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THE PROMINENT SPANISH SURREALIST: DALì!

Posted on March 21, 2013 by admin

From april the 27th till September the 2nd Madrid’s Reina Sofia National Museum will host the first retrospective of Dali’s work in 30 years. The Museum proposes a big re-reading of the work of Salvador Dalí, bringing together over 200 pieces from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, the Reina Sofía itself and even works from the MoMa and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the first retrospective dedicated to Salvador Dalí since the one held in 1983 at the MEAC (Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art). The core of the exhibition is the artist’s Surrealist period, with a special focus on the paranoic-critical method he developed as a way to transform and subvert reality. You absolutely can’t miss it!

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GERARD RICHTER, THE REAL ILLUSION OF PAINT

Posted on January 30, 2013 by admin

From tomorrow, Jan the 31th until April the 21st 2013, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo of Turin will host and present the exhibition Gerhard Richter – Editions 1965–2012. Richter is a worldwide successful German artist best known for his paintings, featured in museum collections all over the world. Editions are original works of art, not produced as unique pieces but in a certain number of impressions: prints, photographic editions, editions of paintings, artist’s books, artist’s posters and multiples. Richter is nowadays one of the most important living artists. Since the 1960s, he has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting, continually challenging the medium, encompassing a diverse range of techniques and ideas: his magnificent realist paintings based on photographs, colourful abstractions, portraits, landscapes. Richter has also been working with other media and materials, over-painting his own photographs or photographing details of his own paintings. Gerhard Richter has ever since been one of the first German artists to reflect on the history of National Socialism, creating paintings with victims of the Nazi party and has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces. Following the examples of Picasso, he’s been undermining the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single style. Richter is regarded as the top-selling living artist in fact, in Oct 2012, his Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34milion. His photos projected in canvas replicate the look of the original picture, offering the image a paradoxical photographic appearance; landscapes and portraits, are thus rendered fragile illusions, fleeting conceptions, a photographic imagery as a starting point for his early paintings. Richter’s work is breathtaking. The viewer is projecter in a place where there’s no space, nor time, nor real subject and this sweet timeless illusion through which we can admire Richter’s art is a warm and safe cuddle.

 

Gerard Richter -Edizioni

Turin, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

31 January – 21 April 2013

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GUTAI

Posted on January 10, 2013 by admin

In February 2013, the Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s. Gutai was an association of artists founded by Jiro Yoshihara in Japan in 1954. The ’50s and ’60s, the period during which Gutai emerged, were notable for Japan’s miraculous recovery, which was achieved through soaring economic growth in the wake of the country’s defeat in World War II. Gutai’s creations are the result of an abundance of the challenging spirit and creative energy and the function of the group as a symbol of that era. Gutai was extraordinary for its range of bold and innovative creativity and aesthetic which explored in a unique way materials, processes and performativity. The group had a radical way of experimentation across a range of media and styles, and demonstrated how individual artists could push the limits of art. The range will include paintings, conceptual art, experimental performances and films. The Guggenheim show will contain 120 objects by 25 artists on loan from major museum and private collections in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

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15 Feb – 8 May, 2013 Guggenheim Museum, NYC

BELOVED HAIR – CHEVEUX CHéRIS

Posted on December 3, 2012 by admin

Do you know all the variety of hairstyles that characterize different cultures? Ancient, modern, contemporary, ethnic, bronze and marble, black or white, multiple combinations.  
This is Cheveux Chéris or Beloved Hair an exhibition about the care, the research, the consistencies and  vitality that transcends the ordinary banality of hair.
The exhibition is about paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and multimedia objects that express the variety of physical and symbolic forms of hair. Hair care in cultures refers to issues of concern, seduction, ornaments, evoking the memory or power of a person in societies that practice and make trophies or headhunting. The intersection of anthropology, the history of ancient and contemporary art, fashion and manners, the exhibition examines individual issues of intimacy and sociability through the universal theme of hair. Addressing the idea that individuals and social groups display personality through hairstyle, presented first in terms of frivolity: competing blonds, brunettes or redheads, straight or frizzy as seen in a wide range of classical paintings, sculptures and author photographs. Continue Reading →

THE DARK BEAUTY AND EPHEMERAL APPEARANCE OF LIQUID MEMORIES: MUSTAFA SABBAGH

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Edgy, dark, seductive, mysterious, achingly beautiful. It’s hard defining Mustafa Sabbagh’s photography. It’s even harder to write about someone you know personally and appreciate. It’s engaging but at the same time extremely ‘funambulesque’. On my way to Ferrara, for the opening of his exhibition, on May the19th 2012 at the Palazzo Massari, I thought how thirsty and eager I was to see once again his pictures. Sixteen photographs and two installations, have been protagonists of Memorie Liquide, a body of work born from the encounter with magnificent paintings by Giovanni Boldini, the celebrated portrait painter of the Belle Epoque, and in close dialogue with the spaces of Palazzo Massari who hosts the monographic museum. Located along the halls, the shots of the Jordanian-Italian photographer dialogue with fine art and its environment. A gloomy and out of space atmosphere that reincarnates memory and nostalgic remembrances of a far away world. The selection of photographs, presented along the path of the museum, portrays hidden figures behind fetish masked models wearing various objects such as forks, wigs, blinkers, hats, veils, stuffed birds all styled by Simone Valsecchi, who has collaborated with artists such as Luca Ronconi and Peter Greenaway. Sabbagh’s figures are juxtaposed with nocturnal landscapes, his images are shot with extreme care and refinement; Mustafa is an expert and obsessive for details, precision, realism and technical composition. Being a technical expert, means capturing the subject and plunging it in the depth of dark gray and cobalt, locking it in hieratic poses, both front or profile, as if carved on ancient roman medals. In both fiction of disguise or real life-like attitude, Sabbagh’s subjects are shielded by masks, vehicles of detection of the self and its instinct. Continue Reading →