F(l)ight Sketches – for Bert Theis is an exhibition organised by Cercle Cité as part of the series of events titled Arcipelago Bert Theisinitiated by Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.
It brings together twelve artists: some of these orbited around the Isola Art Center in Milan, the platform for experimentation and debate where Bert Theis was one of the charismatic figures, while others are friends of Bert Theis or artists whose conceptual or political stance has much in common with his.
Irene Coppola, Edna Gee and Edith Poirier, Renk Ozer Sarp and the members of the Serio Collective were students on the courses taught by Bert Theis at NABA (Nuova Accademia Belle Arti). With Barbara Barberis and Paola di Bello, they have all been active at the Isola Art Center in one way or another, embracing the idea of fight-specific actions. Two of the multiple goals of fight-specific actions are to imagine alternatives to the dominant capitalist model and to make visible the efforts of people who conceive tangible utopias, such as the self-managed factory RiMaflow on the outskirts of Milan.
Jeff Weber and the Common Wealth collective have received the Bert Theis Grant which rewards innovative methods. Initiated by Claudia Passeri, the project Common Wealth regroups artists and theoreticians in a village in Umbria to reflect on the themes of landscape and heritage, while Jeff Weber explores the conceptual world of photography on a personal and experimental journey suffused with poetics.
Photographers and videomakers, but also playwrights, Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron take an interest in social movements and individual experiences that derive from tensions in today’s world, and which often take on a metaphoric dimension in their works.
For his project Memoria Episodika, Edmond Oliveira draws on the personal histories of Portuguese immigrants to Luxembourg, of which he is a descendant, revealing the difficulties individuals were made to suffer but which are often smoothed over in the official records.
The series of slides titled Le va-et-vient du Mont Saint-Watou by Simone Decker, which was created in the area of the mountain and without photomontage, is an example of art’s ability to give another image of the world and to transform it through the power of imagination: using a touch of humour, it brings together the exhibition title’s references to both flight and fight.
Exhibition produced by Cercle Cité Luxembourg
In partnership with Mudam Luxembourg –Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, as part of the project Arcipelago Bert Theis
Artists: Barbara Barberis, Common Wealth (curated by Claudia Passeri), Irene Coppola, Simone Decker, Paola di Bello, Edna Gee, Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron, Edmond Oliveira, Edith Poirier, Jeff Weber.With the contribution of Renk Ozer Sarp and Serio Collective.
Curators: Angelo Castucci, Enrico Lunghi
Opening: Saturday 30.03.2019 at 11:30
Cercle Cité, rue du Curé – Luxembourg
In presence of the artists
Exhibition from 30.03.2019 to 05.05.2019
Every day from 11am to 7pm / free admission
Free guided tour every Saturday at 15:00
30.03 (FR) – 06.04 (EN) – 13.04 (LU) – 20.04 (FR) – 27.04 (EN) – 04.05 (FR)