Saturday 21 March 2020, 11:30 - 13:00
The Histories of Performance.

Performing the elements. From Robert Smithson to Olafur Eliasson

MAXXI Auditorium – € 5
four-event subscription – € 15

10 individual seats reserved for myMAXXI cardholders writing to mymaxxi@fondazionemaxxi.it by the day before the event

Five events consisting of authorial and informative lessons, to recount the evolution of a language that has been able to go through the last decades of with great creativity

Over the last century, the body of the artist and their actions became central to live art practice, gradually finding their own lexicon within the performance vocabulary. Performance, which has established itself as a non-intermittent, tangible artistic expression of the reflections of conceptual art, has become, over time, the medium through which generations of artists have explored and experimented with the link between the performative dimension and the language of theatre, music, film, the body and nature.


Performing the elements. From Robert Smithson to Olafur Eliasson
With Riccardo Venturi

Is it possible to bring the four elements and land and sea phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or floods to the heart of artistic production? Is it possible to write a “nameless art history” that can dialogue with the challenges posed by the environmental humanities, as Heinrich Wölfflin proposed, in the Anthropocene? The fourth event focuses on two specific historical periods – the one from 1966 and 1972 and the one that began in 2015, between Robert Smithson and Olafur Eliasson – in which the elements seem to take on an unprecedented power of action (agency) and a role as central as that previously attributed exclusively to artists.