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Video still Cesare Pietroiustiís untitled 2006 performance on April 30, 2006, in which the artist began to demolish a wall in the end of an underground tunnel at Angelo Mai
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by Kristen Lorello

"In the last decade, the model for an art gallery has been, once again, that of a clean and neutral space, large and suitable for passive fruition. I do not believe in this presumed neutrality, and have the impression that it functions to legitimate rules and values; pretending to be just a frame, it functions as an enclosure." So wrote Italian artist Cesare Pietroiusti in 1992, invoking the historical avant-gardeís commitment to reintegrating art into everyday life by critically addressing artís own institutional frame. Several recent exhibitions in Rome demonstrated a continuing preoccupation with such issues.