Events, exhibitions, installations and galleries you should visit during March 2020. For neon art lovers, F/ART has collected some suggestions around the world you must see..
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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
Unna (Germnay) – Neon Delight
When: March 14 – August 16, 2020
Where: Centre for International Light Art Unna
Entrance: 10,00€ / reduced 8,00€
Opening time: The Centre for International Light Art can be visited by taking part in guided tours (90 minutes). Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 13.00 and 15.00, Thursday: 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 h, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00 and 17.00 h
Artists: Tracey Emin (GB) Jeppe Hein (DK) Brigitte Kowanz (AT) Mario Merz (IT) François Morellet (FR) Jan van Munster (NL) Maurizio Nannucci (IT) Bruce Nauman (US) Bruno Peinado (FR) Anselm Reyle (DE) Bernardi Roig (ES) Keith Sonnier (US) Olivia Steele (US) Giny Vos (NL)
Exhibition: With NEON DELIGHT, the Centre for International Light Art in Unna dedicates an exhibition to the material used most frequently in light art. The museum brings together the most well-known international artists working in neon-based light art in its unique, underground, raw spaces. Works from the 1960s to the present provide a representative overview of neon in light art.
The sensual, dazzling radiance and the intense signaling effect of neon art is what makes it so appealing—in addition to its proximity to the realm of the technical, the artificial, the world of products, pop, and advertising. Physics and metaphysics are rarely merged so closely in art. Initially, however, glass tubes filled with neon gas had a purely signaling character and were used in cities at night for advertising purposes beginning in the twentieth century; they illuminated Paris, New York, Berlin, or Las Vegas. The gas that creates the effect we know as neon light when electrically charged was discovered by the end of the nineteenth century. Since the 1960s in particular, neon has also been a theme of visual art. The production of such works of art has not changed since then: even today, each tube is individually blown by a glassblower and filled with gas.
François Morellet – No End Neon [Pier and Ocean] (2001/02), Jan van Munster – Ich [im Dialog] (2005) - Photo: Frank Vinken
Singen (Germany) – Laddie John Dill. Museum Art&Cars
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
Artist: Laddie John Dill was born in Long Beach, CA in 1943. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968 with a BFA. After graduating, Dill became a printing apprentice and worked closely with established artists, like Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. Laddie John Dill’s work is in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as Museum of Modern Art, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; High Museum, GA; The Phillips Collection, DC; Chicago Art Institute, IL; Smithsonian, DC; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Pio Monte della Misericordia, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; and Museo Jumex, Mexico. He currently lives and works in Venice, CA where he maintains a studio.
Exhibition: "California Abstract" shows works by Laddie John Dill and Todd Williamson in two seperate exhibitions that interact with historically significant automobiles curated with the artists. A unique symbiosis of two international, highly decorated, Los Angeles artists. Laddie John Dill shows some of his neon artwork in combination with his metal artwork.
Foto su concessione del Museo Art&Cars MAC
Madrid (Spain) – Mario Merz. Time is Mute
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
Warsaw (Poland) – Neon Muzeum
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
Boston (MA) - John Powell. Neon Shadows
When: February 14th - March 17th, 2020
Where: Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave STE A16, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Opening time: Tuesday - Saturday, 11.00 - 17.00
Artist: John Powell received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MSVS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His artistic practice englobed drawing, sculpture, installation, and mixed media. Powell was interested in exploring the potential of light and created neon sculptures as well as complex installations for public spaces. Most recently, he participated in a citywide lighting project for "Illuminacion, Lawrence" is Lawrence, MA. Powell also collaborated with Otto Piene during his later years and had choreographed "Light Ballet" in Fitchburg, MA. He passed away in 2020.
Exhibition: “My own work, then and now, is built up of planes, steel planes reflecting planes of light. Shape and colors were major issues for me. Holland is a small and frugal country. The streetlights went out at ten o'clock at night in 1975, the height of the energy crisis. Riding a bicycle down a one-lane road during the dark of the moon through the pitchblack countryside was a real lesson in light and shape. The concept of pools of light and volumes of space defined by light came to me as a direct outgrowth of this time in Holland” John Powell.
Photo courtesy Howard Yezerski Gallery
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.
Courtesy Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano and Hauser & Wirth
Las Vegas – Tim Burton. Lost Vegas
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
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: Kyla Hansen, Psychic, 2018.
San Francisco – Neon tours
When: 5 and 14 March, 11 April 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!
Photo courtesy SFneon.org