BOOKCITY - SALONE DELLA CULTURA - MUDEC: THE WEEK-END TRILOGY
This November, BookCity turns ten! The long-awaited event by the community of bibliophiles, passionate readers and mere curious people will disseminate through the city its agenda of unmissable events. Among these there is Salone della Cultura, which will be hosted at Superstudio Maxi on 20 and 21 November, as well as a series of dialogues with many authors animating the rooms of Mudec’s Auditorium and of Spazio delle Culture.
18/11/2021 5.00 pm
Among the many initiatives of BookCity, we cannot ignore the debate – held at Mudec – Così come siamo. Donne che si prendono per mano. Superstudio, indeed, has always attempted to give voice and space to women: since the latest months were marked by images and news Taliban storming Kabul, Superstudio hosted the group LeDonneperleDonne to help them spread their commitment to Afghan women’s help as a reference network. During Così come siamo, six women will discuss the language of female intimacy and their translations into surprising creativity exercises. Closely linked to the event will be the exhibition held during Salone della Cultura at Superstudio Maxi: during War Rugs the carpets of the Afghan wars will be exhibited, objects in which the values of memory, care and culture of people reside, as they carry war fabrics’ motives, reproducing the shapes of the awful and unimaginable military paraphernalia that Afghanistan has employed in the last twenty years wars. These objects ideally dialogue with the Burqa series by Flavio Lucchini, exhibited in the FlavioLucchiniArtMuseum at 27 Via Tortona: his production is infused with a deep, pop, sometimes ironic reflection on the women's body and dress, rather on their annihilation.
20/11/2021 11.30 a.m.
On November 20, Mudec will present the book Identità/Alterità: intersezioni tra arte contemporanea, arte non europea, antropologia ed etnologia from a perspective involving themes of identity and otherness in European and non-European art. The interest for contemporary art is what Superstudio shares with the Museum of Cultures: art is definitely central at Superstudio Maxi where the visitor is welcomed by the enormous gold leaf dress-sculpture by Flavio Lucchini; yet, the real commitment to contemporary art is at MyOwnGallery in the Tortona district: MyOwnGallery is a dynamic gallery that has hosted personal and collective exhibitions by many artists, whether emerging or not. Among the latest events – which we reveal here in preview – there will be the exhibition Osservatorio X, in collaboration with the Brera Academy: the Academy students will exhibit their works inside the Basement, a place infused with history as it served as an air raid shelter during the Second World War.
Quale comune futuro tecnologico? This is a book about the future of technology – that is our future – which in some cases is already here among us: this is the case of China where artificial intelligence, smart cities, and facial recognition shape people’s everyday reality. It's not about the future, it's about now. Innovation and the ability to foresee are keywords for Superstudio, and pivotal to know the society in which we live. These days, for example, the Superstudio Cyberspace Platform was launched, a digital space where users can use avatars to live an immersive experience of the place, access events and participate in round tables and debates.
21/11/2021 12.00 pm
In the spaces of via Moncucco during the Salone della Cultura it will be possible to visit Croce rossa italiana, an exhibition that traces the humanitarian interventions carried out from the Spanish fever epidemic to the 2020 pandemic. Its layout follows the seven principles underpinning the doctrine of this institution – Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Volunteering, Unity, Universality – which are also part of the title of the book that will be presented at Mudec: L’arte della cura. I sette principi fondanti della croce rossa.
Our set of advice ends with Identità in movimento, a beautiful moment dedicated to multiculturalism, during which the book Feeling Italian will be presented: eighty-nine images and a collection of personal stories explore the complex feeling of belonging and Italian citizenship, concepts which seem almost to dissolve in the tangle of cultures and traditions that characterize the plurality of our world and Italy today.