If it is true that ‘unity leads to strength’, then the museums of contemporary art in Lombardy will soon be a truly invincible team.

Chiara Dynys, 'Nul', TWISTER, FAI Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, 2009

Chiara Dynys, 'Nul', TWISTER, FAI Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, 2009

These museums have joined forces to create Twister, an operative network of meetings and mutual collaboration to exalt the region’s heritage, support the young artists and encourage better understanding of contemporary art among the general public. It often happens that current artistic expressions produce something incomprehensible and unapproachable. The basic idea behind Twister was to acquire works of contemporary art and include them in the permanent collections of the different museums; these are therefore projected to the future and the contemporary works are somehow placed in context and connected (also physically) with something that can be easier to understand. The pieces were selected by an international jury, through an invitation-only competition; of the sixty artists contacted, twenty projects were short-listed and this list produced the ten prize-winners. The artists were asked to design a piece ad hoc for one of the museums, a creation that was neither invasive nor monumental. It could be included in the exhibition halls or in the area around the museum, in the city or possibly in the courtyard of the institution. The creations can therefore be described as site-specific or site-related, designed by Carlo Bernardini, Chiara Dynys, Loris Cecchini and Lara Favaretto among others.

Carlo Bernardini, 'Codice Spaziale', TWISTER, MAM Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (MN), 2009

Carlo Bernardini, 'Codice Spaziale', TWISTER, MAM Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (MN), 2009

Twister also includes a piece of web art, an on-line creation supervised by Ofri Cnaani, which highlights the Internet collaboration between the ten museums. All the works involved in Twister will be inaugurated simultaneously on October 2009. In the meantime, we can sit back and appreciate the benefits of this form of collaboration devised to further culture.

Opening picture, Moccellin-Pellegrini, ‘Forse possiamo anche fare una mappa per perdersi’, TWISTER, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Lissone (MI), 2009

Madame Duplok, 'Per grazia ricevuta', TWISTER, Museo Civico Floriano Bodini, Gemonio (VA), 2009

Madame Duplok, 'Per grazia ricevuta', TWISTER, Museo Civico Floriano Bodini, Gemonio (VA), 2009

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