Baden-Baden, July 7, 2022
From Friday 15 July to Sunday 4 September 2022
Light transforms the city into a stage
kunst findet stadt in Baden-Baden presents Germany’s largest “luminaire” to date by the internationally renowned Italian artist Marinella Senatore, who will again attract attention this year with major exhibitions in Paris and London.
Baden-Baden—The Kurgarten in Baden-Baden will once again become an open-air art gallery this summer. kunst findet stadt will present three works by Italian artist Marinella Senatore from July 15, an exhibition open to all and free entry. Two of the works were specially created for the urban space of Baden-Baden. After Jeppe Hein (2021), Marinella Senatore is the second artist selected for kunst findet stadt by the artistic council headed by Dr. Thomas Köhler, director of the Berlinische Galerie, and Prof. Dr. Florian Matzner, art historian at the Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to the exhibition in Baden-Baden, Marinella Senatore will be present this year in internationally renowned art venues, including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and the Hayward Gallery (London).
The centerpiece of the exhibition in Baden-Baden is a so-called “luminaire” installed on the façade of the Kurhaus, Marinella Senatore’s largest work of art exhibited in Germany to date. It was produced and specially designed for the facade of the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden. Marinella Senatore draws inspiration for this type of works of art from tradition lamp, which light up entire towns in southern Italy during traditional public festivals and celebrations. Colorful LED bulbs are attached to wooden arches and geometric shapes, creating portals reminiscent of Baroque architecture. By adding quotes about empowerment and identity to her “luminaire,” Marinella Senatore creates a system that makes public space politically active.
Using light, she creates a space that becomes a “universal place” for communities. His works generate energy that diffuses in the form of light beams inside or outside a space, changing it, modifying its structures and the people who are present there.
Luminaires by Marinella Senatore were installed at New York’s High Line (2018), Piazza Duomo in Lecce as the visual setting for a highly acclaimed fashion show by Dior (2020) and in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (2020), among several other places. The work that will be exhibited on the façade of the Kurhaus during kunst findet stadt was developed by students from a secondary school in Baden-Baden in close collaboration with the artist.
Audience involvement is also a central theme of Marinella Senatore’s other two works. In the middle of the Kurhaus Kolonnaden, she prepares a stage for the people. According to the quote “Dance First, Think Later”, a creative space for citizens and visitors of Baden-Baden is created within the framework of kunst findet stadt. In addition to the “luminaire” exhibited around the world, Marinella Senatore is also known for its “School of Narrative Dance” (SOND), an itinerant, free and non-hierarchical participatory project. With SOND, Marinella Senatore proposes an alternative educational system based on emancipation. , empowerment and self-education. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the school, which has a network of around 7 million participants in 23 countries. On June 9, the celebrations began with a performance at Battersea Power Station in London for his show Afterglowpresented by Mazzoleni, London—Turin.
kunst findet stadt is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the founding of this school for and with the people during the opening weekend of the exhibition. Throughout the duration of the exhibition (until September 4), Marinella Senatore will leave the stage to the community, offering associations, music groups, individuals and dance groups great creative freedom to build new collective outlets.
Finally, the work body in alliance will be installed in the middle of the Kurgarten. The quote from philosopher Judith Butler invites visitors to engage in a dialogue with the work and become part of it.
Marinella Senator (born in 1977) currently lives in Rome. She is a multidisciplinary artist trained in fine arts, music and film. His work is characterized by a strong involvement and collaboration with local communities. Marinella Senatore integrates the surrounding environment into her works, creating fluid and heterogeneous spaces. Her works, performances and dance projects have been exhibited at the Center Pompidou in Paris, as well as in New York, Berlin, Miami and Tel Aviv, among others. Marinella Senatore has also participated in several Biennials, such as Venice, Sao Paulo and Havana, as well as the Manifesta12 in Palermo.
kunst findet stadt celebrated its premiere in the summer of 2021 with works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. The project is designed as an annual series by Baden-Baden Events GmbH. kunst findet stadt is intended to provide a service to the citizens and tourists of Baden-Baden, showing the popular Kurgarten in a new light for several weeks – this summer in the truest sense of the word.
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