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Performance May 5th 

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Brussels-based, Italian artist Francesca Grilli has developed the performance project "Family" and in collaboration with the National Museum in Oslo it will be performed at Trondheim kunstmuseum once every quarter over a two-year period.

"Family" is about time—represented through the different generations and through their different voices. In interaction with works from the collective exhibition spanning a time period of several hundred years, the performance is given an expanded time dimension. Grilli views the museum as a family tree, as a backbone in time. "I like the idea that a family can take ownership of the museum. By celebrating their favorite works with song, they become an artwork themselves, placed within the institution," she says.

"Family" does not restrict itself to biological relationships but looks to the expansion of the concepts of love and community. 

With the presence of the participating family at the museum over time, Grilli also seeks to unite art and life in a few simple moments.

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About the artist:

Francesca Grilli (1978; lives and works between Bologna and Bruxelles) utilises a multidisciplinary language focussing on performance, video and installation practices. She exhibited solo and collective in international museums and institutions including: Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2022); MAXXI L'AQUILA, L'Aquila (2021); Baltic Circle, Helsinki (2020); Mladi Levi Festival, Lubiana (2020); Kaunas Biennal, Kaunas (2019); Saal Biennal, Tallin (2019); Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo - Rimini (2019-2017); Palais De Tokyo, Parigi (2017); Serralves Foundation, Porto (2017); Netwerk, Aalst (2017); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2017-2015); Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück (2017); Centrale Fies, Fies - Trento (2017 - 2006); MAXXI, Roma (2016); Padiglione Italia, 55. Biennale Arte di Venezia (2013); MADRE, Napoli (2011); MACRO, Roma (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London (2009); MAMBO, Bologna (2010), Manifesta7, Bolzano (2008).

Alessandra Bordiga, performer and music trainer, is interested in improvisation and experimental uses of the voice. She has participated in several international contemporary art performing festivals and various musical projects, from ancient singing to jazz and pop and improvisation, as a composer and as a performer.


  • Francesca Grilli / artist
  • Alessandra Bordiga / composer and voice coach
  • Willy de Rooij / casting support
  • Ettore Lombardi / styling
  • Benno Steinegger / external observer
  • Chiara Fava / administration
  • Chiara Massari / production
  • Elena Regazzoni / communications
  • Supported by Corpoceleste
Museum24:Portal - 2024.05.16
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