Giovanni Mundula, performance at Arte Fiera, Bologna, 1976. Photo of Antonio Masotti, Courtesy Arte Fiera
“Practically nothing to sell”. Performance at Arte Fiera in 1976
Curated by Uliana Zanetti
Performance has been a part of Arte Fiera since its earliest editions: in 1976, the fair presented performances by artists such as Vincenzo Agnetti, Geoffrey Hendricks, Sanja Iveković, Urs Lüthi, Hermann Nitsch, and Franco Vaccari – not as part of the program of events, but as daring and visionary proposals of a few galleries. A first look at this little-known and almost undocumented story is presented by the exhibit “Practically nothing to sell”. Performance at Arte Fiera in 1976, curated by Uliana Zanetti, Curator of collections at MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. Starting from a few unpublished photographs stored in the fair’s archive, Zanetti has significantly broadened our knowledge of the performances at the 1976 edition of Arte Fiera, calling attention to documents not yet studied that highlight aspects often ignored in the history of performance. Set up in Hall 25, “Praticamente nulla da vendere” is created in collaboration with MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna and offers an opportunity to expand the wide-ranging performance research project undertaken by the Museum in recent years.