3 BIENNALE ARTE DOLOMITI
“THE KEY TO BE FREE”
FORTE DI MONTE RICCO - PIEVE DI CADORE
BELLUNO - ITALY
15 / 05 / 2022 – 17 / 07 / 2022
RETURN OF BIENNALE
The 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti 2022 is a milestone – marking the robust recovery and resuming of this leading mountain biennale (with its previous editions in 2016 and 2018) after the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti 2022 is proud to announce the strong participation of local and international artists (35 artists in all), with a strong showing of 10 Italian artists and 25 visual artists from more than 15 countries including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Greece, Israel, Palestine, Poland, Turkey, Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United States of America (USA).
The 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti 2022 announces a fresh venue as this year’s platform – the historic site of the Forte di Monte Ricco (or Monte Ricco Fort) (Pieve Di Cadore).
THEME & VISION
The idea of freedom – in all its diverse aspects and forms – is the theme for this 3rd edition of the Biennale, with calls to artists of varying nationalities and different stages of their practice to reflect on and respond to notions of freedom, liberties and emancipations.
The ideas of freedom have a deeper resonance in our recent times. While the Great War of the Dolomites still resound in many in the Alpine region, the spectre of the threat of war in Europe has intensified with daily news relating to the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
All this even as many countries continue to suffer the shared experience of restrictions, lock-downs and rules to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants – that inevitably also curb our freedom to travel and interact with each other.
There is also the notion of freedom that is linked to ideas of Nature and environmental sustainability – where individual freedoms and economic liberties, (seen in excessive consumption and waste), have been taken at the expense of Nature and a sustainable way of life. A different kind of war with Nature has been going on.
It is the vision of the 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti to give the visitor a moment of peace, pause, remembrance, thought and action, in response to the diverse forms of art, in a historic fort, enveloped by uncontaminated nature – rousing us like a hymn or anthem to freedom beyond boundaries of nationality, age, gender or resources.
The Biennale is proud to present a contemporary exhibition of weight and significance as artists around the world enrich our understanding of freedoms and what it means.
The historic fort of Monte Ricco is situated at an altitude of 953 m above sea-level. Once a pre-modern castle, it has undergone several conversions including into a military fortress in the late 19th century.
It was reconstructed between 1882 and 1895, together with fortifications of the Cadore entrenched camp, in a defensive system erected to defend the territory against the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Austrians took possession of it in 1917, and blew it up a year later, at the end of the war. Following the Italian counterattack, the fort was abandoned. In 1940, at the outbreak of the Second World War, the fort was still on the front line, part of the Alpine valley. The strengthening of the Cadore defensive system was never implemented, and the fort was remained abandoned. the other Recent extensive restorations and management, led by the Municipality of the Pieve di Cadore and Museo & Fondazione Tiziano and Museo dell’Occhiale have led to the Fort’s re-branding as a heritage and cultural site – with its official re-opening in May 2017 marked by the launch of a contemporary art exhibition.
The fort continues this identity and direction as a platform for contemporary artistic expressions in Italy and internationally with the inauguration of the 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti 2022 on the 15 May 2022.
The great cultural value of this Biennale event guarantees a tremendous reception and response from the public. The branding and identity of the fort as a space for contemporary culture enhances the lively interaction between art and the mountains with the invaluable support from the political-cultural authorities and the local and international press.
Special thanks to the Mayor Giuseppe Casagrande of Pieve Cadore, BL for having hosted us in this important space, the Forte di Monte Ricco, for the 3rd edition of the Biennale Arte Dolomiti, which could not have been realized without his constant support.
Furthermore, I am sincerely grateful to the artists and curators, and the mountain people, many of whom I feel proud to consider friends, who without hesitation believed in me – and I am certain that 3rd Biennale Arte Dolomiti at Forte di Monte Ricco is only the beginning of a new vital tradition for Pieve di Cadore.
I thank the artists who have ‘crossed borders’ to share their ideas of freedom – it means so much for someone like myself, who is Finnish in origins but who has crossed many boundaries to reside in Italy for so many years.
My Asian artist and curator friends call me “the Water Tiger” that defies the odds and rises to the challenge to bring about positive change and transformation.
Well, I dedicate this edition to all the people who have survived wars, conflicts and infringements on their freedom and stand with those who continue to find their freedom and independence at risk today, even as we present this biennale.