Sunday, February 06, 2011

Bologna: People and Art - Arte Fiera weekend

Basilica di Santo Stefano – Shozo Shimamoto.  For the first time in Bologna the works of Shozo Shimamoto are exhibited in the impressive Basilica di Santo Stefano, until February 17th.

Basilica di Santo Stefano – Shozo Shimamoto.  The explosion of color by Shozo Shimamoto, co-founder with JiroYoshihara of the Gutai, a group of Concrete Art, which has proposed the banning of the brush, betraying centuries of artistic tradition. 
In the Basilica of Santo Stefano, which gives its name to one of the most beautiful squares of the city, there are exhibited sculptures and large paintings realized during the latest performance Shozo Shimamoto made in Italy in 2007 and 2008.

Basilica di Santo Stefano – Shozo Shimamoto.  The Gutai movement investigates the relationship between the spirit and the material, the meeting/collision of Zen philosophy and western culture.  It represents the synthesis between the reclamation of values, which have been forgotten, destroyed and wiped out by devastating events such as the Second World War and the contamination of Japanese culture by external forces; primarily those of America.   Painting, calligraphy, sculpture (but above all performance), events, theatrical works improvisation (always with a strong emphasis on audience participation) are the stylistic code of this movement, which has always sought to challenge the concept of traditional art. 

Basilica di Santo Stefano – Shozo Shimamoto.   The curator of the Shozo Shimamoto exhibition, Achille Bonito Oliva.

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