Dilettanti Geniali. Sperimentazioni artistiche degli anni Ottanta, at Padiglione de l’Esprit Nouveau in Bologna (19 October 2019 | 5 January 2020), explored the vibrancy of the era’s ground-breaking artistic and musical output exploded in Bologna and in Emilia Romagna in the 1980s. Posters, magazines, fanzines, albums, drawings, memorabilia and videos were grouped into thematic sections that traced the transitions from underground to mainstream, from counterculture to cyberculture.
The exhibition, curated by Lorenza Pignatti with the art direction of Alessandro Jumbo Manfredini, was not about nostalgia so much as a desire to amass a broad spectrum of the decade’s less documented creative output.
In other words: it was not just “Retromania” – pop culture’s addiction to its own past - as music critic Simon Reynolds put it. It was the awareness — identified by Franco Berardi Bifo and Mark Fisher — that our present is constrained by both the speed of current technological developments and the lack of a viable alternative future, of the kind it was still possible to imagine a century ago.
The show collected works by Daniele Brolli, Giorgio Carpinteri, Andrea Chiesi, Nicola Corona, Maurizio Corrado, Daniela Facchinato, Giovanni Tommaso Garattoni, Massimo Giacon, Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici, Luigi Ghirri, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Marcello Jori, Massimo Osti, Andrea Pazienza, Andrea Renzini, Filippo Scozzari, Cassero LGBTQ center, Tuwat, Graffio, Quartetto Prampolini, NYX, Anna Persiani, video by Grabinsky, a video documentation of the show Arte di Frontiera. New York Graffiti, texts by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, vinyls by Attack Punk Records, Officine Schwartz, Italian Records, Surprize, Slava Trudu, CCCP Fedeli Alla Linea, Gaznevada, Stupid Set, and magazines such as Decoder. Rivista Internazionale Underground, Frigidaire, Musica 80, Vanity, Westuff, Dolce vita, and A/traverso, to name a few.
Dilettanti Geniali. Sperimentazioni artistiche degli anni Ottanta has been the starting point for a special collaboration between the fashion brand Slam Jam and the iconic Italian punk rock CCCP Fedeli alla Linea. The output is a capsule collection, introduced by a series of images shot by London-based artist Joshua Gordon, alongside an exclusive tribute mix by Italian artist Caterina Barbieri, featured on Slam Jam’s Long Format Audio Archive.
Sperimentazioni artistiche degli anni Ottanta
Padiglione de l’Esprit Nouveau
Piazza della Costituzione 11, Bologna
19 October 2019 | 5 January 2020
Art direction by
Alessandro Jumbo Manfredini
Francesca Rossini | Laboratorio delle parole
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C.P Company, Essent'ial, Slam Jam, WP Lavori in corso
In collaboration with
Istituzione Bologna Musei | MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Associazione Culturale STòFF in Modena, Radio Città Fujiko and Spazio Gerra in Reggio Emila.
In partnership with
Centro di Documentazione Flavia Madaschi, Gender Bender, Radio Città Fujiko, Robot, Spazio Gerra di Reggio Emilia.
We would like to thank the Centro di Documentazione Tondelli, Fulvio Panzeri, Federico Bellodi, Federica Cimatti, Mauro Del Rio e Lucia Bonanni, Fausto Ferri, Adele Ghirri, Fabrizio Longo, Gabriella Montera, Mirka Morselli, Milena Mussi, Fabiola Naldi, Luca Patini, Anna Persiani, Daniela Saverino, Davide Tassani, Fabrizio Schiavi for PragmataPro Mono Font, and all artists whose works, for reasons of space, we were unable to present.