Ruben Montini




Performance for choir and organ

Curated by Mara Ambrozic

Associate curator: Yvannoé Kruger


Oratoire du Louvre

145 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

6.30pm to 10.30 pm


COSA RESTA DI NOI - Requiem is the title of the project that the artist Ruben Montini will be taking to Paris, to the Oratory of the Louvre (Église Protestante Réformée de l’Oratoire du Louvre) to be performed on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 from 6.30 to 10.30 pm.


The work, conceived specifically for the Oratoire du Louvre, which has supported the production of the project together with Galleria Massimodeluca, is a performance for choir and organ and explores the boundaries between the world of music and the world of visual arts so to reflect on the poetic sense of the European Union. A Union which, in the eyes of the artist, justifies itself not only in a political and financial veil or in regard to the current differences generated by the crisis, but should be interpreted and sought in the founding principles and in the cultural aspects common to all European peoples.


The performance is therefore based on integrating the motives of the national anthems of the European countries into the structure and tones of the Requiem in D Minor, K 626 by Wolfgang A. Mozart at the very moment of the performance. This is accomplished by two musicians - the Venetian Giovanni Mancuso and the young French composer Benjamin Patrier-Leituz - through constant live improvisation during the performance and on-site composition.


The four-hour event will be divided into two parts with an interval. It will be an opportunity for the public to observe the creative process of composition and to listen to its performance in the final rehearsal. Montini has conceived a structure based on the typical impact of the artistic performance, which together with the requiem, reflects the themes of Europeanness through consecutive virtuoso repetitions, failures and possible discoveries. The project aims not simply at being a musical event, but a place of exchange and of constructive cooperation between the artist, the composers, the conductor and the choir, called upon to improvise on a musical partition that happens simultaneously and in an unpredictable way.


Maestro Frédéric Pineau will conduct the musicians and the choir consisting of 100 elements of the Chœur Symphonique des Grandes Écoles de Paris, a partner of the project. The performance is the end result of a project started by Montini in 2013 following a conversation with Mara Ambrozic, curator of the event, which has been organized with the associate curator Yvannoé Kruger.


Acknowledgements go to the Presidency and the Presbyteral Council of the Oratorie du Louvre and in in particular to Aurelien Peter, François Sarhan, Mélanie Arensma, Sean Barker and Alexander Pohnert.


Ruben Montini (Italy, 1986) lives and works in Berlin. In 2010 he earn a MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design of London, after receiving a BA in Visual Art, Painting degree, from the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and a scholarship awarded at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In his artistic research, he develops a particular language that is at the same time dry and radical, while quasi romantic and nostalgic, looking at the history of performance, especially those works developed by feminist central-european artists in the ‘60s and 70’s, tackling pressing issues of the queer and LGBT community and subjects on the cutting edge of contemporary European geography, carrying on an analysis on what it means for him today being European, before than Italian, migrant within the European Union and being part of the LGBT minority. He took part in several internationally shows both in private galleries and public institutions such as: Museo Ettore Fico, Turin (2015); Turtle Salon in the Forest, Fargfabriken, Stockholm; Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Buenos Aires (2014-2015); ArtStays, Ptuj – Slovenia (2014); Teoremi, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova (2014); Piece, Teatro Studio Krypton, Scandicci – Florence (2014); Microutopias of the everyday and Theatre of Life, Co Ca Znaki Czausu, Torùn – Poland (2013 – 2012); Art International, Istanbul (2013); Piccolo Festival, University of Trento (2012); Luce e Movimento, Signum Foundation for the Biennale of Architecture, Venice (2010); Realpresence, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2008); MKG, Belgrade (2008).


Mara Ambrozic is an art editor, curator and independent lecturer. On the occasion of the 52nd edition of the Venice Biennale in 2007 she co-curated the Slovenian Pavilion Venetian, Atmospheric of Tobias Putrih. From 2008 to 2010 she was curator at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice. From 2007 to 2012 she was teaching publishing and theory of contemporary art at the Faculty of Art & Design of the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). In 2013 she was Visiting Lecturer in Cultural Politics at the Master in Communication at Sciences Po, Paris. In the same year she published “Art as a Thinking Process. Visual Forms of Knowledge Production” with Sternberg Press, Berlin. In 2014 she is co-editor with Simon Njami of the publication“Divine Comedy” published by Kerber Press, Berlin, in co-production with MMK-Museum of Modern Art of Frankfurt and the Smithsonian Institute of Washington. In the year 2014 she was part of the production and curatorial team of the new exhibition program of the Monnaie de Paris. Member of the University DPU Ljubljana, she currently lives and works in Paris.


Yvannoé Kruger (Paris, 1987) is an independent curator.
Graduated from the London College of Communication & Central Saint Martins, he subsequently worked in branding, notably for Jam Design & Communication in London. From 2012 to 2015 he is a part of the team of the Cultural and Artistic Program of Palais de Tokyo in Paris, where he was following all major events, concerts, special and video art projects as well as festivals, such as (Entre)ouverture or Banlieu is Beautiful (2014). In this frame, he collaborates regularly on projects joining musicians and contemporary artists, as those of Oliver Beer, Franck Krawczyk (with Angelika Markul), Mikhail Rudy (with Philippe Parreno), Keiishiro Shibuya (with Hiroshi Sugimoto) or François Sarhan. Since 2013 he has begun to curate several projects independently, including Installations T3 by Benjamin Mecz in the frame of Nuit Blanche (2014) and YIA Art Fair (2014). He lives and works in Paris.

ph Ela Bialkowska, OKNO studio