By Giorgia Ferro
Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, continues its exhibition activity with Bologna Rock 1979, an exhibition dedicated to the musical event that brought together more than six thousand people at the Palasport in Bologna on April 2nd 1979 and the surrounding punk rock movement of the period.
Bologna Rock can be considered the symbol of a season that is not exclusively musical but also social, cultural, political, and which left its mark on the history of the city and of Italy.
The festival itself, organized by Harpo’s Bazaar, included the participation of punk groups, demential rock and new wave of the Bologna scene of the time, such as Skiantos, Wind Open, Luti Chroma, Gaznevada, Bieki, Naphta, Confusional Quartet, Rusk und Brusk, Frigos, Cheaters and the American blues singer Andy J. Forest with the band The Strumblers.
The show aims to give a historical reinterpretation of that event, later perceived as epoch-making, an anthropological appropriation able to highlight those independent and underground elements that contributed to the birth and growth of the socio- political role of Bologna between 1971 and 1985 in the history of Italian music and culture.
Through images, videos, vinyl LPs, documents, comics, visual and graphic materials, instrumentation of the time and independent publications, one may see the connections and contaminations between the arts. Music, video, art, comics, graphics, communication and politics intersect in an instinctive, innovative, perhaps random way, creating an unrepeatable creative hub.
Visitors can walk through the space of the Project Room viewing over a hundred pieces; original fanzines such as Harpo’s, A / traverso, Svacco, Punkreas, Musique Mecanique, The Great Complotto, posters, audio cassettes, a selection of photographs, press releases and reviews, amplifiers, mixers and synthesizers.
These materials are mixed with works such as the portrait of Freak Antoni by Piero Manai, original drawings and collages by TRAUMFABRIK (Andrea Pazienza, Filippo Scozzari, Giampietro Huber, Giorgio Lavagna), the painting Tuxedomoon by Alessandra Alma Masi, original works by Giorgio Carpinteri taken from Mumble Rumble and by Nicola Corona from Renaissance Urban. Flavio Kampah has created a large-scale work (3.5 meters long) reworking images from the Bologna Rock concert 1979.
An exhibition that aims to give an account of how different artists were united by working in total freedom, as a subculture that produces culture and a very important testimony to the cultural heritage of Bologna and the many artists which were influenced thereafter. The exhibition, which is part of Bologna Estate 2019, will be running up until the 29th of September 2019.