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Artists’ and Experimental Cinema in Italy 1960s–70s

On the occasion of the exhibition Imagine. New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection until September 19, 2016, a cycle of films called If Arte Povera was Pop will be screened May 11 and May 12. Presented for the first time in a more extended version at Tate Modern in October 2015, this anthology is organized with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cineteca Nazionale and Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa, and Tate Modern, in collaboration with Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi.

If Arte Povera was Pop is a provocation. Arte Povera, in fact, was everything but Pop. However, the anthology has the objective, among other purposes, to investigate the origins and the transmission of what was unquestionably an interdisciplinary movement, impacting cinema as well as performance.
Alongside rare artists’ films, documentation of seminal exhibitions, and audacious avant-garde films, If Arte Povera was Pop explores both the heterodox environment of Arte Povera in Turin and the cosmopolitanism and eccentricity of the Roman scene, historically associated with Italian Pop Art and marked by the activities of the Cooperativa del Cinema Independente, founded in 1967.

The anthology is curated by Annamaria Licciardello (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale), Sergio Toffetti (Director, Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa – CSC) with Andrea Lissoni (Tate Modern) and, as part of the exhibition’s educational programs, is supported by the Fondazione Araldi Guinetti, Vaduz.
Thanks to Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, Cittàdellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Baruchello.

Due to technical reasons, the screening is in digital format
Free entrance

PROGRAM: May 11 and 12

May 11, 6pm

Turin in the 1960s:
Arte Povera and experimental cinematography (86’)

Ugo Nespolo, Neonmerzare, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 3’
Ugo Nespolo, Boettinbianchenero, 1968, 16mm, b&w, sound, 6’
Ugo Nespolo, Good Morning Michelangelo, 1968, 16mm, b&w, silent, 18’
Pia Epremian, Pistoletto & Sotheby’s, 1968, 8mm, color, sound, 22’
Tonino De Bernardi, La vestizione, 1968, 8mm, color, sound, 26’
Maria fotografia, 1968, 16mm, b&w, sound, 12

May 11, 8pm

What is pop? artists’cinema in Rome (95’)
Mario Schifano, Anna, n.d., 16mm, b&w, silent, 12’
Mario Schifano, Vietnam, 1967, 16mm, b&w, silent, 6’30”
Mario Schifano, Souvenir, 1967, 16mm, b&w, sound, 11’
Franco Angeli, Schermi (Screens), 1968, 16mm, b&w, silent, 14’50
Franco Angeli, Double Portrait: Schifano Angeli [title assigned], n.d., 16mm, b&w, silent, 4’
Franco Angeli, Pascali on Display [title assigned], 1969, 16mm, b&w, silent, 8’
Luca Patella, SKMP2, 1968, 16mm transferred to 35mm, color, sound, 30’
Luca Patella, Animated Earth, 1967, 16mm transferred to 35mm, b&w and color, silent, 7’
Pino Pascali, What a Position!, 1962, 16mm, color, sound, 1’35”

May 12, 6pm

Martin Bethenod, Director, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana


Luca Massimo Barbero, curator of Imagine, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim
Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern
Sergio Toffetti, Director, Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa di Ivrea and

may 12, 7:30pm

Mario Masini, Image of Time, 1964, 16mm, b&w, sound, 4’
Umberto Bignardi, Motion Vision, 1967, 8mm, color, sound, 8’
Rosa Foschi, Amour du cinéma, 1968, 35mm, color, sound, 12’
Claudio Cintoli, Hidden Spring, 1969, 35mm, color, sound, 10’
Gianfranco Baruchello, Forced to Disappear, 1968, 16mm, color, sound, 15’
Alberto Grifi, Orgonauti, evviva!, 1968-70, 35mm, color, sound, 19’
Hermitage, 1967, 35mm, color, sound, 26’

May 12, 9:30pm

Pia Epremian, Dissolution, 1970, 8mm, color, silent, 9’
Massimo Bacigalupo, 60 Meters for March 31, 1968, 16mm, b&w and color, silent, 17’ 20’’
Tonino De Bernardi, Il mostro verde, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 2 screens, 24’
Tonino De Bernardi, La favolosa storia: Il bestiario, 1968, 8mm, color, sound, 27’
Headerr: frames from Orgonauti, Evviva! di Alberto Grifi, Buongiorno Michelangelo by Ugo Nespoli; SKMP2 by Luca Patella.
Archivio fotografico del CSC-Cineteca Nazionale e dell’Archivio Nazionale del Cinema d’Impresa; Archivio Ugo Nespolo