Exhibitions
Exhibition view, Roberto Ago, Senza titolo, 2008 Courtesy the artist Photo: Ivo Corrà

A LETTER CONCERNING ENTHUSIASM

21 March - 15 May 2009

Tim Hyde, Andreas Bunte, Johanna Billing, Olga Chernysheva, Roberto Ago
Curated by Luigi Fassi

Exhibition view, Andreas Bunte, Die letzten Tage der Gegenwart, Courtesy Galerie Ben Kaufmann Photo: Ivo Corrà

Exhibition view, Andreas Bunte, Die letzten Tage der Gegenwart, Courtesy Galerie Ben Kaufmann Photo: Ivo Corrà

“A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm” takes its title and starting point from a philosophical letter written in 1707 by the british thinker Anthony Ashley Cooper, earl of Shaftesbury. The exhibition explores the dark sides embedded in the understanding of enthusiasm during modernity in Europe, when this feeling was devalued and dismissed, being considered a source of obsession, fanatism and violence.

Exhibition view, Olga Chernysheva, Alley of Cosmonauts, 2008 Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York, Whitespace Gallery London, Hamel Family Collection, Paris Photo: Ivo Corrà

Exhibition view, Olga Chernysheva, Alley of Cosmonauts, 2008 Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York, Whitespace Gallery London, Hamel Family Collection, Paris Photo: Ivo Corrà

The works of the artists on view in the exhibition reenact this understanding describing in a variety of ways the defeat, during the XX century, of revolutionary ideologies overloaded by enthusiasm, showing the point in which enthusiasm reveals its failure collapsing into boredom and inactivity.

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