F/ART has collected the list of neon-art exhibitions around the world during June: contemporary artists use cold cathode lamps to create luminous artworks
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Where: CityLife Park, Piazza Elsa Morante, Milano
Link: Artline – Maurizio Nannucci
Artist: Maurizio Nannucci (Florence, 1939) lives in Italy and in southern Baden. He began his artistic activity in the mid-sixties working on the relationships between visual images and language through the use of numerous media including photography, video, installations, performance, experimentation with sound and theatre. Starting in 1967, Nannucci began to produce his first works made with neon, which constitute one of the most important nuclei of his production, in which aspects related to conceptual art intertwine with a more poetic and dialoguing dimension with the viewer. This type of work is created by the artist in close relationship with the architectural space, often built as large-format installations.
Artwork: : "New Times for Other Ideas / New Ideas for Other Times" is a double writing made with blue and red neon tubes, positioned on the facade of Pavilion 3, a building built in 1923 by architect Paolo Vietti Violi who remains the only surviving pavilion of the exhibition structure of the historic site of the Milan Fair. Following a scheme proposed several times by the artist, the viewer is faced with two almost mirror-like phrases that stimulate a new interpretation of the spatial context and invite us to reflect on the idea of new, on the passing of time and on the contaminations that these concepts generate. CityLife is a place where the urban and architectural interventions have been so radical that they have changed the skyline of the city and the daily life of the neighbourhood. Here the artist tries to stimulate a reflection on the influences that these changes have on our life and even on our way of thinking or conceiving the same reality. The installation is located right above a symbolic building, one of the few traces that remind us of the past and which also serves as a living testimony of the previous identity of that place.
Maurizio Nannucci, “New Times for Other Ideas _ New Ideas for Other Times”, 2020, courtesy ArtLine Milano. Foto di Alberto Fanelli 4
Where: Art Forum Würth Capena. Viale della buona fortuna 2, Roma
When: 10 May – 08 October 2021
Opening time: Monday – friday: 10.00 – 17.00
Neon artists: Lucio Fontana, François Morellet, Gun Gordillo
Exhibition: With 35 works from the Würth Collection, the exhibition covers a time span extending from 1953 to 2012, and delves into one of the most interesting areas of alternative art in the 20th century, the triad of Op Art, Kinetic Art and Light Art. Three interconnected artistic trends that developed simultaneously, they are represented here by the works of 24 artists.
[E]MOTION is conceived as a journey through the twists and turns of Kinetic Art, Op Art and Light Art, which had all the attributes for directly involving the viewer, exploring the potential of light, space, colour, perspective and, above all, movement.
François Morellet, Versione compatta n°3, 1993
Where: Magazzino del Sale 3, Dorsoduro, Venezia
When: 21 May - 11 September 2021
Opening time: Thursday and Friday: 11-18 / Saturday: 11- 18 only booking in advance
Link: Accademia di Belle Arti Venezia
Artists: Arthur Duff, Ludovico Bomben, Francesco Candeloro.
Exhibition: Between space and surface touches on artistic themes concerning basic issues of the composition: the relationship between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality, between empty and full, including light as a medium between reality and perception. The location of the works creates an in-between space, a sort of visual dialogue that produces further infraspaces, perceptive as well as interpretative. Even in the etymological sense of the word (from the Latin spatium) there is something indefinite that is reconfigured in relation to what the observer has from time to time 'in front of' and what he has 'around', especially that particular way of making space that is typical of the work.
When: since 24 April 2021
Where: Ul. Kolejowa 47, Ostrów Wielkopolski (Poland)
Artist: Konrad “Mucha” Moszyński graduated in the University of Arts in Poznań . He has been running his design studio muchaDSGN since 2012, implementing artistic creations for clients from Poland, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Hong Kong and Thailand
Installation: On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Krzysztof Komeda Trzciński, with the musical accompaniment of Maciej Balcar and Mateusz Fidyk, the neon lighting gave the mural a new nocturnal face. This installation reminds us of the outstanding pianist and composer.
Mural-neon „Krzysztof Komeda” 2021 Konrad „Mucha” Moszyński (muchaDSGN) Photo Tomasz Wojciechowski 2
Neon: ArNeon-Jacek Zamojski / Transformers: F/ART
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. They have also initiated a campaign to protect the last important neon signs within their original urban environment.
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Where: Museum of Neon Art, CA. Window
When: Friday and Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5
Artists: Brian Coleman, Candice Gawne, Cork Marcheschi, Craig Kraft, David Otis Johnson, David Svenson, Eric Zimmerman, Kunio Ohashi, Linda Sue Price, Maurice Gray, Michael Flechtner, Ray Howlett, Stephen Antonakos, Tsai Ten-Chin, Wayne Strattman and William Shipman.
Exhibition: The exhibition 40 Years Of Light: Works From The MONA Collection & Collective features 16 artists who create sculptural, kinetic, and atmospheric works that engage light. For the past 40 years, the Museum of Neon Art has been a haven for artists who valued experimental approaches toward luminous, electric, and kinetic artwork. The exhibition shares about the reemergence of neon art in the 1970s and the role artists who exhibited at MONA played in the canon of luminous artwork.
The exhibition illustrates neon’s dynamic and varied legacy, as well as the ways that MONA itself represents a sum of the contributions of its vibrant community.
Other activities: neon-making courses, docent tours in the museum, and safe, socially distant walking tours of local neighborhoods. They are also continuing the virtual artist talk series - "Out of the Fire: Artist Talks" available for free with reservation.
About the museum: The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. 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.
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Where: Sandwich Glass Museum (129 Main Street Sandwich, MA 02563)
When: from 3 February to 31 October 2021
Opening time: from 9:30 am to 5 pm
Link: Sandwich Glass Museum
Artist: Mundy Hepburn creates fanciful large-scale blown glass sculptures that he fills with gas mixtures including xenon, argon, neon, and krypton
Exhibition: ELECTRIC GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS neon exhibition is activated with high frequency static electricity. The resulting light sculptures seem to come “alive” with changing colors.
Where: Pittsburg Glass Center (5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
When: from 2 May to 18 July 2021
Link: Pittsburgh Glass Center
Artists: Sarah Blood, Patrick Collentine, Percy Echols II, Michael Flechtner, Mundy Hepburn, Eve Hoyt, Danielle James, Ed Kirshner, Leticia Maldonado, Denzel Russell, Harriet Schwarzrock, Megan Stelljes, Wayne Strattman, Leo Tecosky.
Exhibition: “Light in Trasmission: a neon and plasma light exhibition” is a survey of the diverse range of light art within the shared medium of both neon and plasma sculpture curated by Percy Echols II, an artist, creator of the podcast “Taming Lighting” and PGC’s first recipient of the Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination with Glass. Funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, this exhibition features the work of 14 artists.
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Where: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Opening time: from 3 to 11 pm, please schedule in advance
Museum: The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard; the North Gallery, home to the immersive audiovisual spectacle “Brilliant!” which uses technology advances to re-illuminate more than 40 non-operational signs.
Digital activities: 360 virtual tour in the Neon Boneyard
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