"If ever there is a diabolically capitalistic city long before the European and world capitalist age it is just Genoa, opulent and sordid at the same time ... This extraordinary city devouring the world is the greatest human adventure of the sixteenth century. Genoa seems then the city of miracles."
The retrospective exhibition of Claire Fontaine presents a selection of works around the idea of value and frugality, in relation to the institution in Genoa in 1407 of one of the world's first banking institutions, the House of shopping and the stalls of San Giorgio. The exhibition itinerary aims to construct a multi-sensory experience, presenting works of pictorial, sculptural and installation nature. An exhibition conceived as a journey through the artistic production of Claire Fontaine, thirteen years old, guided by the leitmotif of the economy. The choice of the works was made not only on the basis of their subject but also naturally on their interaction, their dialogue and the polarizations of their mutual positions. The exhibition is conceived as a speech, a set of visual phrases that combine and intertwine with each other. Among the exhibited works, Secret Money Paintings, realized with real coins, include reflection on the economic value of painting and commercial exchanges starting from the artistic system. Sculptural works, always with real coins artistically transformed as Change allude to the methods of protection to protect themselves from an economic system that excludes the weakest. While in Untitled (Money Trap) the artist drilled a safe so that the hand could enter it open but not exit if closed, evoking greed and exhibiting the illusory appearance of the safety devices. Curated by Anna Daneri, the exhibition will be introduced by an installation around the history of Genoese finance in collaboration with the Department of Economics of the University of Genoa. During the exhibition there are also guided tours in the Bank of Italy vault. Finalist in 2013 of the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp, Claire Fontaine has exhibited in international museums including The Jewish Museum, New York, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco and Museion, Bolzano.