FLORENCE:ALL THE EXHIBITIONS IN THE MUSEUMS OF THE GALLERIE DEGLI UFFIZI IN 2016

© Roberto Alborghetti - Florence, 2015

© Roberto Alborghetti – Florence, 2015

© Roberto Alborghetti - Florence, 2015

© Roberto Alborghetti – Florence, 2015

 

The Gallerie degli Uffizi – the new museum cluster resulting from the merger of the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti museum complex occasioned by the recent minister Franceschini reform, and under the direction of Eike Schmidt for just over a month – can already offer visitors an exhibition programme for 2016 that it is at once ambitious and demanding from a scholarly viewpoint while also being of unquestioned interest to a far broader audience.  The programme, which comprises fully nine exhibitions, is outlined below in order of the various exhibitions’ inauguration, with a brief introduction for each one.

 

Guests at Palazzo Pitti

Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross

curated by Matteo Ceriana

Galleria Palatina di Palazzo Pitti, Sala delle Nicchie

24 February – 5 June 2016 

In return for the loan of two works by Pontormo to the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Galleria Palatina will be temporarily hosting Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross. The altarpiece, which once formed part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, will be accompanied by panels illustrating its history, dispersal and reassembly on the basis of archival documents.

 

He Made Sculpture of Wood, Which He Coloured.  Painted Wooden Sculpture in 15th Century Florence.

curated by Alfredo Bellandi with Marta Onali

Galleria degli Uffizi

21 March – 28 August 2016

Painted sculpture, in wood as well as in marble and terracotta, embodied the artistic primacy of sculpture throughout the first half of the 15th century.  Showcasing a core of approximately fifty pieces, the exhibition sets out for the very first time to explore the history of painted wooden sculpture in Quattrocento Florence, a city in which the close proximity of painters’, sculptors’ and architects’ workshops was frequently responsible for the direction that an artist’s career and stylistic development would take.

 

Jesters, Villeins and Players at the Medici Court

curated by Anna Bisceglia, Matteo Ceriana and Simona Mammana

Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini

9 May – 11 September 2016

Roughly thirty 17th and 18th century works of art, primarily from the Galleria Palatina’s storage facility, set out to illustrate the bizarre figures that are such a recurrent feature of the Medici collections.  These “genre” scenes allowed artists to illustrate – naturally within strictly defined bounds and frequently with educational or moralising intent – those comic aspects of social and court life that were normally held to be base and unseemly. In this context we see the limelight being shone on such marginal and deviant figures as jesters, ignorant or grotesque peasants, dwarves and gamblers both licit and illicit. Putting it in a nutshall, “genre” painting became the medium that allowed art to seek its inspiration in the real world.

 

A Look at the 20th Century.  Italian artists’ drawings from the interwar years

curated by Marzia Faietti and Giorgio Marini, with the assistance of Valentina Martino and Bruno Maria Mascellino and with an introductory essay by Daniele Menozzi

Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Sala Edoardo Detti

17 May – 4 September 2016

Some thirty-seven drawings and prints dating roughly from between 1900 and 1930, most of which have never been displayed in public before, include figures, faces and self-portraits oozing with expressive depth and sparking pyschological interaction between the artist and the sitter, and between the sitter and the observer. These works not only reveal the complexity of the first thirty years of the 20th century, they also appear to herald looming tragedy and drama.  The artists selected for the exhibition include Jacques Villon, Alberto Giacometti, Anders Zorn, Ram and Thayat, Giovanni Costetti, Giuseppe Lunardi, Pietro Bugiani, Kurt Craemer, Primo Conti, Giuseppe Lanza del Vasto and Marino Marini.

 

Splendida Minima.

Precious small sculptures in the Medici collections, from Francesco I de’ Medici’s Tribune to the grand ducal treasure

curated by Valentina Conticelli, Riccardo Gennaioli and Fabrizio Paolucci

Museo degli Argenti

21 June – 2 November 2016

The Gallerie degli Uffizi house the most important collection in the world of small sculptures in semi-precious stone carved chiefly in the Hellenistic and Roman eras, an extremely rare area of glyptic art.  The skill, lost during the Middle Ages, was rediscovered and given a new lease on life in the Renaissance period.  This exhibition – the first ever to explore this specific theme – not only brings together the entire Medici collection of micro-sculptures but also showcases other works of sculpture carved in precious materials in such a way as to offer the visitor comparisons capable of highlighting the unique chromatic, technical and stylistic features of these objets d’art.

 

Real Time and the Time of Reality. Clocks at Palazzo Pitti from the 18th to the 20th centuries

curated by Simonella Condemi and Enrico Colle

Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Sale del Fiorino e della Musica

13 September 2016 – 8 January 2017

The exhibition will comprise a significant selection of roughly eighty clocks out of the almost two hundred pieces in the Palazzo Pitti’s collection, testifying to the passage of time for those whose daily lives were played out in the Florentine palace in the 18th and 19th centuries.  The selection of these singular objets d’art will allow visitors to admire the astonishing technical and artistic quality of these timepieces in the various different forms and formats in which they were produced, revealing their duality comprising, on the one hand, an often sophisticated and complex mechanism, and on the other, a case which started out life as a cover for the mechanism but which gradually turned into a work of art in its own right.

 

Discoveries and Massacres.  Ardengo Soffici and Impressionism in Florence

curated by Vincenzo Farinella and Nadia Marchioni

Galleria degli Uffizi

27 September – 8 January 2017

 

The first ever monographic exhibition to be devoted to Ardengo Soffici (1879–1964) will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the figure of this painter, writer, polemicist and art critic who played such an active role in his day, coming into contact with, and on occasion even deeply and courageously clashing with, the movements on the Italian and European art scene of the time.  The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the title of Soffici’s collected writings, published between the first and second decades of the 20th century and acknowledged today (together with the cultural initiatives that he promoted and organised, such as the First Italian Exhibition of Impression in Florence in 1910) as marking a crucial contribution to the renewal of Italian art in a 20th century vein.  The exhibits on display (from Segantini, Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Degas, Medardo Rosso and De Chirico to Carrà and beyond, in addition to Soffici’s own work), chosen on the basis of Soffici’s explicit predilections and aversions, will be accompanied by critical pieces from his writings on art, ideally accompanying the visitor on a voyage of rediscovery to explore one of the most fertile and productive interpretations of the origins of contemporary art, with its crucial “discoveries” and equally drastic “massacres”.

 

The Four Continents.  Florentine tapestries to cartoons by Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani

curated by Caterina Chiarelli and Daniele Rapino

Galleria Palatina – Sala Bianca

27 September 2016 – 8 January 2017

The exhibition will comprise four dazzling tapestries from the 1720s woven to designs by the painter Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani.  One of the finest sets of tapestry ever to emerge from the Medici manufactory, the series was made by the most skilled weavers employed in the workshop at the time, including Victor Demignot who trained in Flanders.  The tapestries depict the four continents, their bizarre attributes and fanciful inventions revealing the way in which the 18th century interpreted the world’s different cultural and historical identities.  The sumptuous and extremely elegant composition, worthy of the finest contemporary French work, was enormously appreciated at the time, in particular on 20 January 1739 when the set was used as part of the city decorations to mark the triumpal entry into Florence of the new Grand Duke Francesco II of Lorraine and his wife Maria Teresa, the future empress.

 

Colour’s Revenge Over Line.  Venetian drawings from the Ashmolean Museum and the Uffizi

curated by Marzia Faietti, Giorgio Marini and Catherine Whistler

Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Sala Edoardo Detti e Sala del Camino

18 October 2016 – 8 January 2017

The exhibition will be highlighting the history of the development of drawing in Venice and its hinterland between the age of Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto and the era of Canaletto, a period during which figurative work was tighly bound to the dynamic of the artist’s workshop.  Visitors will be offered an interesting opportunity to explore the specific expressive vocabulary of Venetian drawing through the comparison and contrast of work from the collections of the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and of Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum.

THE VOLCANO DRESS: A VERY SPECIAL EVENT IN TUSCANY TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS OF THE E-BOOK

Foto Roberto Alborghetti - Mitrani Yarden 2 - Copia

One of the 40 photos published in “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” e-book by Roberto Alborghetti & Mitrani Yarden. It’s a modern fairy tale set in the wonderful Medieval Rocca Aldobrandesca in Tuscany. Special launch price at 0,99 Euro.

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A very special event will take place in Piancastagnaio (Monte Amiata, Siena) in the context of the Christmas activities sponsored by the City. On Sunday December 20, at 5pm, at the Municipal Theatre, there will be the presentation of   “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” project by Roberto Alborghetti & Mitrani Yarden. The eBook and a video documentary will lead into the world of high fashion and into “The Volcano Dress” based on an abstract photo that Roberto Alborghetti (Lacer/actions) took from an old bus at Bartons PLC in Nottingham (UK).

At the end of last October, as part of “Penne and Video Sconosciuti Award” promoted by Osa Onlus, “The Ghost Bus” film had been screened on Mount Amiata, attracting the participation of a delegation from Nottingham. In those same days Alborghetti and Mitrani  have made a real fantastic story, with the participation of the model and actress Genevra Bertolani, set in the Aldobrandesca Fortress, an amazing Medieval castle. The story consists in text and 40 photos and winds through the ancient castle… The eBook is available in online bookstores at 0.99 euro.

NINEVA

http://www.nineva.com.tr/marna/alborghetti-roberto-mitrani-yarden/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-9788866700883.htm

 

 

MyBook

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Hoepli

http://www.hoepli.it/ebook/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle/9788866700883.html

 

Excalibooks

http://www.excalibooks.com/Ebook/I/Alborghetti_Roberto_Yarden_Mitrani/The_princess_the_fire_and_the_castle/9788866700883

 

Ultimabooks  

http://store.streetlib.com/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle

 

Net-ebook – Mediaworld    

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TIM Reading    

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Libreria Universitaria  

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Sanpaolostore  

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Ebookstore Unità    

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The special event of next Sunday, with the preview of the film – with original music by Eylon Malhi – will offer again the opportunity to talk about the project (also the American magazine “Arts & Cultural Strategies”, directed by Renee LaVerne Rose, wrote about it). There will be also a meeting with students of the course for designers at the Avogadro Institute in Abbadia San Salvatore. The City of Piancastagnaio, Osa Onlus, Natalia Scalacci (Makeup and Hairstyle), Nicola Cirocco and Patrizia Sapri collaborate in the initiative.

 EVENTO 20 DIC AMIATA

 

THE E-BOOK IN ONLINE BOOKSTORES:

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http://www.9am.it/sito/Catalog/Language0/Default.aspx?template=ebookDettaglio.html&ck=WRWIORYWPY&F=Codice&V=%279788866700883%27

 

Hoepli

http://www.hoepli.it/ebook/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle/9788866700883.html

 

Excalibooks

http://www.excalibooks.com/Ebook/I/Alborghetti_Roberto_Yarden_Mitrani/The_princess_the_fire_and_the_castle/9788866700883

 

Ultimabooks  

http://store.streetlib.com/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle

 

Net-ebook – Mediaworld    

http://www.net-ebook.it/ebooks/162985/The-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle.aspx

 

TIM Reading    

http://www.timreading.it/home.php/ebook-the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-alborghetti-roberto-mitrani-yarden-marna-9788866700883.html

 

Libreria Universitaria  

http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/ebook/9788866700883/autore-alborghetti-roberto/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-e-book.htm

 

Sanpaolostore  

http://www.sanpaolostore.it/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-roberto-alborghetti-9788866700883.aspx

 

Ebookstore Unità    

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“INTO THE PLACE CALLED ‘MEGIDDO’ ” / SPECIAL PREVIEW # 3 OF MY “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBIT

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - LACER/ACTIONS

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS

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“He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, Megiddo”.
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“Radunarono I re della terra in un luogo che in ebraico si chiama ‘Armaghedòn’ ”.
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2012, Tela / Canvas/ Mixed media
70×50

This is not a painting or a digitally made picture, but an abstract photo of a decomposed and torn publicity poster (seen in Amsterdam City center)
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My upcoming solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2015″ – will take place in the amazing Romanesque Baptistery on Lake Como, Italy, on July 3-4-5, in the beautiful Lenno town.
The Baptistery stands 50 meters from the lake shore and it’s considered one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque art in Northen Italy. Dedicated to St. John (The Baptist) it was built in the 11th Century. Its octagonal structure looks incredibly simple and essential: we see a squared bell tower and an apse pointed to north. The vault, the portal with three archs, fragments of medieval frescos and a baroque pictorial cycle are other interesting elements of the temple.
The octagonal Baptistery and its enchanting structure will give strenght and evocative power to my exhibition which will show 25 works from my “Lacer/actions” project. Each artwork will be 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.

“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

THE CATHEDRAL OF SIENA UNVEILS ITS MAGNIFICENT MARBLE INTARSIA FLOOR: EXTRAORDINARY NIGHT OPENINGS (UNTIL OCTOBER 27)

 PHOTOS: COURTESY OF OPERA DUOMO – PRESS OFFICE; LUCA PECCANTINI

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Following last year’s success that witnessed the participation of more than 350,000 visitors, starting next August 18th, right after the Palio dell’Assunta and until October 27th the magnificent Cathedral of Siena “unveils” its extraordinary marble intarsia floor. The precious marble “carpet” is usually protected from being walked upon by visitors and the numerous worshippers who every day enter the sacred temple to pray, and is therefore not totally visible.  The floor is “the most beautiful …, largest and most magnificent” that ever was made, according to Vasari’s well-known definition.

The floor of the Cathedral is fruit of a complex iconographical plan that took on concrete form through the centuries, starting in the XIV century and lasting right up to the XIX century.  The technique employed is that of graffito and marble intarsia using local marble. The preparatory cartoons for the fifty-six panels were designed by important artists, almost all of them “Sienese”, including Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo, Matteo di Giovanni, and Domenico Beccafumi, in addition to “foreign” painters like Pinturicchio from Umbria who, in 1505, authored the famous panel with The Hill of Wisdom, the symbolic portrayal of the way to Virtue as the attainment of inner peace.

In the nave and two aisles, the itinerary unfolds recounting themes from classical and pagan antiquity:  the She-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus, the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus, the ten Sibyls, the philosophers Socrates, Crates, Aristotle and Seneca.  The transept and choir instead narrate the story of the Hebrews, the episodes of salvation fulfilled and realised by the figure of Christ, constantly evoked and never represented in the floor depictions, but present on the altar that the artistic and spiritual itinerary converges towards.

In the period of the unveiling, visitors will also admire the part designed by Domenico Beccafumi who here perfected the technique of marble intarsia to the point of attaining results of light and shadow comparable to the chiaroscuro effects of drawing.  The hexagon beneath the dome is the location of the Stories of Elijah and Ahab, while the panels near the altar narrate the episodes of Moses making Water spring from the Rock, Stories of Moses on Mount Sinai, and The Sacrifice of Isaac.  Visitors will also be able to admire from close up the frescoes in the apse and the bronze angels set against the pilasters near the altar by Domenico Beccafumi, one of the most representative exponents of Mannerism.

The Cathedral of Siena never ceases to amaze, however:  visitors will also be able to “stroll about” the choir and the apse to see the wooden intarsias Fra Giovanni da Verona executed employing a technique similar to that of marble intarsia but using wood of different colours to depict urban views, landscapes and still-lifes in the form of various objects arranged on the shelves of cupboards: liturgical objects, musical instruments, multifaceted polyhedrons, skulls and hourglasses, symbols of the vanity of earthly glories.

The spectacle continues with the extraordinary opening of “The Gate of Heaven”, the lofts of the Cathedral where, for centuries, no one has entered except for the workmen to carry out specific jobs.  The itinerary towards the ‘heaven’ of the Cathedral starts out from a winding staircase inside one of the two towers ending in spires that flank the magnificent façade of the Cathedral.

Once above the starry vault of the right aisle begins an itinerary reserved to small groups accompanied by expert guides, where they will walk ‘above’ the holy temple to admire the interior of the Cathedral and views of the city outside.  From the balcony of the inner wall of the façade unfolds an overall view of the nave and two aisles with the intarsias depicting figures of the ancient world.

For the duration of the unveiling, guided visits to admire the Floor and the Gate of Heaven will be held following the usual timetable, as well as at night.  The two itineraries will indeed be open every Saturday from 24th August to 26th October, 2013, from 8 pm till midnight.

After visiting the Cathedral, the visitor will have a better understanding of the words Cosima, wife of German composer Richard Wagner, wrote in her diary on August 21st 1880:  “I arrive in Siena around 10 am … visit to the Cathedral!  Richard, moved to tears, says that this is the strongest impression he has ever received from a building.  I wish I could hear the prelude to Parsifal beneath this dome!  In the midst of so many worries, a moment’s happiness:  having shared with Richard this rapture, a sentiment of gratitude for my destiny”. The available services include guided tours in various languages led by professionals who will accompany visitors to discover this extraordinary masterpiece.

The initiative is strongly desired by the Opera della Metropolitana di Siena and organised by Opera – Civita Group.

INFOS AND BOOKINGS

Cathedral of Siena – 18th August – 27th October 2013

Opening hours

Weekdays 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Holidays:    9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Tickets

Opa Si Pass all inclusive ticket € 12.00

Cathedral, Floor and Piccolomini Library

Full price:  € 7.00

Reduced price for schools:  € 3.00

Reduced price groups of more than 15:  € 5.00

Gate of Heaven plus Floor and Piccolomini Library:  € 25.00

Guided tours:  every day at 11 am – 12 pm – 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Night openings:  every Saturday, by reservation, from 24th August to 26th October, 2013, from 8 pm till midnight, guided tours are organised to see the Floor and the Gate of Heaven at night.

Multimedia guide on tablet:  for individual guided tours

Itinerary Catalogue:  “Virginis templum”, Livorno, Sillabe 2013, € 18.00

100 DAYS IN THE MEDIEVAL TUSCANY FORTRESS: SCENES FROM “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” SHOW – THE CLIP

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By Marco Rossi

“Colors of An Apocalypse” – the Roberto Alborghetti exhibition hosted in the ancient and picturesque Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) on Mount Amiata, in Tuscany (PiancastagnaioSiena, Italy) – ends today after 100 days. The show has been exceptionally extended due to the great interest from people and media. 
About 7.000 visitors have taken turns in the rooms of the charming manor, discovering the provocative artistic language of Roberto Alborghetti, professional journalist and writer, who for years has been collecting realistic images about the “decomposition of publicity posters”, as the subtitle of the exhibition tells.
Proposed and promoted by Piancastagnaio Municipality, Osa Onlus and Pro Loco, with the support of the Province of Siena , “Colors of An Apocalypse” has sparked an unexpected interest outside of the usual italian art circle and the current logics which manage the traditional promotion  of artistic expression.
“Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition displayed forty artworks (canvases,  lithographs, collages and three special limited-edition silk scarves) created by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions Project”.  Along the seven rooms, people had the way to know the meaning of an unusual research based on observation and reproduction of the decomposition of publicity posters and urban tokens on city walls. 

Through his works Roberto Alborghetti investigates  the great Babel of ripped and lacerated colors and words in order to grasp the chromatic energy, revitalizing what we usually consider a rejection or a disturbing element (for the eyes and the urban landscape).

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