenology of contemporary arts).