28 july 2022 – 6 november 2022 

Cork, The Glucksman


An Exhibition curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney as part of the Creative Europe BEAM UP project

Anna Sophie Berger A Failed Play Installation View 2019 courtesy of the artist Layr Vienna and JTTNew York

Fashion Show is an exhibition of Irish and international artists that looks at clothing as subject matter, material, and advocacy. From explorations of the ways in which fashion lends itself to self-representation to investigations into the economic and ecological effects of 'fast fashion,' the exhibition reveals how clothing becomes a means of activism and protest.

Presenting works such as Lucy and Jorge Orta's wearable objects that enable communication and interaction between strangers, Sibyl Montague's textile blankets made from recycled clothing, Wang Bing's durational film set in a Chinese garment factory, and Gluklya's installation of T-shirts protesting the election of Vladimir Putin, Fashion Show demonstrates how our choice of clothing serves to express more than our sense of style. The exhibition also features Malick Sidibé's iconic photographic portraits of Malian youth culture.

This exhibition is part of BEAM UP, a Creative Europe funded project to encourage the participation of people who are visually impaired in the planning and experience of museum activities. The displays will include a range of tactile elements, navigation and audio resources.

Fashion Show is supported by The Arts Council Ireland, Creative Europe, University College Cork and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.


Lucy Jorge Orta Anticipation Accessory 2010
Tenant of Culture Untitled 2018 recycled suit jacket dried flowers and leaves plastic thread

15 April 2022 – 13 November 2022 

Città di Castello, Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco

Un'opera di Alberto Burri
Un'opera di Enrico Castellani
Un'opera di Bizhan Bassiri
Un'opera di Claudio Parmiggiani

“La Luce del Nero” is the title of the upcoming exhibition hosted in one of the two museums of Fondazione Burri, the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco in Città di Castello, Italy

Here, the color Black shifts from the concept of dark and absence to becoming an actual color. This event has been designed to be inclusive for a public with visual impairment, besides offering an immediate and highly stimulating sensorial experience to all visitors.

Bruno Corà, curator of this exhibition and President of Fondazione Burri, highlights how Black “between the Middle Ages and the XVII century was no longer considered a color. Artists restored its chromatic value and among them, in particular Kazimir Malevič, author of the well-known “Black Square on white background” (1915), a print of which is present in our exhibition”.

Among the artists of the second half of the XX century, Burri is the one who most used the color Black, to the extent of painting the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco completely black. These industrial buildings became the museum hosting its major pictorial cycles.

Together with Burri, other artists included in this exhibition created artworks using black, such as Agnetti, Bassiri, Bendini, Castellani, Fontana, Hartung, Isgrò, Kounellis, Lo Savio, Morris, Nevelson, Nunzio, Parmiggiani, Schifano, Soulages and Tàpies. Each one of them with different modalities, intentions and meaning, all capable of arousing in the visitor different feelings, perceptions, sensations. Eventually, poets feelings as well are turned on Black and caecitas to explain the inner gaze of the psychic and poetic look in opposition to the actual vision.

The exhibition “La Luce del Nero” has been organized within the framework of the Creative Europe programme, through the “Beam Up” project (Blind Engagement In Accessible Museum Projects), which addresses the issue of accessibility of contemporary art for a public with visual impairment at an international and inclusive level.

This exhibition crowns the reopening of the venues of the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco after 7 years of constructions, which fully upgraded these exhibition areas. As stated by Mr. Corà “in the world, there are very few artist’s museums such as the Burri museum in Città di Castello, which can pride itself on having a museum itinerary that starts from Palazzo Albizzini and ends to the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco without fearing comparisons with any other museum”.

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