Art on Sundays with Cocktail
ART ON SUNDAYS | MARIO MERZ
L’abbiamo accesa (al neon!) perché nella nostra lunga domenica non ci passasse di mente
We turned it on (in neon!) so that during our long Sunday we wouldn’t forget
Over the course of the 1950s, while neon was becoming an integral part of modern city life thanks to the dissemination of bright advertising signs, many artists started examining its physical, linguistic, and conceptual potentials. In the United States, neon was mostly used by artists who were close to Minimalism and Conceptual art, like Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman and Dan Flavin. In Italy, an interest in the environmental and physical qualities of light was shared by many artists, who began experimenting with the use of the “fluorescent tube” in the 1960s: from geometric abstraction and optical effects to experiments conducted with neon in the field of language. The choice of combining neon with other materials – especially natural ones – typified the practice of many of the artists who were members of the Arte Povera movement. Toward the late 1960s, Mario Merz presented works featuring vegetable or metallic elements, or everyday objects, adding neon lights to them. Technology, according to the artist, was vital energy, and the symbolic manifestation of the idea of transformation. This visit, which is supported by the screening of photographic documentary material, has been conceived to trace back over the use of neon within the contemporary artistic scene, referring to some of the most emblematic examples: from Minimalist culture to Arte Povera, all the way to the work of more recent artists like Massimo Bartolini, Maurizio Cattelan, Douglas Gordon, Alfredo Jaar, Maurizio Nannucci and Bruce Nauman.
A cultural mediator will oversee this event, which also involves the screening of documentary material and an in-depth guided tour of the exhibition. It will be followed by a drink at the Iuta Bistrot for all those participating in the visit.
ART ON SUNDAYS | LEONOR ANTUNES
The history of forgetting – Anni Albers, Franca Helg, Mary Martin and Clara Porset in the work of Leonor Antunes.
Leonor Antunes’s sculptures and installations grow out of a careful preliminary stage of research into the work of certain key figures—often women—who have received little attention from scholars of twentieth-century design and architecture. Art on Sundays I Leonor Antunes is an opportunity to investigate the connection between the works on view in “the last days in Galliate” and the careers of Anni Albers, Franca Helg, Mary Martin and Clara Porset, artists and designers whose pioneering contributions have only recently begun to be rediscovered. All of these women, who were deeply involved in the modernist movement from the 1930s to the 1960s, were involved in reviving “folk” crafts and techniques such as weaving, braiding, and leatherworking, reinventing them according to the principles of modern design and architecture. Their lives were shaped by a boundless intellectual curiosity that led them to travel and to explore skills that had been overlooked by the leading circles of design. From the Bauhaus, where Anni Albers studied textile arts, to Mexico, where the Cuban artist Clara Porset rediscovered traditional weaving techniques, to the experiments at Black Mountain College of Arts in North Carolina in the 1920s and ‘30s, to the Politecnico di Milano in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Art on Sundays I Leonor Antunes is a voyage that revolves around the important role that women’s research played in the art and architecture of the past century.
The event will be led by a cultural facilitator, with a viewing of documentary material and an in-depth guided tour of the exhibition. Afterwards, all participants will be invited to enjoy an aperitif at the Iuta Bistrot.
Sunday 13 January 2019, 6 PM – Book now