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If Arte Povera was Pop: Artists' and experimental cinema in Italy 1960s–70s

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This film season at Tate Modern proposes to investigate the roots and forms of circulation of arte povera, a deeply interdisciplinary artistic movement that opened itself to theatre, performance and cinema.

If Arte Povera was Pop is a provocative supposition, which puts in evidence the movement’s closeness to time-based media and the existent dialogue between artists working across the visual arts and film. 

Alongside rare artists’ films, adventurous avant-garde films, and the documentation of seminal exhibitions, the season will focus on two major Italian cities, exploring the heterodox context of arte povera in Turin, and Rome’s cosmopolitan, eccentric scene, a city historically associated with pop art and marked by the experience of the Cooperative of Independent Filmmakers, founded in 1967.

The eclectic voices of authors as Tonino De Bernardi, Carmelo Bene, Alberto Grifi, and those of artists as Ugo Nespolo, Mario Schifano or Pino Pascali’s advertising commissions, express the vibrancy of a unique moment in the history of the European avant-garde, which the season explores, interrogates and reveals in greater depth.

Organised as a dialogue with the exhibition The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop, If Arte Povera was Pop presents premieres, sessions of expanded cinema and conversations with artists. Tate Modern and ICA will conclude the series with the UK premiere of the film Morire Gratis by Sandro Franchina at ICA. Join us after the last screening series at Tate Modern, The North Wind, on Sunday 25 October. On the 26 October 2015, The Italian Cultural Institute will host The sun in the Shadow. The other Rome of Franco Angeli, Sandro Franchina e Mario Schifano, a conversation between Flavia Frigeri (Curator, Tate Modern, co-curator World goes Pop), Andrea Lissoni (Senior Curator, International Art (Film),Tate Modern), Robert Lumley, (Professor of Italian Cultural History, UCL), Sergio Toffetti (Director Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa - CSC). Introduced by Marco Delogu (Director of The Italian Cultural Institute).


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