Poets in the Museum is a project that welcomes a group of Bolognese poets and poets in the rooms of the MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna to read, write and share their work, conceived by writer and translator Allison Grimaldi Donahue in collaboration with Caterina Molteni, assistant curator of the museum.
The project stems from the desire to bring the poet’s work closer to that of the artist, exploring new approaches to art writing, possible thanks to the involvement of poets and not just critics or curators. Although the literary sphere is often considered separate from that of the visual arts, these artistic forms intersect and frequently communicate with each other. As Frank O’Hara (1926-1966), poet and curator of the New York School of the Museum of Modern Art, wrote in the poem Why I Am Not a Painter, painters and poets work “around” a thing to arrive at the thing itself. Both generate that alchemical process whereby everyday expressions and objects of language and color are transformed into something ineffable and intangible, while they remain something that everyone can hear, see and understand.
Poets in the Museum therefore intends to reflect on the generative dimension of language, fueling a constant dialogue between poetry and the visual arts.
The poets and poets involved are: Vito Bonito, Domenico Brancale, Allison Grimaldi Donahue, Eleanora Luccarini, Marilena Renda and Federica Scaringello.
On Friday 19 February from 3 pm, two at a time, the poets move freely through the rooms on the first floor of the museum, reading unpublished texts inspired by the permanent MAMbo collection and thanks to the reopening of the museums, the public can follow and listen to the readings in presence , in full compliance with the anti Covid-19 regulations.
The first two poetic incursions, which took place in closed museums, were recorded on video and are visible on the YouTube channel MAMbo channel (bit.ly/MAMbochannel) which will also collect the following ones.
The texts produced in recent months by poets on a solitary visit to the exhibition halls, resulting from their contact with the works, will be collected in a publication / fanzine published by MAMbo.
Admission with permanent collection ticket (Full € 6, reduced € 4, free with Culture Card).