Calendar Pages -- A Talk “Gifts And Conquests”

July 04th, 2008

A Talk “Gifts And Conquests”

by Pier Luigi Tazzi, art critic and curator
at William Warren Library

Gifts and conquests is a personal story within a general history, told by someone who pretended to look for love while, in fact, he had always been looking for happiness and didn’t dare to tell himself. A loose report from a midsummer’s day dream, full of failures, misunderstandings and encounters of every kind. From the suburbs of Florence to the centre of Bangkok, through Kassel (the columns of the Fridericianum), Stockholm (the island of Skeppsholmen) and Tokyo (on top of a tower like the cherry on top of a cake). Through Displacements, Wounds and Happiness, through the summer, winter and autumn of a disordered time — springs (“Happy Spring, Mrs Stone!”) being strictly for minor places like the Tuscan hills or the Flemish low lands or the banks of Chao Phraya River.

Are you coming, darling?*

*Text by Pier Luigi Tazzi

Pier Luigi Tazzi is an art critic and independent curator based in a small village embedded in the industrial area of Florence and working worldwide. He started as a curator in the mid 80s. Among many projects he was curator at the Biennale di Venezia in 1988, co-director of DOCUMENTA IX in Kassel in 1992, co-curator of "Wounds - Democracy and redemption in contemporary art" (the inaugural show of the new building for Moderna Museet in Stockholm) in 1998, and of "Happiness — A survival guide for art and life", the inaugural show of the new Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, in 2003

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