Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Murano - Fondazione Berengo Art Space - Glass to Glass - Exhibition - Berengo Studio - WonderGlass

Murano - Fondazione Berengo Art Space
Glass to Glass - Exhibition
Berengo Studio - WonderGlass
In  an old furnace, the perfect backdrop for modern glass design, at the Fondazione Berengo Art Space in Murano - until November 21- the exhibition Glass to Glass in which the world of contemporary art and the world of cutting-edge design meet through the medium of glass. As Berengo Studio and WonderGlass come together for this exhibition they affirm their affinities as two leading visionaries in the world of glass through a selection of works conceived by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and designers in collaboration with the glass artisans of Murano.
 Nendo - Melt Chandelier
"A collaboration with Berengo Studio came as a natural fit..we realised that our passion and respect for glass deserved a major effort for Venice and Murano...we wanted to give the sector a new impulse and to showcase the endless possibilities that it has to offer."
Maurizio Mussati
Maurizio Musatti and Christian Musatti

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Alcova 
Alcova is a collection of geometric objects that create intimate landscapes when grouped, the collection was inspired by Giorgio Morandi's paintings. 
"Working with WonderGlass to highlight the outstanding variety 
present in the world of contemporary glass has been an incredible venture...bringing together contemporary artist to work in glass, so joining forces has secured our belief that creative collaboration and community
are essential elements for great art and design to thrive."
Adriano Berengo
Jane Rushton and Adriano Berengo

Krista Kim - Mars Polyhedron 
Inspired by Kyoto and her daily meditation practice, Kim's philosophy of meditative designs bring Zen into the digital age, and into her home.  The glass surface is designed to reflect the healing video art of the Mars House.
photograph courtesy Berengo Studio

 Maria Grazia Rosin - Mollis Lux 
A swarm of translucent, coloured spaceships arrives from outer space and whir playfully above our heads.  Their pulsating bodies are make of shiny, soft, sensual material.  Protruding from their sides and from their belly underneath, their bulbous eyes of glass are held in place by soft eyelids.  X-ray-like traces hint at their internal organs.

Zaha Hadid - Luma
Luma is a sculptural composition of tubular segments elegantly transforming into diamond shaped luminaries which subtly diffuse light with their materiality.  Each individual piece of glass has been hand-blown in Murano and celebrates the unrivaled logic and beauty found within nature. 

Edgardo Osorio - /Not all Chains Deter/
Are all chains binding?  An exaggerated scale initiates an interrogation of form, declaring the chain a site of community. Cast in vivid turquoise glass Osorio forces an audience to revaluate each link as a site of memory and identity, weighed with a symbolism of interconnected resilience, reliance rather than restriction. 

Andrew Huston

Andrea Anastasio - 9 to 5 
The work addresses the conventional way of splitting life into working time and leisure.  Is the utopia of "one whole time" possible?  has the internet and smart working shrunk our daily life into more cruel dimension?  The LED lights harnesses the classic Venetian chandelier into a brutal yet effective overlapping of scenarios.

Andrea Anastasio
Sam Baron - Guirlande 
Two strings of light intersect in the air.  These ornate vines present a striking contemporary reconfiguration of a traditional Venetian chandelier.  Unwound from a single source, light is spread in a horizontal chain across a series of hand-blown flowers and sprouting glass buds which appear to stretch out in a continual process of growth.
Nicola Gausin and Roberto Mavaracchio
Maestri glassblowers
Sebastian Brajkovic - The Mathematician #02 - Star 
In his glass Murano chandelier Brajkovic takes a mathematical approach, exploring elaborate formulae to calculate his compositions which branches emerge from clusters of pendent light to form dramatic matrices which appear to mirror each other in perfectly balanced designs. In Star he embraces a warmer spectrum, a  golden light that emanates with celestial style.

Sebastian Brajkovic

Gwenael Nicholas - (Curiosity) - Memory Shield
Memory Shield is as if it was composed of million of images, like memories captured into each piece of glass and connected with each other in a unique pattern.  The circular shape reflects the shape of the mind and how we perceive infinity in a defined object, as it can expand indefinitely. 

 Studiopluz - Simone Zecubi - Echoes 
Inspired by the origins of the universe, Echoes is a unique piece that creates an immersive visual and sound experience.  The piece is an illuminated sculpture comprised of a series of glass discs evocative of the gravitational waves coming from black holes.    
Simone Zecubi
Raw Edges - Horah
Horah reflects on the theme of light in dialogue with one of the essential aspects of contemporary living: sociability.  Inspired by Horah, the Israeli dance, it explores an ongoing theme of repetition, creating a lighting installation that is imbued with an essential quality in the dance: conviviality.

Maarten Baas - Making Up
Molten glass bulges from the ornate exterior of a series of antique mirrors.  An image which should remain still instead springs to life, animated and liquid spills out into the world, carrying with it its own sense of identity.  A break from repetition and reflection it creates a world of its own.

Nadja Romain

Dan Yeffet - Hollow
Light architecture and glass sculpture, Hollow makes light its object.  It captures light like a buoy captures air and sculpts it like matter.  Hollow embodies a new concept of a floor lamp, unlike traditional light that serves to light other objects, it demands to take centre stage commanding the space it occupies bringing matter into question.

Pamela Berry and Lapo Sagramoso


Lea Anouchinsky

Nendo - Melt  
Inspired by flexibility and the force of gravity, Melt was created through an unique and complex production: molten glass is poured into a square frame, where craftsmen simultaneously even out the surface.  The glass gradually cools and upon reaching a certain pliancy, it is placed into a steel shape where it slowly sinks or stretches to create an arch, allowing the natural drape of the material to reveal its form.












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Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Venice - Fondazione Prada - Stop Painting - An Exhibition By Peter Fischli

exhibition view - Stop Painting - Fondazione Prada -Venezia - Photo - Marco Cappelletti - courtesy Fondazione Prada
"Was the reccuring ghost telling the story of the end of painting a
phantom problem?
and if yes, can phantoms be real?"
Peter Fischli

Ca Corner della Regina - Fondazione Prada - Venice
Stop Painting
An Exhibition by Peter Fischli
Stop Painting is an exhibition conceived by Peter Fischli at the Fondazione Prada in Venice, until November 21. Described by Fischli as "a kaleidoscope of repudiated gestures", the project explores a series of specific ruptures within the history of painting in the last 150 years, intertwined with the emergence of new social factors and cultural values.  It also intends to understand if the current digital revolution can also cause a new crisis of painting or, on the contrary, contribute to the renewal.
Michelangelo Pistoletto - Vetrina - Oggetti in meno - 1965-66

 photograph by Tom Haller - courtesy Fondazione Prada
Fischli identified five radical ruptures caused by technological and social changes that marked the artistic paradigm shifts through rejection and rienvention of painting.  The artist conceived the exhibition divided into 10 sections as a plurality of different narratives told by himself in the first person.  It begins on the ground floor with a new site-specific artwork by Fischli himself which consists of a scaled-down model of the entire project, defined by the artist as
"a sculpture of a painting exhibition". "Stop Painting." 
which brings together more than 110 artworks by over 80 artists, which unfolds on the first floor of the palazzo following not a chronological order, but a personal and idiosyncratic approach.
Peter Fischli


 Peter Fischli - Modellone
- 2021

Josh Smith - Untitled - 2021

"From today, painting is dead."
Paul Delaroche
Section 1 - Delirium of Negation 
 Jean-Frederic Schnyder - Hudel - 1983-2004
Jorg Immendorff - Wo stehst du mit deiner Kunst, Kollege? - 1973 
"popolar fear of evasion of the human subjectivety through the machine"
Diedrich Diederichsen 
Section 2 - Mensch Maschine
Marcel Breuer - Richard Schadewell - "Bauhaus" telephone - 1930

Niki de Saint Phalle - Old Master - non tire - c. 1961
Jean Tinguely - Meta-Matic No. 6 - 1959
Section 3 - Niente da Vedere Niente da Nascondere
Here the works are covered up, put away, veiled, or smashed.  The potential of the - hidden - image is nullified and the possibility of the fetishization of the surface is denied to the viewer, there might be nothing to unveil.
Klara Liden - Untitled - Poster Painting - 2007

David Hammons - Untitled - 2008

Walter De Maria - Silver Portrait of Dorian Gray - 1965

Section 4 - Word Versus Image
The inclusion of textural fragments on the picture plane and the theoretical investigation into the relationship between images and texts are among the constituents 20th-century painting.
John Baldessari - What Is Painting - 1966-68
Gene Beery - Out of Style - 1961
Gene Beery - As Long As There Are Walls There Will Be Painting - 1986

exhibition view - Stop Painting - Fondazione Prada -Venezia - Photo - Marco Cappelletti - courtesy Fondazione Prada
"painting itself lost its context and became an object, ready-made-context-less and world-less."
Boris Groys
Section 5 - When Paintings  Became Things
Jana Euler - Where the Energy Comes From 1 - 2014 

Olivier Mosset - Door - 2002
Section 6 - Spelling Backwards 
The works displayed in - Spelling Backwards - convey the idea that there is no such thing as an - essence of painting. 

Gerhard Richter - Farbtafel - 1966 
Section 7 - Die Hard - Stirb Langsam - Duri a Morire
The paradox of the avant-gardist painting critique lingers in the subtext - Die Hard - Stirb Langsam - Duri a Morire: what happens when the modernist dogma is being challenged by the very same artist that defined it?
Marcel Broodthaers - Dix-neuf petits tableaux en pile - 1973 
Section 8 - Next to Nothing
Next to Nothing deals with the monochrome, the empty canvas and the idea of leaving a mark.

Poster of the exhibition - Robert Rauschenberg: White Paintings - 1951 - 12-27.10.1968
John Armleder - Untitled - 1979-80


Puppies Puppies - Jade Kuriki Olivo - Painting to Pay for My Healthcare  - 2019

"Painting faced a crisis as consumer society colonized materials and forms that had been seen as painting's terrain."
Mark Godfrey
Section 9 - Readymades Belong To Everyone
Andy Warhol BMW Art Car # 4 - 1979 
Marcel Duchamp - Apolinere Enameled - 1916-17 (1965)
exhibition view - Stop Painting - Fondazione Prada -Venezia - Photo - Marco Cappelletti - courtesy Fondazione Prada

Section 10 -  Let's Go and Say No
There is an indissoluble link between the critique of painting and the critique of the culture industry, in particular starting with the protests of workers and students in the late 1960s.
Lucio Fontana - Io sono un santo - 1958
Adrian Piper - Catalysis III - 1970

Boris Lurie - Stenciled NOs - 1969










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