MY PHOTO OF THE STUNNING “SALA REGIA” (VATICAN, ROME)  FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL BROCHURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE AWARDED BY POPE FRANCIS

 

CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE SALA REGIA by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

THE IMPRESSIVE “SALA REGIA” PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI IS FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL BROCHURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE AWARDED BY POPE FRANCIS. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON 6th MAY, IN THE SAME SALA REGIA, IN VATICAN PALACES (ROME).

 

Pope Francis has been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Pope will receive the award on 6th May, in the impressive Sala Regia, in Vatican Palaces, in Rome. One of the photos I took to Sala Regia in 2014 is now featured in the Official Brochure that has been published for the event: the Sala Regia, as the Sala Ducale, aren’t generally open to visitors: they usually host consistories, conferences, papal hearings or special events. It’s a great honour for me : I had the opportunity to visit Sala Regia in the same day I met the Pope for the presentation of “Francesco” (“Francis”), the illustrated and historical biography I wrote about him.

Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of Aachen, stated: “We are delighted by the overwhelming response to this year’s recipient of the Charlemagne Prize. Considering the current political situation, it is no easy task to distinguish a personality who supports and promotes the grand European project with commitment, clarity and, at the same time, constructive criticism. The Charlemagne Prize Board of Directors is grateful to His Holiness Pope Francis for agreeing to accept the Charlemagne Prize and, in doing so, for setting an invaluable example for the common goal of all Europeans. We are honoured to present our award to a man who inspires hope, an ambassador of peace and togetherness in a strong Europe, a man whose words carry weight and are listened to attentively by the whole world”.

 The Prize is named for Charlemagne, the Franconian king revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe. A press release by the Prize Committee said that Pope Francis has sent “a message of hope and encouragement” at a time in which “many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation. The Pope is a witness for a community based on values which include a sense of humanity, the protection of resources and dialogue between cultures and religions at a European level. The Committee explains that in “recent years Europe has experienced great weaknesses, crises and setbacks” that have seriously pushed back “all the achievements of the European process of integration.”

To all this Francis opposes a message of hope. Quoting from his discourse to the European Parliament in November 2014, the communiqué says the Pope’s message is a wake-up call for Europe: “The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed… The time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.” The Pope – said Marcel Philipp, the Mayor of Aachen speaking to the press upon the announcement of the Award – is the “voice of conscience” that demands we put people at the center of our concerns, “he is an extraordinary moral authority.”

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“CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS” PROJECT / A SPECIAL PAGE: SLIDESHOW, ALBUM, VIDEO AND A GREAT PORTRAIT (1631)

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One of the 27 installations-artworks of “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” Project. This is the English translation of the original script by Thomas From Bergamo (1563-1631): “The Loving Soul, wounded in Love, loves in Every Times and Everywhere…” Work and Concept by Roberto Alborghetti – 2013

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CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS: A SPECIAL PAGE ON THE PROJECT

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“Contemplations and Lacer/actions” is a visual project which includes a virtual gallery, a video, an album and installations. It is based on 27 scripts by Thomas From Bergamo (or From Olera) who lived from 1563 to 1631 in Tyrol area (Austria and Italy). All the scripts were taken from the most important works of Thomas, as his masterpiece “Fuoco d’Amore”, “Fire of Love” (the first issue was printed in 1682 in Aufsburg, Germany).

Thomas was a peace ambassador and messenger between European Nations in troubled and turbulent times. He was an illiterate man – he was a shepherd! – but its open heart, mind and spirit suggested him to write really stunning poems, stories and thoughts.

While I was writing his biography – (“Thomas From Bergamo: A Fire of Love along European Streets”) published in Italy last June – I was really struck by his Scripts… So, the idea of this project. I think the visionary power of  Thomas Scripts fits so well with my works. As I like to say, my works are not paintings, and even graphic design created by computer, but absolutely realistic images, captured from reality, along the streets, during my research-survey on torn and decomposed publicity posters and about “signs” and “cracks” in urban environments…

Thomas From Bergamo Scripts were written along the streets, contemplating the World and its Beauties… My images comes from the streets as well as… This is the meeting point of this project. The Street, with its Lifes, Hopes, Colors and Moods.

About Thomas: I invite you to admire his great and touching portrait. It was painted in 1631 by artist Martin Theophile Polak (or Martin Teofilowicz). Polak was one the most popular Tyrolese painter between XVI and XVII Century. He also worked at Hapsburg Court. The archduke Leopold sent him to Innsbruck to portray the dying Thomas (May 3, 1631). I think Polak painted one of his masterpieces. He was so able to impress and to imprint on canvas the stately mildness and the inner light of a great man.       

R.A.

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CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS: A SPECIAL PAGE ON THE PROJECT

(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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(HE)ART PLACES / BILBAO (BASQUE REGION, SPAIN) WHERE THE FUTURE HAS REGENERATED A CITY…

© PHOTOS: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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Bilbao (Basque region, Spain) is one of the most amazing cities of Europe. It had the courage to develop itself in a new identity based on culture and art. I had the pleasure to visit it a few years ago. And I was really astonished by a city where I had the sensation to walk in the future and in the past in the same time.

Its 700 years history can be seen in its buildings and constructions. The old town is an Historic-Artistic Monument and a reference point for reconstructing the city’s history from its beginnings. It is an example of urban regeneration, with more than 400 shops of all kinds. The city centre is an example of the best 20th century architecture, with buildings that have been housing the main institutions and companies in Bilbao for more than a hundred years. It is an outstanding architectural site, always designed by the best local architects. 

Nonetheless, the city continues to expand: alongside the skill of local architects, the top international firms are represented with works by Foster, Gehry, Calatrava, Isozaki, Pelli… I visited the incredible Guggenheim Museum, where I saw nice art installations and masterpieces (see the next second part of the post). Along the “Gran Via”, in the city centre, I admired a beautiful “open air” exhibition of seven Rodin sculptures, with the famous “Thinker”. In Bilbao culture and art become life. Despite the social problems of the region (autonomist movements), people are really friendly – but don’t call them “Spanish”, they are “Basques” – and conscious to be and to live in a city which walks in the future.

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“BLOODY ASPHALT”: MY WORK SUPPORTING “30.000 LIVES TO SAVE” EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN AGAINST ROAD ACCIDENTS

Bloody Asphalt – by Roberto Alborghetti, Collage 70×50, Framed, 2012 (created with hundred of paper pieces from torn and decomposed publicity posters) – Supporting “30.000 Lives to Save” European Campaign.

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Bloody Asphalt / 30.000 Lives to Save”

Collage by Roberto Alborghetti

Supporting The European Road Safety Charter campaign

50×70, 2012

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This work – “Bloody Asphalt” – is dedicated to road victims and it supports the “30.000 lives to save” campaign. It’s not a canvas reproducing details from torn posters images, but it’s a collage I’ve created with hundreds of paper pieces from decomposed and ripped publicity posters I’ve collected along the streets… Black and red are the pre-eminent colors suggesting a road scene after  an accident. Abstract and reality to raise attention for an important  cause…          

The European Road Safety Charter has launched the “30. 000 lives to save”  campaign that has a key message: “No more victims on the roads”. The campaign, that uses an integrated application on Facebook (causes.com) as a platform, invites citizens to follow its cause by clicking on a single button. The objective is to reach 30. 000 individual participations who believe that road safety should be a priority for all. In 2011, an estimate of 30. 000 people lost their lives on European Roads. That is why, the European Road Safety Charter wants to take a step further and encourage a more active participation of citizens in road safety related topics.

The Charter wants to prove that there are more than 30 000 people who believe that there should be “NO MORE VICTIMS ON THE ROADS!”

 

A MUSEUM THAT ASKS QUESTIONS: INNOVATIVE INFORMATION EXCHANGE FOR “THE MUSEUM DER KULTUREN BASEL” (SWITZERLAND)

With its ‘Culture-dialogue/dialogue-culture’ project, the Museum der Kulturen Basel is introducing a new mediation format, whereby specially trained cultural mediators enter into dialogue with visitors.

In line with its ambition to provide a space for culture meetings, the museum is exploring new paths and introducing a new dialogue-culture format entitled ‘Culture-dialogue/dialogue-culture’. Trained cultural mediators actively approach visitors at the exhibitions. They ask questions, provide answers and enter into culture dialogue with the visitors.

Curator Dr Anna Schmid is convinced that this exchange with visitors is highly suitable for promoting lasting awareness about the profound cultural changes in our world and the ways in which this world is portrayed in a museum. Experimenting with this innovative information exchange is made possible thanks to support from the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz foundation.

Discussions on ethnological and social issues help visitors to see the museum and its exhibitions from a new perspective. They are encouraged to reflect on and discuss their conceptions of culture. “As a result, they broaden their knowledge and further their understanding of their own culture and of other cultural backgrounds”, explains Nadine Felix, Managing Director of Stiftung

Mercator Schweiz. With this new dialogue culture, the museum and foundation are hoping for a rich exchange of ideas between visitors and the museum – a place of reflection and knowledge transfer. During the introductory phase of the new format, the cultural mediators will be available every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Thursdays from 2 p.m.

http://www.mkb.ch/de.html

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Münsterplatz 20

CH-4001 Basel