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Art Posted on 01 Jun, 2011 11:08

Jan Fabre has revisited a classic
sculpture, Michelangelo’s Pietà. This is
unprecedented. The exhibition, organised to coincide with the 54th edition of
the Venice Biennale, will feature five large, marble sculptures by the Flemish
artist. Outstanding among these is Fabre’s reinterpretation of Michelangelo’s
Pietà, entitled Merciful Dream (Pietà V), in which he has given his own face to
Christ, while Mary has the face of a skull, the symbol of death. The artist’s
intention is neither blasphemous nor provocative; this work represents a
performance sculpture that illustrates a mother’s real feelings when she yearns
to take the place of her dead son. Fabre’s symbolism is so strong that almost
blurs into realism with details reminiscent of Flemish art as well as
Michelangelo’s traditional method of expression, sculpture.

Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia (Sestiere Cannaregio 3599
– Fondamenta della Misericordia)

June till 16th October 2011

to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays

Salt&Chocolate London Laboratory

Art Posted on 18 May, 2011 10:31

Uralskaya, a fashion writer and international correspondent for Vogue Russia,
New Style and Pulse UK, a fixture of London Fashion Week with a fixation for
contemporary photography, has created Salt&Chocolate London Laboratory.
Part art gallery populated with images of photography mavens such as Terry
O’Neill, Joseph Ford, Bob Carlos Clarke, Shlomi Nissim – part nail bar (YES, an
art gallery with a nail bar!) where a team of professional technicians pamper
an art savvy clientele. What one appreciates is the artistic environment, free
from the sterile feel of most nail bars, and the creativity of the concept as a
whole. Yana tells me that she had the idea from thinking that it would be really interesting to
combine a few ultimately different concepts. “One would think these two: salt
and chocolate, don’t go together, but a French
chocolatier invented this wonderful bonbon called “sea salt caramel chocolate”.
Salt is about purity and a fresh approach. The chocolate part is the darker,
more sensual side of life. Just like the photographs that are on show in the
store – a bit sexy, a bit risqué, even a bit threatening. And the photographs
are like the proverbial box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to
get, what overall feeling you’re going to create once you change the display or
order new amazing electric colours of the nail varnish.”

London Laboratory hosts evening drinks parties to promote new exhibitions and
artists. I find the selection of
photography very clever and absolutely spot on for Yana’s concept. Currently, a
Shlomi Nissim series caught my eye because of his recurrent dark themes of
wolves and a good dose of irony.

I am the wind

Art Posted on 04 May, 2011 06:40

Last night I attendee the premiere of I Am The Wind at the Young Vic, a powerful tale of enduring humanity against insurmountable odds. Two lifelong travelling companions are bound together on a journey across a vast ocean, the endless struggle to be human.

I am the Wind is the coming together of three of Europe’s great theatrical talents. France’s Patrice Chéreau directs a new adaptation of Norwegian Jon Fosse’s play about two men in a boat, rewritten by the UK’s Simon Stephens.

Fosse, who won the 2010 Ibsen Award, is one of the most prominent contemporary playwrights in Europe. He has been described as the Beckett of the 21st century and has had his work translated into more than 40 languages. Playwright Simon Stephens has created the English version of I Am The Wind. His previous work includes Punk Rock, Sea Wall, Pornography, Motortown, Harper Regan and On The Shore Of The Wide World, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Patrice Chéreau, who directs I Am The Wind, is widely considered France’s leading theatre director and has been an important figure in European theatre since the 1970s. His award-winning films include La Reine Margot, His Brother and Intimacy.

Ex Limbo by Rotor at Fondazione Prada

Art Posted on 26 Apr, 2011 18:24

Prada is currently hosting Ex Limbo, an exhibition by Rotor – a collective of
artists from Brussels, acclaimed for the design of the Belgian
pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Tristan Boniver tells me about how
the space of the Fondazione, and its significance as an exhibition space for
art and fashion, inspired them to use the pieces that worked as a back-drop for
the fashion shows in the last decades, all of which came from a warehouse in
southern Milan. Some of the pieces had been reused several times, but talking
with Mrs Prada, the artists realised that these elements were not merely props
for shows but part of a bigger discourse that merges visual art and fashion.
Hence the idea of giving a second lease of life to structures that have
supported Mrs Prada’s creations, but that have never had a life of their own.

Ex Limbo by Rotor April 13 – June 5, 2011

From Tuesday to Thursday, 2-8pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm.

Closed Monday

Fondazione Prada, via Fogazzaro 36, Milan

Luxury Goods V- The Illusion of Art

Art Posted on 26 Apr, 2011 15:52

Tonight the fifth edition of Luxury Good Art Festival opens at the Courtyard theatre in Hoxton, East London. Each participant has submitted a fifty words sentence on the meaning of illusion of art. Tomorrow evening I will make my own contribution to the festival at the Symposium with a speech on the illusion of art as a luxury good.

Luxury Goods V- The Illusion of Art

Tues 26th- Sat 30th April 2011 7-12pm

The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London, England

40 Pitfield Street N1 6EU


Art Posted on 05 Apr, 2011 12:56

agencies report that the Chinese authorities arrested the artist Ai Weiwei on
Sunday the 3rd of April as he tried to board a plane to Hong Kong.
The artist remains uncontactable and his whereabouts are unknown. The international
community, along with the artist’s community, should not be too timid calling
for Weiwei’s immediate release given the increasing use of detentions against
activists by the Chinese government.

work is currently on display at the Tate Modern, in the Turbine Hall as part of
the Unilever Series.

is made up of millions of small works, each apparently identical,
but actually unique. The life-sized sunflower seed husks are in fact
intricately handcrafted in porcelain. Each seed has been individually
sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the
Chinese city of Jingdezhen. The seeds are the effort of hundreds of skilled
hands. Poured into the interior of the Turbine Hall’s vast industrial space,
the 100 million seeds form a seemingly infinite landscape.


Elizabeth Taylor – Suddenly Last Summer

Art Posted on 23 Mar, 2011 15:35

ELIZABETH TAYLOR February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

With Katharine Hepburn in Suddenly Last Summer, 1959. My favourite movie.

Her final monologue in the movie is a masterpiece, when all the mysteries are revealed.

He-he was lying naked on the broken stones…and this you won’t believe! Nobody, nobody, nobody could believe it! It looked as if-as if they had devouredhim!…As if they’d torn or cut parts of him away with their hands, or with knives, or those jagged tin cans they made music with. As if they’d torn bits of him away in strips!


The winner of Accademia Apulia Photographic Award

Art Posted on 13 Feb, 2011 11:24

The winner of the inaugural Accademia
Apulia Photographic Award is Matteo Sandrini from London. He was
presented with the £1,000 cash at the award ceremony at the Royal Horseguards
Hotel last Friday.

Matteo Sandrini’s work focuses on
his native Italian city of Brescia’s cultural identity. For several days and
always at the same time he positioned himself on the main street of the Carmine district where he photographed
people passing by. He used the single shots to create a composite collage
posing questions around whether people from different heritage may coexist in
the very same district, but not necessarily integrate.

The two runner-ups were Alex Boyd and
Stefano Morelli.
An award-winning photographer
from Ayrshire, Boyd
presents breathtaking
views of the pristine Scottish landscape, symbol, the artist claims, of the
Scots relationship with nature. Roma’s
stateless identity is the focus Stefano’s
work. The artist, who comes from Viareggio in Italy, captured the struggle of a
Roma community to maintain their own identity whilst being seemingly invisible
to broader society.

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