16 February 2018 > 03 June 2018

Blackout. Allora & Calzadilla

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Monday closed
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

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Gallery 5
curated by Hou Hanru, Anne Palopoli
The closing of the exhibition has been extended to 3 June 2018

The contradictions of the globalized world between limits and disintegration

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are producing the project Blackout at MAXXI, a body of recent works focussing on the issue of energy. Working in the Gallery 5 space, the duo are bringing the exhibition layout and the works themselves into close contact, creating almost a “performative” setting.

Through the story of a paradoxical situation, that of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, the artists analyse diverse critical issues and contradictions associated with energy in regard to its relationship with power, research, environmentalism and the global political situation, confirming their vocation for reflection on events and circumstances bound up with current socio-political affairs.
Thanks to a critical and visionary approach, the works of Allora & Calzadilla reinterpret the present, offering differing points of view and proposing a new vision of reality.


Blackout is completed by the mains hum vocal work (2017), created by American composer David Lang. It will be performed by the Rome-based vocal ensemble VoxNova Italia at 11:30am and 4:00pm on following dates:
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March; Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March; Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April; Saturday 7 April; Sunday 22 April; Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April; Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May; Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.


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