Stromboli - News

Eight Edition of Volcano Extravaganza Festival to Begin on July 28th

3 weeks ago

“Total Anastrophes”, the eighth edition of Volcano Extravaganza festival, is to begin on July 27, 2018 in Stromboli, on the occasion of the first total lunar eclipse after 2011, year of the festival first edition. Investigating collective memories through the spectacle of a theatre inside the volcano, the festival began last February in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on occasion of the Dhaka Art Summit.

Curated as usual by Milovan Farronato, this edition is titled after the  figure of speech of the “anastrophes”, in which words are moved and placed in an unconventional location within the same sentence, reverting the usual order and referring to a range of new potentialities arising from pre-existing elements.

The theatre inside the volcano will be the stage for a rich and eclectic  programme, including guests such as Runa Islam as artistic leader, Cecilia Bengolea, Alex Cecchetti, Alec Curtis, Patrizio Di Massimo, Haroon Mirza, Lydia Ourahmane, Tobias Putrih, Osman Yousefzada and Malala Andrialavidrazana. There will also be new contributions by Anna Franceschini and SAGG Napoli.

Volcano Extravaganza – “Total Anastrophes”
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018
Stromboli, Italy

Alessandra Bellomo

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Al Rawi Cafe Bookstore by Pallavi Dean Interiors set to Be a hub for the Emirate’s Creative Community

3 weeks ago

Pallavi Dean Interiors launches its last project in Sharjah, UAE, to be the new creative hub and gathering spot for Sharjah’s creative community of artists writers and designers.

The Al Rawi (“the one who tells stories” in English) project arises from the private management company Tetra’s ambitious brief: to create a setting dedicated to books, but that is far more than just a bookstore. The designers proposed a multi-use space that would reflect Sharjah’s literary heritage (the Sharjah International Book Fair began in 1982) and address the need of Sharjah big community of creatives and book lovers.

The space is designed to respond to all kinds of booklover‘s needs and to recall, since the very small interior design details, the book theme, enriched by constant but subtle literary references. The eclectic furniture selection plays with the positive an negative alternation of books on the shelves while space dividers and handrails recall book stitchings.

The space embodies also a restaurant, where to host culinary evenings and have live cooking demonstrations and a bar. Pallavi Dean Interiors created a dedicated zone for children. Here they can not only read books but also get creative, with a range of painting, drawing and making activities.




Alessandra Bellomo

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Milan - News

Pirelli HangarBicocca to Stage a Major Exhibition of Mario Merz

3 weeks ago

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents “Igloos“, the exhibition dedicated to Mario Merz (Milan 1925-2003) bringing together the corpus of his most iconic works, the “Igloos”, dated between 1968 and the year of his disappearance.

The exhibition project, curated by Vicente Todolí and realized in collaboration with the Fondazione Merz, expands in the 5,500 square meters of the Navate and the Cubo di Pirelli HangarBicocca and places the visitor at the center of a constellation of more than thirty large works in the shape of igloo, an unprecedented landscape with a strong visual impact.

Mario Merz: Igloos
From 25 October 2018 to 24 February 2019
Press preview 23 October 2018, 11.30 am
Opening 24 October 2018, 19.00

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Mario Merz, “Sitin”, Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Merz, Turin, Photo: Renato Ghiazza Mario Merz, “Sitin”, Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Merz, Turin, Photo: Renato Ghiazza
Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi - News

New Jameel Arts Centre to open in Dubai in November 2018

3 weeks ago

Jameel Arts Centre will open in Dubai in November 2018, to be the final home for Art Jameel organisation, supporting artists and creative communities.

One of the first contemporary arts institutions in Dubai, the building will open in Dubai Culture Village. Designed by Serie Architects, the building is projected to become a cultural pole and a hub for educational initiatives, hosting multiple gallery spaces, an open access research-library, an outdoor sculpture space, a bookshop and a café. Its structure has been conceived specifically for its rich cultural programme as a series of boxes of varied dimensions, all bounded between each other.

Exhibitions will run year-round, drawn from the Jameel Art Collection, plus regional and international solo and group shows. Two Kuwaiti artists Alia Farid and Aseel AlYacoub‘s artistic proposal has been chosen by Art Jameel to debut at  the opening of Jameel Arts Centre. The project, called Contrary Life: A Botanical Light Garden Devoted to Trees will imagine a botanic garden with new species based on local plants and will dialogue with the design of architect Anouk Vogel for the courtyards of the building.


Alessandra Bellomo

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Arles - News

Rencontres d’Arles 2018

3 weeks ago

Founded in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, the Rencontres d’Arles is a must among the summer photography festivals. With approximately 30 exhibitions, the Rencontres d’Arles offer a general survey of contemporary photographic creation and practices.

Check out here for more information about ticket fees, venues and opening times.

2 July – 23 September
Opening times:
Everyday from 10am to 7:30pm
Various venues in Arles
+33 (0)4 90 96 76 06

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Photo: Anaïs Fournié Photo: Anaïs Fournié
Venice - News

Song-Ming Ang to Represent Singapore at the Venice Biennale 2019

4 weeks ago

Multidisciplinary artist Song-Ming Ang and curator Michelle Ho, will present an exhibition titled “Music for Everyone: Variations on a Theme” for the Singapore Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO of NAC and Co-Chair of the Singapore Pavilion Commissioning Panel, said “Music for Everyone: Variations on a Theme stood out as a conceptual and reflective work that uses music as a subject to spotlight arts appreciation in Singapore. The appeal of his work is that it is both cutting-edge yet nostalgic, and international yet personal all at the same time, offering audiences unusual insights into Singaporean life on a variety of levels, through the universal concepts of music and sound. We look forward to presenting Ang’s work to local and international audiences, a depiction of our unique Singapore story told through his perspectives in a multi-disciplinary approach.”

Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
May 11–November 24
Arsenale – Sale d’Armi
Campo della Tana 2169/F
Venice, Italy

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Song-Ming Ang and curator Michelle Ho Song-Ming Ang and curator Michelle Ho
Turin - News

Artissima 2018: Galleries and Details Announced

4 weeks ago

Celebrating its 25 year anniversary, the upcoming edition of Artissima returns to the Oval Pavilion in Turin from November 2 to 4, 2018 with consolidated prizes and institutional collaborations (OGR awards, Campari Art Prize, Illy Art Prize, to name a few).

Artissima 2018 features 189 galleries from 35 countries and 61 artists in its curated sections. The participating galleries are divided in Main Section, Dialogue, New Entries, Present Future, Back to the Future, Disegni, Art Editions & Multiples. Check out here the full list.

Among the highlights, the fair is launching Sound, a new off-site section in collaboration with OGR devoted to sound installations which will feature a programme of collectors and curators-guided tours, an improved digital platform, a new special project and seven important awards.

Save the date – Artissima
November 2–4, 2018
Preview: November 1
OVAL Lingotto,
Turin, Italy

T +39 011 1974 4106

Carla Ingrasciotta

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Paris - News

FIAC 2018 Announces its Programme

4 weeks ago

The 45th edition of FIAC will be held from 18 to 21 October 2018 at Grand Palais, Paris and will host 193 galleries.

The participating galleries include 32 new exhibitors, from 27 countries and 3 new participating countries (Greece, Peru, and Ireland) while 17 galleries will be exhibiting for the first time ( 80M2 Livia Benavides (Lima); Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm); Antenna Space (Shanghai); Bergamin & Gomide (São Paulo); Boers-Li (Beijing, New York, Hong Kong); Ben Brown Fine Arts (London, Hong Kong); Gerhardsen Gerner (Oslo, Berlin); half gallery (New York); Paul Kasmin (New York); Magician Space (Beijing), including 7 in the Lafayette Sector: Arcadia Missa (London); SANDY BROWN (Berlin); DOCUMENT (Chicago); Jan Kaps (Cologne); LOMEX (New York); Edouard Montassut (Paris); Bonny Poon (Paris).

Among the highlights of this edition, Place Vendôme will be occupied by the duo Elmgreen & Dragset. Each year, FIAC Hors les Murs gives carte blanche to an artist to install a major artwork or to imagine a specific project for the Place Vendôme, which provides both powerful inspiration and an exceptional framework for contemporary creation.  In collaboration with Perrotin, this prestigious Parisian square will be metamorphosized by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset with the work “To Whom It May Concern”, 2018, an installation made up of 100 red starfish scattered around the square. In contrast to traditional monumental public sculptures, the work adopts the horizontality of minimal land art and subtly takes over the plaza like a swarm of friendly intruders.

Check out here the full programme.

Save the date – FIAC 2018
18 – 21 October
Grand Palais, Paris

Carla Ingrasciotta

  • Grand Palais -2017 - © Marc Domage Grand Palais -2017 - © Marc Domage
Venice - News

Ralph Rugoff Announces the Title of the Venice Biennale 2019: May You Live in Interesting Times

4 weeks ago

On July 16 at Ca’Giustinian, Paolo Baratta alongside the Artistic Director Ralph Rugoff presented and announced, for the first time, the title of the 58th International Art Exhibition; “May You Live in Interesting Times”, which will take place from May 11th to November 24th 2019.

The title of the 58th International comes from a reference during a speech in 1930 by British MP Sir Austen Chamberlain in which he refers to an ancient Chinese curse he had learned from a British diplomat who served in Asia which took on the form of saying, “May you live in interesting times.” “There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us”, Chamberlain observed. “We move from one crisis to another, We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.” Mirroring our current situation today of chaos and uncertainty. Ironically, in an era of fake news and a lack of trust in communication, it turns out that the ancient Chinese curse was completely made-up, despite being used by Politicians in the west for over a hundred years. The 58th International exhibition will be titled after a counterfeit curse, as Rugoff states “this kind of uncertain artefact suggests potential lines of exploration that are worth pursuing at present, especially when the “interesting times” it evokes seem to be with us once again.”. Art, Rugoff claims, can help us to find ways to live in interesting times, so they don’t feel like a curse but rather a spur for out creative action and thinking.

The Biennale in 2019 will not have a theme as such, instead it will seek alternative approaches to making art which exalt its social function, embracing pleasure and critique and above all experience, with multiple points of entry. Rugoff states “the exhibition will focus on the work of artists who challenge existing habits of thought and open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations..artists who think in this manner offer alternatives to the the meaning of so-called facts by suggesting other ways of connecting and contextualising them.” Art embraces contradiction “as human beings we are contradictory creatures, we have desires, motivations, thoughts which conflict with each other and art is a place where that is explored and acknowledged”, art is one of the few places in our culture where this can happen and “plays a great role in helping us to retune our thinking to allow it to become more nuanced, allowing us to develop and understand multiple perspectives”.

Lara Morrell

  • Ralph Rugoff and Paolo Baratta © Andrea Avezzu. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia Ralph Rugoff and Paolo Baratta © Andrea Avezzu. Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia
São Paulo - News

My Art Guide São Paulo 2018 Editorial Committee

1 month ago

This edition of My Art Guide São Paulo has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by Fernanda Brenner (Curator and Founder of Pivô), Solange Oliveira Farkas (Curator and Director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil) and Danilo Santos de Miranda (Director of Sesc São Paulo). The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in town.

Fernanda Brenner is an independent curator based in São Paulo. In 2012 she founded Pivô, a nonprofit contemporary art space in São Paulo, where she serves as artistic director. Brenner recently curated  the group show Neither at Mendes Wood DM, Brussels. She is a contributing editor of Frieze, and her writings have appeared in a number of publications and catalogues such as  Artreview, Mousse, Terremoto and The Exhibitionist, where she is also a member of the editorial board.

Solange Oliveira Farkas (Brazil) is curator and director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. She created the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil in 1983 and was director and chief curator of Bahia’s Museum of Modern Art from 2007 to 2010. She has participated as a guest curator at the 10th Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2011), at the 16th Cerveira Biennial (Portugal, 2011), at the 5th Videozone – International Video Art Biennial (Israel, 2010), at FUSO – Annual Video Art Festival (Portugal, 2011–2014 and 2017), at the 6th Jakarta International Video Festival (Indonesia, 2013) and Dak’Art – Biennial of Contemporary African Art (Senegal, 2016). Farkas has also participated as a guest juror at the 10éme Rencontres de Bamako, African Photography Biennial (Mali, 2015). She is currently a member of the jury committee of Amsterdam’s EYE Art & Film Prize, a member of the Prize Committee of the Prince Claus Fund Award (2017 – 2018), and member of the consulting board of Pivô, an art space in São Paulo. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award, a prize from the German foundation granted to professionals with an outstanding career dedicated to supporting and developing the many artistic and cultural expressions.

Danilo Santos de Miranda is the regional director of Sesc – Social Service of Commerce in the State of São Paulo. Graduated in Philosophy and Social Sciences, he completed complementary studies at the Pontifical Catholic University and the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo and at the IMEDE – Management Development Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a member of the board of national institutions such as the São Paulo Biennial Foundation, the São Paulo Art Museum Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM), Itaú Cultural and the Brasiliana Guita e José Library Mindlin. He was President of the Steering Committee of the World Cultural Forum in 2004 and president of the Brazilian Commissariat of the Year in Brazil in 2009.

My Art Guides Editorial Team

  • Fernanda Brenner © Everton Ballardin Fernanda Brenner © Everton Ballardin
  • Danilo Santos Miranda © Adauto Perin Danilo Santos Miranda © Adauto Perin