Bettina Rheims photographs the carnality of the divine

The figure and the message of Christ sink roots in two millennia of human history, and they have marked, for better or for worse, the social and political evolution, at least in Europe and in the American Continent, with an indirect repercussion on the rest of the world as well. A message that Bettina Rheims (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1952) reinterprets in a strong carnal tone, meaning that her figures of Christ and the Virgin leave the hieratic and mystique aura to become individuals of contemporary society, bearing within aspirations and problems. The photographs of Rheims do not constitute a religious exhibit, they are actually a reflection of the philosophical tones that, in her civil accent, succeeds in making the figure of Christ a metaphor of contemporary men.

The male nudes of Armida “Pupa” Nardi

Armida “Pupa” Nardi is a versatile Florentine artist, with a name tassesco and untamed spirit: active for a long time in the field of fashion, she has also been valued at the same time as a theater actress and for the last fifteen years she has devoted herself to painting. As in the poem written by Tasso in Ferrara during the sixteen century, the sorceress with the same name captured paladins using love spells, now, Armida Pupa, in her Florentine studio from Piazza Giudici has brilliantly “captured” a series of male bodies, studied, undressed and transposed them on the canvas, presenting a complete series of Bodies at Ferrara, as part of the “Internazionale”, after the partial previews in exhibits held at Bratislava and Florence.

The exhibit of Sun Lian Gang at Zibibbo 2.0 Refinement and taste

The relationship between art and table is fascinating and not at all insignificant. In some cases museums also make their rooms available for special banquets and while sited at the table, surrounded by the works of art, one can taste the delightfulness of the food and wines with greater intensity. Thus, why not visit an art exhibit in a renowned gourmet restaurant and enjoy the view of the paintings on the walls while tasting a fine wine and questioning about the significance of the work of art that is right in front of you? This is the proposal that is being implemented in Florence by the FYR Gallery in collaboration with Zibibbo 2.0.

Angela De Nozza New works inspired by memory, dream, space, time, silence and waiting

A long history of excellence distinguishes the value of the artistic and technical quality of the works crafted at Fratelli Piccini Jewellery on Ponte Vecchio in Florence since the early ‘900s, especially in the work of the precocious genius of Armando that at the age of only twenty-three won the First Award at the XX Venice Biennial in 1936. At the prestigious event he presented fourteen engraved stones that showed great virtuosity of shape united with a refined elegance of style: these are the precious stones donated by the artist to the City of Florence which are now on display, permanently, in the prestigious showcase of the Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti. Armando had studied at the Art Institute of Porta Romana, and had been a student of the charismatic master Libero Andreotti, also tightening sincere and lasting friendships with the sculptors Antonio Berti, Delio Crabs, and later with the painter Elio Fiore Pirzio.

Florence in the middle of the Mediterranean

Scholars, researchers and artists from around the world met on the 4th and 5th December in Florence to discuss the past, the present and the future of the Mediterranean civilization. The occasion was the annual conference organized by Florence University of the Arts in collaboration with Stony Brook University of New York (SUNY), entitled “De Re Mediterranea”, focused on the theme of civilizations that have developed over the centuries in the area of Mare Nostrum. From historical conflicts that have affected this crucial western civilization area, models of coexistence and fusion of different cultures have been explored and the diverse effects of this secular interaction. The academic relevance of this annual event, now in its seventh edition, was evidenced by the sponsorship of the Union of the Mediterranean University, the University of Florence and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism.

Paola Staccioli Living pottery

When you cross the threshold of the workshop you are awash in a feeling of closeness, almost as if you were entering a private, secret place. The objects arranged in the rooms combine small sizes with a powerful, and magnetic presence and a throbbing physicality that come from who knows which recesses of the mind. It’s a fascinating world, filled with poetry and Paola reveals it through pure, enchanting eyes. Unlikely coffee cups some with, others without saucers, delicate coloured bowls, curving teapots that seem to sway on short little feet, and the bold colours on bizarre round shapes saturate our eyes: creativity and function do not always harmonize.

Gaitonde An artist for the soul

Gaitonde. Painting as a process, painting as life, curated by Sandhini Poddar, is the first Italian exhibit dedicated to the Indian artist, who devoted his whole existence to painting; an existence not lived on the edge, but still in a somber solitude, with little attraction towards fame. At the beginning of his artistic journey, in between the end of the forties and early fifties, Gaitonde dedicates himself to the figurative style, particularly taking inspiration from the abstract Modernism technique of Paul Klee, and from the Fauvism of Roualt and Matisse. Paintings and watercolors are characterized by a wide variety of colors and by the prevalence of the geometrical lines, which on a compositional level regards the painting and the miniature of the Indian tradition, either for the formalism of the figure with well-defined contours, or for the chromatics, for which it is used an intense yellow.

Siena Contemporanea

“The key words of the program of Siena, Italian Capital of Culture, have been participation, innovation and sharing. The many initiatives, in fact, were produced by a path of confrontation and mutual stimulation between Institutions and citizens who have voluntarily decided to engage”. These are the words of the mayor of Siena, Bruno Valentini, about the shared vision that recently led to the realization of the program of the Week of Contemporary in Siena. Meetings, workshops and exhibitions of artists from Siena at the Santa Maria della Scala, but also installations of international artists and performances (music, dance and theater) in other places in the city.

Giuseppe Linardi in Venice

The artist Giuseppe Linardi (Buenos Aires, 1971) takes part in the 56th International Art Exhibition with an installation, titled Toys, that fits fully into the theme of the Venice Biennale, “All The World’s Futures”, chosen by the curator Okwui Enwezor. Linardi conceived the idea of the Toys while observing his daughter’s bedroom overflowing with games, often unused and abandoned in their boxes, which made him reflect on the perverse mechanism of consumerism targeted to children who are bombarded with promotional messages of any kind and turned into potential buyers of unnecessary but irresistible goods. That mountain of neglected toys thus becomes a metaphor of the superfluous that surrounds us, of all those luxury items we buy induced by a compulsive desire to appear.

Alfred Milot Mirashi The keys of the memory

The participation of the Italo-Albanian artist, Milot Alfred Mirashi at the Sixth International Biennial Beijing 2015, which was inaugurated on 24 September at the National Museum in Beijing with the theme “The Memory and the Dream” has the real sense of bringing, in a nation that has a different way of life both memory and dreamlike, what is the perception of these emotions from a cultural point of view totally different. Milot is entirely crossed from its European culture; a millennial training vision that becomes hyper contemporary in the use of the artistic language of the third millennium, but that, after all, it contains all crossings historians that the Albanian people has had over the centuries. He reads the memorial sites using images and colors that they settle, centuries after centuries, until become the bright screen of the digital age. To the materiality of color or sculptures or installations, offset by a possibility to make effective its work through the different view electronic network.

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