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Artwork of the Month / June 2021

Untitled Greta Schödl 2020 Ink and gold leaf on Carrara marble 34,5 cm x 22 cm x 7 cm   The untitled work by Greta Schödl is a piece of white Carrara marble, inscribed repetitively with the word “MARMO” (Ital. marble) in black ink. Every “O” is filled with gold leaf. Formed as a wedge,… (read more)

From ART CITY to the Summer Programme of Bologna 2021

Intended as revitalisation of the city’s cultural institutions after the lockdown, the postponed ART CITY could take place from May 7th to 9th in Bologna. Traditionally the ART CITY is the accompanying programme for the city’s art fair in January. Due to the pandemic, it was cancelled. Fortunately, it could be carried out now. Including… (read more)

Artwork of the Month / May 2021

The Pillars of the Earth Virginia Zanetti 2021 print on Canson Baryta 100 cm x 150 cm Edition of 5 + 1 print in 180 cm x 270 cm Virginia Zanetti’s photo “The Pillars of the Earth” is part of an ongoing series with the same name, started in 2016 in India. As in other… (read more)

Dear you – How to make an art exhibition in pandemic times?

MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna March – May 2021 www.mambo-bologna.org In these pandemic times, cultural enjoyment is difficult if not impossible. Creatives all around the world are struggling since one year to stay connected to the public. Due to the circumstances, most of the initiatives are in the virtual space. Now the MAMbo… (read more)

Artwork of the month / February 2021

Düsseldorf Valentina D’Accardi 2020 Photo on Hahnemühle Photo Pearl 310 gr Variable dimensions Valentina D’Accardi’s photograph “Düsseldorf” shows a multi-storey building during sunset. It is an edifice, which might be found in many city peripheries in any European country. By the title, one would assume that the building is to be located in the German… (read more)

ARTEFIERA PLAYLIST: A cultural Meeting online

21 – 24 January 2021 (mostly longer) www.artefiera.it Due to the pandemic, also this year’s Bolognese art fair had to change its format, like many others. The digital initiative of the Arte Fiera “PLAYLIST” is not meant to be a selling show transferred to the internet, but a virtual meeting-space in contemporary culture. Hence, the… (read more)

2020 revisited

  The year 2020 was also in the cultural sector very different from all the other years. After a traditional start in January and February, exhibitions, art fairs and many other art events had been postponed, cancelled or relocated into the virtual space. Still, there were some real exhibitions. Moreover, we presented artist books and… (read more)

Bologna in autumn 2020 – The galleries are still there!

Many countries are in the second lockdown. In consequence, theatres, cinemas and also museums are closed. Still, there is no need to renounce cultural activities completely: in several regions, the galleries are still open! Self-evident, the current sanitary regulations such as masks and hand disinfection are followed. Since galleries are rarely crowded after the inauguration,… (read more)

Exhibition: Carlo Gajani – 40 years of artistic creation

8 October – 6 November 2020 Centro Studi Didattica delle Arte Via Cartoleria 9 Bologna www.fondazionecarlogajani.it Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 – 19:00 free entrance     In December of 2009, Carlo Gajani passed away. His left behind oeuvre is witness of a long successful artistic career. Ten years later, is a good moment to look… (read more)

In memory of Maria Rebecca Ballestra: “5 minutes free zone”

In memory of the recently deceased Maria Rebecca Ballestra, we republish our article about “5 minutes free zone”, which was Artwork of the month in October 2015. Rebecca conceived the installation in cooperation with Lucia Palmero to point at the situation of emergency in Ventimiglia, the Italian frontier town at the border to France, where… (read more)

Galleries reopened: Meeting with good old friends

Since the 18 May 2020, the Italian galleries are allowed to reopen after the shutdown due to the corona-crisis. However, people can be received only upon appointment and have to wear a facemask. Opening receptions are still not allowed. Additionally, the international transport of artworks is still difficult. Despite these difficulties, the galleries continue to… (read more)

Artwork of the Month / April 2020

Imago Pietatis, Serie 1 Elena Franco 2019 4 digital prints on Fedrigoni XPER paper, 220 gr 40 cm x 60 cm each, framed Edition of 7 + 1 PDA The series 1 of Elena Franco’s project on the Imago Pietatis (Christ of Pity) consists of four posters. They are showing painted book edges of volumes… (read more)

Stay connected – a virtual journey to art

The Corona-crisis has changed our lives a lot. Many countries have limited public activities; several are almost totally shut-down. Schools, universities and shops are closed. This stop of public life, also affects cultural institutions like museums, art spaces and galleries. Many cultural operators defy this standstill and take it as a challenge to enhance their… (read more)

Artwork of the month / March 2020

  Love Silvia Levenson   2019 Kiln formed glass 11 cm x 11 cm x 22 cm Edition of 20 pieces   Silvia Levenson’s glass sculpture “Love” is a soft pink hand grenade positioned on a round cake plate with pedestal. A transparent glass dome encloses it. On the shell, the word “Love” is written…. (read more)

The SetUp is still there, but in a new guise

Sono ancora qua. SetUp to be continued Autostazione Piazza XX Settembre 6, Bologna 24 – 26 January 2020 Last autumn Alice Zannoni, co-founder of the SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, announced that there would be no event with this name in 2020. Born in 2013, the alternative trade show for emerging artists and galleries was situated… (read more)

It’s BOOMing! The first Edition of the Bolognese Contemporary Art Show 2020

BOOMing Contemporary Art Show DumBo, ex scalo ferroviario del Ravone Via Casarini 19, Bologna https://boomcontemporaryart.com 23 – 26 January 2020   During four days, the first edition of BOOMing took place in the DumBo, the district of a former cargo railway station close to the central station. Artistically directed by Simone Gavoldi, the art fair… (read more)

Bologna Art City 2020 – Glances on Realities

For the second part of our Art City tour throughout Bologna, we concentrate on the western area of the city centre. Some exhibitions glance at our present, others are going back in history, partly back into archaic times. There are excursions into dream worlds, human or android; forms or colours are featured and our perception… (read more)

Artwork of the month / February 2020

Rimediazioni Analogiche (Analogue Remediation) Donatella Lombardo   2015 Installation, mixed media 145 cm x 90 cm x 40 cm (support included)   Donatella Lombardo’s installation “Rimediazioni Analogiche (Analogue Remediation)” is a red merchantable typewriter, type Olivetti Valentine with a long white panel of cloth coming out of the platen-roller. Digitally printed on the cloth are… (read more)

Bologna ART CITY 2020 – part one

Last week, we made some proposals for exhibitions to see during the ART CITY in Bologna, Italy. Now, after the White Night we visited several more venues. Most of them are still open for some time. It is a diverse programme of smaller or bigger shows, where every art lover will find his/her pleasure. For… (read more)

Arte Fiera 2020: Painting, Photography and more …

The 44th edition of the Bolognese art fair ARTE FIERA just closed. Time to reflect on this traditional trade show in the heart of the region Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Simone Menegoi, the artistic director for the second time, gathered 155 galleries, thereof 108 in the main section and 47 in the three sections with a special… (read more)

Bologna ART CITY 2020 – 13 Proposals

In these days, the Bolognese art week started. Besides the traditional Arte Fiera, Italy’s oldest enduring art fair, there are many collateral events throughout the city and around. This year’s program of the ART CITY is once more larger than in the preceding years. There are 22 main projects and a special one, coordinated by… (read more)

2019 revisited

  Another year passed by and we would like to glance to what happened in the last months. We visited numerous exhibitions in Bologna and beyond, starting with the Bolognese Art Week, two Milanese art fairs and the Venice Biennale. Later we reported on exhibitions in Bologna, Florence, Bremen, Ferrara and San Gimignano. Moreover, we… (read more)

Bologna in autumn 2019 – exhibitions part 2

In a second tour, we visited six more exhibitions of the autumn season in Bologna. Most of them are still ongoing. Although the variety of artists and techniques is comparable to the exhibitions of the first round, the presented shows are more minimalistic in the second part, self-evidently with exceptions.   Galleria de’ Foscherari: Mario… (read more)

Bologna in autumn 2019: Quite a lot to see!

After the summer break, there are various new exhibitions in Bologna on view. There are different artists with diverse techniques and subjects. Nevertheless, the exhibitions have in common that they invite to pause and to contemplate the objects to discover them deeply.   Goethe-Zentrum: Bauhaus Reloaded 1919-2019: Architettura Bauhaus 1919-1933 Spazio Testoni: Human Places Magma… (read more)

Artwork of the month / September 2019

Black Out 2 Ester Grossi 2018 Acrylic on canvas 120 cm x 100 cm Courtesy Spazio Testoni, Bologna, Foto Giulia Mazza Ester Grossi’s painting “Black Out 2” is a composition of four geometric shapes on black ground, which overlap each other partially. The upper diagonally red lined field could be described as rectangle with rounded… (read more)

Exhibition: Christian Jankowski – Where do we go from here?

Galleria Enrico Astuni Via Iacopo Barozzi 3, Bologna www.galleriaastuni.net 25 May – 28 September 2019 Summer break in August In his solo exhibition, Where do we go from here? in the Bolognese Galleria Enrico Astuni, Christian Jankowski questions about the relation between artist and audience, both, in the traditional physical contact and the virtual way… (read more)

OPENTOUR 2019: on the road again

17 – 22 June 2019 (the gallery exhibitions remain longer open) As every year, the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna goes on tour. Besides a programme of events, performances and special exhibitions in Bolognese institutions, the students of the Academy of Fine Arts show their works in galleries throughout the city. All the exhibitions… (read more)

Exhibition: Julian Charrière. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Everywhere.

MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna Sala delle Ciminiere Via Don Minzoni 14, Bologna www.mambo-bologna.org 8 June – 8 September 2019 With the exhibition Julian Charrière. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Everywhere. the MAMbo invites the visitors to plunge into the submarine world and to pop up from time to time to… (read more)

Artwork of the month / March 2019

Door, NY, 1986 Betty Zanelli 1986 Collage Graphite, oil pastels, acrylic and newspaper on sketching paper 25 cm x 19 cm The collage “Door, NY, 1986” by Betty Zanelli shows a door ajar. In contrast to the background, which presents the bare paper and the sketched spatial environment with black pastels, the front of the… (read more)

Arte Fiera 2019: A new clarity with interesting outlooks

BolognaFiere Piazza Costituzione Bologna www.artefiera.it 1 – 4 February 2019   The 43rd edition of the longest running art fair in Italy, was for the first time guided by its new artistic director Simone Menegoi. Even though, he had only six months to prepare the exhibition, he succeeded to give a new momentum to attract… (read more)

Arte City 2019 – Poesy from heaven and the underground and in between the two

In the following, there are three main projects on focus. Leandro Erlich fetched some clouds down from the sky and Michele Spanghero invited to a cinematic sound installation in a subterranean historic movie theatre. Eduard Habicher showed the lightweight of steel.   Leandro Erlich: Collection de Nuages Michele Spanghero: AGAIN ANEW – Before the film… (read more)

Arte City 2019: What the future brings …

The new exhibition space DAS opened at the right time for the Arte City. Its first exhibition showed contemporary local and international artists, some with a glance to what might be upcoming in this place. Guido Segni at Adiacenze considered how artworks could be conceived in the era of automation of work. Rob Chavasse focussed… (read more)

Arte City 2019: Exclusion, Inclusion, Disturbance

The installation “Transboundary #4” by Betty Zanelli seems to treat migratory movements of birds of passage. Nevertheless, it is also about barriers which exclude people. Whereas Giovanni de Gara wants to encourage a reflection about welcoming with “Eldorato”. At the association “L’Altro Spazio” we experienced living inclusion and the artist Fabrizio Tartari. With the exhibition… (read more)

SetUp Contemporary Art Fair 2019: Going to Ithaca

For the 7th edition the SetUp Contemporary Art Fair, around Simona Gavioli had chosen the theme “Ithaca”. 25 galleries, thereof four non-Italian, presented artworks with a focus on the mystical island, home of Odysseus, before and after his 20 years enduring absence, described by Homer in the Iliad and the Odyssey. By his journeys, the… (read more)

10 proposals for the Arte City 2019 in Bologna

Traditionally, the end of January and the first days in February in Bologna, Italy, are dominated by a huge offer of artistic events. This year, more and more exhibitions started earlier, so that we can talk of a real art week around the oldest Italian art fair. Besides the ARTE FIERA (1 – 4 February… (read more)

Greta Schödl: All my experience enters into my work

  Even at the age of 89 years, Greta Schödl still continues to create. Her range of techniques is very large; however, scripture and gold are particularly prominent in her work. We met in her apartment in Bologna, where we spoke about her background, artistic career and oeuvre.   Astrid Gallinat: Your father was veterinarian… (read more)

Artwork of the month / November 2018

Il Primo Universo (The First Universe) Greta Schödl 1980 Oil and gold leaf on French canvas Signed on the verso 216 cm x 160 cm   The painting “Il Primo Universo” (The First Universe) by Greta Schödl shows an asymmetrical accumulation of golden dots and lines on a blue irregular ground. Slightly right from the… (read more)

Eldorato: the next steps

In June 2018, Giovanni de Gara started his project “Eldorato”, for which he covers church doors with golden thermal blankets all over Italy. The objective of the project is, to encourage a deep reflexion about the subject of welcome towards every individual person, without distinction of race, gender, faith, to give a sign of warmth… (read more)

Autumn Exhibitions in Bologna: From white to colourful

The current exhibitions for the season start are naturally various: by age and origin of the artists, techniques and intensions and depending on the type of gallery. Nevertheless, there are some formal or thematic links between some shows. At the end of this article, you’ll find a list of several Bolognese exhibitions, a lot with… (read more)

Exhibition: That’s IT!

On the newest generation of artists in Italy and one meter and eighty from the border. MAMbo (Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna) Sala delle Ciminiere Via Don Minzoni 14 Bologna www.mambo-bologna.org 22 June – 11 November 2018   On 21 June, the MAMbo opened this year’s summer exhibition “That’s IT!”. The show is the first… (read more)

Exhibitions: OPENTOUR 2018 – Un viaggio a regola d‘arte

18 – 23 June 2018 Accademia di Belle Arti & many places in the city www.ababo.it By now in its fourth edition, the Bolognese Academy of Fine Arts opens its doors for the public. Moreover, the students leave their educational terrain. Besides the events and performances organised in the traditional walls, numerous students worked with… (read more)

Exhibition: Rosanna Chiessi. Pari&Dispari

MAMbo – Project Room 25 May – 16 September 2018 www.mambo-bologna.org In May 2018 the MAMbo (Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna) opened the exhibition “Rosanna Chiessi. Pari&Dispari” in its Project Room. This Project Room is dedicated to point on artists and art actors with an anchoring in the region, but not only. The choice of Rosanna… (read more)

Elyse Galiano & Donatella Lombardo – Fil rouge (Red Thread)

Contemporanea 2, Florence, Italy www.c2contemporanea2.com 12 – 27 April 2018 For the exhibition, “Fil Rouge” the Florence gallerist Antonio Lo Pinto invited Elyse Galiano and Donatella Lombardo, two artists with different backgrounds. However, there are common things in the works of both. Formally, the two artists are using – inter alia – textile and thread…. (read more)

Exhibition: Laura Grisi – Hypothesis on Infinity

Galleria P420, Bologna, Italy http://p420.it 07 April – 02 June 2018 The exhibition “Hypothesis on Infinity” questions about the possibility to extend time into eternity. In addition, spatial borders are another subject. On a whole, the show is a time journey into the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the Italian artist Laura Grisi was… (read more)

Exhibition: Vivian Maier – La fotografa ritrovata

Palazzo Pallavicini, Bologna, Italy www.palazzopallavicini.com 3 March – 27 May 2018   The Palazzo Pallavicini just opened an exhibition dedicated to Vivian Maier (1926-2009). This American photographer is for several reasons exceptional. First of all, her official profession was not photographer, but nanny. This autodidact shot over 120.000 photos. None of them was ever published… (read more)

ARTE CITY 2018: from painting to performance

During the weekend of the ARTE FIERA in Bologna, there are many artistic initiatives to welcome visitors and local residents. The range is huge from classical panel painting to installation, film projection and performance. Every art lover might find something interesting. In the following, we present our impressions of 28 events. They are sorted by… (read more)

SetUp Contemporary Art Fair 2018: Impressions

The 34 galleries represented at this year’s SetUp showed a huge range of the contemporary art production. There were paintings, sculptures, photos and installations from traditional to experimental and from figurative to abstract. Some works were conceptual; others more decorative and still others had a surrealist touch. Several oeuvres used pre-existing objects, changed their appearance… (read more)

Arte Fiera 2018: Ten single booth and impressions

In the following, we will present ten galleries, which attracted our attention by a particular curating of the booth. Some are notable, because of their choice of harmonising artists and others by their orchestration. Furthermore, at the end, there is a photo series of interesting outlooks and remarkable single works.   29 ARTS IN PROGRESS,… (read more)

Bologna: Art, Art, Art

At the first weekend of February, numerous art events took place in Bologna, Italy. Besides the 42nd edition of the ARTE FIERA as point of departure, there were the SetUp Contemporary Art Fair and the Fruit Exhibition. But that is not all: by tradition, there are many other events throughout the city. The ARTE FIERA… (read more)

Revolutija: from Chagall to Malevich, from Repin to Kandinsky

MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna 12 Decemebre 2017 – 13 May 2018 https://mostrarevolutija.it/en/ Just in time, at the end of the commemoration of 100 years of the October Revolution, the Bolognese Museum of Modern Art opens the exhibition “Revolutija: from Chagall to Malevich, from Repin to Kandinsky”. Even though, the show is initiated on… (read more)