THE J. CIDEL COLLECTION / THE PRESS RELEASE: “WALKING PIECES OF ART”

Click and read The J. Cidel Collection – The Press Release:

https://www.jeanniecidel.com/press-releases.php

Series of my macro photographs (Lacer/actions project) – you well know them through my blogsite – were acquired exclusively by Jeannie and Johnny Cidel, of J.Cidel Collection (Florida, USA) and gave birth to an extraordinary collection made in Italy: different kinds of bags and wallets are produced in Rimini by Viale Parma. I’m really proud and glad for this collaboration.

The bags are polyvinyl coated 100% cotton canvas with my artworks printed on them. There will be some leather accents in every bag where we see the solid color. Everything else is PVC coated 100% cotton canvas. They are being produced in Rimini by Viale Parma.

As people know, my artworks are not paintings or digitally manipulated pictures. The are simply photos of the world around us (torn and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches on industrial materials and urban stuff).

The J.Cidel Collection: Press Release, PDF: Click and Download

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RARE-FARE / VINILI: OMAGGIO A ENNIO MORRICONE, “I WESTERN” (1971, RCA)

RARITIES / THE VINYLS: A TRIBUTE TO ENNIO MORRICONE, THE GREAT SOUNDTRACKS OF WESTERN FILMS (1971)

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Apriamo una nuova sezione di Rare Fare, dopo il grande successo delle figurine della Grande Raccolta Mira Lanza. E’ dedicata ai vinili, ai dischi, album a 33 giri o ai cosiddetti “singoli”, i dischi a 45 giri: veri e propri oggetti di culto, oltre che di design, da stringere tra le mani e da accarezzare, come oggi purtroppo non si può fare con la musica scaricata digitalmente. Il disco era importante in sè e per sè, proprio a partire dal fatto che era un prodotto, un oggetto. Una cosa da osservare, leggere, vedere, capire, prendere in mano.

Il primo vinile di RARE-FARE non poteva che essere un omaggio al grande Ennio Morricone, scomparso tre giorni fa, Premio Oscar, genio della musica contemporanea, grande innovatore ed autore che ha saputo coniugare il pop con il mondo classico. Le sue musiche sono inconfondibili. Come quelle registrate…

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MACRO PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE FLOWERS: FOUR SHADES OF AN ORANGE ROSE

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There is not a flower that, like the rose, can offer the possibility of having fun in the photo shoot. The color and shades of this orange rose are extraordinary. This type of rose seems to belong to the type called Monica, a variety characterized by particular orange flowers that have a long, straight stem, also perfect for use as a cut flower.

The single macro images I took are graphically presented in vertical strips, obtaining a chromatic effect that enhances even more the beauty of a flower that has always enchanted poets, writers and … photographers. A tip: take a look at Marysia Zipser’s Blog, where she posted interesting stories on the subject of the rose: https://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/blog/our-roses-and-what-they-mean-to-us

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Non c’è un fiore che, al pari della rosa, puo’ offrire la possibilità di divertirsi nelle riprese fotografiche.Straordinari il colore e le sfumature di questa rosa di colore arancione. Questo tipo di rosa sembra appartenere alla tipologia detta Monica, una varietà caratterizzata da particolari fiori di colore arancio che hanno un gambo lungo e dritto, perfetto anche per l’utilizzo come fiore recisi.
Le immagini macro sono state poi graficamente presentate in strisce verticali, ottenendo un effetto cromatico che esalta ancor più la bellezza di un fiore che da sempre incanta poeti, scrittori e…fotografi. Un suggerimento: date un’occhiata al Blog di Marysia Zipser, dove ha postato interessanti storie sul tema della rosa : https://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/blog/our-roses-and-what-they-mean-to-us

 

RECIPES FROM MY BOOK “EATING WITH POPE FRANCIS”: BAGNA CAUDA (# 1)

 

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The book “Eating with Pope Francis / Food in the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio “ (A tavola con Papa Francesco, the original Italian title) which I had the honor to write, is not just a sort of food biography on a Pope who graduated in Food Chemistry and is very prepared on the dynamics of food preparation. The book is also a sort of singular “recipe book” that draws inspiration and reason mainly from the dishes that the future Pope had had the opportunity to prepare in Buenos Aires (Argentina) before to be elected Pope in 2013.

In the book 36 recipes are presented and illustrated with photos. I am happy to report a few of them. So, from today, I will propose those that, in my opinion, are considered the “historical” recipes, those that have marked moments and traits of life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

The book – with different titles according the different Countries where it has been published – is still available in bookstores, including online ones, like Amazon. Published in 14 Countries, in different languages, the book is divided into very topical issues, which concern environmental sustainability and actions against food waste. The various editions have 208 pages and over 250 photographs. The volume received the 2018 Bancarella Cucina Selection Award. The first recipe proposed is the traditional bagna cauda, ​​from Piedmont, the land of origin of the Pope’s family.

THE RECIPES WITH “CHEF FRANCIS” : BAGNA CAUDA
Jorge Mario Bergoglio loves bagna càuda. It is not just a typical Italian dish, but a real symbol of sharing for diners, who draw it from a single container. The book tells unpublished and very nice episodes in this regard: Bergoglio did not refuse invitations from Piedmontese emigrants when they anticipated that there would be bagna cauda at the table!

Ingredients: 100/150 gr of desalted anchovies 3/4 cloves of garlic per person 200 gr of extra virgin olive oil 50 gr of butter Vegetables to dip: chopped peppers, celery, cabbage, fennel, boiled potatoes and Jerusalem artichoke, boiled onions, etc … homemade bread and croutons It can be accompanied by a full-bodied red wine (Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, or Dolcetto).

Procedure: Finely chop the garlic and soak it in the milk for 1 hour (promotes digestion). Put it in a terracotta pan together with the desalted and diluted anchovies into small pieces, covering everything with oil and cooking on a low heat, without the garlic taking on color nor the oil boiling. Stir slowly and continuously with a wooden spoon to reduce everything to mush and cook slowly for about 10 minutes; then add the butter, stir constantly and, after another 10 minutes of slow cooking, bring the pan to the table. In the center of the table, put a spirit stove, put the pan with the bagna cauda on it (it must be kept hot). At the center of the table is also the bowl with vegetables.

THE DIFFERENT COVERS OF THE BOOK ISSUED IN THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. THE BOOK HAS 208 PAGES, WITH ABOUT 250 PHOTOS.

 

FIVE YEARS AGO MY SOLO EXHIBITION: “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” ON LAKE COMO (JULY 3-4-5, 2015)

 

A video remembering some scenes from my solo exhibition “Colors of an Apocalipse / The decomposed publicity posters”. It took place in LENNO, Lake Como, exactly 5 years ago, from 3 to 5 July, 2015, in the amazing setting of St. John Baptistery (XI Century).  The octagonal Baptistery and its enchanting structure  gave strenght and evocative power to my exhibition which displayed 25 works from my “Lacer/actions” project (macro photos of torn advertising poster on outdoor billboards, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial corrosions). Each artwork was introduced by a phrase  from “The Apocalypse of John”. Images and words to suggest a trip through hopes and tragedies of human life and beings. These some pictures from that beautiful event welcome by lot of visitors. Video: Soundtrack: God of The Drow – Audiomachine

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Colors of an Apocalypse Show was exceptionally displayed at the Romanesque Baptistery of Lenno, Lake Como, Italy.  

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE FLOWERS: ROSES, 3 VARIATIONS ON THE THEME

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There is not a flower that, like the rose, can offer the possibility of having fun in the photo shoot. The macro images were then graphically presented in vertical strips, obtaining a chromatic effect that enhances even more the beauty of a flower that has always enchanted poets, writers and … photographers. A tip: take a look at Marysia Zipser’s Blog, where she posted interesting stories on the subject of the rose: https://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/blog/our-roses-and-what-they-mean-to-us

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Non c’è un fiore che, al pari della rosa, puo’ offrire la possibilità di divertirsi nelle riprese fotografiche. Le immagini macro sono state poi graficamente presentate in strisce vertificali, ottenendo un effetto cromatico che esalta ancor più la bellezza di un fiore che da sempre incanta poeti, scrittori e…fotografi. Un suggerimento: date un’occhiata al Blog di Marysia Zipser, dove ha postato interessanti storie sul tema della rosa.

 

CITY OF LEICESTER: A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF RICHARD III AND BETWEEN ART BEAUTIES

Text and Photos by Roberto Alborghetti

The UK’s first full local lockdown has been announced in Leicester, with stricter measures imposed in the city. Non-essential shops have shut, and schools will close for most pupils because of a rise in coronavirus cases. The loosening of restrictions for pubs and restaurants in England on Saturday will also not be taking place there. The health secretary said measures would be enforced by police “in some cases”. Matt Hancock said the city had “10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week”. It comes after the City Council reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks to 23 June – about one in 16 of the total UK cases during that period.

As BBC reports, Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby said the measures imposed by the government were “stricter than we anticipated but we understand the need for firm action”. He questioned whether a local lockdown should have been imposed earlier, adding: “If as seems to be the case, the figures suggest there are issues in the city, I wish [the government] had taken a more speedy decision. “[The government] are clearly determined to start with the maximum, as it were, to see how it works and then perhaps to use the learning from this in other areas I have no doubt will follow”.

Having experienced these dramatic moments in Italy, our thoughts go to those who are now facing hardships and fears. Just a year ago, being in Nottingham and Beeston for The Ghost Bus project, I had the opportunity to visit Leicester. Although it was a rainy day – and the photo gallery confirms it – the city struck me a lot, for its history, for its monuments, for the atmosphere in general, for the lively life of its historic center, for its shops and for its people. Of course, in my heart and mind I had above all a name – yes, Richard III – but Leicester reveals and tells much more.

It is a beautiful city in England’s East Midlands region. Leicester Cathedral, where Richard III was reinterred in 2015, has stood at the city’s heart for over 900 years. The Cathedral Church of Saint Martin, Leicester, usually known as Leicester Cathedral, is the Church of England cathedral and is the seat of the Bishop of Leicester. The church was elevated to a collegiate church in 1922 and made a cathedral in 1927 following the establishment of a new Diocese of Leicester in 1926.

It is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the United Kingdom. As said, here lie the mortal remains – found only in 2012 – of Richard III, the last English king to perish on the battlefield and the last of the House York dynasty. His death ended the bloody War of the Two Roses. William Shakespeare dedicated a memorable work to him which, however, did not do him justice: the Bard was negatively influenced by some historians, then widely refuted, perhaps another case of fake news ante litteram…  Today the tomb of Richard III is a continuous destination for visits, which feed the myth and legend.

The exhumation and reburial of Richard III of England began with the discovery of the king’s remains within the site of the former Greyfriars Friary Church in Leicester, in September 2012. Following extensive anthropological and genetic testing, the remains of Richard III were ultimately reinterred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015, during a great televised memorial service held in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior members of other Christian denominations.

On the edge of the tomb of Richard III, this sentence is carved:“Loyaulté me lie”. For  Richard III, King of England and Lord of Ireland, buried in Leicester, “Loyaulté me lie” is more than just a motto. In those feudal times, loyalty was an unavoidable value of the knightly code of honour. Richard, then Duke of Gloucester, chose this motto and made it the foundation of each of his actions. The motto was written in French, because Old French and Latin were then, in England, the languages used by high society, justice and the court. This is the reason why, on Richard’s flag, the motto is written in Old French, with an additional l added to the word Loyaulté.

Close by the cathedral, the King Richard III Visitor Centre tells the story of the king’s life and death and displays his original burial site. The ruins of Leicester Castle, where Richard III spent some of his last days, lie in Castle Gardens, near the River Soar.

In Leicester, the Church of England parish church of St Nicholas is the oldest place of worship in the city. Parts of the church certainly date from about 880 AD, and a recent architectural survey suggested possible Roman building work. The tower is Norman. By 1825 the church was in an extremely poor condition, and plans were made for its demolition. Instead, it was extensively renovated between 1875 and 1884, including the building of a new north aisle. Renovation continued into the twentieth century. A fifteenth-century octagonal font. from the redundant Church of St Michael the Greater, Stamford, was transferred to St Nicholas.

The cultural aspect of Leicester is also of great importance, so much so that the visit to the city cannot be limited to just a few hours, but needs at least two-three days. Leicester Museums and Galleries host collections of the finest objects of local, national and international importance. At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester’s past and find out about the people of Leicester, from Prehistoric times to the Medieval period. The museum grounds contain one of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town’s public baths and thought to be one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry in the country.

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens is composed of two historic houses, Wygston’s Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester’s original museum has wide ranging collections and displays spanning the natural and cultural world. The museum also has a well-stocked gift shop and café. The Museum hosts a number of permanent galleries, including Ancient Egypt Gallery, Dinosaur Gallery, Picasso Ceramics, Victorian Art Gallery, The Den, Wild Space, and the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK.

Leicester also impressed me as a lively commercial and business center. Central Leicester has two primary shopping “malls”: Highcross Leicester and the Haymarket Shopping Centre which was opened on the site in 1974, and was the first to be built in the City, with parking for up to 500 cars on several levels, two levels of shopping with bus station, and it is also the site of the Haymarket Theatre. Highcross Leicester opened in 2008 after work to redevelop “The Shires Centre” was completed creating 120 stores, 15 restaurants, a cinema, 110,000 m2 of shopping space.

St Martin’s Square and the Leicester Lanes area has numerous designer and specialist shops; several of the city’s Victorian arcades are located in the same neighbourhood. Leicester Market is the largest outdoor covered market in Europe selling a wide variety of goods. Central Leicester is the location for several department stores including John Lewis, Debenhams. The Golden Mile is the name given to a stretch of Belgrave Road renowned for its authentic Indian restaurants, sari shops, and jewellers; the Diwali celebrations in Leicester are focused on this area and are the largest outside the sub-continent.

Yes, Leicester really deserves a visit!  Even these few lines are meant to be an encouragement and a sign of hope. Leicester will reopen, stronger than before!

 

BILBAO (SPAIN): THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM HELPS PURIFY THE CITY’S AIR THROUGH ITS ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

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As you know, I built my artistic project “Lacer/actions” through the macro photographs of the decomposed and torn advertisings of the posters on the outdoor billboards. So, this is an interesting new: in an effort to contribute to improve the environment, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has decided to use a special coating in its outdoor advertising campaign materials that turns them into active air purifiers. This treatment is based on the natural process of photocathalysis, which causes a purifying effect similar to that of trees.
Thus, the large banner announcing the exhibitions on the Museum facade, the banners advertising the exhibition of artist Olafur Eliasson installed today in the lampposts along some of the main Bilbao streets, or the tram which will be entirely covered with advertising vinyl, will all be treated with Pureti® Print. Developed in collaboration with NASA and certified by different international laboratories, this technology is used by Estudios Durero during the production of the Museum’s graphic communication materials.
The present impact of these outdoor advertising campaigns could be equivalent to the air purifying effect of over 700 trees.
As Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General of the Museum, puts it: “a technology that allows us to help purify the air in our city was a great opportunity to go a step further in the Museum’s commitment to contribute, in all aspects possible, to stop climate change. Just as we are cutting down power consumption thanks to the change of the lighting systems in the Museum galleries, the possibility of purifying the air while acquainting our audiences with our art program was a great chance.”
A tested technology
The scientific basis of Pureti® Print is photocathalysis, a chemical reaction triggered by sunlight that turns oxygen and water vapor in the air into cleaning agents of pollutants such as NOx, SOx, or VOCs, as well as bacteria, mold, and bad odors. The benefits of this technology have been recognized by Tecnalia, a benchmark center in photocathalysis in Spain.
Pureti® Print is part of the European Project iSCAPE conceived to respond to the most important challenges that Europe will need to face in the future, with measures such as the development of actions to improve air quality and reduce pollution. Said project is part HORIZON 2020, the most important European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation.

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FIRENZE / RIAPERTO OGGI UN ALTRO SCRIGNO D’ARTE: IL MUSEO S.MARCO

FLORENCE: THE ARTISTIC TREASURE OF THE S.MARCO MUSEUM REOPENED TODAY

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Da OGGI martedì 30 giugno la Direzione regionale musei della Toscana del Mibact  riapre a Firenze il Museo di San Marco. Il Museo di San Marco torna ad accogliere visitatori e turisti. Prosegue così, con un altro prestigioso luogo della cultura, il piano di riapertura graduale dei 49 musei statali della Direzione regionale musei della Toscana nel rispetto di tutte le norme di sicurezza previste per  i visitatori, il personale, gli ambienti e le opere, in linea con le indicazioni del Comitato tecnico scientifico nazionale e della Direzione Generale Musei del Mibact.

Il Museo di San Marco ha sede nella parte più antica del convento che Michelozzo, l’architetto prediletto dai Medici, realizzò per preciso volere di Cosimo il Vecchio, ed è lo scrigno delle opere del Beato Angelico, con il ciclo di affreschi delle celle e la sua Annunciazione più famosa e conosciuta al mondo. Appena terminato il lockdown sono immediatamente…

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