“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.
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.
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.
“Artist Sun Lian Gang, born in Pechino in 1969, is part of the generation of artists who have certainly conquered part of their creative freedom by looking at the Western experiences but also, most of all at the traditions, capable to renovate and create a new path for Chinese art. Sun Lian Gang creates his works with a vital and creative lifeline which through the sign frees themselves from the traditional imaginary means in order to achieve a gentleness and refinement of personal expression. While fundamentally expressing himself in an abstract form, Sun Lian Gang succeeds, with the help of signs, handwritings and colors, to design a representation of balance between materialism and spirituality. His art is beyond not only geographical boundaries, but also beyond space and time”.
I wanted to take this piece of introduction from the interview article that VeNews, Venetian magazine, published in October, because it perfectly embodied the idea and the concept that Sun Lian Gang has about art. An interview that ends with a beautiful phrase of Sun: “I think we should not only make art for the make of art, but use it to change the world”.
Florence… for centuries the home of artists. Why? For so many reasons Florence inspires artists of both the past and present. Florence is unlike any other city in the world. It is not an exaggeration to say, it is magical. To follow in the footsteps of where old masters once walked, the legacy of their works in the museums, churches and galleries, the architecture and sculptures of every street is just the beginning…there is also the diversity of the city both with the locals and the visitors who come from every corner of the world and here, more than any other place we know, invites conversation in the piazzas, the restaurants and even in line at the markets. Everyone has a story to share and that is essentially what an artist is…a story-teller.
Sixty-two paintings from America’s first museum of modern art. A treasured Washington, D.C. institution opened to the public in 1921, The Phillips Collection was conceived by its founder, Duncan Phillips, as “an intimate museum combined with an experiment station” in the nation’s capital where the art of one’s time would be exhibited in the company of well-known masterpieces. The Phillips Collection is recognized around the world today for its premiere collection of modern and contemporary art.
Now in its 56th Edition, the International Art Exhibition is currently taking place in Venice until the 22nd November, and is complemented by other events hosted by the Biennale di Venezia which focus on different media including cinema. Now 120 years old, the Art Biennial aims to act as an international site in which to explore contemporary global realities. The event consists of many pavilions in which countries present the work of national artists.
In the technological chaos that increasingly takes over the most intimate dimension of the human being, even art, such logic tempts to often exchange the use of technology as an ending and not as a means. A beautiful exception is represented by American, Jeff Koons. Originally from New York, Pennsylvania, a dynamic reality of the American steel industry (the scenes from The Deer Hunter are unforgettable), since childhood he has shown a profound sense of aesthetics together with an acute observing capacity to the surrounding reality.
In September, Armida “Pupa” Nardi, versatile Florentine artist, inaugurates her new Art Studio in the heart of Florence, in Piazza dei Giudici 4/5 r, in front of the Galileo Museum and next to Uffizi. An artist’s studio that wants to be a place of Culture and Beauty, a refined and intimate lounge where meetings and conferences on artistic, historic and social themes will be hosted.
Pupa has always had a “visceral” relationship with Florence, a city to which she feels very attached, stating: “I was born in the splendid Florence and have had the fortune to breathe Art in all its forms. My passion for Art and Painting in particular, has grown alongside with me and I always cultivated it, together with my passion for theater, the study of foreign languages and travelling”.
Housed in the six vaulted spaces of what used to be a stable for horse-drawn carriages, the Frilli Gallery provides a remarkable overview of the history of Florentine sculpture.
The whole gallery, created with a refined clientele in mind, consists of copies of greater and lesser masterpieces. But these are not mass-produced copies, they are the product of a long tradition of craft skills applied to such fine materials as bronze and marble.
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