Archive for October, 2010

“Big Bang Big Boom” by Blu wins Anim’est award in Bucharest

Italian short Bing Bang Big Boom (dir. Blu, 2010) is the big winner of the fifth edition of Anim’est. The sound-designer Andrea Martignoni received the trophy from Irina Malcea, on behalf of the RCI and film critic Mihai Chirilov, member of the Anim’est 2010 Jury.

Andrea Martignoni at Anim'est

Using the technique of stop motion with graffiti and installations, “Big Bang Big Boom” evokes evolution and its possible consequences in a non-scientific manner.

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Clet Abraham – How a contemporary artist exhibits his work at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

In the Palazzo Vecchio’s gallery in Florence there isn’t now the portrait of Battiferri Laura, the sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati‘s wife, painted by Agnolo di Cosimo usually known as “Il Bronzino” between 1555 and 1560, because it’s staying in Palazzo Strozzi at the exhibition “Bronzino. Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici” until january 2011.

 

Portrait of Laura Battiferri, c. 1560; Oil on canvas; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.

 

Thursday, October 7, a contemporary artist , Clet Abraham, 44 years old, went to the Palazzo Vecchio‘s Gallery with a briefcase and stealthily placed his own self-portrait where the Battiferri’s portrait were. Friday night the portrait has been removed when someone noticed the painting must not to be there.

 

Abraham's self-portrait in Palazzo Vecchio

 

The author’s words: “There I took it myself, it was a joke, a way to attract attention to artists who live and work in Florence”.

The City Council’s words: “We’re doing an investigation, if it’s a joke with the complicity of a guardian, no problem. If he’s really managed to get into undisturbed, there is a seriuos security problem.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome, Italy

Approximately ten years ago as a student I had to go to Rome for a briefing at the IBM’s italian headquarters in Rome’s EUR district.
While traveling by taxy to via Cristoforo Colombo I suddenly saw it, I was really surprised because I had never been to EUR, I had not studied history of modern architecture, I didn’t know it … but I had seen it, when, where? I’m going to reveal you … follow me.

It’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Culture) also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro (Palace of Italian Culture of Work ) or simply the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) and it’s an icon of Fascist architecture.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana

It was designed by the architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano and constructed between 1938 and 1943. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1940 as the centerpiece of the EUR and continues to be its most iconic building. The structure is also considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture at the EUR.

The design of the “Square Colosseum” was inspired more to celebrate the Colosseum, and the structure was intended by Benito Mussolini as a celebration of the older Roman landmark. Similar to the Colosseum, the palace has a series of superimposed loggias, shown on the façade as six rows of nine arches each.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Particular)

At the top of each of the four façades there is an inscription in capital letters:
(In English)
A nation of poets, of artists, of heroes,
Of saints, of thinkers, of scientists,
Of helmsmen, of transmigrants

Where did you see it?
You have seen it in a Nike’s advertisement of the nineties, where famous football players retrieved a ball kept inside the building.

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Danteum, Giuseppe Terragni, Rome, 1942

The Danteum is an unbuilt monument to Dante Alighieri designed by the modernist architect Giuseppe Terragni at the behest of Benito Mussolini‘s Fascist government. The design was presented at the 1942 Exhibition in Rome but it was not constructed.

Danteum

Compositionally, the Danteum is conceived as an allegory of the Divine Comedy. It consists of a sequence of monumental spaces that parallel the narrator’s journey from the “dark wood” through hell, purgatory, and paradise. Rather than attempting to illustrate the narrative, however, Terragni focuses on the text’s form and rhyme structure, translating them into the language of carefully proportioned spaces and unadorned surfaces typical of Italian Rationalism.

In june 2007 Alessio Nanni composer and Rodolfo Migliari visual artist created a compositing and creative concept about acoustic and visual materials called Danteum.

Visual and acoustic "Danteum" Preview

This project wants to merge the visual and acoustic sensations in an unique body, where it’s impossible to watch the instalation without the sound and viceversa. The visual and acoustic ambient is defined by a very well-balanced background where the three elements earth, fire and water symbolize the three parts of the poem.

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