(Art in Italy 1967/1967)
2021, 83′, directed by Ilaria Freccia (English sbutitles)
Produced by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
Sunday 27 March at 20:00 Beirut / 19:00 CET
Online screening (Zoom Platform)
Followed by a discussion in English & French,
with Jean-Philippe Theyskens, art historian.
Between 1967/1977 Italian Art experiences a moment of glory on the international art scene. These years are vibrant, dynamic and are nourished by continuing and fertile exchanges between the visual arts, theater, literature, music and cinema.
It’s a turbulent time. Art came out from galleries and museums and becomes expression of social and political change.
Gallerists and Italian critics open their doors to the boldest international artists, like Joseph Beuys, Herman Nitsch or Marina Abramovic, who find in Italy the opportunity to freely experiment with visionary and challenging languages. At that time our country was the protagonist of international contemporary cultures with an extraordinarily profound intensity.
Through some interviews to the protagonists of those years (artists, critics, gallerists, actors, photographers, architects) and through the use of partially unreleased archive material, the documentary describes a period when Italy was the center of international avant-garde, with experimental galleries like Attico or Studio Morra, with great exhibitions like Contemporanea in the parking lot of Villa Borghese and with dance, theatre and poetry festival.
With: Marina Abramovic, Lucio Amelio, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Achille Bonito Oliva, Germano Celant, Mario Franco, Jannis Kounellis, Sergio Lombardo., Mario Merz, Beppe Morra, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Hermann Nitsch, Luigi Ontani, Pino Pascali, Luca Patella, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paola Pitagora, Lia Rumma, Tucci Russo, Fabio Sargentini, Piero Sartogo, Gian Enzo Sperone, Andy Warhol.
Jean-Philippe Theyskens is an art historian and guide-lecturer; he has been working since 1997 within the cultural mediation team of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and gives courses in the history of modern art in an art academy in Brussels. He leads guided visits and lectures in Belgium and Europe.
In partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Beirut
Jeunesse et Arts Plastiques – Bruxelles