Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lago d’Iseo – Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers


Photographs by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo

 Lago d’Iseo – Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

“Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale. The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.”
Christo
The Project. For sixteen days only, until July 3, on the Lake d’Iseo, north of Brescia, 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of high-density polyethylene cubes, undulate with the movement of the waves as Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Floating Piers rise just above the surface of the water.

  Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo

The Walkaway
Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

A 3-kilometer-long walkway was created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lago d’Iseo. The piers are 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio.


Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo


The Story
Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

In the spring and summer of 2014, Christo and his team scouted the lakes of Northern Italy. Along with Project Director Germano Celant, they found Lago d’Iseo to be the most inspiring location. Since that time they have worked alongside experts from around the world to realize The Floating Piers.

Photograph by Wolfgang Volz – copyright 2016 Christo
 


Christo and Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers

The Floating Piers was first conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude together in 1970. It is Christo’s first large-scale project since Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized The Gates in 2005, and since Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Floating Piers is funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. After the 16-day exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled.

 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Venice: Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain

 
Venice: Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain. The Germiniano Cozzi and His Porcelain exhibition at Ca’ Rezzonico, Museo del Settecento Veneziano, until July 12, is curated by Marcella Ansaldi and Alberto Craievich. The exhibition features over six hundred pieces from no less than four porcelain factories, all of them opened by private initiative, during the eighteenth century in the Venetian Republic. One of these was that of Geminiano Cozzi (1728 – 1798), born in Modena but Venetian by choice. It is to his extraordinary activity as an entrepreneur ante litteram that the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia has dedicated the first ever retrospective, 250 years after the privilege granted to him by the Republic in 1765.
Above. Pago – c. 1770.


 
Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Allegoria di venezia – c. 1775
Piatto – Scene Mitologiche – 1765-1770

Porcelain is perhaps the material that best embodies the spirit and aesthetic of the eighteenth century: glossy and light, it naturally lends itself to the creation of objects characterized by elegant, flowing lines,which for long was a kept secret by Chinese manufacturers, it was re-created in Europe in the second decade of the eighteenth century at the Saxon court of Augustus the Strong and from there gradually spread across the continent, despite desperate attempts to hide the formula. 

 

 Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Allegoria di venezia – c. 1775

Unfolding in a development that is both chronological and thematic, the exhibition shows the evolution of Cozzi’s manufacture and of the types of decoration and various items, highlighting on the one hand one of the most fascinating art-historical events of the eighteenth century, and on the other by presenting an overview of a manufacturing activity of the period that includes items of surprising modernity.


 
Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Parte di Servizio – a Carte da Gioco – c. 1770

 
Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Cioccolatiera – Scena Galante

 
 Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Decoro a Berso

The development of the art of porcelain in the eighteenth century in the Venetian Republic was undertaken by figures who were controversial, stubborn and fascinating. One of these was the Giovanni Vezzi, goldsmith and merchant, who in 1720 started his own production in Venice; another was Nathaniel Friederich Hewelcke, a Saxon merchant who emigrated in 1757 from Meissen because of the closure of the factory during the Seven Years War; he requested and obtained a twenty-year privilege to manufacture “Saxon porcelain of any and all types” in Venice. And aside from the aforementioned Geminiano Cozzi, we might also mention Giovanni Battista Antonibon, who in 1762 started production in Nove (VI) thirty years after obtaining the privilege from the Serenissima’Savi della Mercanzia” for the production of high-quality majolica quality for twenty years without having to pay taxes (1732). 

 
 Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Palma d’Altare – c. 1775

 
Ca Rezzonico – Geminiano Cozzi and His Porcelain
Parte di servizio – con stemma Semitecolo

 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Venice: Seen at the 15th International Architecture Biennale di Venezia

 
Seen at the Arsenale  
Marco Cappai, Ruiyi Chen, Alessandra Segantini, Tobia and Carlo Cappai

 
Seen at the Giardini
Giulio d’Alessio and Axel Vervoordt


Seen at the Arsenale 
Mario Bellini



Seen at the Arsenale 
Aldo Cibic, Tom and Ester Vack


Seen at the Arsenale
William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni


Seen at the Fondazione Cini
Dan Schwartz and Susan Grant Lewin


Seen at the Giandini
Pasquale Leccese


Seen at the Giandini
Roberto De Feo


Seen in Campo Santo Stefano
Lara Aragno and Romeo Gigli


Seen at the Arsenale 
Elisabetta Di Maggio Anita Sieff




Seen at the Arsenale
Alex Scott-Whitby 
 

 Seen in Venice

David Chipperfield




 
Seen at the Arsenale
Philip Rylands 



Seen at Palazzo Loredan
Giovanna Felluga, Samantha Punis, Francesca Gubilei and Luca Berta



Seen at Palazzo Loredan
Simonetta Vespa and Roberta Calarota



 

 
 













 




 






  




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