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“Little is left to tell (Calvino after Calvino)”

19:0020:00 h
Venue: Blueproject Foundation
Princesa, 57
08003 Barcelona
Price: Free event
Exhibition

The Blueproject Foundation presents “Little is left to tell (Calvino after Calvino),”
the new group exhibition of the Blueproject Foundation that can be seen at Il Salotto
from June 12th until October 31st 2015. The exhibition brings together 12 works,
grouped in pairs, which analyze each of the predictions that the writer Italo Calvino held
in his posthumous book Six Memos for the Next Millennium: lightness, quickness,
exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency.
Curated by Aurélien Le Genissel and Renato Della Poeta, the exhibition includes
works by important artists like Sophie Calle, Xavier Veilhan, Elmgreen & Dragset,
Dora García, Gianni Motti, Laurent Grasso, Ignasi Aballí, Rafael Lozano-
Hemmer, Michael Sailstorfer, Ryan McGinley, Daniel Firman or Sam Taylor-
Johnson. One way for the foundation to pay tribute to the writer when it is the 30th
anniversary of his disappearance and 15th of the new millennium.
About the exhibition
In 1985, the year of his death, the great Italian writer Italo Calvino was to deliver a
series of six lectures for the prestigious Harvard University’s “Charles Eliot Norton
Lectures Poetry”.
Calvino died a week before heading Harvard, on September 19th 1985, and he never
presented these conferences but they resulted in a book called Six Memos for the Next
Millennium. In this text, the author offers an exercise of theoretical anticipation
proposing six concepts that, according to him, will mark the evolution of culture at the
beginning of the third millennium: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility,
multiplicity and consistency.
“We are in 1985, just fifteen years separate us from the beginning of a new
millennium”. That is how Six Memos for the Next Millennium begins. Just 15 years after
the new millennium, also celebrating the 30th anniversary of his death, Blueproject
Foundation wants to reply to the message sent by Calvino to the attention of future
generations, to our attention.
“Litlle is left to tell (Calvino after Calvino)”, the new exhibition presented by the
foundation from June 12th until October 31st 2015, reflects on the importance and role of
these proposals in today’s world through contemporary art. Initially it is a literary
reflection but Calvino already presented it as a general evaluation of the aesthetic
debates to come. “It’s perfectly natural to us that, in the definition of the “Norton
Lectures Poetry”, the term poetry is understood in an open way, to the point of being
able to include music or visual arts”, he said.
“Litlle is left to tell” brings together 12 works, grouped in pairs, which analyze the
predictions of Calvino.

(CAST) “Little is left to tell (Calvino after Calvino)”