CIVIC VIRTUE: Grand Tour 2012

CIVIC VIRTUE (Geirthrudur Finbogadottir Hjovar, Gijs Wahl, Ruchama Noorda, Brian McKenna in collaboration with Natalia Dominguez)

The Italian chapter of "Grand Tour" 2012 departs from the neo-classical tradition in which Northern European aristocrats travelled south for their cultural education.

27 novembre 2012

@Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milano


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Grand Tour 2012 is an itinerant and collective art project developed by the Amsterdam-based artists’ collective CIVIC VIRTUE. The Grand Tour had previous stops at Hinterconti (Hamburg), After-the-Butcher (Berlin), Flatform (Bijlmer) and Lettergieterij (Amsterdam), and will conclude with a major solo exhibition at W139 in Amsterdam in 2013. This month the Tour stops in Milan hosted by Kunstverein (Milano) and FARE.

The “Grand Tour 2012” departs from the neo-classical tradition in which Northern European aristocrats travelled south for their cultural education. CIVIC VIRTUE makes a similar journey, starting from an interest in the signs and symbols that define our surroundings and the power structures that shape(d) it. CIVIC VIRTUE then moves on to create new metaphors and new structures of meaning in their quest for contemporary, utopian ideals.

To finalise their residency in Milan, CIVIC VIRTUE present the results of their explorations of the city and their new work produced on site. Also on view will be a preview of the “Grand Tour movie”, with a soundtrack created by Natalia Dominguez in collaboration with CIVIC VIRTUE. The artists will be present and will perform a lecture on their findings and interpretations during Grand Tour 2012.

CIVIC VIRTUE was established in 2009 around a shared interest in social communities. It is an aesthetic experiment positioned at the crux of revolt and revival, renewal and conservation, and which provides a dynamic social platform in which to create useful signs for the future. CIVIC VIRTUE is a neoclassical revival, which organizes itself around symbols of power and virtue. CIVIC VIRTUE is currently on a Grand Tour around Europe, through the entrails of history and past important monuments of revival.
http://civicvirtue.info


With the collaboration of: Frigoriferi Milanesi and FARE