Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Over the next few weeks Cinisello Balsamo is hosting an exhibition by German photographer Peter Bialobrzeski. "Neon Tigers" is an open air event in the main square of Cinisello, north of Milan. The exhibition includes 24 works by Peter Bialobrzeski around the cities of Shangai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Shenzhen and Kuala Lumpur. Asian megacities wirh their high-rise buildings and rapid development and are the focus for this photographic research.Organized The Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in collaboration with Contrasto the show will be on display until July 13. An interestin article about the artist: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/arts/design/11GOLD.html?position=&ei=5007&en=5154a9ac3f0ee0eb&ex=1397016000&partner=USERLAND&pagewanted=all&position=
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Guido Guidi, Martesana, Cologno Monzese,1991
This weekend a very interesting forum took place at Colonia di Renesso near Genoa. "Lezioni di Paesaggio" is a forum with a series of meetings, lectures, exhibitions and installations.
The forum focus is on the following subtopic: Planning the Landscape - Defining the Landscape -Landscape Culture - Il Cinema and Landscape - Photography and Landscape - Contemporary Art and Landscape.
Landscape Lessons’s objective is to spread and excite a common culture starting with the definition the word landscape, with the belief that knowing it adequately makes it possible to establish a new and different relationship between disciplines, artefacts, reflections at the base of a contemporary culture. Therefore these Lessons are aimed to involve residents thoroughly by freely discussing information with architects, artists, curators, museum directors, geographer, photographers and writers. This careful thought on landscape will be carried out by the Colonia’s park where will be placed a series of site-specific works with the creation of temporary architectures (made by zerozoone and altro_studio), a work by landscape architects Land-I and two art installations (made by Silvia Cini and Guido Affini). A tribute will be given to the artist Ugo La Pietra by installing videos made in the Sixties. In addition you will enjoy a video by Fabrizio Basso, a screening of different artists focusing on landscape, by Elvira Vannini, a selection of videos from the archive Careof, by Mario Gorni and a special work created just for this occasion by Emilio Fantin. At the same time we will organize “Sguardi nel paesaggio”, a photographic exhibition, in order to show results of several searches carried out by a group of artists rising out of the international scenery.
Some of the guests invited to the photography forum:
Roberta Valtorta, Director of Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea,Vittore Fossati, Photographer ,Guido Guidi, Photographer - Roberto Maggiori, Director of the magazine Around Photography -Antonello Frongia, Historian of photography.
More infos http://www.archphoto.it/
Friday, 16 May 2008
“Polaroids: Mapplethorpe” offers some 100 examples drawn largely from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, including portraits, still lifes, erotica and works that fall into more than one of these categories. All the themes of Mapplethorpe’s mature work — the body as a site of pain and pleasure, the ideals of classical beauty, the celebration of alternative lifestyles — are here, but rendered in a more spontaneous medium.
As Mapplethorpe once said, “If I were to make something that took two weeks to do, I’d lose my enthusiasm. It would become an act of labor, and the love would be gone.” continue http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/16/arts/design/16mapp.html?scp=2&sq=photography&st=nyt
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Victor Burgin © , Portia ( Tales from Freud), 1984
This week I attended a very interesting show at the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea di Cinisello Balsamo, Milan. The occasion was " Alle otto. Solito posto & Tales from Freud" by Victor Burgin curated by Filippo Maggia - a photographic exhibition of images and text and a new video to be projected contemporarily with Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
Victor Burgin is an artist and theorist of the image, both moving and still. His theoretical writings are steeped in the ideas of poetical, psychoanalytical and theorists such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.
Burgin can be described as a conceptual artist and a researcher who has developed his artist practices while his theoretical work has created critical debates. My advice is to buy " Thinking Photography" a precious reading for people interested in photographic research.
Going back to the opening, Victor Burgin was answering questions formulated by Filippo Maggia and gave a very interesting lecture about his work and his approach to art, and exploring its relationship with memory, femminism, politics and psychoanalytical theory. Lets hope to see more events of this kind at the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea.
I was told that a video with the interview should be available soon at: http://www.museofotografiacontemporanea.org/fotografia/index.html?document=mostre
Monday, 5 May 2008
Edward Steichen is surely one of those exhibition that can`t be missed, divided in two different sites "Un Epopea Fotografica" at Palazzo Magnani an exhibition of the entire career of the artist and a second exhibition at Chiostri di San Domenico with works from 1923- 1927 during the years at Conde` Nast. In the same building you could see "Heroines"by Bettina Rheims, a series of large sculptural portrait depicting actresses and models in couture and nude.
Together with Paolo Gioli this section includes Raoul Hausmann, Jorge Molder, Pierre et Gilles and Wols that you could visit accross Reggio Emilia.
Bruno Cattani works are on display at Musei Civici exhibiting black and white photographs of sculptures from various museum. The artist says that his work " wasn’t carried out by following academic clichés, but with an aesthetic choice in which figures communicate and exchange looks of complicity, repeating the gestures that are part of their history". This photographic research project on the theme "Human, Too Human" together with projects by the italian artist Jarno Zaffelli and Patrizio Esposito are on diaplay at the same museum together with stuffed animals, old paintings and antiques. Works by Elio Mazzacane Vanni Codeluppi, Fabio Donato and Benedetta Alfieri, enhances and completes the exhibitions on offer at Fotografia Europea 2008.