SMACH.2023: Land Art exhibition in the Dolomites

07 February 2023

SMACH - San Martin Art Culture History - is a land art project and a biennial exhibition for artists from all over the world that started in 2012 in San Martino in Badia.

The project aims to represent the combination of 'art and nature', in which the latter exhibits artistic creations, specifically designed and adapted to the various sites.

Over the years, SMACH has grown to become a non-profit cultural association in 2018 with objectives such as organising the SMACH competition every two years, organising side events, deepening historical, cultural and traditional aspects of the area, and creating in people an interest in art and the appreciation of the Dolomites.

The theme of the 2023 edition will be rebirth and change, also linked to the pandemic situation experienced and the drama of the ongoing war. The key word for this sixth edition is therefore SPROUTING, which means 'sprouting'. "Literally, the action of sprouting is the birth of potential new plant life, thus symbolising fertility, luxuriance and wealth, but in being the sprout is still delicate, it must be nurtured, protected, cared for. It is the future in the present time. But 'sprouting' is also a term used to indicate, in the field of neural plasticity, the ability of the nervous system to modify, based on experience, and for learning purposes, its circuits both structurally and functionally'.

Generally, the 'SMACH' art competition aims to bring artists from all over the world to the territories at the foot of the UNESCO Dolomites to create works of art, installations and artistic interventions under the open sky. At the end of each SMACH exhibition, some of the sculptures are brought to the permanent sculpture exhibition-park in Val dl'Ert (from the Ladin Valle dell'Arte) in San Martino in Badia.

Val dl'Ert was in fact conceived as a 'work in progress'. From year to year, its collection is enriched with works from the SMACH competition and the exhibition park is intended to be a concept space open to cultural realities. The identifying elements of the park are: the interaction of the works of art with nature and the environment in which they are placed, and the representation of international artists.

The OPEN AIR exhibition will open on 8 July and can be visited until 10 September 2023.

Exhibition locations | SMACH.2023

  • Lake Rina
  • Mount Muro
  • the Putia meadows
  • Poma Pass and the pastures of Medalges
  • the plateaus of Pued and Gardenaccia
  • the Santa Croce sanctuary
  • the Armentara meadows
  • the Sant'Antonio Pass
  • Fanes
  • Pederü

These sites make up a circular route that can be hiked over 3 days.

These sites will make up a circular route that can be covered in three days of hiking.

Jury | SMACH.2023

  • Federica Beretta (Director, Hauser & Wirth, Monte-Carlo)
  • Jasmine Deporta (Artist, Lausanne-Bolzano Bozen)
  • Giulia Ferracci (Curator, MAXXI, Rome)
  • Emanuele Masi (Artistic Director Bolzano Danza - Haydn Foundation, Bolzano Bozen)
  • Stefan Sagmeister (Designer, New York)
  • Peter Zumthor (Architect, Haldenstein)

Awards | SMACH.2023

A prize of 2,000 euros will be awarded to each of the 10 selected works.

The fee includes coverage of costs regarding: conception, production, materials, transport (if not produced on site), installation-positioning, possible dismantling (if the work will not be acquired or donated).

Programme | SMACH.2023

  • 01/12/2022 - Opening of the call for proposals
  • 26/03/2023 - Deadline for submission of proposals
  • 10-14/04/2023 - Selection by the jury
  • 17/04/2023 - Announcement of winners
  • 05-11/06/2023 - Installation of works (maximum 5 days during this period)
  • 08/07/2023 - Inauguration
  • 10/09/2023 - End of exhibition
  • by 17/09/2023 - Disassembly of works

Contact | SMACH.2023
SMACHStr. Preroman 20/A | 39030 San Martin de Tor (BZ) | Italy - Dolomites
Telephone: +39 0474 523 175 / +39 349 21 50 164

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