“DREAMING SIENA”: THE BEAUTY OF THE CITY THROUGH A 3D VIDEO MAPPING EXHIBITION PROJECTED ON THE FACADES OF THE CATHEDRAL

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If you’re lucky enough to be in Siena this Summer then you have an opportunity to discover the city like never before. This after dark, open air experience is a visual journey through time that sees the history, beauty, myths and emotions of this unique city displayed on a unique big-screen … the Cathedral!

When the sun goes down, the lights come up and a process known as ‘video mapping’ will see 3D images projected onto the stunning – and enormous – facade of Siena Cathedral (the Duomo) as monuments, historical events and amazing spectacles will be bought back to life in this dazzling presentation.

So, follow  Divina Bellezza – Dreaming Siena and start to experience what you will fully enjoy every evening at 9.30 pm (until the 30th of September). After a tasting of traditional Siennese products you will be catapulted in the history, traditions and beauty of Siena through a 3D video mapping exhibition projected on the facades of the Cathedral.

SIENA DUOMO pavimento

Dal 4 luglio al 30 settembre, ogni sera, il triplice imponente schermo architettonico del Duomo Nuovo si animerà attraverso un nuovo spettacolo culturale ed immersivo, di videomapping in 3D: un viaggio nella storia, un percorso attraverso l’alto senso civico che ha reso la città una delle più rappresentative d’Europa.

 

Il pubblico, seduto in platea e dotato di un dispositivo audio 3D in cuffia multilingua, sarà testimone della Divina Bellezza grazie ai 400.000 ansi lumen di potenza e una risoluzione di 7.000 pixel di alta tecnologia. Protagonisti dello spettacolo sono i senesi che hanno contribuito alla realizzazione di un paradigma che si fonda sul buon governo e i valori dell’etica. Una corda-strumento e una corda-ideale uniscono i cittadini invitandoli alla Con-cordia, all’unione dei cuori. Dalla Concordia politica scaturiscono gli effetti benefici sul governo della città che si riflettono sulle grandi opere. La corda lega metaforicamente la Cattedrale, simbolo del sentimento devozionale, al fulcro del Palazzo Pubblico, la sala dei Nove dipinta da Ambrogio Lorenzetti con le sue allegorie, “political ideas”.

Le danzatrici degli Effetti del Buon Governo di Ambrogio Lorenzetti si trasformano in moderne ballerine. I personaggi del passato continuano a parlare nel presente. La musica e la voce “senese”accompagnano le immagini del tempo che scorre scandito da orologi e campane in un abbraccio al pubblico seduto in platea all’interno Duomo Nuovo.

La Divina Bellezza è uno spettacolo promosso dall’Opera della Metropolitana di Siena e dal Comune di Siena, prodotto da Civita-Opera e realizzato da Unità C1 in collaborazione con Moviement HD.

Informazioni

Tutti i giorni dal 4 luglio al 30 settembre 2016 ad eccezione della domenica e del periodo dal 13 al 16 agosto.

Una rappresentazione al giorno alle ore 21:30, con degustazione di prodotti tipici a partire dalle ore 21:00

 Biglietti

€ 15,00 intero

€ 12,00 ridotto: residenti nel comune di Siena

Gratuito: bambini fino a 6 anni, portatori di handicap e un accompagnatore

€ 27,00 combinato con Opa si Pass all inclusive ticket

I biglietti potranno essere acquistati presso la biglietteria del Complesso monumentale del Duomo di Siena, i punti vendita Ticketone, oppure contattando il servizio prenotazioni 0577 286300;opasiena@operalaboratori.com; www.divinabellezza.it

 

Servizio per ipo-udenti

Il servizio fa parte del progetto dedicato all’accessibilità “Arte per tutti” e in occasione di Divina Bellezza, grazie alla collaborazione di Orpheo, sarà possibile l’utilizzo di un cavo a Induzione che, limitando i rumori esterni, permette ai visitatori ipo-udenti di beneficiare di una migliore qualità del suono, evitando la sovrapposizione delle cuffie all’apparecchio acustico.

 

 

“THE GHOST BUS” GOES TO TUSCANY (AND ON BACH…) FOR THE ITALIAN PREMIERE: THE OFFICIAL TRAILER

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This is the trailer about the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus”  by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, Bartons PLC, ACT GROUP. After the successful events of March 2015 in Nottingham ( UK ), the short film premiere will take place on October 24-25 in Tuscany, on Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, in collaboration with OSA Onlus and the Municipality of Piancastagnaio ( Siena ). A party from UK, promoted by ACT Group, Marysia Zipser and Corymbus Tour Operator will join the events. For the occasion, Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden will present a new project for art, fashion and design, with a great creation of haute couture inspired by “The Ghost Bus” short film. “Can you believe that this art is from an old bus ?”. Soundtrack: J.S. Bach, from Toccata in D minor ( J.Brown ). “The road never ends…”.

“The Ghost Bus” (L’Autobus Fantasma) di ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, BARTONS PLC, ACT GROUP. Dopo gli eventi speciali del Marzo 2015 a Nottingham (Regno Unito), ecco in Italia la “prima” nazionale del cortometraggio, il 24-25 ottobre, Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, in collaborazione con OSA Onlus e Comune di Piancastagnaio (Siena). Previsti eventi speciali. “Ci credi che quest’arte è su un vecchio auto bus?” Soundtrack: J.S. Bach, from Toccata in D minore (J.Brown). “La strada non ha mai fine…”.

 

THE GHOST BUS Toscana - Copia - Copia

 

GOIN’ POP… 30 SECONDS OF “LACER/ACTIONS” WORKS / THE CLIP

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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. 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 decomposed posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this clip showing some of the 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“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) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Place in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy). His new project “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations) is inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts (1563-1631). “Words from the Past, Images from the Future, an Experience for Today”.        

YELLOW WANDERING ELEMENTS IN ROME… (BUT IT’S A DETAIL OF DECOMPOSED OUTDOOR ADS)

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT - ROME, AUGUST 27, 2013

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS PROJECT – ROME, AUGUST 27, 2013

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LaceR/Actions work by Roberto Alborghetti

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Realistic and not manipulated image from

torn and decomposed publicity posters

Rome, August 27, 2013

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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. 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 decomposed posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this post  showing one of the 40.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“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) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Place in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy). His new project “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations) is inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts (1563-1631). “Words from the Past, Images from the Future, an Experience for Today”.        

ABSTRACT SKY OF ROME… BUT IT’S ONLY A REALISTIC IMAGE OF WORN-OUT OUTDOOR ADS…

ABSTRACT SKY OF ROME © Roberto Alborghetti LaceR/Actions - August 27, 2013

ABSTRACT SKY OF ROME © Roberto Alborghetti LaceR/Actions – August 27, 2013

 

LaceR/Actions work by Roberto Alborghetti

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Realistic and not manipulated image from

torn and decomposed publicity posters

Rome, August 27, 2013

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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. Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and decomposed posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this post showing one the 40.000 pics captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“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) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Place in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy).

His new project, “Contemplations and Lacer/actions”, was inspired by Thomas From Bergamo Scripts (1563-1631). “Words from the Past, Images from the Future and an Experience for Today”.        

 

 

 

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

THE EXEGESIS ( ἐξήγησις) OF RED / IMAGES OF TORN AND DECOMPOSED OUTDOOR ADVERTISINGS

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LaceR/Actions works by Roberto Alborghetti

Realistic and not manipulated images

2012

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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.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and decomposed posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this images series with some of the 40.000 pics captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“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) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.

A surprise public exhibition, for one night only (“Lacer/actions Show”) took place on July 14, 2013, for a special event with Historical Places in a beautiful and ancient square (Palace of Countess, Ambivere, Bergamo, Milan area, Italy).

His forthcoming project, “Contemplations and Lacer/actions”, was inspired by Thomas of Olera (or Bergamo) Scripts (1563-1631). “Words from the Past, Images from the Future and an Experience for Today”.        

GREAT EXHIBITION IN SIENA (ITALY): DISCOVERING THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF STEVE MC CURRY THROUGH 200 PHOTOS

 Siena Mostra Steve MC Curry 2013 (2)

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 Siena Mostra Steve MC Curry 2013 (3)

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PRESS OFFICE, CIVITA, OPERA LABORATORI, SIENA (ITALY) 

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The exhibition “Steve McCurry. Viaggio intorno all’Uomo” ( Siena, Santa Maria della Scala, till November 3, 2013) displays over 200 photos, an anthology of McCurry’s entire production, with many of his most famous images, from the portrait of the Afghan girl with green eyes, and the story behind it, to shots never seen before, a National Geographic documentary

projected in a dedicated area, and material collected around the world by McCurry himself.  Featuring alongside his best-known iconic photographs, taken during his extraordinary 30-year long career as a photographer and reporter, there will also be his most recent work, produced since 2010, together with some new images that have never before been on display, which make up almost 50% of the photos in the exhibition.

The project The last roll with images taken using the last Kodak film, his recent trips to Cuba, Thailand and Myanmar, the spectacular series of images dedicated to Buddhism, a selection of photographs taken in his recent and numerous stays in Italy, in Venice, Sicily, Rome and L’Aquila.  We will be given a first glimpse of the images recently shot in Tanzania as part of Lavazza’s sustainability project Tierra!  This is one more chapter in a long series which started in 2002 in Peru, Colombia, Honduras, India and Brazil.  All visitors will receive a free audioguide in which Steve McCurry personally tells us about his photographs and through them his human and professional development. An absolute novelty that will surprise even those well acquainted with McCurry’s work, including anecdotes, accounts, points of view, contexts and exciting stories.

The photos are printed in various formats, the majority being of large dimensions. Epson produced a “behind the scenes” video explaining how the delicate task of colour printing on photo paper is carried out.   The exhibition is curated by Peter Bottazzi, who also designed the layout, and Biba Giacchetti.  The spectacular layout was specially designed for the space (1,000 square metres) within the beautiful Sottoporticato of Palazzo Ducale.  The exhibition is produced and organized by the Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, Comune di Genova and Civita. A new appointment, which continues the exhibition that Civita and SudEst57 began in 2009 in Milan, which went on to Perugia and Rome, attracting a total of 300,000 visitors.

Infos and Bookings: Tel. +39 577 286300

e-mail : stevemccurrysiena@operalaboratori.com

Website: www.stevemccurrysiena.it

SIENA (ITALY) / : VISITING “THE GATE OF HEAVEN” AND CARAVAGGIO MASTERPIECE: ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, “THE DIVINE BEAUTY”

Caravaggio, San Giovanni Battista, St. John The Baptist

Photos: Courtesy of Opera Duomo, Siena – Press Office

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Guest Writer: Carmelina Rotundo

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 A gently sloping green landscape where olive trees enrich the sscenery, isolated hamlets: in the tangle of branches the buds and flowers in soft clusters along with leavesare reawakening. Here and there, the cypresses, some young, others ancient; the bare geometric vines delineate spaces to then leave room for a forest; the shining yellow; I love this interplay of intertwining branches;more cypress trees in corona, others solitary in the foreground next to glimpses of churches.
How the vineyards climb, and even more bunches of small yellow small flowers glow. Now the landscape is dotted with buildings, factories, now crowded with houses, steeples; the big glass building of Montepaschi Siena stands out.
It is beautiful, this letting go into the weight of a Firenze-Siena journey, united towards the goal: Caravaggio, the painter of the brush of light, that artist that remained in my vision, in my heart when, in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, unforgettable, the conversion of Saint Paul appeared to me: a moment of light in time and space; the conversion had so touched Caravaggio.
I continue the climb, up, up to the “Gate of Heaven” where one gaze embraces little Siena from the North, South, East and West, and the tiles as they let themselves be caressed by the Sun; each ray today made luminous the Torre del Mangia; the only one so close to heaven, celestial blue now, the gaze now flies across rooftops of Siena Convent of San Domenico, the Apuan Alps. I cannot be still and I move on the terraces and into the attics that conserve old machines, tools that, used by the hands of skilled stonemasons, managed to obtain miracles from matter.
The gaze returns to inside the Cathedral; the stained glass windows arelight and color;  the arches, marble columns are elegance; statues I now face, at the same height, and from the rooftops, with the gaze and heart that flies from roofs, in the sky we descend into the cave of the heart of the Duomo di Siena, in the crypt where, in silence and in meditation, he appears to me, by Caravaggio: St. John the Baptist.
That brush of light once again sculpts the form: idea-imagination-creation of a work of art that, launched into time, has been enriched by the looks of the citizens of the world who have admired it, always discovering something new and old, strong and sweet, and that light that was caressing therooftops of Siena. Caravaggio imprisoned and “carved” it into his St. John the Baptist.

http://www.operaduomo.siena.it/

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SIENA CATHEDRAL, APRIL17-AUGUST 18, 2013 

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi, Milano 1571 – Porto Ercole 1610)

San Giovanni Battista, 1602-1603,olio su tela, cm 129 x 95

Roma, Pinacoteca Capitolina.

 

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Le immagini sono state fornite  dagli Organizzatori dell’evento, ad esclusivo utilizzo collegato alle esigenze di Ufficio Stampa dell’iniziativa medesima. La possibilità di utilizzare questa immagine è riservata unicamente al fine di corredare con la stessa servizi, articoli, segnalazioni inerenti la mostra cui si riferiscono. Qualunque diverso utilizzo è perseguibile ai sensi di Legge ad iniziativa di ogni avente diritto.

 

 

“WALKING IN A BIG WORLD” / A RANDOM IMAGE FROM OUTSIDE RIPPED ADVERTISINGS / LACER/ACTIONS POSTCARDS #26

 ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI - 2012 - LACER7ACTIONS POSTCARD #26

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“THAT LITTLE BROTHER WHO IS WALKING IN A BIG WORLD…”

TITLE FROM A WRITING BY P.RODOLFO SALTARIN

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LaceR/Actions work by Roberto Alborghetti

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From the forthcoming

“Contemplatives of the Streets”

Project

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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.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn and decomposed publicity posters give new life to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this random picture, selected among the 40.000 ones captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

The most recent Roberto Alborghetti Show (“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) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013.