A GREAT EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO PITTI: 100 VERY RARE PICTURES TELL THE STORY OF FASHION IN FLORENCE THROUGH THE LENS OF FOTO LOCCHI

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One of Florence’s leading photography archives opens its treasures to the city with this first single-subject exhibition. On 9 January 2017, Fashion in Florence through the lens of Archivio Foto Locchi opened in Palazzo Pitti’s Andito degli Angiolini: 100 very rare pictures taken from the 1930s to ‘70s tell the story of fashion in Florence through the lens of the photographers of Foto Locchi.
The project stems from a collaboration between Archivio Storico Foto Locchi (a cultural patrimony of priceless value comprising more than five million photographs), director of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Schmidt, the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana – thanks to which the exhibition will be inaugurated with an event during the 91st edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo – and the Gruppo Editoriale publishing group, with the intention of promoting the importance of the photography archive and paying tribute to the historic connection between Florence and fashion.

Eike D. Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery: “Today, as the inevitable abstraction of objects and concrete spaces in the digital world creates an unprecedented search for authentic masterpieces and unique places, Florence has the chance to revitalise its specific role as a key player in the textile and apparel industries, which essentially date back to the Renaissance”.

Andrea Cavicchi, president of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana: “The Archivio storico Foto Locchi is the most authentic testament to the birth and success of Made in Italy in the world. Without this documentary heritage, the city of Florence would be poorer. So would the institution I chair, the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, championed by farsighted public officials who understood, even in 1954, just how important and vital the textile-apparel sector, the leather industry and the creativity of our artisanal products could be—in terms of work, turnover and employment”.

Erika Ghilardi, Archivio Foto Locchi: “This monographic exhibition, the first by the Archivio storico Foto Locchi, held in the halls of the old-guard Palazzo Pitti royals, and its opening during Pitti Uomo 91, is the source of my great pride and sincere excitement for myself and my family. The fashion section is one of the prevalent, important themes in the Archive—an archive whose cultural and visual heritage includes more than 5 million images telling the story of Florence over the last century”.

THE THREE SECTIONS OF THE EXHIBITION
The artisan workshops: That set of workshops dedicated to high craftsmanship since the Middle Ages, which in the twentieth century contributed to the creation of some of the best-known Italian high fashion labels in the world. Already in the Twenties, the legend of Florentine craftsmanship had arrived in the United States: wealthy American heiress turned to Florence to buy up embroidered lingerie, silverware, exquisitely worked leather and straw hats. Emblematic in this context was Salvatore Ferragamo’s decision to settle in Florence after 13 years of success in America. He chose Florence for its beauty as well as to delve into the depths of the specialized crafts that would allow the shoemaker to achieve his goals of excellence.
Fashion in Florence: from the earliest events after World War II to the legendary shows in Palazzo Pitti’s Sala Bianca (1952-1982), the origins of modern fashion in Florence are thanks to the courage of a man who was as courteous as he was severe, a connoisseur of the American market, Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who had made a name for himself in New York as a buyer capable of turning dreams into reality. If Giorgini was the father of Italian fashion, then Florence at that time was the cradle of beauty and charm, of a new style that emanated from the Florentine and international entourage that had formed around the newly born fashion system, as seen in the photography of those days taken by Foto Locchi reporters not only of the catwalks in the Sala Bianca, but also in the private palazzos and historic gardens with their gala dinners, parties and exclusive rendezvous.
The fashion celebrities: The Florentine maisons that birthed the modern history of Italian fashion such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci told by their founders and the celebrities who made them fashion around the world. The deus ex machina of the great Italian designers who showed their collections in the Sala Bianca: Roberto Capucci, Emilio Schuberth, Sorelle Fontana and Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò. Celebrities who had no qualms about taking a chance alongside Giovanni Battista Giorgini and who revolutionized modern Italian clothing starting in Florence. In addition to the special guests who flew in from Paris, like Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, the foreign aristocracy such as the Duke of Windsor and fated Hollywood stars, from Audrey Hepburn to Paulette Goddard and the divine Maria Callas.

Perusing the immense Archivio and annual agendas, written up daily by photo reporters from the Foto Locchi bottega, brings a constant stream of new discoveries. One example among many, which emerged during the research carried out for this exhibition, is the note dated 6 June 1948, indicating that that evening in the Sala Bianca, a “Gala Evening with Presentation of Models” (film rolls 568 and 569 from 1948). It was, then, a “preliminary” event to the noted fashion shows held regularly in Palazzo Pitti since 22 July 1952.

Accompanying the show is the catalogue published by Gruppo Editoriale featuring the 100 rare pictures on display in the exhibition and contextualized with articles written by Caterina Chiarelli, Eva Desiderio and Stefania Ricci, in addition to an introduction by Eike Schmidt, Andrea Cavicchi and Erika Ghilardi.

The exhibition has been made possible thanks to Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Publiacqua, Toscana Aeroporti, and with the support of Dr. Vranjes, Edra and Caffè Gilli dal 1733 Firenze.

Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini, Piazza de’ Pitti 1, 50125 Florence
From 9 January to 5 March 2017
Tuesday to Sunday, 8.45am-6.50pm

ARCHIVIO FOTO LOCCHI
Archivio Storico Foto Locchi is under the protection of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism for its high artistic and documentary value, since it comprises more than five million photographs of the history of Florence and Tuscany from the 1930s to the present day, stored as original negatives. Pictures from the world of fashion, sport, theatre, groundbreaking news and events, as well as fragments of daily life in the past and present. The black-and-white photography of Archivio Storico Foto Locchi convey fleeting feelings and atmospheres, in an extraordinary series of events, emotions and famous visitors from all over the world. The archive came into existence at the heart of the work by the old Foto Locchi photography workshop founded by Tullio Locchi and continued by Silvano Corcos as its soul. Over the years Locchi has grown into a flourishing firm employing more than 30 staff, whose aim remains the same: to document all city events worthy of note. With the arrival of television, the three large screens in piazza della Repubblica played a fundamental role in news reporting at the time. Now Erika Ghilardi, a direct descendent of the Locchi family, manages what can be deemed true world heritage.

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21 TWEETS TO TELL MY “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBIT @ THE ROMANESQUE TEMPLE ON LAKE COMO

FROM TWEET # 21 TO # 1… 

#colorsofanapocalypseshow : Twitter top trend.

#colorsofanapocalypseshow : Twitter top trend.

  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  7h7 hours ago

Last scene @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Silk stairway to heaven… I Thank You All!

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  8h8 hours ago

Scene 20 @ my #colorsofanapocalipseshow, Last visitors: Mrs. and Mr. Crowl from London-UK…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  8h8 hours ago

Scene 19 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow , Blessed touch…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  19h19 hours ago

Scene 18 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Great days, I’m now thinking about The Next Things…

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5.Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  21h21 hours ago

Scene 17 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow. Visitors Book:”Bello e inaspettato /Beautiful and unexpected”.

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Scene n. 16 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Textile designer Bruno Boggia and daughter Lucia visiting the exhibit.

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 5

Scene n.15 @my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Visitors Book:comment by Victoria, 3 years old! Wow!

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 5

Scene n.14 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Also the American guy doesn’t feel like touching…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 5

Scene n.13 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow , she doesn’t feel like touching#2…

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Roberto Alborghetti ‏@RobAlborg  Jul 4

Scene n.12 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow. Red&Hot day today… But Panama helps…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 4

Scene n.11/2nd part @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow , observing the picture, tripping through my mind…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 4

Scene n.10 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Visitors Book: “Dear Roberto, I want to say you that…”

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 4

Scene n.9 @ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow. Visitors from San Francisco, California, USA.

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 4

Scene n.8,@ my #colorsofanapocalypseshow.Wonderful natural light in the XI Century bapstistery on @lakecomolake

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n. 7 @ my #colorofanapocalypseshow, They don’t feel like touching…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.6, my #colorsofanapocalypseshow.From Visitors Book: “Ask the artist… You’ll be amazed”.

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.5 from my #colorsofanapocalypseshow,special silk scarves4special silk dreams…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.4 from my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, past-present-future…

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.3 from my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, Mailys and Aurelien first visitors from Paris.

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.2 from my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, all is ready.

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  1. Roberto Alborghetti‏@RobAlborg  Jul 3

Scene n.1 from my #colorsofanapocalypseshow, great article on Settimanale di Como magazine.

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FOLLOW THE (SILK) DOVE… THE APOCALYPSE IS NEAR: THE TRAILER OF MY NEXT SHOW ON LAKE COMO

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 Trailer about Roberto Alborghetti ‘s Colors Of An Apocalypse Show, scheduled on Lake Como, Lenno (Italy) at the Romanesque St. John Baptistery  (XII Century), July 3-4-5, 2015… The world around us, as we’ve never seen it before.
Video trailer sulla prossima mostra di Roberto Alborghetti, “Colori di un’Apocalisse”, in programma sul Lago di Como, a Lenno, il 3-4-5 Luglio 2015, presso il Battistero romanico di S.Giovanni… Il mondo che ci circonda, come non l’abbiamo mai visto.

 

COLORI DI UN'APOCALISSE - COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

COLORI DI UN’APOCALISSE – COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

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“COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE 2.0” SHOW ON ROMANESQUE BAPTISTERY: THE TRAILER

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© Photo by  ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - St.John Baptistery, Lenno, Lake Como, Italy

© Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – St.John Baptistery, Lenno, Lake Como, Italy

 

My next solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2.0” – will take place in an amazing Romanesque Baptistery on Lake Como, Italy. My show is scheduled for 3 days, on 3-4-5 July, 2015, in the beautiful Lenno town, in the historical center –  50 meters from the lake shore! – where we admire one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque art in Northen Italy. This is a trailer for my exhibit showing photos about the enchanting St. John Baptistery (XI Century), beautiful setting for my upcoming show.

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About “LACER/ACTIONS” PROJECT by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

LaceR/Actions is 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 (during my research around the world  I  collected so far about 55.000 images). 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.

One of my most recent shows (“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). In the last two years I was on these projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). My works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

Now I’m working on “The Ghost Bus” project, in collaboration with Bartons Plc and Act Group, Beeston, Nottingham, UK (January-March 2015).

My next solo show (“Colors of an Apocalypse 2.0”) will be running on Lake Como, Lenno, Italy, on 3-4-5 July, 2015, in a special and spectacular setting: the St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a beautiful example of Romanesque art.

 

 

MY “SHOOTING STAR” WORK SUPPORTING “AN EXHIBITION FOR A RESTORATION” PROJECT IN NORCIA (PERUGIA-UMBRIA, ITALY)

" A FALLING STAR" BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, COLLAGE, CM 53X35

“SHOOTING STAR”

by Roberto Alborghetti

COLLAGE OF WASTE-PAPER PIECES FROM TORN

AND DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS

2012, CM.53X35

This work is a collage created with 300 waste-paper pieces from torn and decomposed publicity posters.

It was selected and donated to the 40th edition of “An exhibition for a restoration” project which intends to protect and to preserve a great piece of art by Jacopo Siculo (XVI Century), “Incoronazione della Vergine”, in the beautiful Norcia (Perugia, Italy).  

My “Shooting Star” work will be on show in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12, 2014 to September 7, 2014,  at Complesso monumentale San Francesco. The event is promoted by Comitato “Una mostra, Un restauro”.

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Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs. Roberto has already collected, around the world, more than 50.000 images.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), re-build on collages, or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn publicity posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition.

See the “Collages Gallery”:

   https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-the-collages-gallery/

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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

 

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

stazione@riminireservation.it