“SPIRITUAL GUARDS” AND JEWEL SCARABS IN FLORENCE: EXHIBITIONS IN THREE HISTORICAL AND ARTISTIC VENUES

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The Forte Belvedere in Florence is getting set to host this year’s edition of its annual fixture with great art.  Following the two international exhibitions showcasing the art of Giuseppe Penone and Antony Gormley, the former Medici fortress’ bastions this year will be hosting the works of Jan Fabre, one of the most innovative and important figures on the contemporary art scene.  A “total” artist, Fabre, who born in Antwerp in 1958, lets his imagination run riot in the very different spheres of sculpture, drawing and installation, performance art, film and the theatre

The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.  In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy.  For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once.  Roughly one hundred of Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab.  Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.  The premiere is going to be an event of outstanding visual impact with strong symbolic connotations:  on the morning of 15 April, two of Fabre’s bronze sculptures will be – temporarily – joining the open-air museum that is Piazza Signoria.  One of them, an exceptionally large work entitled Searching for Utopia, will interact with the equestrian monument to Grand Duke Cosimo I, a Renaissance masterpiece by Giambologna, while the second, called The man who measures the clouds (American version, 18 years older), will stand proudly on the Arengario outside Palazzo Vecchio between the copies of Michelangelo’s David and Donatello’s Judith.  In both works observers will be able to identify the artist’s own features in his dual capacity as knight and guardian, as a mediator between heaven and earth, between natural and spiritual forces. Against art that placed itself in the service of political and financial power – the art of Piazza della Signoria with its marble giants (the David, Hercules and Neptune) and its biblical, mythological and local figures (Judith, Perseus and the Marzocco Lion of Florence) – Jan Fabre pits an art seeking to depict and to embody the power of the imagination, the mission of the artist as “spiritual guard”.  And he does this in a square designed and used since the Renaissance as a figurative agora` and stage setting, a square which has become an iconic paradigm of the relationship between art and the public space, and in which the symbolic and spectacular function of the modern monument has been configured in exemplary language. Also starting 15 April, Palazzo Vecchio will be hosting a series of sculptures interacting with the frescoes and artefacts housed in some of the rooms open to the public, particularly the Quartiere di Eleonora, the Sala dell’Udienza and the Sala dei Gigli.  The works on display will include a huge globe 2.5 metres in diameter and totally clad in iridescent beetle wing cases, its shape and size interacting to perfection with the celebrated globe in the Sala delle Mappe geografiche, made by Ignazio Danti in the 16th century.

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The following month will see the inauguration of the exhibition at the Forte Belvedere, on 14 May, where the bastions and the villa will be showcasing about sixty works of art in bronze and in wax, along with a series of films focusing on some of the artist’s historic performances.  Curators Melania Rossi and Joanna De Vos, together with the project’s art director Sergio Risaliti, have chosen the Forte Belvedere as the thematic heart of the Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards exhibition both for its spatial characteristic and for its historical connotations. The fortress once served not only to defend Florence from outside attack but also to protect the Medici family in troubled times, thus it was a stronghold for both external and internal defence suggesting a journey through the life, the ambitions and the woes of the powerful Medici lords and alluding to opposing human perceptions and sensations such as control and abandonment, but also to opposing needs and desires such as armed protection and spiritual elan so deep and so deep-rooted as to influence the form of architecture and the configuration of natural space, especially here at the Forte Belvedere where the need for protection in the awareness that one is still defenceless is particularly easy to grasp.

These ambiguities which form not just history but the entire experience and vitality of mankind, will be represented by two sculptural alignments consisting in seven bronze scarabs placed on the fort’s lookout posts and a series of full-figure self-portraits of the artist – all of them maintain the original silicone bronze colour for that reason they have glow reflecting surrounding countryside like a spiritual halo – which will be populating the corners of the bastions outside the villa, surrounding it.

The scarabs are angels of metamorphosis, guardians who symbolise in ancient religions and in Flemish and Italian vanitas paintings the transition between the earthly dimension and the afterlife with their ceaseless movement.  At the same time, they have a splendid carapace which dramatically highlights the vulnerability of that “regal” body. Thus also Jan Fabre, who defines himself, lives and expresses himself as a knight of despair and a warrior of beauty, who sheds and dons his weapons by deploying his army in its shining, iridescent armour in Florence’s highest point.

This legion is called on here to tell of devotion to life, to defend the fragile and pure beauty that art is capable of generating, against an invisible foe who comes from inside and outside at once, always ready to strike and to wound.

The exhibition will continue on the first floor of the villa, which will be open to the public again for the first time in many years, with wax sculptures and with films of the artist’s performances in a setting of contiguity and continuity both with the works on display outside and with the magnificent Florentine cityscape.

The spectacular bronze integration in Piazza della Signoria and the work produced with jewel scarab wing cases on display in Palazzo Vecchio will be interacting with the urban fabric and with one of the most visited historical palazzi in the city, forming a perfect visual and conceptual complement to the exhibition. The exhibition’s motto and device, Spiritual Guards, should be interpreted as an encouragement to live a heroic life, be it in war or unarmed in defence of the imagination and of beauty.

It is worth recalling here that Jan Fabre, in the course of his long career which began in the 1970s, has a long history of interaction with Florence, where his work has been shown in many collective exhibitions and where he has also brought several of his productions for the theatre.  Two of his bronze busts from the Chapters series, in which he portrays himself with astonishing horns and donkey’s ears, joined the Uffizi collections in 2012, while he received the Michelangelo Award for sculpture in the second edition of the Settimana Michelangiolesca in 2015.

 

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Technical Data and Exhibition Services

 

Exhibition title

Jan Fabre. Spiritual guards

 

Exhibition to run

Piazza Signoria and Museo di Palazzo Vecchio 15 April – 2 October

Forte di Belvedere, 14 May – 2 October

 

Exhibition venue

Piazza Signoria, Florence

Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, 1 – Florence

Forte di Belvedere, via di San Leonardo, 1 – Florence

 

Exhibition promoted by

Comune di Firenze

 

Art Director

Sergio Risaliti

 

Exhibition curated by

Joanna De Vos and Melania Rossi

 

Exhibition organised and coordinated by

Associazione MUS.E

 

With the support of the

Guy Pieters Gallery

 

Exhibition layout by

Associazione MUS.E

 

Opening times

 

Piazza Signoria

The square is freely accessible at all times

 

Palazzo Vecchio

From April to September
Daily except Thursday:  9.00 am –11.00 pm
Thursday:  9.00 am – 2.00 pm

From October to March
Daily except Thursday:  9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Thursday:  9.00 am – 2.00 pm

 

Forte di Belvedere

Daily except Monday:  10.00 am – 8.00 pm
Closed Monday

 

Catalogue

(Published in May 2015)

Forma Edizioni Srl

 

Information and website

www.musefirenze.it

 

Communications by

Associazione MUS.E

 

 

 

LENNO, LAKE COMO (ITALY): THE ENCHANTING MEDIEVAL PLACE WHERE  MY EXHIBITION OPENS ON FRIDAY JULY 3…

 

 

 

© Photos by Roberto Alborghetti – Lenno, Lake Como, 2015

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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 and medieval Lenno (its origins are from Roman times).

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.

 

  • Opening Hours / Friday July 5: h.4-10 pm; Saturday 4 and Sunday 5: 10am-12am; 2,30 pm-10 pm. Venue: St. John Baptistery, Piazza XI Febbraio, Lenno (Comune Tremezzina), Lake Como
  • Aperture mostra: venerdi 5 Luglio 2015, ore 16-22. Nelle giornate di sabato 4 e domenica 5 luglio: 10-12, 14,30 – 22,00. Il Battistero di San Giovanni si trova in Piazza XI Febbraio.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenno

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http://www.tripadvisor.it/Tourism-g1076867-Lenno_Lake_Como_Lombardy-Vacations.html

 

IF VISUAL IS SENSUAL / MY ARTWORK PERFUMING AS… “CHANEL CRISTALLE”: A GREAT STORY BY AN AMERICAN SCENTS EXPERT

Lanier Smith ( Michael Smith) is an American friend and fellow blogger, author, artist and film maker (give a look at his YouTube channel: you’ll be finding incredible re-makings of the most important movies). He lives in San Francisco (California, USA) and he masters an huge and professional knowledge and experience about scents and fragrances history, culture and marketing.

On his blog –  “Scents Memory” – he wrote a great story about one of my “Lacer/actions” artworks which will be on display in my upcoming “Colors of an Apocalypse” show scheduled on Lake Como on July 3-4-5, at the Romanesque Baptistery we admire in Lenno.

Nothing new, someone will say. But Lanier Smith really did something unprecedented. He translated the “feelings” and the inner sensations of my artwork (an abstract photo of cracks) in an unique and extraordinary olfactory description, associating the image to the prestigious Chanel Cristalle.

Lanier Smith is an expert and researcher of essences and perfumes . And he is in love with Italy. In his post – that I reblog in its full version, pictures included – he splendidly combines scents, colors and feelings recalling a famous place in Rome: Villa Borghese and its wonderful Gardens.

LACER/AZIONI! CHANEL CRISTALLE…

By Lanier Smith

Read the original story at: 

https://sentsmemory.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/lacerazioni-chanel-cristalle/

How do you escape the noise, pressure and the maddening crowds of a city? It is something we all can do; all you need is a park and the sky. Lying on the soft grass on your back looking up at the sky is an instant escape. Everything sinks into the earth beneath the soft damp grass you are lying on. Work, time, pressure, anger, frustration, worry, they all slide away as you seem to levitate toward the sky. The one thing that doesn’t slide way is your sense of smell.

My friend and fellow blogger Roberto Alborghetti is a wonderful artist. When I became enamored of his new works entitled Lacer/azioni,  “Lacer /actions”,  I got to know him over time. Roberto creates his amazing works from decomposing publicity posters and city signs. It is really amazing to see because there is not a trace of the source material in the finished pieces and you would never guess where they originated. He photographs details of posters and street signs and then transfers them to canvas, and video, and even to silk scarves. He is a renowned Journalist in Italy as well as the author of over 30 books and a television producer. But it is obvious from his passion about his work that this is where is heart resides, in his wonderful art. 

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Roberto came to me with a challenge recently. Was it possible to find inspiration in one of his artworks that could lead to comparison to a particular perfume? Could I unlock the connection between visual and sensual? That was indeed at first a baffling idea to me, so I accepted the challenge.  It took months of looking at the painting once a day and smelling a different scent in conjunction with the visual. Each attempt lead to zero, nothing clicked and I was beginning to think the task was an impossible one.

In Thursday’s mail I received a bottle of perfume I had been looking for and waiting to try for many months. Filled with that anticipation we who love perfume all share, I opened the box and tested the perfume on my arm. Instantly I understood what had been missing in my quest for the perfect scent to go along with Roberto’s artpiece. Chanel Cristalle Eau De Parfum entered my senses and opened my eyes with a fresh point of view about the picture.

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THIS ARTWORK (ABSTRACT PHOTO OF NATURAL CRACKS) INSPIRED THE STORY BY LANIER SMITH.

I was transported to the Villa Borghese, the wonderful and enchanted park in the center of Rome. The smell of the earth moist after a May rain shower meets the nostrils with a primal pungent primavera punch.  Flowers washed clean in the rain add to the aroma as you look up look up into the same sky in which Michelangelo must have envisioned God creating Adam amongst the clouds. There is a deep rich smell of bark in the background, the unmistakable smell of a city park. This is what I saw when I looked into the artwork by Roberto as I was entranced by Chanel’s Cristalle’s very deep green and floral Chypre notes. I was lying on my back looking up at the most beautiful sky in the world.

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CHANEL CRISTALLE

Cristalle opens brightly through the sun dappled leaves of the trees with a superb blending of exotic Mandarin, with hardy warm Sicilian Lemons. These are perfect Mediterranean citrus notes.  There is a little juicy peach in the back of the park warm and fuzzy in the sun adding a bright lush taste, up front at the entrance to the park Lilly of the Valley and bergamot join in right. It is going to be lovely here in the Villa Borghese.

In the middle notes just far enough into the park that the city sounds fade with the there is the “Chanel” Jasmine, like no other jasmine in the world it enfolds you in pure delight like the laughter of a beautiful woman in the dark. Rich earthy Iris adds a note of dangerous glamour and reminds you to dig your fingers into the moist richness of this experience. Hyacinth and Rosewood are found in this part of the urban forest and only enhance and deepen the sensuality of this fragrance.

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ROME: VILLA BORGHESE, THE LAKE AND THE GARDENS.

At sundown near the edge of the park the base notes of green woody vetiver and oak moss enhance the beauty of your visit to this place where the sky meets the city and there is escape for anyone seeking it. Cristalle is marketed as a female perfume yet it is not at all overwhelmingly feminine. I would categorize it as a very bold uni-sex scent. Longevity is good and the silage respectable.

So at last I found the scent that met the challenge, at least for me. I am sure when you look at the works by Roberto Alborghetti you might find a special scent in your perfume wardrobe that it inspires.

To learn more about Roberto and his magnificent art please visit his blog:https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

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

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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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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.

“A FLAME OF FIRE” / SPECIAL PREVIEW # 2 FROM MY UPCOMING “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBIT

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His eyes were like a flame of fire. Aveva gli occhi ardenti come fuoco. * 2010, Tela / Canvas/ Mixed media 62×42

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This is not a painting or a digitally made picture,

but an abstract photo of a torn and decomposed publicity poster  

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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. My show is scheduled for 3 days, on July 3-4-5,  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.   COLORI DI UN'APOCALISSE - COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015 The Baptistery is dedicated to St. John (The Baptist) and 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.

“COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE”: THE OFFICIAL FLYER OF MY NEXT SOLO SHOW ON LAKE COMO (ITALY)

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

The Official Flyer of my next solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse″ – taking place in an amazing Romanesque temple, on Lake Como, Italy. My show is exceptionally scheduled for 3 days, on July 3-4-5, 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: St. John Baptistery (XI Century), a really beautiful setting for my upcoming show. The image-symbol of the show is a limited-edition silk scarf created for my “Lacer/actions” project with the collaboration of Italian textile designer Bruno Boggia. As you see in the flyer, the silk scarf looks like a dove…It’s a sign of hope, because I think Apocalypse Book in itself is a story of hope…    

“AN EXHIBITION, A RESTORATION” IN THE MEDIEVAL NORCIA (UMBRIA, ITALY): 416 ARTISTS ON SHOW (INCLUDING ME AND MY “SHOOTING STAR”…)

 

 

Guest Writer: Stefano Alberti

 

On July 12, 2014, the 40th edition of “An exhibition, A restoration” was inaugurated in Norcia (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) with the aim to restore and to preserve the artistic heritage of the famous Umbrian town.

This year, the initiative has the participation of 416 Italian artists who by their works they intended to support the work of protection of the altarpiece of the “Coronation of the Virgin” by Jacopo Siculo (1541), which requires a sound-absorbing curtain. The exhibition is displaced in the enchanting monumental and medieval complex of San Francesco until 7 September 2014. The event is promoted by the “An exhibition, A restoration” Committee, with its president prof. Giuseppe Urso, and by the City Council of Norcia.

Among the works participating in this worthy initiative, there is also a unique piece of Roberto Alborghetti created as part of his project “Lacer/actions”. It is a collage made of about 300 small pieces of scrap paper from torn and decomposed advertising posters which are one of the subjects of his visual research, together with natural and random cracks, scratches and urban “signs”. The work presented in Norcia is titled “Shooting Star” and measures 53 × 35. Also it is shown in the official Catalogue published for an event which is going to attract keen interest, many art lovers and tourists in the homeland of St. Benedict, patron of Europe.

The forty years of “An exhibition restoration” began thanks to the initiative of the Committee President, prof. Giuseppe Urso , along with a dozen families (later came to 30) and the support of more than 100 contemporary and successful artists (from Italy and abroad); among them: Manfredi, Castellani, Maccari, Caruso, Greek, Dorazio, Guttridge. Every year they donated artworks for the creation of a show whose proceeds were donated to the restoration of an art masterpiece.

“Along the years – prof. Giuseppe Urso says – a friendship has been created between us and the artists. Thanks to them we have been restored so far about 30 works. The last one was the sixteenth-Century wooden sculpture of St. Claude and St. Roch from Serravalle di Norcia. Now the focus is on the beautiful “Coronation of the Virgin” painted by Jacopo Siculo in 1541”.

 

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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

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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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JANUARY 2009-2014 : FIVE YEARS OF EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS AND COLLABORATIONS

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SEPTEMBER 2013

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THE NEXT APOCALYPSE”: MY COLLAGE WORK FOR “ART TOPPLING TOBACCO” PROJECT  

“The Next Apocalypse: no Heaven or Hell, only Smoking or Non-Smoking”; Collage made with 150 small pieces of waste-paper of torn and decomposed publicity posters; Sizes: 47×47 cms.; 2013. This work takes part to “Art Toppling Tobacco”. 

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SEPTEMBER 2013

CONTEMPLATIONS AND LACER/ACTIONS”: SCRIPTS FROM XVI CENTURY, IMAGES FROM TODAY

Twenty-seven images (Lacer/actions) by Roberto Alborghetti go with scripts by Thomas From Bergamo (1563-1631) or Thomas From Olera.

“Abstract realism” by Roberto Alborghetti meets the heart writings of a mystic and visionary man – who lived over 450 years ago, in the name of revolution of Francis of Assisi – through installations and a short clip.

The video features speaker Marco Minelli (Radio Kiss Kiss Station manager) who gives strenght to the thoughts of Thomas From Bergamo.  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” video was carried out in collaboration with: Centro Studi “Tommaso Acerbis”, Doriano Bendotti, Marco Daminelli and Marco Marcassoli.

JULY 2013

MY SURPRISE PUBLIC EXHIBITION IN A BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL SQUARE    

A surprise public exhibition dedicated to Roberto Alborghetti works… It happened on July 14. A special performance with my “Lacer/actions” artworks, in an ancient and fascinating place: a beautiful square in the historic heart of Ambivere, Bergamo country, not so far from Milan (this place is documented and quoted in scripts dating back to year 923!)

APRIL 2013

RUSTIC NIGHTS” BY VIKRAM ROY + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ARTWORKS: THE VIDEOCLIP

“Rustic Nights”, composed and performed by VIKRAM ROY, from his “Rustic Nights” Album, meets artworks created by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI for his “Lacer/actions” project / Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters.

FEBRUARY 2013 

FALLING SNOW”: FLUTE NINJA COMPOSITION GOES WITH 21 IMAGES BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Original composition by Flute Ninja goes with 21 works created by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions” Project (realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed publicity posters, cracks and urban signs).Flute Ninja plays shinobue, a transverse Japanese bamboo flute. A sensorial experience for ears, eyes, heart and mind…

 JANUARY 2013

1.000 STUDENTS WORK WITH ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ON THE DECOMPOSED PUBLICITY POSTERS  

Pupils as artists – and art critics – for a day. It happened at “Colors of an Apocalypse” exhibition at the beautiful Aldobrandesca Fortress in Piancastagnaio ( Tuscany, Siena ). 1.000 students participated in a creative experience investigating and exploring Roberto Alborghetti artworks displayed in seven rooms at the medieval castle.

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APRIL 2013

A ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORK SELECTED FOR THE NEW “PERMANENT COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART” (MARCHE (ITALY)   

Saturday April 27, 2013 at the Palazzo Gasparini (a XVII Century palace) in Mercatello sul Metauro (Pesaro Urbino, Italy ) the new Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art opened exhibiting 158 works including 32 sculptures and 126 paintings. The collection also shows an artwork created by Roberto Alborghetti for his project “Lacer/actions”

FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL 2013

THE HEALING POWER OF COLORS: DISABLED STUDENTS WORK ON ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S IMAGES   

Roberto Alborghetti works have been the focus of “Atelier of colors and emotions” project which involved children with disabilities (Autism Spectrum Syndrome).

The activity was promoted and implemented in Aprilia (Latina, Italy) by teacher Patrizia Sapri and non-profit organization “Il Senso della vita Onlus”. The experience based on Roberto synaesthetic images which have been reproduced manually by the students. The project  merged into a final exhibition.

 JANUARY 2013

7.000 VISITORS FOR ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI EXHIBITION AT THE  MEDIEVAL TUSCANY CASTLE                   

“Colors of An Apocalypse” – the Roberto Alborghetti exhibition hosted in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) on Mount Amiata, in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio – Siena, Italy) – ended on January 15; the show has been exceptionally extended in consideration of the great interest and attention 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.

DECEMBER2012

LACER/ACTIONS AS…”CHANEL CRISTALLE”: A CAPTURING REVIEW BY USA AUTHOR, ARTIST AND FILM MAKER LANIER SMITH

Lacer/actions as scents. Blogger, author, artist and film maker Lanier Smith (S.Francisco, California, Usa) wrote on his interesting “Scents Memory” Blog an ispiring and capturing article about one of Roberto Alborghetti works, associating it to a famous fragrance: “Chanel Cristalle”.

Read the article:

http://sentsmemory.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/lacerazioni-chanel-cristalle/

Italian version:

http://okayscuola.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/lacerazioni-come-chanel-cristalle-noto-blogger-autore-e-film-maker-americano-scrive-di-unopera-di-r-alborghetti-associandola-ad-un-celebre-profumo-e-celebra/

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NOVEMBER 2012

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI EXHIBITION EXCEPTIONALLY EXTENDED TILL JANUARY 15, 2013 

Due to the great number of visitors, “Colors Of An Apocalypse”, the Roberto Alborghetti Show at Aldobrandesca Fortress (Piancastagnaio, Tuscany, Italy) was exceptionally extended till January 15, 2013. On display: forty artworks (canvases, silk scarves, lithographs, collages) from his research about the decomposed publicity posters and urban signs as Cracks… Promoted by Piancastagnaio Municipality, Osa Onlus and Pro Loco Sponsored by Provincia di Siena.

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OCTOBER 2012 

COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE“: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI SHOW OPENS IN THE IMPRESSIVE MEDIEVAL FORTRESS IN TUSCANY                    

“Colors of an Apocalypse / The Decomposed Publicity Posters”, the Roberto Alborghetti exhibition, opened on October 6, 2012, in the impressive Aldobrandesca Fortress in Piancastagnaio, Tuscany (Italy).

THE OFFICIAL CATALOGUE OF THE SHOW:

COLORI DI UN APOCALISSE – COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE – THE SHOW – Catalogo, Catalogue  

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JULY 2012

IT’S RAINING OLYMPIC COLORS! ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART FOR 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES   

Blue, Black, Red, Yellow and Green: five colors representing our Continents. Five colors we find in the five circles of the historic Olympiad logo. The 2012 London Olympic Games suggested Roberto Alborghetti to toy with his “Lacer/actions” artpieces, realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed posters… In this piece there’re no circles and no official logo, but the 5 colors movement is so funny and amazing…

 JULY 2012

HAIGA VIDEO: MEREDITH DEERHEART VERSES AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART

An Haiga-videoclip (haiku+artpiece). Meredith Deerheart verses and Roberto Alborghetti Art; realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed posters (Lacer/actions Project). Soundtrack: Eastern Sun – Beautiful Being

 MAY 2012

COLORS AND TANGOS IN THE NIGHT”: MEREDITH DEERHEART VERSES + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ARTWORK

Verses by Meredith with Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions art piece (images of torn posters and urban signs). From “Dreams & Lacer/actions: Therapeutical Haigas” Project. Soundtrack: “Montreal” by KJ Sawka.

APRIL 2012

GLORIOUS MORNING”: GENE EMERSON ORIGINAL PIANO SOLO + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ARTWORKS

“Glorious Morning”, original Piano solo by young talented composer and pianist Gene Emerson (from Canada), goes with nine “Lacer/actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti (images of torn posters and urban signs).

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APRIL 2012

ARTISTIC SILK SCARVES FROM TORN POSTERS IMAGES CREATED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI  

Pure Silk Scarves (Crêpe de Chine) were created in a Three Images Series by Roberto Alborghetti for “Lacer/actions” Project (Images of torn posters and urban “signs”) in collaboration with Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy) Sizes: width 63 cms, height 170 cms. The silk scarves are available in a very special limited edition. 

 JANUARY 2012

LIKE ECHOES”…: POEM BY SUSAN KAHN, MUSIC BY MIKE STRICKLAND AND ARTWORK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

“Empty Moon” poem by Susan Kahn goes with a “Lacer/actions” artwork   (“Voices and Echoes From The Cities”, 2011, Canvas+ mixed media, 70×50).  Inspiring words from the world meet an image of torn publicity posters and urban signs with a capturing soundtrack, “Flying”, by talented composer, pianist and performer Mike Strickland. Welcome to a sensorial experience and to an emotional message-massage. Like echoes…like Lacer/actions.

 JANUARY 2012

STEPPIN’ ON “LACER/ACTIONS” : A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE TO SEE A CANVAS / A VIDEOCLIP  

A Roberto Alborghetti artwork as never has been seen before… The videoclip shows a “Lacer/actions” piece out-of-view. It’s an image caught under a different perspective. Roberto Alborghetti brings his eyes – and camera eye – inside one of his pictures of torn posters and urban signs. It’s a different way to watch “And a big fire storm poured on earth…” (Canvas, 93×62, 2010). Capturing soundtrack: it’s Kyrie (live version) composed by Lorenzo Perosi.

 DECEMBER 2011

SEASON’S GREETINGS IN AN “HAIGA”  

Dark night / Snowflakes and frost / Before the New Day… This Season’s Greetings card fuses, in an “Haiga”, words (“Haiku”) and visual art. The image (lithograph, 50×70) is part of Lacer/actions” collection, concerning my research about torn posters and urban signs.

 DECEMBER 2011

“REVOLUTIONARY CHOPIN”: TALENTED PIANIST SOFIYA URYVAYEVA + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART

Talented pianist SOFIYA URYVAYEVA plays “CHOPIN REVOLUTIONARY ETUDE” going with ten Lacer/actions artworks. An emotional experience of music, talent and Images of Torn (publi)City…

DECEMBER 2011

MODA E TENDENZE” REVIEW WRITES ABOUT SILK SCARVES CREATED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI    

MODA e TENDENZE” (“Fashion and Trends”) review in December 2011 issue pays attention to Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer /actions” project, focusing on silk scarves made with images of torn posters torn and urban signs. “Fashion and Trends” writes: ” The torn, dirty and worn paper of ripped posters sticked on the walls of our cities became a fashion accessory…”

NOVEMBER 2011

POETIC VERSES BY JOSHUA SELLERS + ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ‘S TORN POSTERS IMAGE   

Joshua Sellers words fused in four pieces (Haiga Series) created by Roberto Alborghetti for his “Lacer/actions” project.  The images series was another good result of Roberto Alborghetti collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA).

NOVEMBER 2011

L’ECO DI BERGAMO NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART  

We know: you aren’t dedicated two pages in a newspaper every day… Especially when they refer to art and culture. However, this happened to Roberto Alborghetti… L’Eco di Bergamo – the most popular local newspaper in Italy – wrote about “Lacer/actions” artworks dedicating two full pages. The article was  signed by Diego Colombo, who interviewed Roberto Alborghetti reporting  and describing his art.

NOVEMBER 2011

HAIGA+LACER/ACTIONS: HAIKU AND VISUAL ART IN A NEW PROJECT CREATED BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI AND JOSHUA SELLERS   

This is a new collaboration between Joshua Sellers (Arkansas, Usa) and Roberto Alborghetti (Italy) after the “Linger” videoclip. They presented an unpublished series of four images in which Joshua Sellers’s Haiga met Roberto Alborghetti art.

NOVEMBER 2011

LIFE UNLOCKED”: ART CLIP WITH SRINI PILLAY’S WORDS AND ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ARTWORKS  

A SRINI PILLAY thought – from his book “LIFE UNLOCKED” – and two ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ Lacer/actions artworks. They are all mixed up in a clip, posted at YouTube…

Thirtytwo seconds for a relaxing break, inspired by Dr. Pillay, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, executive coach, “The Huffington Post” columnist and author (“Life Unlocked”; “Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of the Great Leaders”.

OCTOBER 2011

BULWARK DESIGN” FOR “LACER/ACTIONS” WORKS ON SHOW IN LONDON AT “PARALLAX AF  

The three “Lacer/actions” artworks on show in London at Parallax AF (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) were presented to visitors in a dimension that is not visible through the pictures posted on the web. In fact, only a live view enables the eyes to detect a particular feature. That is, some type material “elements” – whose transparency is absolute – which have been deposited in some areas of the image on canvas. It’s the result of the positive collaboration and experimentation carried out between Roberto Alborghetti and Bulwark Design (Modena, Italy)

http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/robertoalborghetti.html

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OCTOBER 2011

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORKS ON SHOW AT “PARALLAX AF” IN LONDON (OCTOBER 14-16, 2011)  

Roberto Alborghetti artworks were on show in London, at Parallax AF” (Wall 12, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) from 14 to 16 October, 2011). The exhibition ‘s curator, he art historian dr. Chris Barlow, selected three works: Nine Eleven, New York 2001, Victims & Martyrs, The Blood Tracks #2”, Canvas, 47×70, 2011; “As fast running water…”,Canvas, 62×42, 2010;  “I don’t like to stand still”, Canvas, 62×42, 2010.

 http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/robertoalborghetti.html

SEPTEMBER 2011

“ART IS A FORM OF HEALING”: DR.SRINI PILLAY WORDS IN A NEW “LACER/ACTIONS” CLIP   

The evocative and deep thoughts expressed by Dr.Srini Pillay (Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain-imaging researcher, speaker, “Huffpo” columnist and award-winning author ) about Roberto Alborghetti art in his article at “The Huffington Post”, suggested to create a short videoclip. Thirty seconds of words, music and a work by Roberto Alborghetti : it’s  “In amniotic fluid” (canvas, 57×87,  2010).

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 SEPTEMBER 2011

“9/11,REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART”: DR. SRINI PILLAY WRITES ON “THE HUFFINGTON POST” ABOUT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI WORK  

Dr. Srini Pillay – Harvard psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, clinician and executive coach, author of “The Life Unlocked”, The Science behind the Law of Attraction”, “Your Brain and Business” – wrote an article on “The Huffington Post” about Roberto Alborghetti artworks (canvas and silk scarf) dedicated to 9/11; the canvas will be on show in London at Parallax AF, next October.    

Link to article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html

SEPTEMBER 2011

9/11 NEW YORK 2001: AN IMAGE TO REMEMBER  

In the 10th Anniversary of the WTC massacre in New York, Roberto Alborghetti dedicated one of his “lacer/actions” artworks to the Memory of the 3,000 fallen in the terrorist attack. He made a canvas and a silk scarf.

AUGUST 2011

LINGER”: JOSHUA SELLERS MUSIC MEETS ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ARTWORKS  

Four blue colored images merge into the meditative sound of the Usa composer and producer. A videoclip “for the contemplative eye and ear”. The meditative music created by Joshua Sellers – composer and producer – meets “Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti in a videoclip titled Linger”. Made by Earscapes, the video presents a Joshua Sellers soundtrack accompanied by four images comin’ from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti (pics of torn posters, urban signs and natural cracks).

JULY 2011

JAP JAP MUSIC MEETS LACER/ACTIONS ARTWORKS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti meet Jap Jap music in a videoclip titled “The Ever Expanding Light”. Made at Animoto, the video shows nine images from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti about ripped advertisings. The soundtrack is a preview of the new Jap Jap soon to be released album.

  OCTOBER 2010

300 STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT LACER/ACTIONS ARTWORKS  

The based in Siena “IL CITTADINO” magazine dedicated an article to the conference leaded by Roberto Alborghetti with 300 students from all over Italy. Alborghetti spoke about his LACER/ACTIONS project and introduced videoclips made with his pics of torn advertisings.

SEPTEMBER 2010

LACER/ACTIONS ARTWORKS FOR “STOP OIL SPILL” PETITION  

A videoclip based on Roberto Alborgetti ‘s artworks as a strong message about what happened in Gulf of Mexico. Eleven images – selected from Roberto Alborghetti pictures of torn publicity posters – met the sound of Pure Dream Ladder in a 33 seconds clip name “S.O.S : Stop Oil Spill”.

JULY 2010

30 THOUSAND PEOPLE VISITED ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI EXHIBITION

Great success for the three days exhibition at Oriocenter, Milano Bergamo Airport, dedicated to the incredible research about ripped ads (“The Four Elements”). Press and media that told about Alborghetti ‘s “ingenious way to read images, mixin’ up styles, colors, explicit or subliminal messages”.  Thirty thousand people visited the show.

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JULY 2010

LACER/ACTIONS SHOW AT ORIOCENTER, JULY 16 – 18, 2010

Thirty “laceR/Actions” of Roberto Alborghetti will be shown from 16 to 18 of July 2010 on a special event at Oriocenter (Milano Bergamo Orio Airport). Visitors will have the way to admire and to meet the incredible research leaded by Roberto Alborghetti through out the incredible world of torn publicity posters, urban signs and natural cracks.

 MAY 2010

LACER/ACTIONS WORKS GO WITH JONTEKNIK MUSIC  

Time” is the new videoclip created with Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions. Made at Animoto, the video shows pictures from the huge collection gathered by Roberto Alborghetti.  

The soundtrack is “Time” by Jonteknik (Jon Russell), Brighton (UK) based musician and composer (the track is part of his “Sounds from the electronic garden” album. 

APRIL 2010

LACER/ACTIONS: A TEST ABOUT SENSORIAL PERCEPTION

LaceR/Actions works by Roberto Alborghetti will be part of an experience about sensorial and emotional perception. D.A.Spachtholz Studio propose a kinesiologic test which will be done subjecting the muscles under a light pressure. The level of muscular tension will cause the effects and the final results. This test will be done watching and processing some artworks created by Roberto Alborghetti for his Lacer/actions” Project.

 MARCH 2010

“SKY”: A NEW VIDEO BY JAP JAP MUSIC AND LACER/ACTIONS

Sky” is a new videoclip created by Roberto Alborghetti. Made at Animoto, the video shows ten images from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti about ripped ads. The soundtrack (“Winds of change”) was produced and performed by Jap Jap, Amsterdam based musician and composer. Jap Jap (Jasper Boer): www.japjap.net

MARCH 2010

LACER/ACTIONS: A PAGE ON A MONTHLY ITALIAN MAG  

LaceR/Actions” has got a full page on Okay! , an Italian monthly magazine that reaches students, teachers and educators. Roberto Alborghetti artworks are so appreciated in workshops and meetings for schools and young people interested in street and modern art. The page presents the logo of “LaceR/Actions” with nine pictures chosen from Roberto Alborghetti ‘s huge collection.

 MARCH 2010

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ART MEETS SWEET P MUSIC  

Ten Roberto Alborghetti works are now part of a new 30 seconds videoclip. The soundtrack is produced and performed by soul and R’n B artist Sweet P The Entertainer, who was so impressed by the artworks of Roberto Alborghetti.

Sweet P is workin’ on his new album. He lives in L.A.

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SEPTEMBER 2009

“LACER/ACTIONS” PORTFOLIO: PICS OF TORN (PUBLI)CITY

Roberto Alborghetti album-portfolio about his “Lacer/actions” Project is out.  The booklet has received a good response. In the introduction, Roberto Alborghetti tells about his project and how his idea has been developed. 

MAY 2009

“LACER/ACTIONS AS POP ART AVANT-GARDE”, SAYS ONE OF THE MOST ITALIAN FAMOUS REVIEWERS…

This is the link to a review about my LACER/ACTIONS artworks wrote by a famous Italian Art reviewer, Lino Lazzari, journalist, writer, one of the historic leaders of art communication in Italy, author of essays and studies, including the monumental books about Accademia Carrara (Italy).

READ THE REVIEW:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/they-are-laceractions/

 JANUARY 2009

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI ON ARTSLANT INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

Roberto Alborghetti opens his own page at ArtSlant, the most important international network for contemporary art:

http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/134694-roberto-alborghetti