“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…”.

 

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IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD VISITING CREATIVE CORNERS AND THE IMPRESSIVE VINTAGE BUSES AND CARS AT BARTONS PLC INTERNATIONAL VENUE

 

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I spent a really nice day in the “Land of Robin Hood”, meeting wonderful people, local artists and discovering the impressive Bartons International venue. Fellow blogger Marysia Zipser, Founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) in Beeston, Nottingham, planned for me an intensive program.  I knew Marysia through LinkedIn network. Her  ACT  group is a voluntary community organisation promoting Art-Culture-Tourism in Beeston and surrounds inwards and outwards worldwide http://www.a-c-tgroup.com/; Marysia is an International Events Manager and Arts/Heritage Tourism promoter who lives at Beeston Rylands.

During my visit, I met Nottingham’s Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, at Chilwell’s Creative Corner together with Marysia Zipser, artist Pam Miller, author and  couch Shakti Shira Bassi (Heart leadership, Founder of Yoga & Shakti), David Humphreys (proprietor of “Created By Hand”, quality gifts by talented crafyters) and Mish Mash gallery, another  creative space for contemporary art, ceramics, retro and vintage pieces (you may buy there the original Robin Hood mugs..).

At Chilwell’s Creative Corner I had the way to tell my personal experience as author.  I talked about my new books “Francesco” and “Quando  il giorno era una freccia” (When the day was an arrow), which investigates the school years and the cultural background of Pope Francis. I’ve presented presented “Lacer/actions” art project about my research on torn and decomposed publicity posters and natural cracks, scratches and urban and industrial tokens.   

My visit continued to the spectacular Bartons Plc international venue ( Barton House, 61 High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham) and home to vintage buses and cars owned and managed by Simon Barton. In the garage buildings – where the “Carnival of Monsters”  contemporary art festival was being prepared, opening this Saturday night 11th October (until 25th) to co-incide with Beeston’s Oxjam music festival – I saw very interesting vintage buses and cars. Simon kindly told me the story about one of the oldest buses displayed there: the so called “Ghost Bus”. I was really fascinated by this authentic piece of story of the public transport in the land of Robin Hood… Some ideas and projects surely will come for my “Lacer/actions” artworks. But this is a next story…      

 

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Nottingham’s Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, and Italy’s Roberto Alborghetti, celebrated journalist, author and visual artist, came together this Tuesday to promote Beeston and Chilwell. They met at Chilwell’s Creative Corner together with Marysia Zipser, Founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism), Beeston, Nottingham.  ACT is a voluntary community organisation promoting Art-Culture-Tourism in Beeston and surrounds inwards and outwards worldwide http://www.a-c-tgroup.com/   Marysia is an International Events Manager and Arts/Heritage Tourism promoter who lives at Beeston Rylands.

Roberto was visiting Chilwell High Road for half a day to promote new book “Quando il giorno era una freccia” (When the day was an arrow), which investigates the school years and the cultural background of Pope Francis.  He works very closely in Education with schools and students throughout Italy on art & cultural interdisciplinary projects.  Roberto is ACT Group Int’l member and promotes Beeston and ACT’s educational mission worldwide.

Chilwell Creative Corner comprises Mish Mash Gallery, Fusions Cafe and meeting place, and shops Created by Hand and Attik. They then went over the road to Bartons plc international venue and home to vintage buses and cars owned and managed by Simon Barton.  This weekend’s Carnival of Monsters contemporary art festival was being prepared, opening this Saturday night 11th October (until 25th) to co-incide with Beeston’s Oxjam music festival.

THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI DESIGNED IN 1502 THE STUNNING HARBOUR (PORTO CANALE) IN CESENATICO (ITALY)

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Cesenatico is an historical resort city on the Riviera Adriatica (Forlì-Cesena Country, Italy). For its relaxing and elegant atmosphere it is called the “living room of Adriatic Sea”.  Here, the old fish market, still active, is within walking distance from the modern wholesale market. And the old sailing ships stand side by side with modern fishing boats. You may find them on the beautiful and ancient harbour designed by the genius of the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

The so called Porto Canale ( Port Channel) is the main axis of the old town. On the docks still takes place social life and it’s one of the visitors favorite sites. The Port, however, is also the main historical monument of the city, which follows the lines drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502 when working for Cesare Borgia, one of the sons of Pope Alexander VI. Along the harbor, you may visit the beautiful Maritime Museum and the house belonged to Marino Moretti (one of the greatest Italian poets).

Along the Channel, there is a floating section of the Museum. Here incredible under sails old boats are on permanent show. Every boat exhibits different designs. It’s a spectacular scenary, to be seen also during the night time. In Piazza Pisacane you admire the monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi (who stayed in Cesenatico, with his wife Anita). In the large square Ciceruacchio there ‘re still on the ground the traces of an ancient tower that once guarded the port from the pirates attacks. Nearer the sea, close to the lighthouse, the massive doors now are defending the town from seastorms: it’s a modern technology project reproduced on the example of Leonardo ‘s intuitions.

The picturesque Piazzetta delle Conserve, located in the heart of the city, owes its name to the buildings excavated in the ground where was placed the fish mashed up with snow and ice. That it was an intelligent solution to preserve fish for a long time, before the invention of refrigerators.

 

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ART NOUVEAU “LIBERTY” STYLE IN THE NEW “GUIDE TO THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ITALY”: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRATTORIE, CAFE’ AND GRAPPA STORES

The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Association, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.

This year the Guide takes us on a tour of the over seventy historical establishments of Italy which bear witness to the Italian Art Nouveau “Liberty” style.

Seven new establishments now enhance this thirty-seventh edition, almost half of which has been rewritten and expanded. For the first time we also have a place in the open air: the famous “Piazzetta” of the seaside village of Portofino, which – like a grand hotel, café or restaurant by the sea – has been a salon of culture and high society since the early twentieth century.

Devoted to those who enjoy cultural tourism, the Guide presents the two hundred and forty oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, and grappa stores, which have made the history of Italy in terms of their illustrious patrons and the events they have hosted. An exclusive journey to discover and enjoy the finest establishments, which maintain and hand down the delights of tradition, with architecture, memorabilia, furnishings and memories of great artistic, cultural and civic value.

With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is 280 pages long. Each page of the Guide is devoted to a single establishment.

Copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association using the form “Contact Us” at this web site:

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THE MAGICAL WOOD SCULPTURES CREATED BY PIERO MARCHESINI… SCENES AND CHARACTERS FROM MITHOLOGY, NATURE AND FAIRY TALES

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In recent weeks I had the pleasure of visiting an exhibition at the medieval Baptistery in Lenno on Lake Como. Piero Marchesini – a distinguished gentleman and artist – exhibited his beautiful art pieces. Marchesini carves wood, carrying out really lovely works. He lives in Lipomo, Como City, and sculpture is his passion. He has already showed his creations around the world raising lot of attention. Marchesini loves to work on subjects recalling mythology, nature, characters from fairy tales and legends and biblical scenes.

He carves wood – walnut, lime, ash, hornbeam, boxwood, maple, olive, cherry-wood and so on – with great mastery and skill and he is able to create works of singular fascination and charm. More than words, count the pictures, just from the exhibition of Lenno. His next show is planned in Menaggio, on Lake Como, from 30 July to 5 August, 2013 at the Art Gallery (Garibaldi square) overlooking the lake. It’s another opportunity to see its stunning creations.

FUERTEVENTURA (SPAIN) / SEASCAPE STORIES FROM CRACKS OF AN “ART INSTALLATION” (BUT IT’S A WASTE CONTAINER…)

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I’ve already written some posts about Fuerteventura, a beautiful and wild part of the Canary Islands where I found fascinating beaches, dunes, hills, towns and a blue, limpid sea… but for me there was another Fuerteventura: one I happened on through my art research.

I usually capture and document my “Lacer/actions” – images of torn and decomposed posters or cracks – wherever I travel. However, something I found in Morro Jable town (a nice city of “Peninsula de Jandia”, in the South) captivated my attention.

In Plaza don Carlos, near Riu Hotel, there stood a platform of bins to separate waste collection. The outside of a blue container designated for paper showed strange cracks with shapes and signs. Most compelling, though, were the blue-based scenes created from varied layers of paper residual, crevices, rusts, dusts, sand, cuts. I worked a lot with my cameras around the big blue trash container and I imagine passers-by were asking themselves if I had some problems.

I’m pleased to present, in two parts, a small selection of those abstract (and conceptual) images I took around the blue container.  I see the images as unique expression revealing some of the seascape stories of Fuerteventura.

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SIGNS OF A CITY / SOME INDECIPHERABLE CODES FROM AMSTERDAM WALLS…#1

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I think Amsterdam city (The Netherlands) reveals itself also through random images of ripped and decomposed publicity poster we may see along the streets and canals. During my last  visit I gathered interesting and capturing images which are really part of colors, shapes and moods of the so called “Venice of Northern Europe”. Rugs, papers, glue, dust, spray colors residuals and other materials mixed with torn posters gave origin to some fascinating and even disquieting scenes, where light and dark seem to create an obscure dimension or some indecipherable codes… It’s just the world of Lacer/actions…

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(HE)ART PLACES / BILBAO (BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN): THE SPECTACULAR GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM (AND AN UNFORGETTABLE CY TWOMBLY’S EXHIBITION)

In Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) I visited the incredible Guggenheim Museum, where I saw stunning art installations and masterpieces (unfortunately, the Jeff Koon’s Puppy was packed up for restoration). It’s all the whole building to fascinate in its unmistakable style. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has become the cultural and tourism driving force of the Basque Country. This spectacular building – designed by Frank O. Gehry, 1997 – is covered in titanium panels and has its own important collection, as well as sharing the largest private modern and contemporary art collection in the world with New York and Venice.

I saw there (January 2009) an unforgettable exhibition: the tribute to american artist Cy Twombly, who died in Rome in 2011. Organized in the occasion of the 80 years of the artist, the Cy Twombly exhibition featured focused groups of related paintings, drawings and sculpture, multipark works, and works in series, highlighting the artist’s use of themes of classical art. The Guggenheim Bilbao magazine dedicated its cover to Cy Twombly’s masterpiece “Wilder Shores of Love” (1985).

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, at that time, had just acquired the series “Nine Discourses on Commodus” (1963), the work around which the exhibition was designed. It consisted in nine distinct canvases and was the first of the artist’s series to be conceived as a unified whole. That beautiful and unforgettable exhibition featured Twombly’s work in series, including the earlier five-canvases “Ferragosto” (1961) which can be viewed as individual paintings. Other important series included in the exhibition were “Hero and Leandro” (1984) and “Quattro Stagioni” (1993-94).

Cy Twombly ‘s artworks offered a closer look at the spirit of a marvelous artist who “not only irradiates a fascinating personal magic, but has also taken us to the most intricate frontiers of contemporary painting”. I had the permission – as a reporter – to take a few pictures, that I have the pleasure to share in the photo-gallery.

Always in Bilbao I visited the Fine Arts Museum which is one of the best in Spain and has a complete and priceless art gallery with three collections: old art (El Greco, Zurbarán, Goya or Van Dyck), contemporary art (Gauguin, Bacon or Tàpies) and Basque art (Regoyos, Zuloaga or Iturrino).

The Basque Museum includes Basque prehistory and archaeology; the Diocesan Museum of Religious Art and the Easter Pasos Museum hold religious works connected with Bizkaia. Other museums in Bilbao are the Maritime Museum and the Bullfighting Museum. The Rekalde exhibition hall holds top class contemporary art exhibitions. There are also about twenty other galleries with permanent  plastic art exhibitions.

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

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

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

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

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SIGNS OF A CITY : AN UNUSUAL (AND PUBLIC) “ART INSTALLATION” IN THE VERY HEART OF AMSTERDAM…

I usually catch my “Lacer/actions” – Images Of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Tokens – in the most strange places of the world. But what I recently saw in Amsterdam city centre is really interesting. Near the Royal Palace and Magna Plaza Shopping Center, there was a big iron container in which workers were putting every sort of materials (they were renewing the tram railway). Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

On the big container sides I saw an incredible series of signs, shapes and colors created and originated by weather conditions (rain, sun, humidity, frost…) and by wear (and tear) of time. I show here a very little selection of the images series I took around the big container. I like to repeat that all my “Lacer/actions” works are realistic, natural and not manipulated pictures. So enjoy a natural and unusual “Art installation” in the very heart of Amsterdam City.

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