“Today’s Documents” Tours to Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea



Since its opening in December 2016, “The 3rd Today’s
 Documents” has attracted extensive and close attention from the international art community, especially received a high evaluation and affirmation of the exhibition in experiment, technicality and perspectiveness from Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. After nearly two years of repeated consultations, the final cooperation is reached after crossing the barrier of time and space. “Today’s Documents”, as the first large-scale exhibition invited by the national museum of Italy, will be held at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea from July 17th to October 14th, 2018.


This exhibition is co-sponsored by
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and Today Art Museum, and supported by Beijing Culture and Arts Fund. It is jointly produced by Cristiana Collu, curator of Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, and Gao Peng, director of the Today Art Museum, with Huang Du and Gerardo Mosquera, co-curators, maintaining the same. At the same time, the theme of the exhibition continues to maintain the juxtaposition of original three languages, namely “BRIC-à-brac, The Jumble of Growthand Another Choice” (French, English and Chinese), where French means “chaotic state”, and English is translated as “mixed growth”, Chinese “another choice”.


The “BRIC” in the English title “BRIC-à-brac” is the same as the abbreviation of “BRIC countries”, namely composed of English initials from Brazil, Russia, India and China. The 3rd Today’s Document exactly uses the “BRIC countries” as a starting point, trying to explore the changing role played by emerging and developing countries in the world economy. Meanwhile, the exhibition shows how art metaphorizes or reflects the vitality of this economy in its unique way in this process, including how art reflects and illustrates the great changes in society, as well as how these changes manifest and develop in the narrative of culture and individual life.


Through the ways such as painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation, artists respond to the exhibition’s theme using an obscure metaphorical expression. Each exhibiting work is extremely imaginative, having a clear position. It provides insights into contemporary issues of different backgrounds and cultures, inspiring the public to perceive and understand from a broader perspective what the world has become, vividly demonstrating the mixed vibrancy of art in the process of globalization.


Gao Peng, director of Today Art Museum, said in the
forword to the exhibition: “Choices bring people opportunities and challenges. Today’s documents” in Italy maintains consistent academic rigor, using a fresh practical way to interpret the artistic position in the wave of globalization, based on global localization and the rising cultural proposition of emerging countries.” Cristiana Collu, director of  Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, pointed out: “The exhibition brings audiences a visual feast, at the same time, it gathers the cruel but hopeful reality and imagination into a strong energy fully released in the exhibition space.”

Alberto Bonisoli, Minister of Italian Heritage and Tourism, spoke highly of the exhibition: “the Galleria Nazionale offers us some highly relevant food for thought, thanks to a partnership with an authoritative Chinese cultural institution, building bridges towards new worlds and fuelling an age-old dialogue between our two countries, cultivated and nurtured in the name of culture.


The curators of this exhibition, Huang Du and Gerardo Mosquera, re-selected the works of original artists based on the specific space in Italy, and on this basis, added new works of more than a dozen artists. They jointly pointed out: “This exhibition aims to disintegrate and break the classification of the First World and the Third World, and to show the artistic energy that has occurred and will occur, through the visual vitality burst out by discovering new cultural zones. This exhibition further strengthens the visual tension of works, and clearly outlines the unperceived artistic vitality.”


Thirty-four artists and groups from different countries such as China, Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, Iraq, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy participate in the exhibition, including AES+F group, Ana Maria Maiolino,
Chto Delat group, Cinthia Marcelle, Cristina Lucas, Damián Ortega, Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Francesco Clemente, Giulio Turcato, Jamal Penjweny, Jirì Kolár, Kendell Geers, Mimmo Rotella, Mounir Fatmi, Renato Mambor, Shilpa Gupta, Thomas Hirschhorn, Wilfredo Prieto, Wim Delvoye, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, Du Zhenjun, Gao Weigang, Lu Zhengyuan, Lu Lei, Ni Haifeng, Tian Longyu, Wang Guangyi, Wang Guofeng, Weng Fen, Yang Xinguang and Wang Lijun.

The academic attitude of Today’s Documents” is not only an exhibition for the art circle and the academic circle but also an exhibition for the general public to think. Namely what it discusses is about “this rapidly changing world” that we must face and coexist. Precisely because of this, it receives widespread attention.


As one of the representatives of Chinese private art museums, Today Art Museum hopes to test how the Chinese private art museums construct a new path to interact with the current system of international art museums through the vision of academic depth and breadth based on the cooperation and exhibition practice with Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, and also explores as well as provides a possibility for how art relates to a broader audience.