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"HERMANN NITSCH. CELEBRATING LIFE" OPENS AT THE IAGA GALLERY IN ROMANIA

IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery has the great pleasure of hosting the exhibition Hermann Nitsch Celebrating life, from 30th April to 18th June, curated by Beatrice Benedetti, Georgeta Olimpia Bera e Walter Bonomi.  This exhibition shows the beginnings of “performance art” of Hermann Nitsch, in fact his artwork is based on the confrontation between artist and material, entailing the live presence of the human figure, scarified animals and verdant elements. Nitsch developed these artistic means of exteriorization in the form of a dynamic opus magnum carried out under the name “Orgien Mysterien Theater” (OMT).

The showing hosted by the Gallery IAGA is based on a curatorial work focusing on a video/photographic retrospective of the Gesamtkunstwerk and a joined presentation of Hermann Nitsch’s most emblematic work, documented by the artist as a testimony of the period in which these actions took place.

The present showing at Cluj is the result of a tight and lingering collaboration between the IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery, BoxArt Gallery of Verona (Italy) and the artist’s Atelier in Prinzendorf, Austria. The exhibition inaugurates on 30 April am 18:00.

 


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EMILIO ISGRO' AT THE TORNABUONI ART GALLERY IN PARIS

From 21 April to 17 June 2017 Emilio Isgrò will for the first time in Paris with a retrospective that Milan has moved to London before arriving in the French capital.

Great innovator of artistic language has become famous for its "erasures", created to reveal text fragments that contribute to the creation of the so called "visual poetry", defined in 1966 by the artist as General Art.

The protagonist of the show is the installation of the erasure of the Encyclopedia Britannica, consisting of 24 volumes, with which the artist wants to erase the culture as mere scholarship searching for the ultimate freedom. The exhibition also presents a monumental installation created especially for the exhibition: The light of freedom, 2017.

Info: www.tornabuoniart.fr


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CASA TESTORI PRESENTS THE EXHIBITION "ART AGAINST CORRUPTION"

Saturday 8 April at 18:00 opens the exhibition ART against corruption at Casa Testori, chaired by Carlo Maria Pinardi. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the issue of corruption as concerns Italy directly, which covers one of the lowest position about how corruption affects the happiness of people, according to the recent Report issued by the ONU World Happiness.

The active membership of different artists including: Emilio Isgrò, Mimmo Paladino, Corrado Levi and many others, demonstrates how this problem is felt very close. The exhibition investigates the phenomenon on the implication that it has in people's daily lives. Emilio Isgrò protagonist of one of the meetings held at the Teatro Franco Parenti (with the Prosecutor Franco Greco), brings home Testori one of his most emblematic works from the perspective of civil message: the Constitution has been deleted.

Casa Testori, Novate Milanese (MI) 9, Italy

April 8th – June 4th 2017

Tuesday – Friday 14:00-18:00

Saturday and Sunday 15:00-20:00

 

Info: www.casatestori.it


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EMILIO ISGRO' AT THE CIVIC ART GALLERY OF MODENA

Saturday, March 25 at 18:00 1979-1988  inaugurates Alphabeta at the Palazzo Santa Margherita in Corso Canalgrande 103, Modena. The exhibition takes its name from the famous cultural magazine Alfabeta and is dedicated to 66 artist proofs made by 49 authors.

The group of works on paper, including drawings, collages, graphics and photographs, were among the first to be captured by the Civic Art Gallery of Modena collection in the late 1980s, following the closure magazine, looks like a precious and rare insight into what has been a major cultural phenomenon, driven by the spirit of the neo-avant-garde.

The exhibition is open with free entrance from 25th of March to 7th May from Wednesday to Friday 10.30-13.00 16.00-19.30. On Saturday and Sunday 10.30-19.30.

‚Äč‚ÄčInfo: www.galleriacivicamodena.it


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ANDREA MASTROVITO AT THE 35th EDITION OF BERGAMO FILM MEETING

Bergamo Fil Meeting in collaboration with The Blank realises two importants appointments focused on contemporary art and film making from 11st  to 19th March 2017.

Franco Vaccari, one of the most important italian artist of the contemporary language, set up the enviromental video inastallation in Real time display n. 45  at the Porta S. Agostino and place outside of the space the installation The electronic beggar. For Real-time display n. 45, continuing a search based on the involvement and sharing, Franco Vaccari has invited some of Bergamo artists to create the couches in front of the projection of the shelters in which to rest and dream, developed according to their respective languages ‚Äč‚Äčand poetry . The artists will carry ten unpublished sculptures-bed, especially designed to communicate with the video Good Night. The artists involved are: Davide Allieri, Cinzia Benigni, Filippo Berta, DZT collective, Oscar Giaconia, Daniele Maffeis, Andrea Mastrovito, Giovanni Oberti, Francesco Pedrini, Maria Francesca Tassi.

‚ÄčInfo: www.theblank.it

 

 


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LIU BOLIN AT THE BAM, BIENNALE ARCIPELAGO MEDITERRANEO, WITH MIGRANTS

The Festival BAM, Biennial Mediterranean Archipelago opens in Palermo on 24 February at 17.30 with Liu bolin Migrants

The Chinese artist Liu Bolin, focusing his work on the question of identity, in his first shots had denounced the abuse suffered by the Chinese authorities, guilty to have destroyed the artistic district which included. He was born in 1973 in the northern province of Shandong (China), Liu Bolin trained at Central Academy of applied arts in the school of Sui Jianguo; Liu belongs to the generation who became an adult in the early 90 's, when China resources from the ashes of the cultural revolution and began a rapid economic growth and relative political stability. Liu Bolin is best known for his series of images of performance Hiding in the City that touches universal themes in the relationship between man and nature and between thought and political power.

In mostra ai Cantieri della Zisa le opere realizzate a Catania, in cui l'artista, attraverso l’accurato body painting dei suoi assistenti, si fonde letteralmente con lo sfondo, fino a risultare invisibile, in questo caso tra i barconi della speranza. Protagonisti delle foto anche decine di migranti provenienti dal Cara di Mineo e da altri centri di accoglienza della Regione, dipinti del blu della bandiera europea o color della sabbia delle spiagge su cui approdano.

 

‚ÄčTimetables: from 24 of February to 17 of March 2017

‚Äč                    from Monday to Sunday. Free admission.

 

‚ÄčInfo: www.MAG.it

 

 


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MEETING WITH HERMANN NITSCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

The meeting is part of the series of events organized by Artefiera from 2011, with the aim to invoke the major protagonists of the international held weeks between 1977 and 1982 at the Galleria Comunale d'Arte moderna, then located at the Fairgrounds, and financed for the most part by Ente Fiere.

These famous events were by the proposer, ably assisted by Francesca Abbar and Roberto Daolio, unfortunately both missing, and therefore these manifestations become also a fitting tribute to their memory.The main character whom the next giveaway is the viennese Hermann Nitsch, the celebrated founder of the Orgien-und-Misterien Theater, consisting of great performances aimed at staging of "mysteries", but designed with an irreverent, to obtain some sort of "black masses", designed to achieve fair to bring to light the negative and destructive impulses lie dormant in each of us even Freudian teaching, in order to achieve a catharsis, a release from the negative and harmful obsessions differently. In particular, the very first edition of the Settimane, besides going famous to Marina and Ulay, involved naked in the doorway of the Gallery of modern art, was marked by huge performance organized by Nitsch in the former Church of Santa Lucia, at that time in a state of great ruin.

As mentioned in previous occasions, also in this case there will be an intense dialogue, with the help of a translator, the germanist of the our University Roberto Rizzo, between the artist and the curator Barilli aimed at rebuilding, with the help of audiovisual material, the main steps of the career of Nitsch.
The auditorium Enzo Biagi limits may not be exceeded by 200 seats, which will be accessed by invitation, in part distributed by the University's public relations Office, in part by the Department of arts.

Free admission by invitation until availability

‚ÄčInfo: www.unibo.it


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EMILIO ISGRO' FOR THE FIRST TIME IN UNITED KINGDOM AT THE TORNABUONI ART LONDON

Tornabuoni Art London is pleased to announce the first UK retrospective of Italian artist Emilio Isgrò from 8th of Frebraury 2017. One of the great innovators of the artistic language in post-war Italy, Isgrò offers a different perspective on the country’s artistic panorama to what has been shown in the UK before. Tornabuoni is taking this opportunity to broaden its focus beyond the Spatialist and Arte Povera avant-gardes and consider the role of one of the main proponents of Visual Poetry and precursor of international conceptual art since the early 1960s. 

As befits the London chapter of this retrospective travelling between Milan, London and Paris, the exhibition will open with the Encyclopaedia Britannica, whose 24 volumes Isgrò deleted in 1969. This installation, monumental by its size and undertaking, was presented by Tornabuoni at Art Basel Unlimited 2016 and epitomises the artist’s trademark deletion technique, with which he painstakingly strikes through text and image by hand with India ink. While his work evokes historic iconoclastic practices and more recent acts of censorship and misinformation, Isgrò nonetheless regards his deletions as a creative endeavour rather than a destructive one.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new scholarly catalogue published by Forma Edizioni and edited by Marco Bazzini, with texts by Luca Massimo Barbero, Andrea Bellini, Michele Bonuomo, Mathieu Copeland and the artist himself. The volume will retrace Isgrò’s artistic career and provide a deeper understanding of the themes that lie at the core of the artist’s practice.

Info: www.emilioisgro.it


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DALLAS BIENNIAL WILL FEATURE HERMANN NITSCH AND TERESA MARGOLLES

The Dallas Biennial 2016 (DB16) has officially announced that for its third installment, instead of staging a city-wide, months-long survey of regional and international artists (which it did last time), it will exclusively host and present the work of Hermann Nitsch and Teresa Margolles, starting December 31 at The Box Company in Dallas.

Nitsch, 78, is of course a co-founder of the brutal and controversial 1960s movement we know and love as Viennese Actionism. Margolles is a Mexican conceptual and performance artist and founder of the artist collective SEMEFO; her work deals with social violence and death. Featuring these two international heavy hitters is a fresh move for DB16, whose founders are Dallas-based artists and curators Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett.

DB16 writes that it will “present one of the most  comprehensive exhibitions of Nitsch’s art to be seen in the U.S,” and will include his paintings, videos, and much documentation of his 147 performances to date. For DB16, Margolles will “present site-specific, object-based and performative works which furthers her research in victimology, socioeconomics and class distinctions.” Both artists will be in attendance on December 31.

Info: www.glasstire.com


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LIU BOLIN AT THE MUSEUM OF THE WALLS FOR THE EXHIBITION "SUBLIMINA"

The Curatorial Collective composed by students of the sixth edition of the Luiss Master of Art Master's degree, under the guidance of Achille Bonito Oliva (Scientific Director of the Master), presents the exhibition SUBLIMINA.
The exhibition, organized and supported by the LUISS Creative Business Center and promoted by Rome City Council, Department of cultural growth-Capital of cultural heritage Monuments, takes place from 15 December to 10 January, in the charming rooms of the Museum of the walls at Porta San Sebastiano.
The project aims to give visual form to a reflection on the concept of border, at a time in history when the question of invalicabilità and redefinition of old and new geopolitical borders is manifested in all its problems.
 
The randomness of the borders, marks from man to create a demarcation between the self and the other, are investigated by the curatorial collective through the works of fifteen artists active on the national and international scene. The current theme of the border is dealt with not only in its geopolitical component, but also philosophical and anthropological.

A fluid path through the spaces of ancient walls between sound and video installations, photos, paintings and sculptures by Liu Bolin, Silvia Camporesi, Loris Cecchini, Luca di Luzio, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Henry LIM, Eva Marisaldi, Marzia Migliora, flame Montezemolo, Ariel Orozco, Alessandro Piangiamore, Pietro Ruffo, The Cool Couple, Glenn Weyant, Marco Maria Zanin.

LUISS Master of Art students have taken care of all the planning and organizational processes of the exhibition, from concept to choice of artists, exhibition designs, catalogue, communication.

 

 

 


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ANDREA MASTROVITO AND AN IMMIGRANT VAMPIRE IN NEW YORK FOR HIS FILM NYSFERATU

It is from 2014 that Andrea Mastrovito , aided by an army of assistants, are drawing by hand and animating the famous film Nosferatu of Friedrich W. Murnau of 1922, itself an adaptation of Dracula , the novel Bram Stoker . His goal is to finish it as soon as possible to bring to light - between August and September in New York - NYsferatu , an ambitious public art project that combines film, music and social commitment, which aims to present a report and intense biting rights of immigrants in the world today: " in practice, Murnau's Nosferatu, completely redesigned by hand, moved to the New York of today - says the artist from Bergamo - and re-told in a way that the simple story of two lovers undermined by the vampire actually become a kind of brief history of the 21st century, with the city witnessing the incredibly asleep events . " The NYsferatu of Mastrovito - soon we will return to talk about Artribune with an article wider - will in fact set in the Big Apple with the iconic Freedom Tower looming in every scene, to evoke the contemporary fears of the Other, associated with an America post -11 in September, and with each new background drawn three times to be able to replicate the beautiful and mysterious flickering shutter effect of early cinema.

A finished project, the artist and his assistants will have created more than 35 thousand original designs to produce this animated feature. " A team of more than twenty people is at work every day for months and months - continues Mastrovito -, we are finding incredible findings here in New York and missing the last to find funds with Kickstarter ". The campaign, just playing and active until January 12, which provides several benefits (from the coloring book to a limited number of incisions made ad hoc) would also allow a series of workshops in which groups of immigrants would discuss the film and its implications, rewriting of the captions of the silent film and bringing their own experience of expatriates who seek to rebuild their lives in a new country, often crossing huge barriers of xenophobia and racism. " As you can see the project is huge - adds Mastrovito - and More Art, New York-based non-profit organization with which I am working, we hope to reach $ 20 thousand missing to be able to realize a dream: to project NYsferatu in ten different nights in September, them for free in parks and theaters in New York, each time with the soundtrack with music live . "

 

‚ÄčInfo: www.artribune.com

 


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MAURO FIORESE AND FRANCO FONTANA AT THE PALAZZO DELLA TRIENNALE FOR THE EXHIBITION "PHOTOSTORIES"

"La Lettura" and Foundazione Corriere della Sera have organized at the Milan’s Triennale, from November 19 to December 11, an exhibition entitled ‚ÄčPhotoStories: Reportage, Art, News. Stories Told Through Images in the Cultural Supplement of the Corriere della Sera with the portfolios and photographic covers which have been published in the journal supplement over the past five years, curated by Gianluigi Colin and Antonio Troiano.

An engaging journey through photographs which speak of our life and artistic explorations. The language of photography celebrates at best the testimony, documentation and reinterpretation of reality, bringing us into a single gallery master photographers, from Aurelio Amendola to Monika Bulaj, Mauro Fiorese and Fabio Cuttica, from Mario Dondero to Gabriele Basilico, Mario Cresci and Franco Fontana. But also the studios of artists in New York photographed by Marco Anelli, the seaweed gatherers on the coast of Zanzibar captured on film by Danilo De Marco, Mimmo Jodice’s empty spaces and the rescued children of the Mediterranean portrayed by Fabrizio Villa. There are also poets captured in their  everyday activities by Carlo Bavagnoli and the confrontation between old and new technologies as afforded by Samuele Pellecchia’s iPhone camera and Gianni Berenco Gardin’s Leica.

Info:www.triennale.org


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ANDREA MASTROVITO HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE FONDAZIONE VAF PRIZE 2016

Andrea Matrovito is in the shortlist of the Fondazione VAF Prize 2016. The show includes works by Alice Cattaneo, Michael Fliri, Paolo Chiasera, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Gianni Politi, Luigi Presicce and few others. Mastrovito presents three brand new works expressly realized for the show together with the big installation BIG C33 (2015).

The Prize has been presented in three different exhibition sites in Italy and Germany: the MACRO Testaccio in Rome, the Stadtgalerie in Kiel and at the end at  the Kunstsammlungen in Chemnitz in Germany, where the show will be exposed until February 12th 2017.

Info:www.fondazione-vaf.it


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EMILIO ISGRO' IN FLORENCE TO COMMEMORATE THE 1966 FLOOD

The submerged city, its destroyed workshops and the books immersed in the mud. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the flood in Florence, MUS.E presents “Alfabeti Sommersi”, a unique initiative to remember the flood days and make a creative reflection on the themes of the book and historical memory.

An original and addictive documentary film, that includes unseen images and colour images by Beppe Fantacci, will be projected on the beautiful recesses of Sala d’Arme and will smartly show what happened during those terrible days. Fantacci had an important role during the flood days: he created a microcredit system, the so called “ALFA fund” supported by American industrial and commercial companies. The fund helped  quickly and efficiently the artisan activities of the city. A contemporary art exhibition will support the film with art works of two famous contemporary artists: Emilio Isgrò and Anselm Kiefer and their artistic productions focused on books, the same symbols of Florence flood. "Alfabeti Sommersi", a project by Marco Bazzini and Sergio Risaliti, will begin in Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio the first of November until November 13, 2016 from 11am to 7pm with free admission.

The exhibition includes eight art works of the named artists because the books are the key element of the itinerary. In fact, hundreds of books were invaded by river Arno in the Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and in many other historic libraries, destroying the city’s artistic and historic heritage and its extraordinary value. The two symbols became icons of this tragic event and they are universally recognized: the Crucifix by Cimabue in the Basilica di Santa Croce, irremediably damaged during November 4, 1966 and the book, the other object of the artistic heritage that was one of the main victim of the flood in Florence. Among the vast production of Kiefer and Isgrò, the book definitely represents an object of great value as it is full of universal and human meanings.

Info: http://musefirenze.it/en/eventi/alfabeti-sommersi/

 


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FIORESE'S "TREASURE ROOMS" SERIES IS GOING TO NEW YORK

Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of Mauro Fiorese. Over the course of 25 years, Fiorese has amassed an oeuvre that has captured many things including unanticipated beauty, the overlooked peculiarities and even the intangible. Most recently the series Treasure Rooms reveals the labyrinthine storage rooms of prominent Italian museums and galleries. In this series vivacious oil paintings and gilded frames are at odds with the near clinical rooms in which they are stored. Initially being met with such a scene is shocking, but upon further study there is an ordered beauty to these halls. In another series Fiorese focuses on subject matter that is less identifiable. U.Pho.S (Unidentified Photographic Subjects) turns mundane objects into alien apparitions that will leave you questioning the reality you are presented with. Fascinated with illustrating shared experiences, the series Eureka poetically captures the visual representation of an idea by employing light as a vital element in each of these images to capture each subjects’ “small epiphany."

Mauro Fiorese’s Treasure Room series will be debuting in the gallery this fall with an exhibition opening September 8th. Fiorese’s photographs are included in permanent collections of major institutions around the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France; the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy; and the Centro Internazionale di fotografia Scavi Scaligeri, Verona, Italy. His latest series Treasure Rooms was awarded the 2015 CODICE MIA Award. Most recently Fiorese was invited to contribute to the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland along with 40 other world cultural leaders. The artist lives and works in Verona, Italy.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO NITSCH AT THE ASOLO BIENNIAL 2016

Saturday, May 21 Hermann Nitsch was awarded in Asolo for a successful career, to grant the award, the jury of the fourth edition of the Biennale of Asolo.

The artist, very close to Asolo territory where for certain periods resides. Nitsch is present among the side events of the Prize with an exhibition of his works at the convent of SS. Peter and Paul.

Info: Asolo Biennal 2016


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BOXART @ ART PARIS 2016, MARCH 31 - APRIL 3

Boxart gallery will be present at Art Paris 2016, from March 30 to April 3, booth E23.

Opening on invitation March 30. 

Boxart decided to show visions of what is supposed to be the temple of art, the Museum, based on different ideas of four artists represented by the gallery. At the Galleria Borghese in Rome the Chinese artist Liu Bolin "met" Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova and decided to disappear into that sculpture. For the Austrian master Hermann Nitsch, a museum space is like a theatre in which can perform his actions. For Mauro Fiorese the artworks displayed in the museum rooms are strictly tied to the ones hidden. Since 2014 he has portrayed the storages of the most important Italian museums. In Marco Cingolani's painting "Museo Lapidario Maffeiano (The red recapture the ancient white)", the red color, loved by Italian artist, reclaims a column archaic that stands out in its whiteness.Boxart decided to show visions of what is supposed to be the temple of art, the Museum, based on different ideas of four artists represented by the gallery. At the Galleria Borghese in Rome the Chinese artist Liu Bolin "met" Paolina Borghese by Antonio Canova and decided to disappear into that sculpture. For the Austrian master Hermann Nitsch, a museum space is like a theatre in which can perform his actions. For Mauro Fiorese the artworks displayed in the museum rooms are strictly tied to the ones hidden. Since 2014 he has portrayed the storages of the most important Italian museums. In Marco Cingolani's painting "Museo Lapidario Maffeiano (The red recapture the ancient white)", the red color, loved by Italian artist, reclaims a column archaic that stands out in its whiteness.


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CRUCIFIXIONS. FRANCIS BACON, HERMANN NITSCH, CONCETTO POZZATI

The artists on show in the exhibition at the Palazzo Aldovrandi Montanari in Via Galliera N°8, Bologna, from 21 January to 21 February 2016, include Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of the Viennese Actionism movement and the creator of Das Orgien Mysterien Theater (the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries), which inextricably combines life, art, philosophy, music, theatre and painting.

Two galleries are devoted to works by Nitsch, the Sala Verde with two of his most important drawings: The Last Supper (1976-79) and The Deposition in the Sepulchre (2007). Two key moments in the life of Christ, in which it is the humanity of the Son of God that prevails, they reveal the essence of the Viennese master's creative process, representing human existence in its two Apollonian and Dionysian, spiritual and sensual aspects. This is how the artist describes the Eucharist, which fascinates him for the way it fuses body and soul: «starting out from the truth of the cross, I have always seen a link with greek tragedy: christ is the hero who fails but who succeeds in redemption, undergoing resurrection, the blood sacrifice of his death on the cross is transfigured and sublimated in the bloodless repetition of his sacrifice through the celebration of mass. his flesh and his blood become the food which gives eternal life to all of us. his sacrifice must be celebrated during the eucharist in order to take up the path of the sublimation of all sacrifices. (from The Last Supper by Hermann Nitsch, Prinzendorf, 2000).

In the Central Hall of the Palazzo, eight large canvases (each of them two by three metres), form a rhomboid, creating a sort of cell at the centre of the room, on which colours of various consistencies are splashed, spread, dripped and poured from above. The works also include two red canvases made in 2012 for Nitsch's 64th Malaktion (Action-painting) at MART museum in Rovereto and shown the following year at the Museo Archeologico in St Mark's Square, during the 55th Venice Biennale. These works fulfil the Wagnerian ideal of the total work of art – a complex ensemble of outcome and process – which has always inspired Nitsch.

Admission to the event is free of charge, and it is put on by The Francis Bacon Collection in collaboration with the Hermann Nitsch Archive in Vienna and the Boxart gallery in Verona.

Info:

Crucifixions. Francis Bacon, Hermann Nitsch, Concetto Pozzati

21 January – 21 February 2016

Palazzo Aldrovandi Montanari, Via Galliera 8 - Bologna

www.francisbaconcollection.com - info@francisbaconcollection.com


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"NITSCH AND HIS MUSIC" AT NITSCH MUSEUM, MISTELBACH

Music-Editor and Moderator Albert Hosp and Hermann Nitsch talk about Nitsch`s Music.

Nov 08, 2015 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Artist Talk with Hermann Nitsch about the most important influences (from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, up to Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler, Schönberg and Scrjabin) for his own music. Samples of the influence pieces and Hermann Nitschs music will be played and discussed.

After the speech of the artist, a wine tasting will be offered.

Event limited availability, registration needed.
Free shuttle Vienna - Mistelbach - Vienna
Registrations:

EMAIL: veranstaltungen@nitschmuseum.at
PHONE: +43676640 35 54


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'In the darkroom with Steve Sabella' public on Vimeo

'In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella' has been made public on Vimeo.
Check it out!


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Liu Bolin at MACBA of Buenos Aires - Solo exhibition and performance

Can someone disappear from our visual field? Liu Bolin's work seems to answer affirmatively to that question. Hiding in the City comprises a series of self-portraits where, without using any finishing technique, he appears camouflaged in different surroundings to the point of becoming invisible as a way of protesting against the system. To achieve that, he paints himself into the various settings where he has chosen to pose, many of which are symbol of countries' economic growth to the detriment of the citizens' wellbeing.

Within the framework of BP.15, and parallel to his exhibition at the MACBA, the artist will develop a photo-performance outside said space for Target, a series where the procedure is modified. The individual perspective that characterizes his work will now focus on a group take: he will move away from his role of single subject of the action to include more people into his work, that is those generally affected by the issue to be questioned. In the last months he has shown interest in genetically modified foods. That is why he has chosen to work next to a group of participants —to be recruited during his stay— in a transgenic soybean field. The joint make-up and camouflage session prior to the shoot will take them at least 10 hours and will be carried out in studio. The process will be open to the public during its last production stage: the photo shoot.

Bolin's work expresses the interaction between human beings and the objects they have invented or created. His aim is to reflect upon the existing reality and to generate a debate on the different issues using Art as a tool. During his stay in Buenos Aires, he will try to raise awareness on a conflict that will have a serious impact on the population.

 

Date: June 2
Time: 7 pm
Venue: MACBA. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
Free admission / Previous enrollment required on May 26 on the Tickets section
Curated by Casey Burry


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"In the darkroom with Steve Sabella" Screening at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait

Screenings on loop from March 14 - 15, 2015 at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait.

CAP website

Global Art Forum website


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Steve Sabella, Ali Cherri, Mahmoud Obaidi - Group exhibition

STEVE SABELLA, ALI CHERRI, MAHMOUD OBAIDI - GROUP EXHIBITION

As part the Contemporary Art Platform's Global Art Forum programMarch 14 - 20, 2015

CAP website


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Alejandro Almaraz and Vicky Goldberg at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach

February 4th at the Southeast Museum of Photography of Daytona Beach there will be an artist talk between Alejandro Almaraz and Vicky Goldberg.


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Portraits of Power, Alejandro Almaraz at the Southeast Museum of Photography of Daytona beach, Florida

This exhibition presents two recent series by Argentinian photographer, Alejandro Almaraz. In his series, Portraits of Power, Almaraz layers source material from paintings and photographic portraits of world leaders into single images, revealing subtle nuances within the traditional portrait across numerous countries. Almaraz also presents work from his series titled Places I’ve Never Been Present, utilizing a similar layering method to create representations of these places through existing images found on the Internet.

This work represents a significant and remarkable departure in contemporary photography from the expected role of the image-maker as the “author” of new images. In both series, Almaraz “mines” existing imagery, in some cases, from the Internet, and in other cases, from collections, archives, and official sources. He then layers these “found” or “readymade” images into new and very telling compositions. Through this process, Almaraz examines the way photographic and iconic imagery functions in society as a tool for visual communication and social control.

PORTRAITS OF POWER

“Throughout history, portraits have played an essential role in how different cultures depict and view people of high social relevance. Kings, emperors and politically powerful families were the common possessors of that privilege. This historical tradition throughout different cultures that relates portrait with power continues until today, especially among the photographic portraits of the leaders of modern states. Portraits of heads of state are often used as a symbol of the State power. In most countries it is part of common protocol to find the head of state portrait in important government buildings. We could say this practice embodies one of the few moments in history in which power chooses carefully the way to represent itself.

My work attempts to create a space for reflection on this relationship. From an overlay image technique, I endeavor to mesh the visual style characteristics of portraits of heads of state, thereby highlighting the ways in which different political periods have been represented in different countries. Each portrait in this series is composed of a large number of official portraits of global leaders, translucently layered into a single composite. The sum of as few as four, or as many as forty different portraits comprise give the final shape of the face we see in its images, showing the body positions, costumes and facial expressions chosen to be represented.” – Alejandro Almaraz

“I’m going to mention a few things that struck me about the portraits. The first one is how they dissolve individual traits, in such a way that the end result is a face that belongs to no one in particular. Such is, I’m afraid, the nature of power, which by virtue of its logic and demands, makes people behave, pose, and look in a certain way. Political leaders like to think that they make and change the office they hold. In fact, it is just as true that the office makes the person.

But I would also add that the reason why individual traits largely vanish has much to do with the underlying homogeneity of the faces that comprise each portrait. Those faces are largely similar. One of the virtues of this technique is precisely that it allows us to spot those who are truly different. One of the lessons that emerges from these pictures is how extraordinarily difficult in all cultures is to get to the pinnacle of political power if you are different -- really, really different. The dissolution of individual traits that we see here is a tragedy for politicians, who like to think of themselves as unique and irreplaceable. Yet, I’m afraid these portraits are a rather faithful rendering of the way in which both history and public opinion operate.” – Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary for Political Affairs, Organization of American States.

PLACES I'VE NEVER BEEN PRESENT

“Since ancient times the relationship between images and power are common. Just examine any antique church, cathedral or mausoleum to realize that the presence of images in such buildings is no coincidence. Arranged carefully and with the intent to exacerbate and show the power of the elite to the people, these images performed a fundamental roll to provide sense to the reality that surrounded them.

With the advent of photography, the monopoly of the production and distribution of images slowly began to change. The monarch or pope no longer had a total monopoly of the images, and this gradually gave way to a new social actor that we call the Media. What began a century ago as poor quality black-and-white images in newspapers and magazines quickly evolved as new technologies and distribution methods took hold in photography, broadcasting technology and television and has led to the reliance on large multimedia corporations that exercise great influence over public opinion and have had a profound impact on the course of history.

In recent years, technological developments coupled with social networks and the Internet have allowed ordinary citizens an opportunity not only to record through the image but also to publish such images in near real time to the entire world. This social and technological phenomenon will generate a transformation in the way we relate to facts.The shift from a small group of Multimedia Corporations with the monopoly of the information to a multiplicity of common anonymous citizens who decide to record and publish will perform a key roll in the way we represent reality. This theme is central to my work.

Each of the images that constitute this series are composed of a large number of photographs taken by other people in a specific place in the world where I have never been present. These hundreds of photographic records that I downloaded from the Internet, and accumulated in my computer, are displayed in each of my pictures in superposed, almost transparent, layers. Like a big puzzle, I try to reconstruct these places with the information that each image has — the totality of the space being unknown to me. Calving black as the absence of light, I slowly add the images, trying to match them, regardless of whether they are images of a small detail of the building or a large part of it. It is from this additive process of overlapping that a resultant image is produced, whose figure is blurred, whose forms are diffuse but ultimately have the imprint of the figure of the object or place that was in front of those different anonymous photographers. I work only with buildings that were created to store and show images to the public such as churches, cathedrals and mausoleums; images that were created to serve as symbols , linking antiquity to the present – recreating the stone buildings from medieval times through the use of technological innovations.” – Alejandro Almaraz

October 10, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Info: Southeast Museum of Photography

 

 

 


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Giovanni Frangi at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Twenty large tapestries by contemporary artist Giovanni Frangi will be on display at the National Archaeological Museum from November 14 through January 11, 2015.

The tapestries are three-meters-high and six-meters-long, made in different colours.

They are part of the latest work by the Milanese artist, 55, to be exhibited in a room right next to the Farnese Atlas, a second-century Roman marble copy of a Greek sculpture of the Titan Atlas holding up a celestial globe, a source of inspiration.

Called Farnese Lottery, the show unfolds across the area that once also hosted the D'Avalos tapestries, currently at the Capodimonte Museum - as well as the Hellenistic marbles from the second century known for being one of the oldest and most complete representations of constellations.

The tapestries, woven in Brussels, represent the 1525 Battle of Pavia.

Hung over iron structures, the artworks are not displayed chronologically, their colours and strong message taking the viewer into a fictitious dimension where images from different tapestries appear reflected on one another with no work dominating the room.

The apparently casual position of the tapestries creates an unpredictable effect on onlookers, with a potentially different impact - just like a lottery.


From November 14, 2014 through January 11,  2015

Tickets: euro 8; Reductions: euro 4; Informations: 0814422149

No booking required

Opening hours:  9-19,30 pm

Telephone: 0814422149

E-mail: lucia.emilio@beniculturali.it



 


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Arena- Werk aus dem werk

This fall the two Nitsch biographic museum in Naples and Mistelbach will exchange their artworks, in occasion of the Arena – werk aus dem werk, an initiative to create their first transnational collaboration.

The two museum that, until now, worked on Hermann Nitsch art without any coordination between them, will focus mainly on the genesis of wrecks caused directly by the actions of Nitsch, becoming independent works.

As part of this collaboration, the Nitsch museum presents the "arena - work outside of work" project, which is proposed as a grand metaphorical council that is extend through the entire main hall of the Nitsch museum of Mistelbach. The concept also takes into account a dialogue on scientific and theoretical work and its influence on art and society. In return, the Nitsch museum of Naples presents the exhibition "Painting Actionism - Excess and sensuality" from October 25, 2014.

Opening Dates:

September 27, 2014 «arena - work out of the work» at the Nitsch Museum Mistelbach, curated by Giuseppe Morra.

Waldstraße 44-46 - 2130 Mistelbach | Austria

Contacts: p: +43 676 640 35 54 - e: office@nitschmuseum.at

web: http://www.nitschmuseum.at/en/exhibitions/3-arena-work-out-of-the-work

Opening hours : Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm   -    Closed Mondays except on public holidays

 

October 25, 2014 «Painting Actionism – Excess and Sensuality» at the Museo Nitsch Naples, curated by Michael Karrer.

Vico Lungo Pontecorvo 29/d - 80135 Napoli

Contacts: p: +39 081 5641655 - e: info@museonitsch.org

web: http://www.museonitsch.org/

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 7 pm    -   Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm   -   Closed on Sunday


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BIG SUCCESS FOR THE BOOK BY EMILIO ISGRO' "COME DIFENDERSI DALL'ARTE E DALLA PIOGGIA" ("HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST ART AND RAIN") CURATED BY BEATRICE BENEDETTI

"While the manager's ethic is guaranteed success, that of the artist is certain failure. And for an artist it is always better to lose in the light than to win in the dark."

Emilio Isgrò

The impact on contemporary culture of Emilio Isgrò – the "father of deletion" and one of the most incisive and precursory artists of the past fifty years – is to be found in the visual arts and in his critical and self-critical power. He is now the figure to turn to for those who seek artists with the ability to reflect and doubt. This is a society that, with its submissive biennials and sanitised fairs, like a vast mall of taste and thoughts, has paradoxically ended up by giving art – once the queen of all dissenters – the task of building consent. It has made it one of the most docile instruments of global conformism, with "provocations" worthy of corporate entertainment shows.

The title of the book, Come difendersi dall'arte e della pioggia – literally "How to Defend Against Art and Rain" –  does not mean one can do without art (just as one cannot do without water), but simply that the time has come to free it from the "Platonic" darkness into which it has sunk, and to restore it to a more fruitful and fertile form of "Aristotelian" transparency. In the book, Isgrò explicitly suggests this in his sarcastic essay entitled "Manifestino dell'arte epica" – the "little manifesto of epic art" – in which deletions are called upon to act as a cathartic shield "between the eye that beholds and art that deceives."

Edited with passion and precision by Beatrice Benedetti, the book contains a series of previously unpublished writings, as well as essays and statements of poetic vision that have appeared over many years in art magazines and in newspapers such as the Corriere della Sera, Il Giorno and Il Sole 24 Ore. There is also a conversation with Arturo Schwarz and an interview by Alberto Fiz, editor of the previous collection of the artist's writings, La cancellatura e altre soluzioni (Skira, 2007).

INFO: Maretti Editore


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HERMANN NITSCH @TATE LONDON FOR "A BIGGER SPLASH. PAINTING AFTER PERFORMANCE"

This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de St Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set.


Until April 1, 2013

Info: www.tate.org.uk

 


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64.MALAKTION BY HERMANN NITSCH @ MART MUSEUM, ROVERETO (TN)

During the Contemporary Art Day planned for Saturday, 6th October 2012, the Mart di Rovereto will be hosting the 64th Malaktion (Painting-Action) by Hermann Nitsch, one of the founders of the Viennese Actionism movement and designer of Das Orgien Mysterien Theater (Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries), which indissolubly combines life, art, philosophy, music, theatre and painting.

Saturday 6th will mark the key moment in an event lasting an entire week, from 2nd to 7th October: Nitsch and his assistants will be constructing the performance in the first-floor rooms of the Mart during eight days of pictorial action. Through movements of their hands and bodies, colours of various consistencies will be sprayed, spread, dripped and poured on to large white canvases laid out on the floor and walls.

The canvases will then be raised and placed on the rooms of the walls, remaining visible until 8th October. In this way, the artist will fulfil the Wagnerian ideal of the total work of art – a single complex between result and process – that has always been a source of inspiration to Nitsch.

The event is free and is realised by the Mart in collaboration with the Museo Archivio Laboratorio per le Arti Contemporanee Hermann Nitsch of Naples.


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EMILIO ISGRO' INTERVIEW BY LUIGI MENEGHELLI ON FLASH ART, ITALY (JUNE ISSUE)

Emilio Isgrò interviewed by the art critic and curator Luigi Meneghelli on Flash art Italy (June issue). Where's art going? Which is the artist's role in the XXI century? Such deep touching matters are discussed by the two intellectuals. Enjoy the reading.

http://www.flashartonline.it/index.php


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LIU BOLIN IN FAVOR OF CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Liu Bolin, already well known for his performances in which disappears in the various environments surrounding, lends his art in favor of Unicef‚Äč‚Äč. The artist has created this image for the Chinese campaign of the organization that takes care of abandoned children or violated. A generous genius!


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BOXART @ BOLOGNA ART FAIR 2012

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LIU BOLIN GOES ALL OVER THE WORLD (BETWEEN THE VEGETABLES)

 

The Liu Bolin shot in a Chinese supermarket (Beijing) has been spread worldwide. From the China Daily to magazines and websites all over the world. Click here to read the news.

 


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ONE WEEK MORE TO VISIT THE GENTLEMEN OF VERONA SHOW

 

One week more to visit the show The Gentlemen of Verona, at the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Palazzo Forti, curated by Andrea Bruciati. The exhibition will close Saturday the 14th instead of the 7th. Enjoy it!


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EMILIO ISGRO'. ONE (BETWEEN 25) TO KEEP AN EYE ON FOLLOWING THE "MF" GUIDE LINE

The financial magazine “Milano Finanza” indicated Emilio Isgrò as one of the 25 artists to keep an eye on. Read the top list by Alberto Fiz.

 

 


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HERMANN NITSCH - STRUCTURES

architectural drawings, scores and realizations of the o.m. theater

4 November 2011 - 30 January 2012
For the first time in Austria, the Leopold Museum will be presenting a museum-based examination of the drawn and graphical oeuvre of Hermann Nitsch (*1938). At the centre of this exhibition will be Hermann Nitsch’s architectural designs, as well as early sketches for monumental compositions influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, informal scribbled drawings, sketches from various actions, colour scales for projections, scores for his music and printed graphics.

“IF IT CAN BE SAID THAT ALL OF CREATION IS MY BODY, IT CAN ALSO BE SAID THAT BEING THAT WHICH PORTRAYS ITSELF IS THEATRE, THE DRAMA OF THE WORLD’S GENESIS AS IT OCCURS, THE CREATION OF BEING. EVEN SO, LIFE BUILT ITSELF ARENAS, CULT SITES, TEMPLES AND CHURCHES, WHERE MASSES OF THE THEATRICAL, OF THE DRAMATIC ARE CELEBRATED. THROUGH THEATRE, BEING SHOULD CARVE ITSELF OUT IN A CONCENTRATED, ESSENTIAL WAY, BRINGING ITSELF INTO THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF HUMAN BEINGS. TRIUMPH OF THEATRE.”

(Hermann Nitsch: DAS SEIN. zur theorie des orgien mysterien theaters [being], Vol. 2, STYRIA, 2009, p. 634)

Info: Leopold Museum, Wien


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ISGRO' GIVES A FACE TO THE READING

Emilio Isgrò illustrates the new magazine "La Lettura", in the newspaper stands with "Il Corriere della Sera". On January the 8th, 2012.

 


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THE GENTLEMEN OF VERONA_Palazzo Forti_September 24 , 2011 ‚Äď January 8, 2012

On Saturday 24th September 2011 at 6pm the Palazzo Forti Modern Art Gallery in Verona held the opening of the exhibition “The Gentlemen of Verona: experiments on the contemporary in Italy ”, by Andrea Bruciati.

The exhibition has been made possible due to the involvement of the Verona Culture Department and the fundamental contribution of the Verona Contemporary Association which organises the event in collaboration with the Palazzo Forti Modern Art Gallery. The association is non-profit and is designed to promote awareness of regional contemporary art. Its board is made up of the most important galleries in Verona which, with their commitment, are already working actively in offering contemporary art events in their galleries (Artericambi, Boxart, Galleria dello Scudo, FaMa Gallery, La Giarina contemporary art, MARCOROSSIcontemporary art, Studio la Città), along with the founders of ArtVerona, collectors and prominent figures in the organisation of cultural events.
The project is a clear sign of how strongly private galleries wish to open a dialogue with the city's public administration, providing further stimulus to increasing awareness of creativity today and tomorrow.
This initial experiment, designed and created by Andrea Bruciati, led to the important exhibition “The Gentlemen of Verona: experiments on the contemporary in Italy”. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the wealth of the artistic offerings which has characterised contemporary art in the region, through the works of great authors who have marked the history of Italian art over the last decade and beyond.
The exhibition presents the works of 21 artists, divided up into generations: firmly established artists, mid-career artists and budding young artists. Some of the works have rarely been displayed, while many are brand new or have been specifically created for the exhibition, demonstrating the powerful creative force which has characterised this part of Italy for years.
As the curator Andrea Bruciati underlines, “culture is not a waste of time because, especially when talking about contemporary art, it is needed in the present in order to establish an access channel between our own reality and the changes occurring and the projection of our dreams and ideals, in order to imagine the realisation of these. Finding legitimation in individual utility, such as the emotions and critical intelligence which it is able to generate, it creates a better world for the collective interest”.
As part of this important exhibition, a supporting bilingual Italian/English publication will be created which will include interviews with all stakeholders involved, a great and rich iconography pertaining to the production of the artists in the exhibition as well as unique photographic documentation relating to the history of the galleries involved.
 
ARTISTS
FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ARTISTS
Luigi Carboni (Pesaro, 1957)
Angelo Filomeno (Ostuni, 1963)
Franco Guerzoni (Modena, 1948)
Emilio Isgrò (Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, 1937)
Aldo Mondino (Turin, 1938 - Altavilla Monferrato, 2005)
Giovanni Morbin (Valdagno, 1956)
Luigi Ontani (Montovolo di Grizzana Morandi, 1943)
 
MID-CAREER ARTISTS
Anna Galtarossa (Verona, 1975)
Andrea Galvani (Verona, 1973)
Daniele Girardi (Verona, 1977)
Paolo Maggis (Milan, 1978)
Andrea Mastrovito (Bergamo, 1978)
Sissi (Bologna, 1977)
Alessandro Roma (Milan, 1977)
 
PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS
Thomas Braida (Gorizia, 1982)
Tomaso De Luca (Verona, 1988)
Elio Germani (Trieste, 1981)
Valerio Nicolai (Gorizia, 1988)
Agne Raceviciute (Klaipeda, 1988)
Dragana Sapanjos (Koper, 1979)
Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, 1982)
 
Info: www.studiopesci.it; www.palazzoforti.it
 
Press office: Studio Pesci 051.269267 fax 051.2960748 info@studiopesci.it
 


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BOXART SMARTPHONE AND TABLET FRIENDLY. PLEASURE WITH COMPATIBLE ART

After the virual tour, the Facebook page, Flickr, and other platforms, boxartgallery.com offers the its fans News, shows and Artworks, within arm’s reach on every smartphone and tablet.

 

 


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MARCO CINGOLANI ON THE "LIVE!" COVER, AT CENTRO PECCI DI PRATO TIL SEPT. 16

The two curators, Luca Beatrice and Marco Bazzini, have chosen Marco Cingolani for the cover of the exhibition catalogue of LIVE! Art meets rock, at Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci until September the 16, a suggestive perspective to show how the history of contemporary art and of rock music have followed parallel paths to contribute to the construction of the cultural universe of the last forty years.
Music and the visual arts have crossed and overlapped, over time, engendering a unified and consistent landscape; what draws them together is the performative dimension, articulated according to the specific occasion within an exhibition or a concert. LIVE! offers a parallel and original reading of historic events by exhibiting paintings, sculptures, installations, video clips, artworks, LPs, graphic works, photographs, magazines and films.

 Art:
Alighiero Boetti, Marco Lodola,Yoko Ono, Pattie Boyd, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Ira Schneider, Gianfranco Gorgoni, Matteo Guarnaccia, Paolo Icaro, Franco Vaccari, Giulio Turcato, Marcello Jori, Dennis Oppenheim, Joan Jonas, Luciano Giaccari-MUel Videoteca Giaccari Varese, Urs Lüthi, Luigi Ontani, Victor Vasarely, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Peter Christopherson,William English, Jamie Reid, Linder, Martin Kippenberger, William Wegman, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sandro Chia, Nicola De Maria, Alessandro Mendini, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beyus, Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente Robert Longo, Mark Kostabi, Paul Tschinkel-Innertube, Paul Tschinkel, Anton Corbijn, Malick Sidibé, Cheri Samba, Lonid Sokov, Thomas Billhardt, Nan Goldin, Massimo Kaufmann, Gilbert&George, Fischli&Weiss, Efrem Raimondi, Stefano Arienti, Marco Cingolani, Daniele Galliano, Massimo Barzagli, Raymond Pettibon, Karen Kilimnic, Pruitt-Early, Daniel Johnston, Richard Kern, Cindy Sherman, Christian Marclay, Macelo Gutman, Richard Billingham, Marc Quinn, Sam Taylor-Wood, Damien Hirst, Stanley Donwood, Aernout Mik, Tony Oursler, Nico Vascellari, Emanuele Becheri, Fausto Gilberti, David LaChapelle, Kon Trubkovich, Gianni Molaro

Music:
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Renato Zero, U2, Vasco Rossi, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Nirvana, Blur, Oasis, Gorillaz, Bjork, Radiohead, Michael Jackson
Music:
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Grace Jones, Bob Marley, Renato Zero, U2, Vasco Rossi, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Nick Cave, Nirvana, Blur, Oasis, Gorillaz, Bjork, Radiohead, Michael Jackson

TECHNICAL SHEET
Title LIVE! Art meets rock.

Curated by Luca Beatrice and Marco Bazzini

Dates May 21st – September 16th, 2011

Venue Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
Viale della Repubblica 277, Prato
 


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ISGRO' ILLUSTRATES THE INTELLECTUAL MAGAZINE "ALFABETA". AVAILABLE FROM JUL 4

"Alfabeta2 n°11" (July/August), now available at your newspaper stand, is all signed by Emilio Isgrò. Isgrò, beyond the images, enriches the magazine with an interview by Andrea Cortellessa. More info clicking here


 

 


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LIU BOLIN AT GROUND ZERO, WALL STREET, HOUSTON AV. READ THE NY PRESS RELEASE

Liu Bolin's work stroke the US audience. The major american network, as The New York Times and CNN, talked a lot about the chinese artist.

click below to read the press release

Appearing and disappearing at ground zero

Where is Waldo?

The invisible man

 


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LIU BOLIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SWEDEN, AT FOTOGRAFISKA MUSEET UNTIL SEPT. 11

The invisible man

2 July – 11 September 2011

 

Fotografiska is proud to present the first exhibition of Chinese artist Liu Bolin in Scandinavia. Liu Bolin is renown for his series of images entitled Hiding in the City. What makes these images unique is that Liu Bolin literally paints himself into each scene. His body resembles “camouflage”, thereby making Liu Bolin both present and absent in each photograph. These cleverly orchestrated images have earned him the name, the invisible man. However, the story of how these images came about is less than lighthearted.
In 2005, the Chinese government ordered the demolition of the Beijing International Art Camp (BIAC), also known as Suojiacun Artists' Village, which housed several studios, including Liu Bolin’s. According to Liu Bolin, “even though the contemporary art scene in Beijing was developing rapidly at that time, the government decided that it did not want artists like us to live and work together.” In response to the demolition, Curator Zhang Zhaohui organized the exhibition Demolish! Demolish! Demolish! which included over 100 artists. The artists were invited to make works from the wreckage. According to Zhang Zhaohui, “The exhibition voiced the strength of the artists. Even though their studios were destroyed, the artists’ spirits would live on.” Liu Bolin’s contribution to the exhibition was entitled Hidden Demolition. It depicted Liu Bolin’s body painted to camouflage with the rubble. It was the first photograph that would later develop into the series of camouflage images exhibited at Fotografiska.
Camouflage, in the animal world, is used as an adaptive tool, a way to protect against predatory attacks. So why does Liu Bolin feel compelled to use paint to create the illusion of camouflage? Are Liu Bolin’s images a method for expressing the violation of his artistic freedom in China? He maintains that his art is a protest against the actions of the Chinese government, who is known for censoring their artists. Included in the exhibition is a work where Liu Bolin has camouflaged himself into the so-called “Bird’s Nest”, namely Beijing’s National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. The stadium was created in consultation with renowned Chinese artist and architect Ai Weiwei. In April 2011, Ai Weiwei was taken into custody by Chinese authorities due to a wider government crackdown on critics of the communist regime. Liu Bolin inadvertently reiterated the tense relationship between Ai Weiwei and the government with this photograph, an image taken years before Ai Weiwei’s arrest. Liu Bolin’s work invites a discourse on the censorship and oppression outspoken contemporary artists are often confronted with in China. According to Zhang Zhaohui, Liu Bolin’s Hiding in the City series reflects Beijing’s political and cultural climate.
 
Liu Bolin (1973- ) was born in Shandong province where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Shandong Arts Institute. He moved to Beijing in 1999, where he studied sculpture with Sui Jiangou at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2005. Although he studied sculpture, Liu, like many artists in China, frequently experiments with various mediums and techniques. Since his graduation, he has won international acclaim with his debut series Hiding in the City.
 
-Curator Michelle Marie Roy

Info: http://en.fotografiska.eu/


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SAATCHI GALLERY PUT KIM JOON ON THE COVER OF ITS "KOREAN EYE" CATALOGUE

Kim Joon (born in Seoul in 1966 where he still lives and works), who Boxart Gallery brought to Italy in 2008 for his first italian solo show, has been chosen by Saatchi Gallery for the cover of its exhibition catalogue “Korean Eye: Moon Generation”. The group show at Saatchi Gallery London and closed last October, brought together a group of leading Korean contemporary artists and galleries to create an international selling exhibition of Korean contemporary art. For the cover of the book, published by SKIRA, has been chosen a work form the series “Bird Land”, the same selected by Boxart Gallery for its solo exhibition catalogue in 2008.


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LIU BOLIN AND THE GAO BROTHERS ON THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE "L'EUROPEO"_DECEMBER


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LIU BOLIN WON THE 2010 ALETTI PRIZE

Liu Bolin won the 2010 Aletti Prize for Photography. "Teatro alla Scala n°1" (2010) has been chosen as the winner and has been aquired by ArtVerona main sponsor : Aletti Bank.


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EMILIO ISGRO'. "Var Ve Yok" at Taksim Galerisi, Istanbul

2010, September 4 - October 4

It lasts untill 4 October at the Taksim Sanat Galerisi in Istabul, the great retrospective of Emilio Isgrò ' Var Ve Yok' , than in Turk it means 'there is and there isn’t'. The show, by Marco Bazzini, supported by the Aydin University of Istanbul and by the Coppem (permanent Committee for the euromediterraneo partnership of the local and regional powers), is organized by the 'Center for contemporary art Luigi Pecci' ' in Prato and it travels over again the fundamental steps of the activity of Emilio Isgrò, artist, poet and writer. Considered, as Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, between the innovators of the Italian artistic language of the second post-war period, Emilio Isgrò is the father of the erasure, an action that he has begun to experiment since the first years of the Sixty and that still today he maintains with the same vivacity and creative audacity.

EMILIO ISGRO’

Curated by: Marco Bazzini
Taksim Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul
Cumhuriyet Cd. Belediye Gezi Dükkanlari No: 24 Taksim
2010, September 5–October 4
Opening: 4 settembre
Supported by : Università Aidyn, Istanbul; Coppem, Palermo
Ente organizzatore: Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
With the cooperation of : Regione Siciliana
Info : +39 0574 5317


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HERMANN NITSCH. The drawings of the Architeture of the "Orgien Mysterien Theatre"

 
2010, 18 September – 5 December  
 
After the shows by Günter Brus e Arnulf Rainer, the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Étienne presents the recents and unknown artworks by another master of the Austrian avanguarde: Hermann Nitsch. The exhibition shows the drawings by Nitsch for his Architeture of the “Orgien Mysterien Theatre”.
 
Info :
Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne Métropole
Address: Musée d'Art Moderne - La Terrasse - BP 80241 - 42006 St-Etienne cedex 1
Address GPS: Rue Fernand Léger - 42270 Saint-Priest-en-Jarez
Open from Thursday trough Monday, from 10 am to 6 pm - Tél. : 04 77 79 52 52


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ANDREA FACCO@KUNSTVEREIN AUGSBURG Andrea Facco between the artist of the group show "Joke, satire, irony and deeper meaning", curated by Peter Weiermair at Kunstverein Augsburg (Germany).

 31 July - 26 September 2010

Under the title "Joke, satire, irony and deeper Bedeutung" Professor Peter Weiermair presents at Kunstverein Augsburg ten representative personalities of the current art scene in Italy.

The title of a play of Grabbe became starting point of an anthology of contemporary Italian art, made by individual artists, not belonging to any group or movement. As a connoisseur of the Italian scene, the former director of the Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Professor Peter Weiermair, curated an exhibition that covers different media: the classical ones -but in this context also ironically used- are for instance the ceramic(s) conceived by Bertozzi e Casoni, the masks of Luigi Ontani, or the classical use of marble in Fabio Viale and the ambiguous neo-symbolistic bronzes by Andrea Fogli. The show is also enriched by the installations with an autobiographic character of Carlo De Meo, and by the “reality” painted by Andrea Facco, while Stefano Scheda creates photos with surrealistic beach landscapes. In the videos by Devis Venturelli, instead, the architecture scene struggles with the malice of the object. In any case, everywhere the element of the ambiguity -even the deeper meaning- should not be ignored.

 Artists: Bertozzi e Casoni, Andrea Facco, Andrea Fogli, Hubert Kostner, Carlo De Meo, Luigi Ontani, Stefano Scheda, Fabio Viale, Devis Venturelli
 
“Joke, satire, irony and deeper meaning” ("Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung")
Curated by Peter Weiermair      
Holbeinhaus
Vorderer Lech 20
86150 Augsburg
Info: www. kunstverein-augsburg.de
Tel. +49 (0)151 15714978
31 July- 26 September
Tuesday until Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm o'clock
Opening: Friday 30 July, 6 pm


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‚ÄúTRANSPARENCY‚ÄĚ AND TRANSAVANGUARDIA Sandrio Chia at Macro Future Museum for the Sustainable Energy Sources

Until August 22

Renewable energy sources represent the next frontier of a no polluting energy that the governments worldwide are improving in order to reduce the CO² emissions. The show “Transparency. Art for Renewable energy sources”, curated by Laura Cherubini, proposes works of Italian and international artists who reflect, through the energy of art, on a fundamental topic of the contemporary world and they propose themselves as an important communication instrument, able to offer new points of view on the thematic of the renewable energy sources.

Artists: Georges Adéagbo, Ackroyd & Harvey, Jota Castro, Alberto Garutti, Christiane Löhr, Liliana Moro, Yoko Ono, Taro Shinoda e Nari Ward, El Anatsui, Mario Ceroli, Tony Cragg, Olafur Eliasson, Shay Frish, Carlos Garaicoa, Wolfgang Laib, Luigi Ontani, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Mimmo Paladino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Robert Rauschenberg, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Vito Acconci, Massimo Bartolini, Sarah Ciracì, Sandro Chia, Bruna Esposito, Flavio Favelli, Sidival Fila, Stefano Nicolini, Chicco Margaroli, Cesare Pietroiusti, Lorenzo Giusti e Cecilia Guida, Cloti Ricciardi, Marco Giuseppe Schifano, Gian Paolo Striano, Pascale Marthine Tayou.

Info: www.macro.roma.museum


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ACHILLE BONITO OLIVA & AI WEIWEI CURATORS OF THE GAO BROTHERS EXHIBITION AT CAAW

PORTRAITS until 2010 July 19
 
“The work of the Gao Brothers is generated by a multimedia poetics that draws upon diverse languages such as performance, photography, painting and sculpture. In the international art scenario the Gao Brothers occupy a space that pursues the need for social communication and exchange through art.
The fact that photography is the medium used to document their performances, organised in public and private spaces through the use of the body, is far from incidental. Their body art is not a flaunting of the nude, but rather a laying bare of humanity itself so as to lead it, through embrace, to a condition of dialogue and exchange”. (The dream of art in the work of the Gao Brothers, Achille Bonito Oliva)
 


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ANDREA FACCO & MARCO DI GIOVANNI @ KUNSTVEREIN HEPPENHEIM 4 "HAPPYHOUR" until July 15

 

Marco Di Giovanni and Andrea Facco are artists tied not only by a friendship of many years, but who are also connected by an important aspect of their artistic work. Both artists collect their own view on objects and human beings through different glass structures.
 
Andrea Facco (1973) is a conceptual oriented painter, that uses the optical lens in order to create a contemporary Trompe l'oeil. Facco transfers details and motives from his own paintings into new works resized, become huge or small by a magnifying glass. This process provokes the curiosity of the viewer and the desire of the eye to look for and finding something new. This principle culminates in mini reproductions of its large works as painted stamps, with unbelievably fine brush technique and calm hand, and which he stucks in the end on fake postcards.
The idea of painting just a detail and the duplication of it in a larger view is also the subject of its well-known Zapping series.
 
Marco Di Giovanni (1976) is well-known for his enormous sculptures in which he inserts optical lenses, in order to allow the viewer a new experience of seeing. The viewer sees other visitors or the artist by an increasing lens system and he or she is observed at the same time. So the artist plays a game with the video art, although this simultaneousness of actions is interactive. On the other hand, the drawings by Di Giovanni are focused on the view of spontaneous and everyday situations, like the simple action of opening a bottle, which accompany his sculptures.
 
Info:
Kunstverein Heppenheim
Bahnhofstraße 1
64646 Heppenheim
The exhibition can be visited up to 15 July,
in each case Saturday and Sunday
from 16 to 18 o'clock or after personal arrangement (015772970714)


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THE MUSEUM'S CHOICE. GIOVANNI FRANGI, Curated by Giovanni Agosti, 2010 June 5 - October 10

 The Mart museum shows “The public gardens” (2009) by Giovanni Frangi. The museum foyer at the first floor will receive a canvas, two meters high and three and half wide, accompanying it with a portfolio of images that document the creation process. 

MART Museo d’Arte contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
Corso Angelo Bettini
38068 Rovereto TN
0464 454111


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WAINER VACCARI AND MIMMO GERMANA' INVITED TO PAGES FROM A FANTASTIC "BESTIARIO". ITALIAN DRAWING IN THE XX AND XXI CENTURY Curated by Silvia Ferrari and Serena Goldoni

2010 MARCH 20 - JULY 18 (Vernissage, 2010 March 20, 6.30 pm)

From 20 March to the 18 July, the civic Gallery of Modena opens the doors to an exhibition unusual as well as curious, Pages from a fantastic "bestiario", curated by Silvia Ferrari and Serena Goldoni. Works on paper of Italian artists who testify the great attraction that the animals created by imagination have nowadays and have had in the art history of every country and every time, starting, perhaps, from that Middle Ages so much dedicated to to the rappresentation of griffins and beasts of every kind.

Artists: Afro, Franco Angeli, Enrico Baj, Roberto Barni, Davide Benati, Alighiero Boetti, Luca Caccioni, Andrea Capucci, Bruno Ceccobelli, Andrea Chiesi, Claudio Costa, Enzo Cucchi, Pirro Cuniberti, Sergio Dangelo, Giorgio De Chirico, Enrico Della Torre, Lucio Fontana, Omar Galliani, Mimmo Germanà , Leoncillo, Osvaldo Licini, Luigi Mainolfi, Giuseppe Maraniello, Marino Marini, Amedeo Martegani, Fausto Melotti, Mario Merz, Albano Morandi, Gastone Novelli, Luigi Ontani, Pino Pascali, Cesare Peverelli, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Concetto Pozzati, Mario Pozzati, Mario Raciti, Gianni Ruffi, Alberto Savinio, Mario Sironi, Wainer Vaccari, Alberto Zamboni.

Young artists: Alessio Bogani, Claudia Collina, Ericailcane, Helga Franza, Giuliano Guatta, Luca Lanzi, Claudia Losi, Simone Pellegrini, Chiara Pergola, Davide Rivalta, Laura Serri, Francesco Simeti.

Modena Civic Gallery - Santa Margherita Palace
Corso Canalgrande 103 - MODENA
http://www.galleriacivicadimodena.it


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MARCO CINGOLANI AT PAC (CONTEMPORARY ART PAVILLON), MILAN, TAKING PART TO THE GROUP SHOW HYBRID. GENETICS OF THE ART FORMS Curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Francesco Garutti

12 - 31 March 2010 (vernissage March, 12nd - 6.30 PM)

The exhibition, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Francisco Garutti, reflects on the art system change during the past years, due to the recent jolts of the global economy, the transformations in the natural landscape and the growing volume of exchanges and relations, favorited by the diffuse social networks. The show has been thought as a container for others shows inside itself and it confirms the more and more "hybrid” nature of the contemporary cultural landascape: exhibition territories that exceed the traditional rigidity of the institutional spaces, an interconnection between private public and new professionalities of the field not easy to be classificatied.

Marco Cingolani will show a wide selection from ts last series of works called "Comics, touched up photo-history of Italy".

Artists: Getulio Alviani, Francesco Arena, John Armleder, Charles Avery, Francesco Barocco, Carlo Benvenuto, Joseph Beuys, Olaf Breuning, Mircea Cantor, Valerio Carrubba, Maurizio Cattelan, Marco Cingolani, Steven Claydon, Roberto Cuoghi, Olafur Eliasson, Jan Fabre, Regina José Galindo, Alberto Garutti, Francesco Gennari, Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, Lothar Hempel, Damien Hirst, Oleg Kulik, Gabriel Kuri, Corrado Levi, Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson, Greta Matteucci, Alessandro Mendini, Mario Merz, Yasumasa Moritura, Mike Nelson, Ariel Orozco, Giulio Paolini, Philippe Parreno, Alessandro Pessoli, Gianni Pettena, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Luigi Presicce, Pietro Roccasalva, Tim Rollins, Daniel Silver, Kiki Smith, Nedko Solakov, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Piotr Uklanski, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Jordan Wolfson, Sislej Xhafa.

PAC – Comtemporary Art Pavillon
Via Palestro 14 - 20121 Milano.
Opening hours: Monday 2.30- 7.30 PM, from Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 AM- 7.30 PM, Thursday till 10.30 PM
Info: Tel. +39 02 76020400, http://www.comune.milano.it/pac


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Animal rights activists hung posters against Nitsch at Boxart


The militants of "100x100 animalisti" protest against the upcoming exhibition of Hermann Nitsch.
The peculiar form of drama that Nitsch conceived in the Sixties, the "O.M. Theatre", is based on a complex symbology, that uses also a simulation of human and animal sacrifices.

The famous artist, that has been attacked several times by activists in the past, replies:
"My job represents reality. I di not invented violence, it is all around us.It is anywhere, today more than ever.
It's better to throw it away through art, than making war".

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Boxart - Art Gallery - via dei Mutilati, 7/a - 37122 Verona ITALY
Tel.(+39) 045 8000176 - email: - P.Iva 02601700236