ICA Milano | Apologia della Storia, The Historian’s Craft

ICA Milano | Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti


Curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi

24.01.2019 – 17.03.2019

ICA Milan inaugurates its exhibition activity with the show Apologia della storia – The historian’s craft, curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi. Presented for the first time, the project communicates dynamically with the space and restores the institute’s vocation to be the crossroads of meetings and cultural exchanges.

From Friday 25th January to Friday 15th March 2019, ICA Milano presents the inaugural exhibition Apologia della storia – The historian’s craft, curated by Alberto Salvadori and Luigi Fassi.

To start the Institute’s exhibition season, Alberto Salvadori, director of ICA Milano conceived, together with Luigi Fassi, director of the MAN museum in Nuoro, an unpublished, international exhibition project in honor of the great French historian Marc Bloch (1886, Lyon – 1944, Lyon), one of the central figures of contemporary thought.
By establishing a dynamic dialogue with the space, the exhibition is structured as a choral narration on the geo-political and social events that have affected some areas in recent history, thus restoring the Institute’s vocation to be a crossroads between languages, legacies and cultural heritages, stories and various narratives.

Apologia della storia – The historian’s craft offers a contemporary reflection on the role of history as a methodology for knowing the present and collects the works of twelve different artists of various ages and geographical origins: Yto Barrada (1971, France), Lothar Baumgarten (1944 – 2018, Germany), James Lee Byars (1958, USA – 1997, Egypt), Nanna Debois Buhl (1975 – Denmark), Ryan Gander (1976, United Kingdom), Haroon Gunn-Salie (1989, South Africa), Arjan Martins (1960 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Santu Mofokeng (1956, South Africa), Antonio Ottomanelli (1982, Italy), Paul Pfeiffer (1966, Hawaii), Javier Téllez (1969, Venezuela), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (1968, Romania, 1974, Switzerland).


14 January 2019
Galleria Fumagalli | Marinus Boezem. Bird’s-eye view
24 January 2019
MAN di Nuoro | Pierre Puvis de Chavannes | Maliheh Afnan | Il segno e l’idea