JACKSON POLLOCK, GREAT EXHIBITION IN FLORENCE: A VIRTUAL COMPARISON WITH RENAISSANCE GENIUS MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI

Jackson Pollock, the undoubted master of action painting, comes to Florence for a virtual comparison with Renaissance genius, Michelangelo Buonarroti. The exhibition in question, entitled La figura della furia [The figure of fury, Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento, from April 16 to July 27], which, inspired by the studies of the American painter during his youth and by his interest in Michelangelo’s work, offers a comparison between styles, subjects, stories and very different worlds. Pollock’s shapelessness mirrors Michelangelo’s unfinished work, the Renaissance with its classical Florentine and Italian form is painted in perfect contrast with the American’s artist anti-form. This exhibition – an epoch-making experiment and event – is being held to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death (he died in Rome on February 18, 1564) and it will take place in two locations: at the Palazzo Vecchio, which is home to Michelangelo’s Genius of Victory statue in the Salone dei Cinquecento, where Pollock’s drawings and paintings will be on display, and the former San Firenze courthouse, where the multimedia part of the exhibition will be set up, offering interactive and educational areas on the life and art of the painter.

The exhibition’s curators Sergio Risaliti and Francesca Campana explain that Jackson Pollock is famous for having been the founder of action painting. His dripping has contrary effects, if not completely the opposite, to what was achieved by Buonarroti on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, where the artist was obliged to work according to the figurative and dogmatic doctrines of the time, although the painting was spread across the ceiling as if it were a horizontal level at an unreachable height and not on a canvas, placed vertically on an easel a short distance from the viewer and at an angle with the artist’s body.

The worlds of the two artists do have a connection, however, in Pollock’s younger studies, when the future star of 20th-century American painting was still undecided as to whether he wanted to become a painter or a sculptor. We know from documents housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York that the young Pollock studied and reflected upon Michelangelo’s work. There are sheets of paper bearing drawings by Pollock, Sketchbooks I and II, which reproduce the ‘naked’ in the Sistine Chapel, the Cumaean Sibyl and The Prophet Jonah, certain figures in the Flood, and even Adam in his famous position and studies of positions and drapery in the Judgement. Valuable information is revealed in an essay by Katharine Baetjer, published by the American museum in 1997, on the occasion of an exhibition dedicated to these important sketchbooks.

Exhibiting Pollock in Florence therefore has a truly epoch-making meaning, the curators emphasize. It is a moment to compare two worlds and two ages: one of which seems to be focused on the transcendence of the figure and on the sublimation of matter in body movement; the other on the phenomenology of formlessness and on the mystical geometry of chaos. Like Michelangelo, Pollock can be defined as a “universal artist” and, like the genial Florentine sculptor, he seems to have worked on every piece as if in a frenzy. “When I am ‘in’ my paintings, I am not fully aware of what I am doing,” said Pollock, while Michelangelo stated in his poems: “I feel in me Love, almost as high as the Stars”.

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For informations:

www.pollockfirenze.it

 

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STREAMS OF COLORS AND SHATTERED WAVES… (IMAGES FROM A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER)

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This photo-gallery is dedicated to eleven abstract images coming from one of the most interesting decomposed and torn publicity posters I ever seen during my long research about ripped ads, cracks, scratches and urban signs ( I posted a clip last week). It was located in Lecco, a beautiful town on Como Lake (Italy). The natural actions (and re-actions) made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, sun, dust, smog, humidity) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. I really had the luck to be in the right time in the right place… (in the following days the billboard was covered with new publicity posters). The whole torn outdoor advertising showed me pre-existing images that were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particleswhich presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a completely white background. You may see “live” the torn publicity poster on this clip:

FLYING LACER/ACTIONS – CLIP ON YOUTUBE

THE CLIP: TEXTURES, COLORS AND PAPER DECOMPOSITION FROM OUTDOOR ADVERTISINGS…

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This clip shows seven artworks coming from one of the most interesting torn publicity posters that Roberto Alborghetti saw during his “Lacer/actions” research about ripped ads and urban signs.

That huge outdoor advertising was located in Lecco, Como Lake (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced some of the images you may admire in the clip.

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ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - LACER/ACTIONS, 2012

FROM TINTORETTO TO FELLINI / IN RIMINI (ITALY) THE FIRST DRAWING BIENNIAL: 1.000 ARTWORKS AND 20 EXHIBITIONS AS A “NEST OF IDEAS”

From April 12 to June 8, 2014, Rimini organizes the first edition of the Biennial of Drawing and puts a body of work unique in its kind on display, a route through very attractive places of this city devoted to art.

One thousand drawings will be on display for one of the most interesting art exhibitions in Italy: from Parmigianino to Kentridge, from Guercino to Fontana, from Tintoretto to Baccarini, from Hugo Pratt to Federico Fellini and from the posters by Dudovich to the contemporary artists such as Toccafondo and Nicoletta Ceccoli. More than 20 exhibitions will be set up in interesting places which will transform the city into the capital of drawing for two months. The event also gives visitors the opportunity to discover the oldest and most precious venues in Rimini’s historic centre, the heart of creativity and research. The City Museum, Castel Sigismondo, Palazzo del Podestà, the Gambalunga Library, FAR gallery of contemporary art, the Museo degli Sguardi (on Rimini hillside), Rimini Film archive and the Music Institute Lettimi are only a few of the places involved in this initiative.

In addition, two side exhibitions are housed within the walls of the ancient villages of Longiano and Santarcangelo, inland from Rimini: “Almost a century of design in the collections of Tito Balestra Foundation” is the title of the exhibition on display in the Malatesta Castle in Longiano and in the former Church of the Madonna of Loreto. The cartoonist Marco Smacchia is at the center of the exhibition in Santarcangelo in the Malatesta Fortresses.

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INFOS

Date: from Apr 12, 2014 to Jun 08, 2014

Event timetable: according to the locations

Entrance: entry fee; €5 for the exhibitions in Sismondo Castle

Free entry: to all the other exhibitions

Tel. 0541 704414/704416

E-mail:

musei@comune.rimini.it

www.biennaledisegnorimini.it

Information and Booking Centre

Tourist information office. Rimini railwaystation – old town

Piazzale C. Battisti 1 – Phone: ++39 0541 51331

++39 0541  51331 GRATIS

 Fax: ++39 0541 27927

 0541 27927 GRATIS

 

Weekday timetable:

Mon – Sat: 8.30 am – 7.00 pm

Weekend timetable:

Closed in Winter. Summer 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

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“THE TREE OF LIFE”… / MAGNIFICATION OF CRACKS ON A WASTE-CONTAINER IN AMSTERDAM CITY…

Inspired by “The Tree Of Life”

A Terrence Malick’s movie

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Roberto Alborghetti, Cracks, Lacer/actions Proj.

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© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR/Actions

Work on Aluminium, 80x 60, 2014

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The image is a magnification of cracks on a waste-container placed in Amsterdam near the Royal Palace (2012).

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THE TREE OF LIFE ON ALUMINIUM – THE CLIP

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Cracks is part of my Lacer/actions Project, about the decomposition of torn publicity posters on outside advertisings (my realistic and not manipulated images are transferred on canvases, lithographic prints or textiles). Since 2009 I’ve been also workin’ on metal, plastic or stony surfaces, or metal and plastic platings. So, I entered the wonderful world of Cracks… We are surrounded by cracks. We live in a planet of cracks. And cracks may be considered “an active aesthetical appreciation” of what we call the disturbing elements of imperfection. My eyes and cameras discovered, in cracks magnifications, another astonishing textures in what we usually consider waste materials. Also my Cracks are realistic, natural, random and not enhanced images, as you see in this picture. More Cracks in this special gallery…

THE CRACKS GALLERY – robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com

MY “OPEN AIR” COLLECTION: A VARIETY OF ABSTRACTS ALONG THE STREETS IN MILAN…

© Roberto Alborghetti

Milan is an amazing city also for my Lacer/actions project concerning the decomposed and torn publicity posters, natural cracks and urban signs… Some weeks ago, while I was walking in the Naviglio area, I was captured by stunning colored palettes… Yes, it was a sort of an “open air” collection, with incredible colors and textures flowing from the walls along the public streets. A variety of abstracts located in the centre of Milan, under the eyes of passers-by… So, enjoy some images…

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WARNING: THESE AREN’T PAINTINGS,

THEY ARE “LACER/ACTIONS”

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing nine works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Place in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy). His recent projects: “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts 1563-1631) and “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids ).