Opera Opera – Allegro ma non troppo


Archivio Storico Ricordi and Bertelsmann collaborate with MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, on the occasion of the exhibition Opera Opera – Allegro ma non troppo at the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin until the 22nd August 2022.

The exhibition, through the collection of art and architecture of the MAXXI, revisits in a contemporary key the universe of theatre and melodrama.

Opera Opera – Allegro ma non troppo presents the Opera as interdisciplinary laboratory of contemporary ideas, testing grounds for aesthetics and collaborative strategies, telling the appeal as phenomenon rooted and perceived in the Italian and German culture.

The exhibition brings together around thirty productions of Italian artists, such as Monica Bonvicini, Luigi Ontani and Michelangelo Pistoletto, and international artists such as Kara Walker, William Kentridge and Jimmie Durham. The field of investigation is from the Sixties and Seventies until nowadays.

Archivio Storico Ricordi and Bertelsmann co-produced the site-specific work by Rosa Barba, which is, with the one by Olaf Nicolai, one the two more recent productions created specifically for the exhibition.

The original work by Rosa Barba, which will be part of the permanent collection of MAXXI, is titled “NO – Orchestra con nastro” and is inspired right by the Archivio and its documents, in particular by the compositions for orchestra and Luigi Nono’s magnetic tape and by the electronic manipulation realized in the Studio di Fonologia RAI in Milan.

In “NO – Orchestra con nastro” Rosa Barba combines video, light, sound and space to create a synthesis of the arts, dedicating particular attention to the Nono’s partitions structures. Here the Italian-German artist and filmmaker use the musical and view composition in a conceptual key, to fragment it into a new sculptural instrument made by suspended piano cords, a film and a kinetic pendulum.

The 21st July 2022, at 7pm, Rosa Barba will talk about “NO – Orchestra con nastro” in a meeting with Pierluigi Ledda, managing director of the Archivio Storico Ricordi. The conversation, in Italian with simultaneous translation in German, will be moderate by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, director of MAXXI Arte. The event is organized in collaboration and with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino.


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27 April – 22 August 2022


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