THAT ABSTRACT WORLD UNDER OUR FEET #5 / A DISFIGURED PAVEMENT IN FLORENCE

© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions

Yes, there is an abstract world under our feet … These are some of the images I took in Florence (Italy). They’re macro photography of a disfigured pavement . The pictures are part of LaceR/Actions”, a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks, crevices, scratches and urban and industrial signs and tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks, corrosions and scratches give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matters decompositions. They’re not paintings…They’re Lacer/actions!

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Interested in purchasing these images in exclusive and original copies on different media? You can contact: ro.alb@alice.it ; sandinipaolo@gmail.com

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ROME UNDER THE MOON… 27 B’N’W PICTURES IN A SLIDESHOW / CAROUSEL

Photos and Video by Roberto Alborghetti

 

© Roberto Alborghetti

FLORENCE: IN BOBOLI GARDEN AN EXHIBITION ON THE AGE-OLD BOND BETWEEN MEN AND HORSES

 

The Limonaia in Boboli Garden is hosting an exhibition on the Age-Old Bond between men and horses The horse was one of the last beasts to be tamed by man.

It was only in the latter part of the fourth millennium BC, somewhere on the central Asian tundra, that the horse ceased to a mere prey and its fate began to interweave ever more closely with that of man.

Curated by Lorenza Camin and Fabrizio Paolucci and hosted in the 18th century Limonaia in the Boboli Garden in Florence from 26 June to 14 October, the exhibition sets out to explore this age-old bond through a selection of items, often overlooked in exhibitions to the benefit of more eye-catching works, illustrating the myriad facets of a relationship that impacted every aspect of daily life.

“The place where the taming of the horse first occurred and was further developed is still one of the most hotly debated issues in scholarly literature today. But it would seem illogical to imagine that the horse began its age-old history of coexistence with man anywhere other than in eastern European and the Eurasian tundra”, Camin and Paolucci write in the catalogue published by Sillabe.

Tools required to master the beast (bits, snaffle bits, spurs, stirrups and so forth) are showcased alongside works of art selected to illustrate, as directly and as realistically as possible, the leading role played by the horse in the ancient world. The circa 100 items on display, from dozens of Italian and foreign museums, cover a period of over 2,000 years stretching from the Early Iron Age to the later Middle Ages.

The numerous items on public display for the very first time include the Populonia Gig. This extremely rare example of an Etruscan carriage, discovered in the so-called “Fossa della Biga” (or “Two-Horse Chariot Ditch”) in the mid-20th century, has been reassembled following recent restoration commisssioned expressly for this exhibition. The gig, in wood, iron and bronze and dateable to the early 5th century BC, was a slow vehicle used to carry personalities of rank and for wedding processions and funeral corteges.

As Eike Schmidt, Director of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, so effectively puts it:  “The whole concept of this exhibition appears to be encapsulated in one of the exhibits on display, a splendid pair of 4th century BC bronze and ivory chanfrons designed to protect the horse’s forehead, nose and muzzle: the silhouette of the metal sheeting, shaped and embossed follows the outline of the horse’s elongated anatomy, but on the inside, far from displaying the anatomy of a horse, it depicts the features of a human face sporting a helmet on its head. The horse and its rider become a single, fused being. From the Old Stone Age to the end of the 16th century, the exhibition explores this relationship which has marked the history of mankind from the outset and which is still so surprisingly relevant to our own time”.

“Riding Through Time”, a multivision product devised and directed by Gianmarco D’Agostino, completes the exhibition with some 300 square metres of screenings. The visual correspondence between the exhibits on display and images from life paired with an immersive soundtrack will unquestionably enrich the visitor’s exploration of the friendship between man and horse down the centuries.

The exhibition catalogue is published by Sillabe.

THAT “POP” BALLOON WHICH IS CONQUERING ITALIAN CHILDREN (THE ALBUM/ONE PROJECT)

 

There is a wonderful and “pop”  balloon flying over the skies of Italy. It is contained in the pages of a special book, which I had the honor to write, illustrated by Eleonora Moretti. This yellow-red-blue balloon is capturing the attention of many Italian children. The drawings you see in this gallery are just some of the thousands created and made in the Italian schools that have adopted the book, which is part of a series of eight publications called AlbumOne. The first of the eight stories is titled “Adventures aboard the balloon“.

AlbumOne is the first title published by “Funtasy / Le edizioni del Divertimente” for being at the center of school activities – suggested age: from 4 to 7 years – or a family reading. The stories were conceived and presented as an instrument to be “put into the hands” of teachers and children.
AlbumOne is not just a book, but a real work tool, to be built week after week, together with children. It is an invitation to raise our eyes to new horizons. To the rhythm of stories. A “magic” that AlbumOne wants to communicate, spread, develop, with the colors and the language of fantasy.

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The cover of the book

ALBUMONE: A STORY THAT BECOMES OUR OWN STORY 
How is AlbumOne made? It is built in a simple and at the same time innovative way. First of all it has a square format that – it is scientifically proven – favors a better posture, greater concentration, an harmony of gestures and a better and more rational use of the space-sheet.
Then there is the yellow-red-blue story, which is part of a series of eight I written. They are stories that I created and built in dialogue with my daughter, during her childhood years, between 4 and 7 years. So, they are stories for life and about life, friendly and empathetically suggestive, born in the fun and in the game of asking questions. Stories that are always connected to the same experiences of the child, to the moments of his growth, to his small difficulties, to his discoveries.
Each story is presented in episodes, over the various pages. And each episode suggests questions, paths, perspectives, drawings to be made on white sheets, spaces to be filled in full freedom, reliving and re-interpreting the various scenes of the story. Always experiencing the discovery of new words, in an exciting and entertaining lexical enrichment.
From page to page, from month to month, the yellow-red-blue story will produce and suggest other stories, which will remain so “carved” in the pages of AlbumOne, which will become an unmissable document and diary of the first years of life. A document to be kept, to be given to parents, at the end of the school year.

  • The drawings of the photogallery were made by the children of the following schools: Scuola Primaria De Mattias, Frosinone; Istituto Comprensivo  Cassano-De Renzio, Bitonto (BA); Istituto Comprensivo Pontecorvo 2, Pontecorvo (FR); Istituto Comprensivo Veroli 2, Veroli (FR).

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  • For infos, contact and acquisition of international publication rights: Funtasy Edizioni, sandinipaolo@gmail.com

 

 

Rezension: Kochen mit dem Papst (German Chef Becky reviews my book)

Cooking WorldTour: lo Chef Becky (Germania) scrive una lusinghiera recensione sul mio libro “A Tavola con Papa Francesco”, pubblicato in Germania da Verlag con il titolo “Kochen mit dem Papst”.

Cooking around the world

Passend zu Ostern und dem Namenstag von Papst Franziskus am 23. April ist ein spannendes, neues Buch erschienen: Kochen mit dem Papst von Roberto Alborghetti.

Alborghetti ist ein Biograf des Papstes und hat bereits einige Bücher über ihn geschrieben. Nun hat er ein Buch mit Gerichten zusammengestellt, die alle auf die ein oder andere Weise eine große Bedeutung für Franziskus haben. Das fängt bei seinen italienischen Wurzeln und den Gerichten seiner Familie an, geht über sein Leben in Argentinien und natürlich gibt es noch mehr italienische Gerichte aus seiner Pontifikatszeit. Insgesamt sind die meisten Rezepte italienischen Urpsrungs, es gibt aber auch ein paar argentinische Klassiker – wie Empanadas, Dulce de Leche oder Alfajores.

Vorbereitungen für das Risotto alla Piemontese

Das Buch ist aber kein reines Kochbuch – auf guten 200 Seiten gibt es 36 Rezepte. Vielmehr gibt es viele Bilder vom Papst, Zitate von ihm, Familienmitgliedern oder auch Bekannten und…

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“MEMORY LAYERS” COLLAGE FOR “LAMIAGENDA 2018/2019”: THE VIDEO

 

Where does the cover and the graphic of the upcoming new edition of “LamiAgenda” come from? This video tells you about it … Everything is connected to the “collage” that Roberto Alborghetti has created for his project “Lacer / actions”. As for the cover of the last edition, the new “LamiAgenda” also presents an unprecedented work entirely made up of small pieces of waste paper of torn and decomposed advertising posters. Yes, an artwork all made with recycled matters.  Also because the annual theme of “LamiAgenda” is dedicated to the environment and sustainability: “Standing up for the Earth!”

FLORENCE: NEW HALL AT THE UFFIZI WITH PIECES THAT ARE “BOMBS IN THE HISTORY OF ART”

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Sala Raffaello Michelangelo (5)

The Uffizi’s Director, Eike Schmidt

Sala Raffaello Michelangelo (6)

There’s a new  “room” at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one with a striking visual design to focus the eye on Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni. Also given pride of place is Raphael’s Madonna del Cardellino and other pieces by Raphael and Fra Bartolomeo. Eleven pieces in total have been called ‘bombs in the history of art’ by the Uffizi’s Director, Eike Schmidt.

The works of Michelangelo and Raphael are exhibited together in the same hall, in the large hall number 41 of the west corridor, which until October 2016 hosted the paintings by Sandro Botticelli, re-upholstered in new spaces. So, a new exhibition was born to make the diversity of artistic voices and exchanges between Raphael and Michelangelo, who  were contemporaneously in Florence from 1504 to 1508.

Together with the adjacent Sala di Leonardo, which will open in a few weeks, the new room that unites the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo celebrates the truly unique period in the history of mankind, when in the city, in a few years, the most great artists of the world created the iconic works that today are part of the universal idea of the Renaissance in Italy.