In recent weeks there have been openings of events, performances and exhibitions by Italian artists in cultural institutes, embassies, museums, art centers and galleries in capitals and major foreign cities. Here is a selection to highlight the work of our compatriots in the artistic and cultural context of foreign realities.
Ezio Gribaudo at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz
Michele Gabriele – MeetFactory in Prague
Andrea Bianconi at the Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston
Davide Rivalta at the Italian Embassy in Dublin
Bruno Munari at the MACA Museum in Manantiales, Uruguay
In the center of Graz, Austria, the Grazer Kunstverein houses the non-profit art space until March a great homage to the exhibition Ezio Gribaudo (Turin, 1929-2022) and offers a comprehensive overview of his work, both as a versatile artist and as a publisher. The exhibition is titled The weight of concrete and draws inspiration from the 1968 book of the same name, which presented his first graphic works such as the logo handles together with an anthology of concrete poems edited by the poet Adriano Spatola. In keeping with his interdisciplinary approach, this exhibition examines his poetics of matter and the complex relationship he developed between image and language. All in a scenography created by the Italian artist David Stucchi.
The exhibition Going our distance by the Italian artist Michael Gabriele (Fondi, 1983) presented at the MeetFactory in Prague until January 28th, his latest work in which he continues his artistic vision with mythical references to reality, with a pre-apocalyptic touch but unfortunately close to the world in which we live. Gabriele's hyperrealistic sculptures and objects address the problems of the contemporary post-digital world and create forms that speak to us from the uncertain reality of the future; Yet at the same time, these works retain the irony and retro pop culture aesthetic of 1980s Hollywood films and props that come from films like… The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jurassic ParkAnd war of stars.
The Barbara Davis Gallery, prestigious address at 4411 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas Invisible dancethe fifteenth solo exhibition of Andrea Bianconi (Arzignano, 1974), organized by the gallery for the Italian artist, the until March 2ndintroduces an irresistible blur: what exists between soul and body? Where do the rational and the irrational agree? When does fiction become reality? The artist playfully examines the core of himself, masterfully mixing carefree creativity with deeply introspective ideas. For Bianconi, the veil becomes an obvious means to explore his fantastic yet profound concepts. The veil promotes understanding and provides insight into what lies beneath. In addition to his arrows, Andrea Bianconi manipulates soft transparency in his drawings, sculptures, and performances.
Until AprilThe Italian Embassy in Dublin is home to a real sculpture park Davide Rivalta (Bologna, 1974) its green space. It's about the exhibition Pastures in Lucan which, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin, presents the Bologna artist's latest works to the Irish public in an exhibition project created in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Office of Public Works of Dublin Castle. Around ten works are on display in two different locations in the Irish capital: examples of the series of bronze Bufale sculptures can be seen in the leafy park of Lucan House, the residence of the Italian ambassador in Dubino; While in Dublin Castle Square, the venue for the most important public events and a place heavily visited by Dublin citizens, there is a sculpture of lionessin bronze.
The figure of Bruno Munari (Milan 1907-1998) has “traversed” many creative languages: as a designer, artist, educator, graphic designer and cultural activator, he is known for having contributed to making the boundaries of individual languages permeable. Today, after many comprehensive exhibitions of his multifaceted career, we want to try to shed more light on one aspect at a time. We start with the exhibition that has just opened (which can be visited) at the MACA Museum in Manantiales, in Punta de l'Este, Uruguay. until March 10th). Bruno Munari. The artist – curated by Marco Meneguzzo – is the first major public anthology in the world dedicated exclusively to his activity as an artist in the fields of Futurism, Concrete Art, Kinetic and Conceptual Art and in comparison to his personal idea of ”Project”.