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MAMbo - MODERN ART MUSEUM
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MAMbo is the Bologna Modern Art Museum.
With its permanent collection, the museum traces the history of Italian art from World War II to the present day, as seen through the experience of the former Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna. MAMbo supports the most innovative artistic practices and helps outline the routes of contemporary art, through an exhibition program focused on research and experimentation.
The museum cooperates with cultural and academic institutions to promote opportunities for reflection involving scholars as well as the general public, stimulating the debate on contemporary culture. With its 9,500 square meters, MAMbo is the main seat of the Istituzione Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, which also includes Villa delle Rose, Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, Museo Morandi and Casa Morandi.
Located in the heart of the Manifattura delle Arti cultural district, the museum is the focus of various research- and innovation-based activities, such as the Cineteca di Bologna, the DMS workshop spaces, the Communication Sciences Faculty and many associations and art galleries.
The Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna opened in 1975 in the spaces specially designed by artist and architect Leone Pancaldi; it was born in the atmosphere of intellectual fervor that pervaded the city at the beginning of the Sixties. Before GAM’s opening, more than a decade of events, exhibitions and competitions had taken place in hope of its construction, culminating in the opening activities joint under the title "A museum today." GAM’s activities, spanning over more than thirty years, were based on a binary project combining the presentation of cultural vanguards to the re-reading of Italian and international art history: from the International Week of Performance to anthological shows devoted to the protagonists of the twentieth century, from its parallel and complementary activity within the Villa delle Rose to the constant monitoring of young Italian artists represented by its Spazio Aperto experiment.
Mambo, sharing this extraordinary tradition’s motivations with the aim of enhancing its outcomes, has developed a program of activities combining the institution’s international placement with a reflection on the role of museums, whose immediate relevance can’t ignore the theoretical tenets established in the Seventies.
The birth of MAMbo is part of the urban recovery of the Manifattura delle Arti, which includes the DMS University campus (in the former Manifattura Tabacchi), the Film Archive (in the former Macello) and Cassero (in the former Salara). The museum’s presence in this city, from its origin as a center of production and trade, strengthens the idea of a museum as a new center of cultural manufacture, testing, research and innovation.
From the 26th of January till the 6th of May, MAMbo is proud to present Marcel Broodthaers. "L'Espace de l'Ecriture", the first complete retrospective show dedicated to the Belgian Artist, curated by Gloria Moure.
Marcel Broodthaers is one of the most revolutionary and influential artists of the 20th century, essential for understanding artists and their work over the last decades. His constructive criticism and irony towards the art world, specifically the ideology and political role of an artist in society has placed many questions in the international critic society.
The exhibition with which MAMbo give homage to Marcel Broodthaers by highlighting his artistic journey and complexity that he developed in an extraordinary career that only lasted 12 years, from 1964 to 1976. "L'Espace de l'Ecriture" introduces for the first time to an Italian audience a large selection of 50 pieces originating from many prestigious international institutions, among them Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Berlin, SMAK of Gent and the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). The pieces on display at the MAMbo document the poetry of the artist, the relationship between art and language, the status of great art, criticism of the museum as an establishment and idea.
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