Margrethe Kolstad Brekke
How to Implement Utopia

Opening 06/06/2019, 7pm
Until 25/08/2019

A new series of exhibitions in Museion’s Studio house is about to get underway. The Studio house, in line with the museum’s mission, gives space every year to young and dynamic artists or cultural groups that come from, have roots in, or have taken cue from South Tyrol.  Like Lottozero,  the research centre for art, design and textile culture set up in Prato by Arianna and Tessa Moroder, both of whom originally come from Bolzano. The Studio House will host three of their site-specific projects in 2019, curated by Alessandra Tempesti.

These three projects, although considerably different from each other, have the recurring use of textile elements in common and all invite a reflection on the role of the textile factor in contemporary art, a medium with multiple technical, material and conceptual potential.


Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, How to Implement Utopia

Utopia is by definition a place that does not exist but is drawn, like a map on the horizon to generate the possibility of change.

In the year marking the five hundredth anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Margrethe Kolstad Brekke  commemorates his genius by inviting us to reconsider the conquest of flight in human history. In her work, the hang-glider, the symbol of this implemented utopia, brings a new and contemporary utopian drive to urgent contemporary issues, like climate change and renewable energy sources. For the Bolzano project, the artist built two hang-gliders. The first is displayed in the Studio House, whereas the second is conceived as a flying sculpture and public work of art and will be used throughout the summer at the Garda Flying Paradise Flying School on the Garda lake. The hang-gliders were constructed with the technical assistance of Icaro 2000, a prominent Italian company in this sector and Europe’s leading hang-glider manufacturer.

Margrethe Brekke then hand-painted a combination of ornamental motifs on the Dacron fabric of the wings. There are 17 colours, which correspond to the 17 goals in the 2030 Agenda” for Sustainable Development, published by the United Nations in 2016. The artist uses an abstract language that draws on the influence of both Bruno Munari‘s work and Sonia and Robert Delaunay‘s simultaneous circles at the dawn of Modernism to become an encrypted manifesto of the modern world.The 2030 Agenda, poetically transposed by the artist in the colour range of the hang-glider, can be seen as an instrument for reaching an achievable utopian goal by considering utopia as a method rather than an end, and therefore as the foundation of a constructive imagination for society.” Alessandra Tempesti, project curator.

curated by Alessandra Tempesti

Special thanks to Christian Ciech (Icaro 2000) and Ignazio Bernardi (Garda Flying Paradise).

A 10% discount on a dual hang glider flight with an instructor will be available to all visitors by presenting the exhibition flyer at the Garda Flying Paradise flight school. For more information and reservation: +39 347 2284361


Margrethe Kolstad Brekke (b. Bergen, Norway 1979) studied textile art and visual arts at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Often seen as public art projects, her installations highlight compelling issues, such as climate change and the need to shift our energy requirements to renewable sources. Her work has recently appeared in the following exhibitions: Potential Exceeds the Demand, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, 2019; Elementene, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, 2019; Cold Current, Adiacenze, Bologna 2018. In 2019 the artist will present her project The Next Great Accelerator at Flag-no-Flag in Reggio Emilia.

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Foto Lineematiche – L. Guadagnini / T. Sorvillo, Courtesy Lottozero