Cagliari exhibitions: a splash into the 80s at the municipal art gallery
“Back to the 80’s – the 80s in and out of civic collections” is one of the exhibitions organized in Cagliari and will run from the 6th of August to the 4th of October 2020 at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte.
The exhibition has been organized and promoted by the Department of Culture of the City of Cagliari and Musei Civici di Cagliari. It will show the eccentric, extroverted and colourful 80s and the characteristic charge of culture and creativity of those years which marked an era in contemporary art.
This decade represents the end of idealisms from the previous years, art forms such as photography, design, performance, video art, happenings and installations alongside painting and sculpture thrived and found new ways of expression.
Artistic languages multiplied and mixed, studies, cultural spaces, and private galleries began to host a new way of thinking about art. Music, theatre, cinema, comics and colour television influenced the artistic and cultural movements, contrasting ideas with those of the dominant political and intellectual parties.
Meanwhile, new rock and pop bands were appearing and the world was dealing with the iron lady Margaret Thatcher, Reagan hedonism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Yuppies, the excesses of fashion and all those evolutions that changed modern society.
For Italy, it was the era of sandwiches, TV shows like Drive-in and Ma la notte… no! the Bearzot National football match and Dino Zoff won the World Cup in 1982.
During the 80s in Italy also appeared the Transavanguardia, an artistic movement that theorized a return to painting and dexterity thus entering a clear contrast with conceptual art.
A spirit of revolt which in Sardinia translated as a confrontation between two artists from after the second world war and the new generations. The result of this conflict can be observed up close by visiting the exhibition “Back to the 80s – the 80s in and out of civic collections”, where you can also visit the permanent collections of the Civic Museum, a starting point to discover the extraordinary artistic production in Sardinia during the 80s, focused mainly on the capital.
A journey back in time that is enriched by a series of themed events at the Public Gardens in front of the Galleria Comune d’Arte, not far from the tanks that house the statues of “The sleepers” by Mimmo Paladino.
Here are the appointments to be remembered:
- August 13th, at 21st: concert of the band “Escluso il cane + R.I.S. (Rock Italian Style)”
- 27th August, 9 pm: Echo 80 concert
- 10th and 24th September, 7 pm: cultural aperitif with critics, artists and art historians who will dialogue and deepen the theme of contamination between languages and art in the eighties
- 17th September, at 7 pm: the artist Rosanna Rossi will make a speech about her site-specific installation which in the 80s was hosted at the Galleria Comune in Cagliari.
Cagliari exhibitions: everything you must know about the “Back to the 80s” exhibition
The Galleria Comunale d’Arte of Cagliari is one of the most important museums in the city. The elegant neoclassical building of the gallery was designed by architect Carlo Boyl di Putifigari and built on the remains of the Royal Powder Room from 1700.
During the 1930s, the building was restored so to become an art gallery. The reconstruction was assigned to Ubaldo Badas, considered one of the most important Sardinian architects of the 20th century, and in 1933 the building was inaugurated also becoming the first civic museum of the Island.
Because of the instalment of the permanent exhibition by Francesco Paolo Ingrano, in 1998 it was necessary to make ulterior restorations making the building how we know it today. In 2015 the CArteC was also opened, a space in the caves of the garden destined to show contemporary art.
The municipal Art gallery is in Largo Giuseppe Dessi, just a few minutes walking from two historical districts of Cagliari: Castello and Villanova and will be hosting the exciting and interesting show “Back to the 80’s – Gli anni Ottanta Dentro e Fuori le Collezioni Civiche” until the 4th of October 2020.
The whole ticket costs 6 euro and the reduced ticket costs 3 euro, available for students under 26 years, groups of minimum 15 people and adults over 65 years. The entrance is free for children up to 6 years old, disabled people and their escorts and journalists subscribed to the professional ICOM.
The museums opening hours are the following:
- From the 1st of September to the 31st of May – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- From the 1st of June to the 31st of August – from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Closed on Mondays
For further information and bookings please contact by email here firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website sistemamuseale.museicivicicagliari.it.