The PalaisPopulaire presents the exhibition Opera Opera. Allegro ma non troppo, Contemporary Art from the MAXXI Collection from April 27 to August 22, 2022.
Opera, whose name derives from the Italian word for “work,” is a genre in constant flux. While some see it as representing outdated bourgeois culture, for many others it embodies the ultimate art form with almost revolutionary possibilities. Opera reflects the drama of life and unites all kinds of disciplines from music to poetry, from design to choreography, from painting to acting, film, and performance. It has always taken up current developments in the various arts and helped to shape them.
Opera Opera is showcasing an exhibition dealing with the “Opera”, that is as singular as it is beloved — and an elementary aspect of Italian culture. Featuring thirty protagonists of international art, the show reveals the rich and complex meaning of “opera”, at once as a conceptual category and a form, from the perspective of contemporary visual and sound art as well as architecture. The large-scale exhibition transforms the PalaisPopulaire into a unique artwork with four chapters: Backstage, Prelude, Theatre of the Everyday, and Stage.
Among the artists featured are important protagonists of Italian contemporary art such as Monica Bonvicini, Vanessa Beecroft, Enzo Cucchi, and Liliana Moro, as well as international artists such as William Kentridge, Philippe Rahm, Susan Philipsz, and Kara Walker. Three international artists will be commissioned to create new site-specific productions expressly for the show including Marinella Senatore.
Opera Opera. Allegro ma non troppo
27 April – 22 August 2022
Opening: Tuesday 26 April, 7pm
PalaisPopulaire, Unter den Linden, 5 – Berlin