Soleil politique
The museum between light and shadow

27/09/2014 – 11/01/2015
Museion, Bolzano, Italie

French version

Press release 

Museion web site

The exhibition Soleil politique invites the visitor to follow an itinerary that begins, immediately upon entering the Museion, at the very heart of the works on exhibit, before extending out into the city. The first curatorial decision consists of overturning the hierarchy that traditionally separates the reception area from the lofty content beyond, the former at the ground floor of the building, the latter above. This spatial undertaking seeks to expand the use of the museum’s interior to include its architecture as an integral part of the exhibition experience. Employing space in this way contrasts with the rules upheld by the traditional art museum or places of worship that prepare access to their contents in successive stages.

The fourth and last floor of the museum, transformed into a belvedere, offers a panoramic view of the city that can be contemplated with reference points from the exhibition in mind. From here, the visit continues in the city itself, throughout its streets, avenues and bridges, and in a number of the city’s buildings that form an integral part of the exhibition.
Soleil politique thus examines the role of the museum in the urban environment by looking back at the Museion’s history and mission from the perspective of artists in all disciplines: architects, filmmakers, performers, musicians, composers, etc. The exhibition includes models, sculptures, short films, documents and other medium, from major and well-known artists, along with the participation of lesser-known artistic practices.

Artists: Mathieu Abonnenc, Silvano Agosti, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Josef Dabernig, Alberto Garutti, Marcus Geiger, Isa Genzken, Prinz Gholam, Dan Graham, Mauricio Guillén, Sanja Iveković, Benoît Maire, Marcello Maloberti, Marianne Maric, Rä di Martino, Mattin, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Marta Minujín, Deimantas Narkevicius, Rainer Oldendorf, Roman Ondák, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Emilie Parendeau, Gianni Pettena, Pratchaya Phinthong, Emilio Prini, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, R&Sie(n) François Roche - Stephanie Lavaux - Jean Navarro, Bernhard Rüdiger, Matthieu Saladin, Santiago Sierra, Terre Thaemlitz, Slaven Tolj, Ron Tran,Annie Vigier et Franck Apertet, Marie Voignier, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Lois Weinberger, Lawrence Weiner.
Including works by Raimund Abraham, Robert Breer, KP Brehmer, Marcel Broodthaers, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux – Philippe Thomas, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio De Chirico, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Walter Pichler, Carlo Scarpa, Allan Sekula, Sturtevant.
Curator : Pierre Bal-Blanc

Marianne Maric
Trailer « Soleil politique », 2014

For Soleil politique, she is presenting a video trailer in several episodes that associate certain elements from the exhibition with her own work. These will also be distributed on the Internet before and during the exhibition.


26/09/2014 - Performance
Prinz Gholam, Faces, shapes, gestures, tones, acts, places, 2010 – 2014.

26-28/09/2014 - Installation
Emilie Parendeau and Bernhard Rüdiger, Varda Sora - Città – Derlickln, 2014.

28/10/2014 - Concert
Matthieu Saladin, Economic Score “Soleil politique”.

3/12/2014 - Screenings
Silvano Agosti, D'amore si vive, 1984. Trionfo del vuoto, 1994.

Talk : Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Mauricio Guillén, Benoît Maire, Rä di Martino, Marie Voignier, Clemens von Wedemeyer.

Soleil Politique is part of PIANO, Prepared Platform for Contemporary Art, France–Italy 2014-2015, initiated by d.c.a / French association for the development of centres d’art, in partnership with the Institut français in Italy, the French Embassy in Italy and the Institut français, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Development, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati.