THE INDEPENDENT. BASE
a project by Hou Hanru
curated by Giulia Ferracci and Elena Motisi
The second event in 2016 for The Independent, the museum’s research project into independent thinking features the collective BASE / Progetti per l’arte.
Composed of 11 artists, BASE recounts, through videos and documents, its 18 years as an independent space in Florence.
The video wall – The Independent’s new format – will be transmitting a selection of images of the site-specific works created in the Florence space as well as a series video interviews with the artists of the collection curated by Lorenzo Bruni. Also on show will be all the materials produced over the past 18 years and the posters created for the occasion by the individual artists in which they represent their own practices in relation to the BASE project.
BASE is an artist-run spacein Florence driven by a collective that currently numbers 11 member artists: Mario Airò, Marco Bagnoli, Massimo Bartolini, Vittorio Cavallini, Yuki Ichihashi, Paolo Masi, Massimo Nannucci, Maurizio Nannucci, Paolo Parisi, Remo Salvadori, Enrico Vezzi.
Founded in 1998 as a non-profit space, BASE has presented over 60 exhibitions of artist of international standing, with projects conceived specifically for the space. In parallel, seminar cycles, screenings and concerts have been organized, stimulating reflection on the role of culture today and in a dialogue with the city and its history.
THE INDEPENDENT is a research project focusing on the identification and promotion of independent spaces and thinking; it is the manifesto that MAXXI has chosen to use to extend the confines of the museum institution, investigate the contemporary and encourage the culture “of difference”. The project explores the contents of the most innovative expressive forces, monitors the growth of independent spaces present in Italy in and elsewhere, spreads critical and independent thinking, offers a space for the sharing of contemporary experience and investigates the research directions of non-institutional channels.