(HE)ART PLACES / BILBAO (BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN): THE SPECTACULAR GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM (AND AN UNFORGETTABLE CY TWOMBLY’S EXHIBITION)

In Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) I visited the incredible Guggenheim Museum, where I saw stunning art installations and masterpieces (unfortunately, the Jeff Koon’s Puppy was packed up for restoration). It’s all the whole building to fascinate in its unmistakable style. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has become the cultural and tourism driving force of the Basque Country. This spectacular building – designed by Frank O. Gehry, 1997 – is covered in titanium panels and has its own important collection, as well as sharing the largest private modern and contemporary art collection in the world with New York and Venice.

I saw there (January 2009) an unforgettable exhibition: the tribute to american artist Cy Twombly, who died in Rome in 2011. Organized in the occasion of the 80 years of the artist, the Cy Twombly exhibition featured focused groups of related paintings, drawings and sculpture, multipark works, and works in series, highlighting the artist’s use of themes of classical art. The Guggenheim Bilbao magazine dedicated its cover to Cy Twombly’s masterpiece “Wilder Shores of Love” (1985).

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, at that time, had just acquired the series “Nine Discourses on Commodus” (1963), the work around which the exhibition was designed. It consisted in nine distinct canvases and was the first of the artist’s series to be conceived as a unified whole. That beautiful and unforgettable exhibition featured Twombly’s work in series, including the earlier five-canvases “Ferragosto” (1961) which can be viewed as individual paintings. Other important series included in the exhibition were “Hero and Leandro” (1984) and “Quattro Stagioni” (1993-94).

Cy Twombly ‘s artworks offered a closer look at the spirit of a marvelous artist who “not only irradiates a fascinating personal magic, but has also taken us to the most intricate frontiers of contemporary painting”. I had the permission – as a reporter – to take a few pictures, that I have the pleasure to share in the photo-gallery.

Always in Bilbao I visited the Fine Arts Museum which is one of the best in Spain and has a complete and priceless art gallery with three collections: old art (El Greco, Zurbarán, Goya or Van Dyck), contemporary art (Gauguin, Bacon or Tàpies) and Basque art (Regoyos, Zuloaga or Iturrino).

The Basque Museum includes Basque prehistory and archaeology; the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art and the Easter Pasos Museum hold religious works connected with Bizkaia. Other museums in Bilbao are the Maritime Museum and the Bullfighting Museum. The Rekalde exhibition hall holds top class contemporary art exhibitions. There are also about twenty other galleries with permanent  plastic art exhibitions.

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 

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A SKY PALETTE… IT’S NOT WATER-COLOR OR ACRYLIC, BUT ONLY A DETAIL OF A DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTER IN MILAN

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - LACER/ACTIONS - 2013

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS

Realistic and not Manipulated Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Signs

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These torn posters have somehow melted away into  mysterious alchemical compounds pointing the way to eternity.  It’s like they are whispering: “This way true happiness lies…”

Jonathan E. Raddatz, Artist, Canada

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LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research  concerning the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have so far collected more than 40.000 images. Impressed by camera and transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), scanned in a videoclip, or re-built in collages, the details of torn and decomposed publicity posters give new life to paper lacerations.

I think in the lacerated advertisings – and in paper mutation – is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital. 

“WAVES OF COLORS” FROM DECOMPOSED PAPER ON OUTDOOR ADVERTISINGS

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS, Realistic and not Manipulated Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Signs

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These pictures come from a decomposed publicity poster I saw on outdoor advertisings in Lecco, a beautiful town on Lake Como (Italy). The incredible actions and re-actions made by time, weather and environmental conditions (rain, light, smog, humidity…) produced a capturing and harmonious mash-up of colors and shapes. The huge torn and decomposed poster displayed pre-existing images which were crushed and de-structured in thousands of particles which presented fascinating colored streams and waves dancing on a white background.

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ABOUT MY “LACER/ACTIONS ART PROJECT”

“LaceR/Actions”is a multidisciplinary project and research about urban signs and landscapes, especially concerning the apparent chaos of ripped papers from billboards and advertisings diplays. I have collected so far more than 40.000 images. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built in collages or scanned in a video clip, the details of torn and decomposed publicity posters give new life to paper lacerations. I think in the lacerated advertisings is recognizable the “unwrapped” city, self-destroying in the messages, self-regenerating and self-reproducing in new visual elements, often contradictory, dissonant, discordant, but still surprisingly vital.

Some “Lacer/Actions” artworks were published in a booklet-portfolio: Pics of torn (publi)city”.  In July 2010, thirty thousand people visited my show “The Four Elements of LaceR/Actions” during the three days exhibition at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport, Italy). My artworks are also taking part of experiences about sensorial and emotional perceptions (sinestesys). In October 2010 I participated to “Parallax AF” in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade). One of my artwork will be display in the new Collection of Contemporary Art opening next April 27 in Marche region (Italy). My recent “Color of an Apocalypse” Show took place in the enchanting XIII Century Rocca Aldobrandesca, an incredibile fortress in Tuscany (Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from September 2012 to January 2013.

R.A.

PICASSO’S NEVER BEFORE EXHIBITED “PORTRAIT OF A LADY” IN LOUVRE ABU DHABI’S PERMANENT COLLECTION AND INCLUDED IN THE “BIRTH OF A MUSEUM” EXHIBITION.

  PALBLO PICASSO - PORTRAIT OF A LADY 1928

Pablo Picasso , “Portrait of a Lady,”

1928. Gouache, ink, and collage on

paper.  © Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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 Pablo Picasso’s never before exhibited work Portrait of a Lady is one of the artworks in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection and included in the “Birth of a Museum” exhibition. The papier collé, a type of collage using glued paper cut-outs is, according to the hypothesis of John Richardson, a portrait of famous socialite and fashion muse Natalie Paley, granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and wife of the couturier Lucien Lelong. A renowned model in her day, she was well-connected in fashionable Parisian circles. Picasso may have used photographs as a source, as he did for many other portraits, to capture her oval face, fine features, and slim silhouette.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition on April 22, 2013 on Saadiyat Island showcasing important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection, some of which have never been seen or revealed before.

Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum and its growing permanent collection is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Spanning millennia, the items on display will originate from societies and cultures all over the world, but universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history.

Like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the exhibition proposes a singular and original rereading of the history of art and is built around several key artistic and aesthetic questions core to the identity of the new museum: universalism, the comparison between art works from great civilisations from the most ancient times to the contemporary and the multidisciplinary nature of artistic creation. It will also explore the status of the work of art, through universal themes in the exhibition such as questions of the Figure and the Sacred.

Abu-Dhabi-Louvre

Commenting on the latest milestone for the Saadiyat Cultural District, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) said: “The aim of this exhibition is to evoke the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ambiance and aesthetics, and to begin to tell the story of the birth of this museum. The whole exhibition experience is another chance for visitors from the United Arab Emirates and abroad, to see the remarkable art works in the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection as we prepare for the museum’s opening. Even before opening its doors, Louvre Abu Dhabi is setting its precedent as a place of cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.”

Artworks include one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from the end of the 3rd millennium BCE; a Middle-Eastern gold bracelet with a lion’s head approximately 3000 years-old; a painting titled The Good Samaritan by Jacob Jordaens, one of the major Flemish painters from the 17th century and a painting by Oman Hemdy Bey from 1878, titled A Young Emir Studying; a selection of the James Ivory miniature collection includes fine examples of the chivalry ideals of the Rajputs schools depicted and an evolving dialogue between East and West culminates at the end of the exhibition in a cycle of nine canvases by contemporary artist Cy Twombly.

As with all exhibitions organised in preparation for the museums in the Saadiyat Cultural District, it will be supported by a diverse Cultural Programme of talks, tours and workshops and a book detailing a significant part of the collection acquired to date will also be published and launched in April.

Henri Loyrette, President-Director of the Louvre Museum, said: “This exhibition is a major milestone in the realisation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in so far as it unveils the admirable and high quality of the art works that will reflect the heart of the future Museum’s permanent collection. Moreover, this exhibition will embody remarkably the essence of the forthcoming birth of this universal museum. The exhibition will travel from Abu Dhabi to Paris to be presented at the Louvre in Paris in October 2013.”

The general curator of the exhibition is Laurence des Cars, Curatorial Director of Agence France-Muséums (AFM), who is supported by a TCA Abu Dhabi and AFM team of diversified skill sets. Museography is done by architect Jean-François Bodin. Construction of the iconic building designed by Jean Nouvel has begun on Saadiyat Island and the Museography design is in progress.

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE”: MEREDITH DEERHEART VERSES AND A “THERAPEUTIC PICTURE”…

"SAILING THE APOCALYPSE" - ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN - ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE” – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN – ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

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In the end,

I knew not whether

life occurred

or

dissipated

amidst plumes of steam

rising,

collapsing,

re-forming light and dark

as

crystalline mists

dissolved all memory

of

horizons.

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Meredith Deerheart

http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

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YES, YOUR PICTURES ARE THERAPEUTIC…”

This lithographic print is owned by fellow blogger and artist Meredith Deerheart (Indiana, USA) who wrote these beautiful verses (she also suggested the image title).  Meredith sent me also this precious comment:

The picture seems to speak about the mysteries of birth, death, and transformation. Many of your pieces seem to speak of these things. I meditated on these things while my leg held me down. I was quite injured for some time, but my mind held many things to ask you, and to share with you… so I wrote and still write. It is like your pictures tell many stories I know about, but cannot speak of directly. People understand poetry and verse… they see their own emotions reflected, and do not demand factual evidence to refute and mock. They see, they feel, they know reality in abstract representation. It made a good deal of sense to speak with your pictures. So yes, your pictures are therapeutic–they do not lie. They are very insightful.

Meredith

http://healingminds.wordpress.com/

"SAILING THE APOCALYPSE" - ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN - ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

“SAILING THE APOCALYPSE” – ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, 2009, MILAN – ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT OWNED BY MEREDITH DEERHEART

“NORTHER” FROM AALTO UNIVERSITY (FINLAND) BRINGS A FRESH DESIGN AT THE MILAN FURNITURE FAIR (APRIL 9-14)

Student work from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland will be on display at the Milan Furniture Fair from 9 to 14 April 2013. The name of the exhibition, Norther, refers to a sudden and stabbing north wind – it brings with it fresh design and fashion ideas from young northern designers of the future.

The exhibition contains a representative selection of student work in furniture design, ceramics and glass art, industrial design, textile art, fashion and clothing design. A total of 26 students with different levels of training showcase their work in Milan, some of which have already gained attention at international design events.

The works selected for the exhibition are the best of our degree programmes. They reflect the philosophy of our teaching, which combines an original artistically strong vision with insightful technical implementation” says Professor Jouko Järvisalo from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. “ We are going to Milan with an eye catching, versatile collection which we believe will stand out favourably from the crowd. Our education in design is of a very high standard internationally and domestically. Our graduates are amongst the best designers in the world with strong practical design skills” says the Head of the Department of Design Pirjo Hirvonen.

The exhibition is being curated by Professor Jouko Järvisalo and Lecturer Martin Relander. Aalto University‘s Norther exhibition runs from 9 till 14 April at Via Privata Oslavia 7 in the Ventura Lambrate area. The nearest metro stop is Ventura Lambrate.

Pics: Hanna Anonen, Pala-matto (Piece mat); Group picture, glass and ceramics; Noora Liesmaa, Kiila-penkki (Wedge bench)

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ABOUT AALTO UNIVERSITY, FINLAND

Aalto University, Finland is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world’s top universities.  Aalto University’s cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 5,000 of which 350 are professors.

THE NEW “PERMANENT COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART” OPENS IN ITALY (MARCHE REGION) SHOWING 158 WORKS, INCLUDING A PIECE BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Saturday April 27, 2013 (10:30 am) at Palazzo Gasparini (a XVII Century palace) in Mercatello sul Metauroa picturesque and fascinating medieval town in Marche region (Pesaro Urbino, Italy) – will open the new Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art as a  completion of the St. Francis Museum of Ancient Art which will shortly be reopened to the public after the restorations. 

The collection shows 158 works including 32 sculptures and 126 paintings by established national and international artists. The initiative was made possible thanks to enthusiasm, passion and tenacity of artist and sculptor Pasquale Martini who has involved in the ambitious and prestigious project, the mayor of Mercatello sul  MetauroGiovanni Pistola, with the Municipal Administration, the local tourism association (Pro Loco) and the whole community. The works hosted in the Collection  have been generously donated by the selected artists. The official catalogue has been entirely realized with the contribution of Banca dell’Adriatico, a strong advocate of cultural promotion in the Marche region.

Bonita Cleri and Silvia Cupini – Art Historians at Urbino University – curated the critical texts about the artworks. The new Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art – Prof. Cuppini writes in the presentation of the catalogue – is  an important initiative that aims to extend Mercatello’s role as a place of art and contemporary feeling.

The permanent collection displays also a work created by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions” research about torn and decomposed publicity posters on outdoor billboards and about urban tokens. 

Roberto Alborghetti was proud to donate his work accepting the invitation from the Organization. Curator Pasquale Martini viewed some of Roberto Alborghetti’s works focusing his attention on an image that, according to Martini, depicts and interprets the sense of Alborghetti’s research about the “decomposed and contaminated signs of our times”.

The piece is titled “There is some chaos, with a focal point” (canvas, 63 x 43). The image was “captured” in Milan during a cloudy day on December 2010. Roberto Alborghetti is very glad to be part of this collection gathering national and international artists who are developing new forms and expressions in modern art.

  • The pics show: the beautiful “Palazzo Gasparini” (XVII Century), where the Permanent Collection has been installated ; the medieval historic center of Mercatello sul Metauro and “There is some chaos…” artwork by Roberto Alborghetti.    

  • ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI AT PERMANENT COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MERCATELLO SM, MARCHE, ITALY