Collezione Pierre Courtin

31 July - 18 September 2022
Opening on Saturday, 31 July at 06:30 PM
Palazzo Della Rovere - Museo Archeologico della Città di Suasa
Ancona, Italy

Curated by Lucia Gigli

Artists:Gordana Anđelić-Galić, Martin Argyroglo, Enki Bilal, Eloïse Bollack, Stéphane Bonjour, Julien Boily, Mathieu Boisadan, Igor Bošnjak, Kurt Van Brijs, Lana Čmajčanin, Lejla Čmajčanin, Enrico Dagnino, Dante Buu, Baptiste Debombourg, Andrej Ðerković, diSTRUKTURA, Elvis Dolić, Goran Dragaš, Dženat Dreković, Alma Gačanin, Ziyah Gafić, Going Blind, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Trio - Bojan Hadžihalilović & Dada Hadžihalilović, Dženan Hadžihasanović, Anur Hadžiomerspahić, Nela Hasanbegović, Ibro Hasanović, Ivan Hrkaš, Mak Hubjer, Louis Jammes, Taida Jašarević, Kasja Jerlagić, Sanjin Jukić, Adela Jušić, Andy Kania, Šejla Kamerić, Fabien Klotchkoff, Nina Komel, Milomir Kovačević, Aleksandra Nina Knežević, Smirna Kulenović, Kosta Kulundžić , MARS- Fred Landois, Camille Laurelli, Alexandre Leroy, Irena Eden&Stijn Lernout, Aleksandra Lopatić, LPLT, Miodrag Manojlovic, Mariane Marić, Jim Marshall, Karine Maussière, Vladimir Miladinović, Mladen Miljanović, Radenko Milak, Irma Markulin, Nicolas Mingasson, Hector Morić, Malcolm McClay, Bruce Nauman, Thomas Nolf, Nika Oblak&Primoz Novak, Damir Nikšić, Edo Numankadić, Emir Osmić, Renata Papišta, Endi Posković, Daniel Premec, Nihad Nino Pušija, Damir Radović, Lala Raščić, Maja Ružnić, Damir Šagolj, Selma Selman, Nebojša Šerić-Shoba, Irena Sladoje, Bojan Stojčić, Alma Suljević, Selman Trtovac, Unknown Autor, Roman Uranjek, Mathieu Valade, Edo Vejselović, Jean-Luc Verna, Moren Vogel, Dragan Vojvodić, Nardina Zubanović, Enes Zuljević

With about 400 pieces by 250 established and emerging artists, the Pierre Courtin Collection represents a privileged observatory on the art scene in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans and beyond.

It was 2004 when Pierre Courtin opened the Duplex100m2 contemporary art gallery in Sarajevo. A space for exhibition and presentation of projects, a place for gathering and discussion, it will become over the years an indispensable reference point for contemporary art in the Balkan area. The gallery, active until 2018, will allow Courtin to considerably enrich his collection, begun in Paris in 2001 and focused specifically on contemporary art from BiH.

At the Archaeological Museum in Castelleone di Suasa (Ancona, Italy), the exhibition "Pierre Courtin Collection" offers a significant glimpse into the collection and presents essentially works by artists active in BiH, tangible evidence of the gallery's history, Courtin's affiliation with Sarajevo and the ever-deepening ties woven with the local contemporary scene.

On the borderline between collecting and artistic gesture, the exhibition curated by Lucia Gigli transforms the works into a moldable matter, giving life to mobile and floating constructions, where staging and staging play a crucial role.

As in a large jigsaw puzzle reminiscent of the erudition and eclecticism of ancient Wunderkammer, the works in the Courtin Collection activate the memory of vanished forms, tell, and invent stories, and arouse curiosity, each time constructing new meanings and provoking ever-changing reactions in the viewer.

The collection, built through exchanges and donations, today represents a mirror of friendships and shared visions, as well as a form of personal, affective, and sentimental utopia.

Previously, excerpts from the collection were presented at the OUI Art Center in Grenoble (France) in 2008, at the BANG Art Center in Chicoutimi (Canada) in 2013, at the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Portrait Gallery in Tuzla in 2018, and the KRAK Center for Art and Culture in Bihac (BiH) in 2022.