Video Makes You Happy. Video Art in Italy

April 12 > September 4, 2022
curated by Valentina Valentini
The project is promoted by Ministero della Cultura – Direzione generale Creatività Contemporanea, Roma Culture - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, it is organised by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma Culture - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali and Zètema Progetto Cultura.
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Video Makes You Happy. Video Art in Italy 12 April__4 September 2022
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Video Makes You Happy - Video Art in Italy, curated by Valentina Valentini, is an exhibition split between two venues, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, due to run from 12 April to 4 September 2022.
The exhibition focuses on the production of art videos and arthouse cinema in Italy between the late 1960s and the start of the new millennium. Promoting exemplary and pioneering initiatives, Italy has always been an artistic and cultural focal point for video experimentation in terms of variety, quality and international scope.

Marinella Pirelli, Film ambiente, 1968-1969/2004, installazione  | Archivio Marinella Pirelli, Varese. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery. (Veduta dell'installazione nella mostra "Luce e movimento", Museo del Novecento, Milano 2019, foto Lorenzo Palmieri, courtesy Archivio Marinella Pirelli, Varese)
Daniele Puppi, Fatica, n. 26, 2004, installazione  | Collezione privata (veduta dell'installazione nella mostra "Italy Made in Art: Now", Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai 2006)
The exhibition showcases 20 installations, in addition to over 300 works in dedicated retrospectives providing a total of over 80 hours of screening. The exhibition unfolds amid the myriad formats on display ranging from monochannel video to video installations, multimedial videos, interactive videos and apparatuses designed to review the works’ productive and historical processes.
The project involves over 100 artists overall who, over the past sixty years, have used the electronic and digital device in its multiple aspects as a priority medium for audiovisual research and experimentation.
The Galleria d’Arte Moderna hosts both monochannel works and installations from centres for the production and dissemination of video art active in Italy since the 1960s and with a strong international leaning.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni shines the spotlight on the installation format’s transformations in its interaction with space and with technological devices in a timeline stretching from the late 1960s to the 21st century.
Catalogue edited by Cosetta Saba and Valentina Valentini, published by Treccani.