“Quaestio de aqua et terra” at the Rocca di Angera
(Another) Question of the Water and of the Land

Rocca di Angera - Ala Scaligera, 8 April - 29 September 2019
Exhibition in collaboration with Galleria Lia Rumma | Curated by Andrea Viliani.
Artists: Marina Abramovic, Gino De Dominicis, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer,
Joseph Kosuth, Hendrik Krawen, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Marzia Migliora,
Wael Shawky, Haim Steinbach, Gian Maria Tosatti, Gilberto Zorio.


The artistic project promoted by Princes Vitaliano and Marina Borromeo continues inside the castle in Angera, and is organised this year in collaboration with the Galleria Lia Rumma and curated by Andrea Viliani, Director of the MADRE - Museo di Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina in Naples.

For the second consecutive year, the restored spaces of the Scaligera Wing become a meeting place between the art of the past and the future. The exhibition opens to the public from Monday April 8 and is entitled Quaestio de aqua et terra. (Another) Question of the Water and the Land, harkening back to the debate (quaestio disputata) held in Verona by Dante Alighieri in 1320. The curator’s choice introduces the central theme of the show - the relationship between water and land - and indicates the methods used to select and present the works to establish a dialogue between them. The layout design in fact evokes a continuous comparison between visions and interpretations on the meaning that today elements such as water and land may have in culture and in contemporary globalised and digital societies.

The exhibition therefore draws inspiration from the method of investigation typical of the medieval debate, and presents itself as an investigation of “what it may mean to move between land and water today, in a period of migrations and conflicts, of connections and contaminations, of diasporas and counter-diasporas, at the end of the analog era and the beginning of the digital” (A. Viliani).

A suspended question mark on the contradictions and the potential that the relationship between water and land generate in the present, as in the past, to which the works of the artists on display respond, with their possible interpretations, by producing paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations.