Where: museo d’arte contemporanea Villa Croce
When: May 31st – July 31 st 2016
Opening: May 31 st at 6:30pm


Curated by Chiara Vecchiarelli
The Contemporary Art Museum Villa Croce is pleased to present Arrivederci, Ettore Favini’s solo show, curated by Chiara Vecchiarelli in collaboration with the MAN Museum Nuoro.

For over ten years, Ettore Favini has worked on the relationship between the artwork and its surrounding environment, be it a physical place or a collective narrative. In his often site-specific interventions, the environment is a subject-matter, a protagonist, and also a tool to investigate its relation to humankind. Due to this relational dynamics, the perception of the artwork generates a new relationship with the public space.

Arrivederci, is an exhibition project that unfolds in different temporalities and different spaces. It is articulated in two solo exhibitions – one held at the MAN in Nuoro and the other at Villa Croce Museum in Genoa – and will have a textual extension in the volume published by Humboldt Books.

For this project Ettore Favini embarked on a narrative journey engaging the stories of the Sardinian weavers he met while researching the island’s landscape and its dwellers who gave him over a hundred woven items as gifts. These pieces of fabric, along with the narratives that come with them, constitute the materials of the new corpus of works presented in the exhibition. Arrivederci is premised on the relation between the warp and the weft, it creates a choral portrait of the island turning the temporal limbo announced by the title into the wish to meet up again embedded in every exhibition.

Here, the wish is to meet up again in Genova: a port city where the journey of all those who leave the island or return to it begins or ends. Moreover, Genova has a long tradition of weaving, from its brocade tapestry to the silk velvet made in Zoagli to the indigo color and the Genovese cloth that fostered the myth of blue jeans around the world.

The textiles gathered by the artist will be brought to Genova, dyed with blue, and subsequently sewn to create new forms that speak of places that have the sea inside: stories of journeys, contamination, and exchange. As the warp on which many narratives are weft, the exhibition will also serve as a two-fold homage to the sea, which keeps all sort of objects, and to one of the main symbols of Genova: the Laterna, the lighthouse visible from everywhere in the city, an object as hybrid as the people and traditions of the Mediterreanean Sea. Textiles of different origins will therefore be transformed in Genova so as to bring
“the Mistress of the Seas” back to life in the museum space.

Mindful of the stories of the Villa, the artist will work on the museum’s façade recreating the tent system once used by the Croces to provide shelter against the sun and heat of the summer season. His largescale environmental installation will be made by sails. During the exhibitions in Nuoro and Genova, which take place at a short distance from one another, a work by Favini will travel aboard a ship sailing between Sardinia and Liguria, turning the waves between the two lands into an exhibition venue just like the two museums.

A volume released by Humboldt Books – a publishing house specialized on artists’ books dealing with travel experiences – will complete the project featuring an exhaustive documentation made of texts and photographs. It will also include an unpublished text written by the artist narrating the stories of each piece of fabric from its origin to the exhibition display.

Ettore Favini (Cremona, 1974) lives and works in Milan. He has presented his work in important Italian and International venues such as: Italian Academy of Columbia University, New York; ISCP, New York; Song Eun Art Space, Seoul; Ocat, Shanghai; Futura Space, Praga; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; PAC, Milano; Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milano; MA.GA, Gallarate; CCCS Strozzina, Firenze; Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Roma; Accademia di Francia; Roma; American Academy, Roma; Fondazione Olivetti, Roma; Museo Riso, Palermo.