Auguri!: An Unusual Dialogue with Contemporary Art

Altar (2014) by Kris Martin

With the Contemporary Art Exhibition for the Jubilee of the 800 years of the Order of Preachers titled “Augur!”, the Order is proposing an unusual dialogue. Livia Mazzanti has been asked to enter into a dialogue with the work of the Belgian artist, Kris Martin. The 12 thematic works located in and around the Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome will result in a creative process that will in turn lead listeners to enter into a dialogue with the works.

Livia Mazzanti

An organist from the large interpretative horizon, Livia Mazzanti is also an improviser, an art transmitter from Giacinto Scelsi in Rome, and Jean Guillou in Paris. Her recordings of works by Schoenberg, Busoni, Hindemith, Scelsi, Guillou, and the rediscovery of the world premiere of integral Rota and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, are considered as references.

She has recorded for Fonè, RCA Victor / BMG France, Philips Classic, Argos, Stradivarius, Aeolus, Continuous. Her concerts have taken here everywhere in Europe, the United States, in the Middle East. From '95 lead at the Rome International Festival MUSICOMETA which she created to collaborations with the Christuskirche. In 2011, she debuted successfully at the Philharmonie in Berlin.

Livia Mazzanti performed at a concert at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on 26 November 2016

Kris Martin

By altering found objects, re-creating canonical works of art and literature, and staging conceptual interventions, Kris Martin challenges notions of time and history. As he claims, his riddling works are “invitations for the viewer to reflect”.

100 Years (2004), for example, is a seemingly innocuous golden sphere, allegedly set to explode in 2104. By slating this work for self-destruction, Martin highlights its temporality, questioning our drive to defeat time and transience through preservation. Other conceptual works include an intervention he staged at the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London, in which a woman’s voice came over the PA system, urging all attendees to take a moment of silence for personal reflection. 

Kris Martin works are currently on exhibition at the Convent and Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome. He is exhibiting the following works:

  • Water (2015) – Different receptacles, all containing water.
  • Conductor (2002) – Conductor’s baton
  • What’s the time (2006) – Sound piece
  • Mr (2007) – Mirror
  • Festum II (2010) – Bronze confetti
  • Still Alive (2010) – Silver-plated bronze cast of the 3D-scanned skull of Kris Martin
  • Spatium (2009) – 12 photos
  • Petrus (2015) – RoosterIdiot IV (2007) – Bronze cross with elongated, bent arms
  • Bee (2009) – Solid gold bee
  • Mandi VIII (2006) – Plaster cast of the famous Laocoon group
  • Altar (2014) – Metal replica of the multi-panelled, 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck


(12 December 2016)