La meraviglia TALKS

Cesare Viel

Wednesday 14 October, 19:30

Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
in Manifattura Tabacchi
Via delle Cascine 33, Firenze


Free entry subject to availability.


A series of talks open to the public, during which the artists and curators visiting Manifattura Tabacchi share their experiences, as such offering up a space for discussion during the course of their workshops with the artists in residence. At the conclusion of each talk, the words will fall away to give space for the eye to communicate, with a visit to the ateliers of the six artists in residence of L’armonia. This visit gives us a voyeuristic glimpse into a world of imagination concentrated into single rooms, which through their daily use by the artists become wunderkammern, rooms of wonder.

A conversation with Sergio Risaliti, Manifattura Tabacchi Art Residencies curator and Director of Museo Novecento of Florence. Introduced by Paolo Parisi, Art Residencies tutor.

Access will be in full compliance with the measures that the Italian government is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19.


L’armonia TALKS

at 19:30

23 September | Francesca Banchelli
14 October | Cesare Viel
11 November | Rebecca Moccia
26 November | Marinella Senatore
9 December | Masbedo
16 December | Patrick Tuttofuoco

cesare viel

CESARE VIEL (Torino, 1964) has exhibited his work since the late 1980s in private galleries, museums and foundations both in Italy and abroad. He lives and works in Genova, where he is a professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Viel graduated from the University of Genova in 1991 with a thesis on Asger Jorn and Situationism. His work is conceptual and performative and focuses on subjectivity, gender relationships and identities, and the relationship between the world of communication, words, and images. Viel’s expressive practices oscillate between performance art and installations. He employs various vehicles of expression in his work such as sound, the voice, writing, photography, video, and drawings.
In 1997 Viel was one of the organisers of the art convention entitled Come spiegare a mia madre che ciò che faccio serve a qualcosa held at the Link multimedia space in Bologna. In the same city in 1998, Viel won the Premio Francesca Alinovi. The following year, he was a participant (along with C. Pietroiusti, L. Vitone, E. Marisaldi and others) of the project Oreste alla Biennale at the 48th Biennale d’Arte in Venice, curated by Harald Szeemann.
In 2008, a monograph on his performance art was released, entitled Cesare Viel. Azioni 1996-2007, curated by Carla Subrizi, Silvana Editoriale and the Fondazione Baruchello, Milano-Roma. The same year, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea-Villa Croce in Genova dedicated a retrospective exhibition of his work entitled Mi gioco fino in fondo. Performance e installazioni.

In 2019, the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC) in Milano hosted a large anthological exhibition of Viel’s work: Più nessuno da nessuna parte, curated by Diego Sileo, with a catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale. One of his works belongs the Museo del Novecento di Milano’s permanent collection. In 2020, Scrivere il giardino, Viel’s fourth personal exhibition at the Galleria Pinksummer in Genova was opened to the public. His most recent personal exhibitions include: Dar conto di sé. Figure, corpi, parole nell’opera di Cesare Viel, curated by Francesca Pasini, Fondazione Remotti, Camogli, Genova (2017); Infinita ricomposizione, Galleria Pinksummer, Genova (2015); Tales and Things, curated by Martina Adami and Maura Favero, Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea-La Sapienza, Roma (2013); Facciamo fluire via le nostre frasi, curated by Francesca Guerisoli, the Fondazione Pietro and Alberto Rossini, Briosco, Lombardy (2011); Solo ciò che accade, curated by a-titolo, CeSAC-Il Filatoio di Caraglio, Caraglio, Cuneo (2010); Avvicinandoti a distanza, Galleria Pinksummer, Genova (2008); Tu che mi hai disegnato, curated by Guido Curto, Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino (2004); and VIM Very Italian Macho (with L. Vitone), Galleria Emi Fontana, Milano (2001).
Over the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, Viel’s work was displayed in many noteworthy group exhibitions, among which: Molteplici Culture, curated by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev and Ludovico Pratesi, Convento Sant’Egidio-Museo del Folklore, Roma (1992); Soggetto/Soggetto, curated by Francesca Pasini and Giorgio Verzotti, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (1994); Ultime generazioni, XII Quadriennale d’Arte, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (1996); Officina Italia, curated by Renato Barilli, GAM, Bologna and other locations (1997); Subway, curated by Roberto Pinto, Metropolitana Milanese, Milano (1998); La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire, curated by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev and Hans Ulbrich Obrist, Villa Medici, Roma (1998); Bù, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Siena (1998); Disidentico, maschile femminile e oltre, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Palazzo Branciforte, Palermo (1998); Moltitudini/Solitudini, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Museion, Bolzano (2003); La parola nell’arte. Ricerche d’avanguardia dal Futurismo a oggi, MART, Rovereto, Trentino (2007); Il Belpaese dell’arte, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, GAMEC, Bergamo (2011); Calcio d’autore, curated by Cecilia Casorati and Anna Cestelli Guidi, Auditorium Parco della musica, Roma (2014); and Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Artissima 2017, Oval, Torino (2017).