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Caffè Internazionale
Palermo, Italy

Caffè Internazionale is a pub in the center of Palermo. It's owned by Darrell Shines, afroamerican music and theater producer, and...

07pm - 2am (closed on sunday and monday)
Organhaus Art Space
Chongqing, China

Organhaus Art Space is an independent art space made of artists and curators in cooperation, located within Huangjueping, Chongqing, with nearly 200m2 studio and exhibition space as well as accommodation for residency programs available. Organhaus is...

smART – polo per l’arte
Roma, Italy

smART - polo per l’arte is a cultural non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art at various levels,...

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday: by appointment
Costruttori di Babele
Savona, Italy

Costruttori di Babele is a project based on fantastic architectures, environments, irregular universes created in Italy by “bricklayers of imaginary world”: unacknowledged, self-taught artists who devoted years of their life to the construction of a total...

February 2018
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DIFFERENCES BLOSSOM. China’s contemporary arts ecology

China, which has been considered as a world superpower for many years, holds a key position on the global geopolitical chessboard. Apparently, the complex situation of the country does not hinder, but rather emphasises the need for a critical vision of many unresolved political, social and economic issues, which expresses itself through a plethora of initiatives revolving around independence. This issue of Garibaldi – which is a result of the cooperation with Institute for Provocation, a multidisciplinary collective based in Beijing, presented in the exhibition calendar of THE INDEPENDENT at the MAXXI from 12th October to 26th November 2017 – extends the mapping process to the dynamic independent scene of China, dwelling upon some of the peculiarities imposed by the territory and the overlaps between artistic practices and different contexts.

Curated by Elena Motisi, Simone Ciglia and Institute for Provocation

Highlights

THE INDEPENDENT. MORE MUSEUM OF REFUSED AND UNREALISED ART PROJECTS

MoRE group, the digital museum that collects, preserves and exhibits on line unrealised projects by 20th- and 21st-century artists, presents WunderMoRE. From March 7 to July 8 2018 at MAXXI.

THE INDEPENDENT. URBAN-THINK TANK

Founded in 1998 by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner in Caracas the group present a reflection on utopian theories and their development within the urban setting. From 2 December 2017 to 25 February 2018 at MAXXI.

THE INDEPENDENT. INSTITUTE FOR PROVOCATION

Founded in Beijing in 2010, the group Institute for Provocation is an artistic organization and a working space that promotes cultural exchanges and production of a collective nature. From 12 October to 26 November 2017 at MAXXI