Bolzano goes contemporary

LONDON. Bolzano, the capital city of South Tyrol, the German speaking region in northern Italy, aims to put itself firmly on the international art map this month when it opens a new E30m ($47.5m) contemporary art gallery just two months before it hosts the latest edition of the travelling European

biennial, Manifesta 7.

The 20-year-old Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Museion), formerly housed in a building in the city’s university complex, is now in a new cubic building clad in aluminium and fronted with plate glass, designed by Berlin architects Krüger Schuberth Vandreike (KSV). KSV claim the Pompidou Centre in Paris as their inspiration.

Funded entirely by the autonomous province of Bolzano, the rebuild adds a restaurant, library, studios and increased exhibition space to

the institution.

The museum’s holdings include recent and historical works from the Tyrol, including works by Italian artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Its new director is Corinne Diserens, the Swiss former head of the Fine Arts Museum of Nantes.

The opening exhibition is of works from the collection on the theme of the US avant-garde after World War II (24 May-21 September) and future shows include “Sonic Youth Etc” on the artistic collaborations of the US rock band (10 October-4 January 2009) as well as a major retrospective of work by the US artist Mike Kelley.

The inauguration comes just two months before the opening of Manifesta 7 (19 July-2 November) which Bolzano is hosting together with the neighbouring towns of Fortezza and Trento. Emma Beatty

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