THE MUSIC PALACE - Solo Show
Upcoming May 2018
Opening: Saturday 11 November at 4 pm
from 11 Nov 2017 to 25 Feb 2018
Come aboard for a fascinating journey into the heartland of the imagination. Inspired by strange news item, Alex Cecchetti invites you to help him investigate a mysterious disappearance in a symphonic exhibition activated by synesthetic musicians, classical and contemporary dancers, mediator-detectives – and the artist and the viewers themselves.
"I died identity-free. Clothes labels, fingerprints, shoe sizes were unstitched, eliminated, washed off, bleached out and consigned to oblivion. The sole clue, a small scrap of paper hidden in a secret pocket of the trousers. Written on it, the closing words of a Persian poem: Tamam Shud. This is the end. This is all I am." Drawing on a strange news item, and calling on music, literature and dance, Cecchetti probes the mysteries of identity and disappearance.
"Tamam Shud" means "This is the end" in Persian, yet here it is the starting point for an adventure intermingling performance and poetry. Cecchetti gives his imagination free rein in the art centre's various spaces, in installations intended as chapters in a narrative combining the lyrical and the zany.
Interacting with each other from room to room, his multiple languages immerse us in a world that puts all the senses to work. At once an intimate space and the framework for a mysterious story, the exhibition has been designed as a vast musical score and becomes a locus for the merging of the fictional and the real. During the exhibition dancers, singers and musicians move into the installations to add to the poet's narrative.
Curated by Julie Pellegrin
With the participation of
Dancers: Hanna Hedman and Shihya Peng
Synesthetic musician: Natan Kryszk
Chef Le Chevalier: Chloe Charles
Reserve your dinner on the tarot table in the solo show "Tamam Shud" at La Ferme du Buisson
You can order dishes by poems written by Alex Cecchetti and coocked by the greatest Chloe Charles (ex residente chef at Fulgorances!). Limited places, only 6 dinners from 11th of November till the end of February§
call La Ferme du Buisson 01 64 62 77 77
a coproduction with Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw
15 OCTOBER 2017 7pm - duration 2H
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Napoli, Piazza Museo 19
In the frame of the exhibition Amori Divini at The National Archeological Museum of Naples in Italy, Alex Cecchetti invites the public to a tour guide of heaven and hell. A seminary on poetry where poems are embodied along a walk that trespass prohibited places, through offices, archives, basements, and the secret corners which exist in every institution.
Amori Divini, explores the mechanisms of transmission and reception of Greek myth through the centuries by presenting around 80 works from the Vesuvian sites and Magna Grecia. The collection is enriched by works from some of the most prestigious Italian and international museums as the Hermitage of Saint-Petersburg, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The exhibition is completed with some other 20 paintings and sculptures from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with works by Baccio Bandinelli, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Nicolas Poussin, Giambattista Tiepolo
From Greek literature and art, through the poem of the "changing shapes" of Ovid, to the most contemporary interpretations of psychology, the myths of Danae, Leda, Daphne, Narciso, to the extraordinarily complex story of Hermaphrodite.
The show is curated by Anna Anguissola, Carmela Capaldi, Luigi Gallo and Valeria Sampaolo. With the support of Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Electa.
SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER and SUNDAY 8 OCOBER at 2pm
15 rue Buchholtz 1050 Brussels
Pre-opening of ThalieLab: artists’ residency, a private foundation in Brussels
For an entire weekend, Thalie Art Foundation will be showcasing Thalielab, its new space at the fully renovated 1920s house in Brussels, with the first projects by visiting artists: Grace Ndiritu (UK/Kenya), Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet (France) and Elena Mazzi (Italy), along with the future activities of the foundation. The artists Alex Cecchetti (Italy) and Rachel Monosov (Russia) will be presenting a performance to mark the occasion.
As an artist’s residency devoted to innovation and engagement in the public sphere, ThalieLab is both an incubator and a platform for the production and dissemination of work that resonates with contemporary social issue
1 September–1 October, 2017
Opening: 1 September, 7pm
Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Curated by Book Lovers
In Tamam Shud, a murder mystery artist’s novel by Alex Cecchetti, the artist and narrator realises he is dead and decides to investigate the causes of his own death.
My body was found in 2014, somewhere between Los Angeles and Warsaw, dismembered. My identity is still unknown. Nothing can be used for identification. The labels of the clothes, fingerprints and the number on the shoes have been carefully unstitched, deleted, washed, bleached and delivered to oblivion. The only clue, in a secret pocket sewn inside my trousers, detectives have recovered a fragile piece of paper torn from the pages of a book. Written there, the words Tamam Shud, ‘this is the end’.
In order to create the Tamam Shud narrative, Cecchetti devised a two-year-long art project in which the exhibition constitutes the key device in the production of the artist’s upcoming novel. The performative nature of the exhibition is threefold. Firstly, a series of thematic rooms contain pieces that, similarly to musical scores, are activated by the spectators’participation. For instance, the Dance Room features a number of staircase handrails modified in such a way that when visitors place their hands on them and follow their curves and twists from one end to the other, they perform a choreographed ballet dance sequence. Additionally, there will also be some performative events at various times during the exhibition,such as a synaesthesia concert, and meals served in the Dinner Room at various times throughout the duration of the exhibition.
I don’t remember if in life I was an artist, a musician or a gardener, but death forced me to be one. About music, I remember only colours. If I paint them, would an orchestra play what I used to hear? If I play my bones as a flute, will they sing the secret of my youth? If I pollinate flowers with my mouth, will the fruits have the scent of words or kisses?
The third performative aspect focuses on a pair of detectives who will carry out their investigations, observing the events unfolding during the show,and communicating these to the artist, who will use them as fodder for the writing of his novel. Disappearing paintings, whale song, dreamed artworks,a mysterious erotic cabinet, and score paintings for orchestra are just some of the clues that will influence the writing process.
- This job is killing me.
- You mean waiting for something to happen?
- I mean following, shadowing, putting together pieces of a life
which is not mine.
- No murder is perfect, we’ll end up finding the mistake.
- What if it’s just his game? See? If no one knows, it never
happened. Look how desperately he wants us to know that he
died. Otherwise how could we ever know that he lived
Walking Backwards (Alex Cecchetti)
Fifth episode of the artist’s novel Tamam Shud, by Alex Cecchetti.
In the frame of the project The Novel As Fantasy.
Performance, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
30 June 2017
A tree after another, the story of this garden and its plants is revealed, till it merges with yours.
When you walk backwards, the future is on your back, and the past is longing in the distance in front of you, insisting on the horizon. You can mostly tell it goodbye.
And if you’ll hit a branch with your head, or gently a flower will caress your hand, suddenly will arise the indisputable fact that images do not come from light, as we dream with eyes closed.
The performance Walking Backwards takes place at the botanical garden beside the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. One by one, people are invited to literally walk backwards into a narrative path. A guide will lead the spectator, his voice whispered in her ear telling stories of the place and the fantastic anecdotes inspired by it. The guide’s voice is superimposed on the images that gradually appear in the spectator’s visual field as she advances backwards.
JUNE 22 - JULY 30 - 2017
VIA MODANE 16 - TORINO
For the second chapter of The Institute, artist Alex Cecchetti exhibits Cetaceans a polyphonic concerto for a choir, a glass harmonica and a waterphone, exploring dreams, dizziness, time lapses and lucid dreams, as states in which a different form of interaction is produced.
Speculating on future ways of communication without the use of spoken language, Cetaceans is an immersive installation soliciting participants’ senses with the use of multiple sound sources. The music partition is in fact a hybrid composition in which music notation, poems and patterns of whale voices have been arranged together, intertwined, mixed and merged. A choir of singers reproduces the sound of whales and mixes these non-human voices with the music and Alex Cecchetti’s poems and reflexions. Immersed into an atmosphere producing a feeling of disembodiment, eventually, spectators will fall asleep, and the concert will be experienced only in their dreams.
In times where figures such as the workaholic, the game-addicted, the social-networks obsessed, the telephone addicted and the cyberspace time-waster represent common life conditions in which states of sleep-deprivation affect normal capacities of interrelations, Cecchetti has long researched non-human and unconventional forms of communication based on music and dreams. What happens if in the future humans will communicate only by using abstract sounds? And what if we will be operating only in a constant dream state? Alex Cecchetti invites the audience to think about future forms of communication models, by enjoying an experience that can only be appreciated when falling asleep.
Along with the exhibition, the artist will conduct a workshop titled THE FUTURE IS A SECRET SOCIETY. Starting from the assumption that a secret society has moved away from the use of spoken language for communication purposes, the participants will be asked to identify themselves with this future condition, experimenting three different ways of abstract interrelation: poetry, music and tarot. The city of Turin will be functioning as the test bed to experiment these new ways of communication into the real world.
13 - 18 JUNE 2017
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Alemagna,6 - 20121 Milano
LOUVRE I – 13TH - 15TH JUNE 2017
Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
Guided tour of the Louvre in the presence of the works. The whole department of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures is summoned by an invisible force and the mystery of the Mazarin Hermaphrodite is revealed.
LOUVRE II – 16TH - 18TH JUNE 2017
Department of Italian Paintings
Guided tour of the Louvre in the presence of all the works of the department. For the first time, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa comes back to Italy.
A guided tour to discover the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa and all the other masterpieces in the Louvre’s collection without leaving Milan. This unusual experience is offered to the audience by Alex Cecchetti, through a three-stage project. The first two stages focus on ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and on Italian paintings. The third stage, on Near Eastern Antiquities, will be presented in the Autumn of 2017.
The Moon In Broad Daylight
Performance: Alex Cecchetti
Saturday 3 June 2017, 6.30–7.30pm
Free, booking advised
As part of his exhibition, Giles Round has invited performance artist, poet and choreographer Alex Cecchetti to present a new work in the galleries.
Spike Island 2017
133 Cumberland Road
Bristol BS1 6UX
Alex Cecchetti (1977-2014) was an artist, a poet and a choreographer. Difficult to classify, his work can be considered as the art of the un-representable. Tactile and poetic, aesthetic and materialistic, it creates mental and physical environments which exist inside and outside our continuum. The artist died for the first time in 2014 for unknown reasons. He continues to produce new works, present new performances and publish new poems.
18 may – 23 july
Opening 17 mai 2017
Drapery studies with koi - 17 May 2017 7pm - (Alex Cecchetti performance)
Artworks by: Anne Brégeaut, Alex Cecchetti, Patrick Corrillon, Kris Knight,
Maude Maris, Ad Minoliti, Anne Laure Sacriste, Emmanuelle Villard
Curator : Caroline Cournède
Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz
16 rue Charles VII
The world is not a text, neither an algorithm, said kimono man, and the interpreter is always a liar. But how beautiful are the promises of a kiss, under starry chariots in the sky. Now, take a card, he said.
13 April 2017, 18.00
Performance at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw.
With Francis McKee, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow.
Fourth episode of the artist’s novel Tamam Shud, by Alex Cecchetti.
In the frame of the project The Novel As Fantasy.
Episode 4: Reading the Unwritten is a new instalment in Alex Cecchetti’s ongoing artist’s novel, Tamam Shud. It is also a two-part event. Firstly, David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska (The Book Lovers) will open with a theoretical introduction to artist's novels. Writer and curator Francis McKee, who recently published his first novel, Even the Dead Rise Up (Book Works, 2017), will join them in a public discussion about how to situate the practice of artist's novels in the field of the visual arts.
The programme continues with Alex Ceccheti. A new chapter of Tamam Shud will be written in a live performance by means of a tarot card reading. Whilst writing is a process that normally happens out of public view, in the solitude of the writer’s studio, Alex’s art project renders this process visible. The production of the narrative is conceived as an event where writing is exposed and interwoven with the artistic process.
23 / 02 / 2017
From 5pm to midnight
For one evening, the artist Alex Cecchetti is offering an immersion into his very own interstellar, magical world. sheltered inside large “tent-curtains”, artists give tarot readings or dance to the sound of a piano. Further off, a glass harp accompanies a choir inspired by whale song, while Cécilia Bengolea dances amidst the audience on Alex Cecchetti’s poems. The evening ends with a moment of exchanges between the artists and the public.
Curator: Vittoria Matarrese
Alex Cecchetti's new performances, collaborations and a piano concert.
Here the program of the evening :
- À partir de 17h : Concert (piano)
- À partir de 17h30 : Lecture du tarot
- 18h / 19h30 / 21h / 22h30 : Ceataceans
- 20h30 / 22h / 23h : Clitoris
- 20h : Le Club Pour L’Émancipation Du Hasard
Piano : Marino Formenti
Lecteurs de tarot : Alex Cecchetti, Milovan Farronato, Timothy Morton
Clitoris : Cecilia Bengolea & Alex Cecchetti
Cétacés : Thomas Bloch à l’harmonica de verre et chorale composée de Louise Fudym, Bianca Iannuzzi, Romain Lafitte, Mia Mandineau, Jordan Mouaissia, Simon Solas et Virginie Truc-Carta
Le club Pour l’Emancipation du Hasard : Mélodie Marcq, Perle Palombe
ALEX CECCHETTI &
LE CLUB POUR L’ÉMANCIPATION DU HASARD
REIMS SCENES D’EUROPE
La Comédie de Reims
FRAC Champagne Ardenne
5 / 02 / 2017 - from 5pm
At the same time visual artist, poet and choreographer, Alex Cecchetti an artist of Italian origin produces interactive performances and indefinable objects which can be exhibited in galleries or elsewhere.
He draws his inspiration from literature, philosophy, science and music in a playful way and with a great sense of humour. Whether it is a stand-up comedy about death, a backward walk in a botanical garden or a “visit to the Louvre without the Louvre”, each performance is a unique experience shared with his audience. Observers are seduced by his poetic language and gestures, which lead them to explore rituals and journeys where perception and great existential questions are put into play.
Picture: NUOVO MONDO, guided tour of Heaven and Hell, Krolikarnia, Warsaw, Alex Cecchetti 2014-2016 ongoing
GRAND UNION, BIRMINGHAM, UK
Alex Cecchetti, Liz Magic Laser, Hanne Lippard, Jesper List Thomsen, Hagar Tenenbaum
3 February – 25 March 2017
Hand and Mind is an exhibition and series of performances testing connections between the realms of speech and gesture, curated by Vanessa Boni. Artists Alex Cecchetti, Liz Magic Laser, Hanne Lippard, Jesper List Thomsen and Hagar Tenenbaum *embody* language and thought. Through painting, sculpture, choreography and performance they unsettle political, personal and theoretical channels of communication.
3 February 2017, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm
Alex Cecchetti with Pauline Simon, Conversation of the Arrows, Grand Union (6.30pm & 8.15pm)
Conversation of the Arrows by Alex Cecchetti is a choreography for sorcerer’s apprentices, in which a dancer and a word-crafter fall into the trap of representation. They are doomed to chase each other represented as dogs, arrows, birds, stones, stars. For a moment, Cecchetti’s sculptures, become the spells that the apprentices cast against each other and the scenario for their labyrinthic roaming.
JANUARY 17, 2017 - 7pm and 8:30pm
Performance by Alex Cecchetti, 'Belladonna', 2016 - video-performance, whisperers and foley artist
Alex Cecchetti has developed a unique practice that could be called art of avoidance: tactical and poetic, its system leads to produce situations or objects that can exist both inside and outside the exhibition.
‘Belladonna’ is based on his own previous performance ‘Walking Backwards’, which took place in the garden of Jardins des Plantes in Paris and at Serralves Foundation, as well as on a related film as a collection of stories of trees and plants narrated in that occasion.
With Singers Wanda Franek and Michał Sławecki
Sat 19 Nov 2016 15:00
Sun 20 Nov 2016 15:00
A man has been found dead and his identity is unknown. The label from his clothes, his fingerprints, his shoe size, none of it can be used to identify him. His only connection with the rest of the world is a small scrap of paper hidden in a secret pocket sewn into his trousers. It contains the last words of a Persian poem: Tamam Shud. In an alternative tour, with storytelling, stand-up comedy and opera, Alex Cecchetti wanders around the museum halls looking for his identity. Cecchetti’s intimate performances use exceptional stories that the audi- ence experiences both mentally and physically.
by Alex Cecchetti
performers Alex Cecchetti, Marisa Anconelli, Luca Mazzamauro
thanks for the collaboration La Truccheria Bologna, Coro Arcanto Bologna
produced by Xing/Raum
with the support of Institut Français Italia
in the frame of LA FRANCIA IN SCENA
Thursday November 10 at 10 PM
RAUM - via Ca' Selvatica 4/D - Bologna
Tamam Shud is conceived and designed for Raum in three languages -as many sets of the story- in a schizophrenic identity vortex worn by the same author. The performance is a post mortem investigation of the victim on his own assassination. In this dark and grotesque stand-up comedy the artist is accompanied by two singers.
"I am dead. My body has been found in 2014, somewhere between Los Angeles and Warsaw, dismembered. Murder, accident, suicide, detectives haven’t found anything relevant, my identity is still unknown and me also, I don’t remember much. This is why I have decided to investigate over my own death myself. The labels of the clothes, fingerprints, and the number on the shoes have been carefully unstitched, deleted, washed, bleached, and delivered to oblivion. Nothing can be used for identification. Only clue, in a secret pocket sewn inside my trousers, detectives have recovered a fragile piece of paper torn from the pages of a book, written there, the words Tamam Shud, ‘this is the end’. Experts and antiquaries were consulted: those are the last two words with which ends the Rubaiyat, an ancient book of esoteric poems by the Persian erudite Omar Khayyam. What the hell have I to do with poetry and secret pockets? I don’t even know how to stitch a button."
With Tim Etchells and Ola Maciejewska
Curated by The Book Lovers
Video / graphic designers: post - noviki
Organised by: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle and Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture
NUOVO MONDO takes place at the Museum of Sculpture
Puławska 113a, Warsaw
October 28 at 19:00.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
NUOVO MONDO: Tour Guide of Heaven and Hell is the third episode in Alex Cecchetti’s ongoing artist’s novel, Tamam Shud. It is also is a performative seminar on poetry, a walk through the concentric circles that descend and ascend through the building of the Królikarnia Palace in Warsaw. Alex Cecchetti will accompany the public through these narrow passages where artists embody poems. What is hell for many can be heaven for some.
Until December 2017, Alex Cecchetti develops a new artist’s novel through tools such as performances, exhibitions, and public editorial readings. Lost memories, recovered traces, and the first investigations to solve the mystery are some of the elements that will signal the beginning of the creative process. If you want to know more about the Tamam Shud project, please visit:
Hell - Wednesday, October 19th - 8pm
Heaven - Thursday, October 20th - 8pm
Duration: approx. 1 hour
Palais de la Découverte, Paris
Hell in collaboration with: Alasdair Roberts (musician, UK), Lina Lapelyte (artist, Lituanie)
Heaven with: Michael Horovitz (poet, Allemagne), Vanessa Vie (poet, UK)
Nuovo Mondo is a guided tour of Heaven and Hell. A walk in the darkness of the Palais de la Decouverte guided only by poetry. Wandering in the empty building through scientific laboratories, electrified fields, the planetarium, offices, and narrow passages. An underworld journey to encounter contemporary poets.
Address: Palais de la Découverte, avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008, Paris Entrance from 6:30pm through the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais, 75008 Paris