CATEGORYAccessibility | Diversity/ Inclusion | Participation
FORMATContemporary Art Exhibitions and Laboratories
TARGETAll kinds of public
V.Ar.Co. is the new name of theproject “Le Aule dell’Arte” (the Art Classrooms), given since 2010 to the academic community and to the spaces of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Following the experience of the Paradossi (Paradoxes) exhibition in 2003-04, the project intended to launch an experimental operative model connecting contemporary art and University and a research and teaching laboratory of contemporary art that developed the direct experience of the artwork to reach strategies for its conservation, use and communication.
THE PROJECT The Contemporary Art section of MUSA (Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle arti, directed by prof. Angelo Itro) is made up of a series of art pieces located in the University headquarters of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, which bears witness to the research and teaching laboratory activities that the sector has undertaken in the last few years in the ﬁeld of public art. This laboratory is focused on making the University interact with the territory, focusing on the artistic production and its dynamics as a testimony of civilization and a driving force for development. The artistic section of MUSA enriches the university environment, and represents a format to bring a research hypothesis outside university classrooms, within and beyond the territory. The presence of artwork in the universities is pushing the experimentation of new methods to approach art and its history, both for students and for the academic staff: a communication effort aimed at building a renewed relationship with the community for local development, strengthening the identity and, more generally, the possibility of using the artistic heritage as a tool to promote an exercise in safeguarding, enhancing and reﬂecting on the present and on the future of places. The Donnaregina Foundation for the contemporary arts sponsors the project. Project representatives:Gaia Salvatori and Luca Palermo. HISTORY V.Ar.Co. is the new name of theproject “Le Aule dell’Arte” (the Art Classrooms), given since 2010 to the academic community and to the spaces of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Following the experience of the Paradossi (Paradoxes) exhibition in 2003-04 and with the installation, in collaboration with the Bunker Art Division (Casandrino), of some sculptures in the open spaces of the original site of the former Convent of Saint Francis the project intended to launch an experimental operative model connecting contemporary art and University and a research and teaching laboratory of contemporary art that developed the direct experience of the artwork to reach strategies for its conservation, use and communication. THE COLLECTION V:Ar.Co is an evolving collection of contemporary art of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage and part of the University Museum System – MUSA. Since 2015, more than twenty artists have presented their artwork: paintings, sculptures, mixed techniques andphotography. Several lines of research can be recognized in the works of the collection: history, in the broadest sense of the term, and local territory with its problematical nature (The weight of Giotto by Antonello Tagliafierro, Campanie by Livio Marino, Rosa Rosae by Gloria Pastore, The Factory by Lello Lopez, Violent Naples by Francesco Pischetola, Wall by Peppe Ferraro, Sarajevo by Gino Quinto, Davide and Golia by Gabriele Marino, Roman Campaign # 9 by Danilo Donzelli); the difﬁculties of communication and the inﬂuence of technology on the contemporary world (More than real by Anna Pozzuoli, Solstice by Milena Sgambato, Triangles by Salvatore Manzi, Resonance by Michele Attianese, Equitronic by Carla Viparelli, Dialoguing ﬁgures by Andrea Sparaco, Cages by Livio Marino, Dubai from the satellite by Piero Chiariello, Telesmena by Meri Tancredi, A landscape is a landscape is landscape by Enzo Calibe, The distracted mermaid by Neal Peruffo); the relationship between space, artwork and spectator (Wall painting by Marco Casentini, Labyrinth and The white window by Gianni De Tora, Untitled 25-16 by Vincenzo Frattini and Vertical Sun by Giuseppe Rossi); the aesthetic expression of the artist’s interiority (Foreign Architecture by Franco Cipriano, Emersions by Luigi Pagano, In the middle of nowhere by Giacomo Montanaro, Magenta / Blue by Hella Berent); finally, they are the expression of the archaeological soul of the Department,(Aphrodite, 6017, Capua by Luigi Spina, Venus of Amela Suljic and Capua by Gianfranco Racioppoli. New artwork will continuously be added to those in permanent exhibit. ARTISTS Michele Attianese, Hella Berendt, Enzo Calibè, Marco Casentini, Piero Chiariello, Franco Cipriano, Gianni De Tora, Danilo Donzelli, Peppe Ferraro, Vincenzo Frattini, Lello Lopez, Salvatore Manzi, Livio Marino Atellano, Gabriele Marino, Clara Matelli, Giacomo Montanaro, Gino Quinto, Giuseppe Rossi, Luigi Pagano, Gloria Pastore, Neal Peruffo, Franscesco Pischetola, Anna Pozzuoli, Gianfranco Racioppoli, Milena Sgambato, Andrea Sparaco, Luigi Spina, Amela Suljic, Meri Tancredi, Antonello Tagliafierro, Carla Viparelli.
Depliant progetto Varco (English Version)
Depliant Progetto Varco (Versione Italiana)
Catalogo mostra Paradossi, 9-19 dicembre 2003
PARADOSSI Schegge di arte elettronica e interattiva di Gaia Salvatori e Alessandra Drioli
G. Salvatori, Il work in progress dell'Arte Contemporanea nell'Università, in G. Salvatori, N. Barrella (a cura di), Le Aule dell'arte. Arte contemporanea e università, Luciano Editore, Napoli, 2012, pp. 15-28.
L. Palermo, Le Aule dell'Arte. Il catalogo, in G. Salvatori, N. Barrella (a cura di), Le Aule dell'arte. Arte contemporanea e università, Luciano Editore, Napoli, 2012, pp. 111-123.
G. Salvatori, "Dipartimento Di Lettere e Beni Culturali. V.Ar.Co.: un metodo e un’esperienza progettuale tra università e territorio", in G. Amirante, R. Cioffi, G. Pignatelli (a cura di), Università degli Studi della Campania 'Luigi Vanvitelli', Giannini Editore, Napoli, 2018, pp. 234-243.