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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)

Artwork of the Month / April 2021

Anti-Buste en voyage dans le Sud, pas plus de 1 km (Anti-Bust travelling in the South, not more than 1 km) Monique Thibaudin 2020 Two mannequin legs, shoes, shopping bag Ephemeral installation Ca. 150 cm height   Monique Thibaudin’s sculpture “Anti-Bust travelling in the South, not more than 1 km” consists of two mannequin legs,… (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)

ARTISSIMA Unplugged 2020 – another Art Fair goes digital

  www.artissima.art 3 November – 9 December 2020 Already before the final cancellation of this years’ Turin based art fair ARTISSIMA, the organisers decided to change the traditional format due to the pandemic. Early it was planned to relocate three curated sections to a digital platform named ARTISSIMA XYZ. Moreover, “Frenetic Standstill” as part of… (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 / June 2020

Self-portrait with my mother Anna di Prospero 2011 Digital photography, inkjet print on Canson Infinity paper 100 cm x 67 cm Edition of 6 + 2 P.A. The photo “Self-portrait with my mother” by Anna di Prospero shows two women through a window. One woman – in a black and white bouclé blazer – stands… (read more)

Artwork of the Month / May 2020

Au Coucher du soleil – At Sunset (short version) Patricia Jacomella Bonola 2018 Video (Single-channel digital, colour, sound) 10’ 07’’ Courtesy of the artist   Patricia Jacomella Bonola’s video “Au Coucher du soleil” (At Sunset) is the time lapse version of a film with the same name, with a duration of 1 hour, 9 minutes… (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)

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)

Artwork of the month / December 2019

Utopia XXII Inna Artemova 2019 Oil on canvas 170 cm x 240 cm The oil painting “Utopia XXII” by Inna Artemova is part of her series “Future Structures”, where she reflects on prospective living and working environments, which might be united in one single space. “Utopia XXII” shows two sets of freely floating square-shaped boxes… (read more)

Artwork of the month / November 2019

Urban Platform burned Valeria Vaccaro 2018 White Carrara marble, ink 80 cm x 60 cm x 15 cm   “Urban Platform burned” by Valeria Vaccaro is seemingly a ready-made: a used and singed EUR-pallet, which has even the trademark of the European Pallet Association (EPAL). Nevertheless, the size is different. The standardised tool for goods… (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)

Exhibition: Moataz Nasr – Paradise Lost

Galleria Continua Via del Castello 11, San Gimignano https://galleriacontinua.com 28 September 2019 – 6 January 2020   The solo exhibition “Paradise Lost” by Moataz Nasr, curated by Simon Njami carries us into an oriental world in a transition stage between tradition and modernity. Composed by oeuvres in different media, it shows the large range of… (read more)

Exhibition: Mondi Migliori (Better Worlds)

Agnese Purgatorio & Francesco Di Giovanni   MLB Maria Livia Brunelli Gallery Corso Ercole I d’Este 3, Ferrara, Italy www.mlbgallery.com in cooperation with Podbielski Contemporary (Milan) www.podbielskicontemporary.com 4 October – 16 November 2019   For the double personal exhibition “Mondi Migliori” the MLB Home Gallery and Podbielski Contemporary has selected two artists, who questioned earlier… (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: Tim Porter – Fotografia

Contemporanea 2 Via Ugo Foscolo 6, Florence, Italy www.c2contemporanea2.com 23 July – 31 August 2019 Once again, Antonio Lo Pinto invited an external gallerist to curate an exhibition in his Florence based gallery Contemporanea 2. This time Didier Devillez came from Brussels and brought oeuvres by the Canadian, in Tokyo based photographer and filmmaker Tim… (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)

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)

“Post hoc”: Attention to bygone phenomena – Interview with Dane Mitchell

This years’ pavilion of New Zealand of the 58. Venice Biennale in the Palazzina Canonica is housing an installation by Dane Mitchell. The exhibition is curated by Dr Zara Stanhope and Chris Sharp. The heart of the work is an inventory of over two million items, naming bygone phenomena, ranging from dead words to extinct… (read more)

Biennale di Venezia: Concealed, vanished and reappeared

To start the 58th Venice Biennale, the curator Ralph Rugoff, conceals the entrance of the Central Pavilion with clouds of fog by Lara Favaretto (Thinking Head). The vapour makes not only disappear the building, but is also the expression for smoking brains of thinkers in an undisclosed location. Veiling, disappearance as well as making things… (read more)

MIA Photo Fair: Insights and Outlooks

  From 22 to 25 March The Mall in the Milanese quarter of Porta Nuova Varesine was the platform for the ninth edition of the MIA PHOTO FAIR. This Italian art fair is dedicated to photography and moving image, however it was dominated by still pictures. The 135 exhibitors outlined a wide-ranging insight into the… (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)

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)

Artwork of the month / October 2018

Nella clandestinità (Living clandestine) Agnese Purgatorio Courtesy Podbielski Contemporary Milano 2013 Digital collage Ink-jet on Canson Infinity Baryta, di-bond, framed Edition 5 + 2AP 90 cm x 120 cm   The digital collage “Nella clandestinità” (Living clandestine) from 2013 by Agnese Purgatorio shows people standing on a map of Italy. This map seems to be… (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)

ELDORATO: In search of the Golden Land – Interview with Giovanni de Gara

On 27 June 2018, the Italian artist Giovanni de Gara had done his first installation of his series “Eldorato” at the Florentine church of San Miniato Al Monte. He covered the church portals with golden thermal blankets. The installation itself is very poetically. Nevertheless, it was discussed controversially. In an interview, Giovanni explains the background… (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)

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)

Art Fair miart 2018: Perspectives

13 – 15 April 2018 fieramilanocity, Milan www.miart.it The 23rd edition of the Milano art fair grew – in comparison to the preceding show – by ten galleries. There were 184 galleries from 19 countries, presented in eight sections. Besides the established and emergent galleries and artists, two departments are particularly interesting. “Decades” offer a… (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)

Artwork of the month / April 2018

Autorretrato (Self-portrait) Proyecto Quarta Dimensione Mariela Fornasari & Ainelén Bertotti Burket 2017 Installation with serigraphy on canvas 200 cm x 150 cm x 150 cm   “Self-portrait” by Mariela Fornasari and Ainelén Bertotti Burket is an installation of five semi-transparent canvases. A black and white photo of the two sitting artists is printed on each… (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)

Artwork of the month / March 2018

Huisvrouw (Housewife) From the series: Apolline, Constance et les autres … Elyse Galiano 2014-2018 Natural hair, cotton canvas, wood 60 cm x 120 cm   In her series “Apolline, Constance et les autres …” Elyse Galiano embroidered texts from ancient manuals of good manners for women. The most part of the quotes dates from the… (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)

The Venice Biennale 2017: Water, Reflexion and Histories – three national participations

The 57th Venice Biennale is coming towards its end, an occasion to review three national contributions in the Giardini and the Arsenale. In the Italian Pavilion there are three artists approaching our common memory and present in a magical way. Whereas Geoffrey Farmer in the Canadian Pavilion targets his personal history with a glance to… (read more)

XI. Florence Biennale 2017

“eARTh: creativity and sustainability” was the theme of this year’s Florence Biennale. It took place from October 6th to 15th and was located in the Padiglione Spadoli in the Fortezza da Basso (part of the Firenzefiera). There were 462 artists, coming from 72 countries. The 20-year-old institution sees herself as an independent platform of the… (read more)

miart 2017: an encounter between the generations

The 22nd miart (Milanese Art Fair) took place from 31 March to 2 April. During these days 45.000 people visited the 174 booths of Italian and international galleries. To underline its anchoring between modern and contemporary art, there were different sections focussing more on the one or the other period.   Nevertheless, the section “Generations”… (read more)

Artissima 2016 – Impressions

Artissima Art Fair 4 – 6 November 2016 Torino, Italy       Main Section [Show slideshow]   New Entries [Show slideshow]   Dialogue [Show slideshow]   Present Future [Show slideshow]   Back to the Future [Show slideshow]   In Mostra – corpo.gesto.postura [Show slideshow]  

“The Floating Piers” by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

18 June – 3 July 2016 Lake Iseo, Italy Christo offered himself the realisation of “The Floating Piers” to his 81st birthday. Nevertheless, the project was already conceived in the 1970s, together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, but refused by Argentina and Japan. In 2014, Christo finally found the lake Iseo in northern Italy. During… (read more)