MUVE Contemporaneo


15 June – 13 October 2019
Forte Marghera, Mestre


Friday 14 June
Open day: 16.00-20.00
Presentation: 18.00

Exhibition curated by Gabriella Belli and Alberto Salvadori


Mare Blu is an exhibition where the experience connected to the place brings the visitor beyond the artworks to make him meet again with times, places and situations that challenge his certainties and everyday life.

The scenery of Forte Marghera, with its recovered and transformed spaces, appears in an artistic dimension that exceeds the classical relationship with architectures, and the presence of artists and their art offers us the opportunity to seize the metamorphosis of a space.

So, what if a wave opened and invested people in a place without sea? What if the room of a hypothetical museum was a homeless shed? What if a dark room was enlightened by to the magic of cinema? And what if images make us dream, live, narrate the sea, talk about Venice and its lagoon and what if they made us travel without thinking about a return? What if…?

The Sea is the subject of the tale created by artists; our “blue sea” does not cease and has never ceased to be the crossroads of a thousand events: Venice is the example and the representation par excellence that has been able to go beyond these natural boundaries. The changes and mutations that have generated in recent centuries magnificent exchanges and internal conflicts to all cultures, the Mediterranean ones included, still influence and determine the relationship between the people: and language as an instrument of interaction and pacification, has always lived together with the cultures of the sea. Mare Blu means also memories, mutual forms of knowledge which for the city on the lagoon has a story that dates back to more than 1500 years ago. A real marine syntax, articulated thanks to an internal grammar, with which we can see, hear, listen to this sea: this is the life of Venice.

But not only this: the sea recalls the concept of the Mediterranean as a place of proximity, a real border area between two worlds, today multiple worlds. From the Balkans to Asia Minor, from the Iberian Peninsula to North Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has always been a border that at the same time is bond between its parts. The three moments of the exhibition linked to the work of Bill Viola, to Massimo Bartolini and to a splendid story taken from more than 80 films selected by Prof. Gian Piero Brunetta go to define a tale of the sea; three chapters that allow you to read a wholeness that slowly risks the dissolution if we don’t take care of it. The sea is life, and with it even the ancient civilization that has defined and built the progress of the world and the human race, may exist or disappear.

Mare blu is curated by Gabriella Belli and Alberto Salvadori and is part of the programme of MUVE Contemporaneo 2019.


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Exhibition realized on the occasion of Salone Nautico Venezia
Arsenale, 18-23 giugno 2019




Image: Bill Viola, The Raft, May 2004, Video/sound installation © 2019 Bill Viola
Photo: © 2019 Kira Perov, Bill Viola Studio