Events, exhibitions, installations and galleries you should visit during February 2020. For neon art lovers, F/ART has collected some suggestions around the world you must see..
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When: 31st October 2019 – 23rd February 2020
Where: Pirelli HangarBicocca
Opening time: Thursday - Sunday, h 10 am - 10 pm
Link: Pirelli HangarBicocca
Artist: Cerith Wyn is one of the most acclaimed British artists of recent decades. He soon garnered acclaim for his experimental short films. As of the 1990s, the artist abandoned film altogether, and concentrated on creating sculptures, installations, photographs, and site-specific or performative interventions. Wyn Evans’s research focuses on language and perception, and is characterized by the use of ephemeral elements such as light and sound. He often uses cold cathode lamps (neon).
Exhibition: “….the Illuminating Gas” presents twenty-four works—earlier sculptures, complex monumental installations, and new productions—occupying more than 5,000 square meters of the Navate and the Cubo sections of Pirelli HangarBicocca. All of the elements along the Navate are suspended and form an elaborate visual score conceived by the artist.
Photo: Agostino Osio / courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca
When: 7th September 2019 – 2nd March 2020
Where: Chiostro, Museo Civico Bassano - Piazza Garibaldi 34, Bassano del Grappa (VI) Italy
Opening time: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7 pm, closed on Tuesday
Link: Civic Museums
Artist: Francesco Candeloro places at he center of his research the dimensions of light and color that, together with shape, sign, rhythm and movement, are clues to investigate temporal and spatial dynamics.
Exhibition: Eyes of Time & Temples of Light
Candeloro places the work within the central well of the Cloister, alluding to the bell tower cusp of the nearby San Francesco church, with the movements of light generated from power alternating colored neon. Bassano del Grappa Civic Museums are completed with the Temples of Light opera, a permanent piece of art that becomes part of the city collections specifically designed for two bookshop windows.
Photo: Lorenzo Ceretta / Courtesy of Musei Civici Bassano
Bologna (BO) – Margherita Moscardini. In the light of
When: 21 January-21 February 2020
Where: Direzione Generale Banca di Bologna (piazza Galvani 4)
Opening time: Monday - Friday 10-13 and 15-17
Link: Bologna Bank
Artist: Margherita Moscardini
Exhibition: For the Piazza Galvani location, the artist has created a single work with a public message: The Decline of the Nation State and the End of the Rights of Man is a neon installation quoting the title of the ninth chapter of The Origins of Totalitarianism, an essay that Hannah Arendt published in 1951. In it, the German philosopher describes how European nation-states were established through treaties that did not ensure legal protection for minorities, but instead condemned them to statelessness; this generated millions of refugees that the nation-state, having never questioned its own founding principles, continues even today to treat as exceptions rather than the foundation of its existence.
Margherita Moscardini, who sees the quoted title as the statement “in light of which” her recent work should be viewed, believes this is the challenge facing us today.
The installation is a new edition of a work presented for the first time in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 2018; it would be wonderful to imagine other copies of this statement being scattered through other cities, at least in Europe.
Credit: Artwork installation at the exhibition “Metaphoral” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2018.
Gazoldo (MN) – Manuela Bedeschi e Tiziano Bellomi. Parole e Numeri
When: 8 February – 8 March 2020
Where: Museo d’Arte Moderna dell’Alto Mantovano
Opening time: from Monday to Saturday 9-12, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 15-18
Link: Comune Gazoldo
Artists: Manuela Bedeschi and Tiziano Bellomi
Exhibition: Installations and artworks lead us to observe spaces differently and to look inside, or to look beyond. On the loggias, in a silent dialogue, the words written in neon by Manuela Bedeschi stand out: "look", "listen". Imperatives and warnings: advices for an ethics of respect for the planet. Imperatives of an art that asks materials unrelated to tradition and to "poor" materials, to turn into a source of inspired amazement.
Manuela Bedeschi 2020, plexiglass, wood box and neon
Artist: Mario Merz is a key figure for understanding the evolution of European art in the second half of the twentieth century. Merz created a conceptually rigorous oeuvre of great poetic and iconographic power that was also a radical critique of industrial and consumerist modernity. Merz used recycled objects and materials of organic origin (sand, clay, wax, branches, coal…) and from the industrial world and consumer culture (tiles, glass, neon lights, wire, newspapers) to create his paintings, sculptures, and installations.
Exhibition: “Time is Mute” explores the various aspects of Merz’s work through a selection of more than sixty pieces. The exhibition revisits the artistic artifacts and motifs that made him famous, as well as lesser-known projects that he made at the start and in the final years of his career.
Photo courtesy of Reina Sofia Museum
Where: Neon Muzeum – Building 55, Soho Factory, Ul. Mińska 25, Warsaw (Poland)
Entrance: from 2€
Opening time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday h 12-17. Sunday h 11-17
Link: Neon Muzeum
Museum: The Neon Muzeum is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of Cold War era neon signs and electro-graphic design. The permanent collection contains hundreds of dazzling neon signs and other electro-graphic artefacts; many of which were designed by the great artists of the age – who were responsible for the world-famous Polish Poster School. They have also initiated a campaign to protect the last important neon signs within their original urban environment.
Photo courtesy Warsaw Neon Muzeum
Where:MAC Museum Art & Cars, Singen, Germany
Entrance: a partire da 8€
Opening time: from Wednesday to Friday 2-5pm. Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Link: Museum Art&Cars Singen
Foto su concessione del Museo Art&Cars MAC
Los Angeles - Lucio Fontana Walking the Space: Ambienti Spaziali, 1948 – 1968
When: 13 February – 12 April 2020
Where: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 901 E 3rd St, Los Angeles CA 90013
Opening time: Gallery Hours 11 am – 6 pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Link: Hauser & Wirth
Exhibition: ‘Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968’ will be the first comprehensive presentation in the US of the late Italian master’s groundbreaking ‘Ambienti spaziali’ (Spatial Environments). Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, this landmark exhibition will highlight Fontana’s critical contribution to the evolution of conceptual art and the confluence of art with science and technology as a means to explore aspects of human perceptual experience. Fontana, a visionary whose revolutionary practice continues to exert influence upon artists internationally, conceived his first environment in 1948, significantly predating and anticipating the immersive conceptual and spatial achievements of such defining figures as Piero Manzoni, Yayoi Kusama, and James Turrell.
Photo: Agostino Osio / courtesy of Pirelli HangarBicocca
When: 15th October 2019 – 15th February 2020
Where: Neon Museum - The Neon Museum 770 Las Vegas Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89101
Schedule: first tour 9 am, last at 11.30 pm
Link: Neon Museum, Tickets
Artist: Tim burton is a famous American director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films
Exhibition: Lost Vegas comprises sculptural and digital installations that celebrate Burton’s links to Las Vegas and its historical neon heritage. These artworks, many of which are site-specific creations, will be displayed in the Neon Boneyard and incorporated into Brilliant!, the museum’s permanent projection mapping North Gallery installation. The museum’s distinctive campus will be transformed through the artist’s singular vision for this original exhibition of new work as well as previously exhibited pieces. The main films referenced are Mars Attacks! and Beetlejuice.
Photo courtesy Las Vegas Neon Museum
When: 12, 14 December 2019 / 4, 10, 18 January 2020 / 8, 13, 15 February 2020
Where: San Francisco city
Time: from afternoon to evening
Link: SF Neon
Events: Guided tours to visit the historic neon lights in San Francisco area. The tours depart in the late afternoon and finish in the evening so you can better observe the lights of the cold cathode lamps. The places available are limited and the month of December is already fully booked, it is advisable to book early!
Photo courtesy SFneon.org
Glendale (CA) – MONA. Museum of Neon Art
Where: 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204
Price: $12 Non-Members, MONA members are free
Opening time: from Wednesday to Saturday 12pm-7pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm. Closed from Monday to Tuesday and Christmas Day+New Year’s Day.
Link: Neon MONA
Museum: The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades. The MONA facility in Glendale has a classroom on the premises where visitors can watch skilled neon craftspeople fabricating and processing the neon tube and take handson classes to learn this fascinating art form.
Exhibition: "New to Neon: Keeping the Craft Aglow" is a group exhibit of over 30 emerging artists and MONA faculty, opening February 1, 2020. Some of the artists are well-established and desired to add neon to their palette, while others are exhibiting for the first time. All are dedicated to the magic of neon – a unique combination of art, science, and engineering, with an admittedly steep learning curve. MONA faculty joining the exhibition include Michael Flechtner, Lyle George, Michael Hernandez, David O. Johnson, Kacie Lees, and David & Kazumi Svenson.
Photo Courtesy of NeonArt MONA - Genell Hoechstetter, The Psychedelic Adventures of a Noble Gas: Neon, 2018