Piacenza gains a new exhibition space.
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a cultural centre devoted entirely to contemporary art, has been created in the Ex-Enel building belonging to the Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano.
XNL is the outcome of the renovation of an industrial building – the former seat of the Enel electricity board, located at 36 via Santa Franca – built in the early twentieth century and of particular architectural worth, which is now restored to the city as somewhere to tell the story of our times.
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea will open with the exhibition entitled La rivoluzione siamo noi. Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo, to be held from 26 September 2020 to 10 January 2021.
La rivoluzione siamo noi is curated by Alberto Fiz, organised by the Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano, and sponsored by MiBACT – the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – of the Region of Emilia-Romagna. The exhibition design is by Michele De Lucchi and AMDL CIRCLE and technical assistance was provided by the Mantua Campus of the Politecnico di Milano. It presents more than 150 works, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations by creators such as Piero Manzoni, Maurizio Cattelan, Marina Abramović, Tomás Saraceno, Andy Warhol, Bill Viola and Dan Flavin, from 18 art collections that number among the most important in Italy, and offers an across-the-board look at movements, styles and trends in contemporary art.
The exhibition itinerary continues in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi – adjacent to the XNL space – where a series of works by artists such as Ettore Spalletti, Wolfgang Laib, Fabio Mauri, Gregor Schneider and Pietro Roccasalva interact with the collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century masterpieces amassed by Piacenza businessman and art collector Giuseppe Ricci Oddi that serves as an underlying model for comparison.