There are many contemporary art exhibitions scheduled for September 2020. In particular, as regards neon, 15 around the world.
Involved artists: Nanda Vigo, Arthur Duff, Laddie John Dill, Kerim Seiler, Massimo Uberti, Zeroottouno, Federica Marangoni, Vittorio Corsini, Lucio Fontana, Daniela Corbascio.
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When: 10th September 2020 - 2nd May 2021
Where: Dipartimento Turismo, economia della cultura e valorizzazione del territorio, Fiera del Levante Pad. 107, Lungomare Starita, 70132 Bari (ITALY)
Price: free entry
Artists: Daniela Corbascio (with neon artwork “Reflex”), Dario Agrimi, Giovanni Albanese, Jessica Carroll, Giulio De Mitri, Angelo Filomeno, Raffaella Formenti, Iginio Iurilli, Perino&Vele, Massimo Ruiu, Sandy Skoglund
Focus: One of the distinctive traits of Daniela Corbascio's poetics is the use of neon light, sometimes superimposed on other support materials and which come from her personal repertoire of intimate experience as from symbols and images of collective memory. Reflex artwork, created for the Pino Pascali Foundation in 2010, has as its subject the frieze of the stone bas-relief that dominates the portal of the Church of Purgatory (or San Martino) located in the historic center of Polignano a Mare (BA, Italy). A row of repeated cross bones, skulls and an hourglass - images of time passing - are ancient iconography that redraws the artist in a contemporary way.
Exhibition: the exhibition brings together eleven artworks by eleven artists from Pino Pascali Foundation collection and who have exhibited at the museum. The dialogue between the works takes place within the nascent PACT, an ethereal path from glassy architecture and light that becomes a casket redesigning some areas: sculpture, nature elements and talismanic signs.
Credit photo: Francesco Perla
When: 26 July – 15 September2020 (light on everyday 6pm – midnight)
Where: Terre di Sacra / Oasi WWF Lago di Burano, Strada Provinciale Litoranea b17 – Capalbio (Gr). Coordinates: 42.4044218,11.384060522
Artist: Massimo Uberti (Brescia, 1966) lives and works in Milan. Graduated at Brera Academy at the beginning of the 90s he was part of the group of artists in Via Lazzaro Palazzi, Milan. Space, light and surfaces are the elements that he has always placed at the center of his research, creating new places for a group of poetic inhabitants.
Exhibition: SPAZIO AMATO is the large neon light installation conceived by the artist Massimo Uberti for Hypermaremma 2020. It should be read as a tribute to the exceptional landscape of Maremma. The artwork, hosted on the land of Terre di Sacra in the naturalistic oasis of Lago di Burano, managed by WWF, is based on the idea to create a dialogue with the surrounding landscape, becoming a kind of "caption" able to offer to the viewer a way to reflect on the unique character of the territory and on the need to protect it and preserve it through the years.
Hyperurania program intends to propose a new fruition of the Maremma area through the contemporary contingency of hyperactivity
Foto: G. Benni & M. d'Aloja
Title: A-Head Art Project - "Hic et Nunc” (curated by Piero Gagliardi)
When: 22nd August – 20th September 2020
Where: Cappella della Madonna dell’Abbondanza, Alezio (LE)
Artists: Zeroottouno is an artistic duo: Davide Negro and Giuseppe Guerrisi. At the center of their study there is the man-nature relationship dynamics, through which they want to bring to the surface the concrete needs of contemporary man to re-establish an intimate and deep contact with his own original identity, without superstructures dictated by the schemes of society. The only way to evolve is to disengage from the giant bankruptcy machine created by himself, moving through the discovery of contact with nature, the only eternal source of truth.
Mostra: Fighting the stigma of mental illness through art is the goal for A-Head Art Project. It was born in Puglia from the collaboration between the Angelo Azzurro Social Health Association Onlus and numerous artists. "Hic et Nunc" is Zeroottouno’s exhibition curated by Piero Gagliardi and it takes place inside the chapel dedicated to Madonna dell’Abbondanza, located in the splendid scenery of the Messapico Park in Alezio (LE, Italy). The material of this artistic research is natural gas, raised to a conceptual level and aestheticized in neon shapes, it is capable to make the audience feel part of the light emanated by the artwork. Feeling part of the place elevates the fragile soul (metaphorically: the glass), which is born, lives, dies and which in its path must have the ambition (light) to be in symbiosis with the elements. Man leaves a trace of himself in every point of the Earth, always been the universal centre, where everything can and must happen at this precise moment. Hic et Nunc.
A-Head Art Project - "Hic et Nunc”
When: May – end of summer 2020
Where: Villa Singer, Milan
Artist: Massimo Uberti is among the most important light art artists. Light is an indispensable tool in the hands of an artist, and a material on a par with others in architecture.
Curator: Rossana Ciocca
Exhibition: Massimo Uberti has always worked with space, in #lostandfound he investigated the house, as a body.
In Modulor Le Courbusier reminds us how “Taking possession of the space is the first gesture of living beings, humans, animals, plants and clouds, the fundamental manifestation of balance and solidity. The first test of existence is that of occupying space”. The relationship between inside and outside is part of our being, but it is only by shaping the world that we can truly express what we are.
#lostandfound is a project that tells the space of inside and outside; the value of space is fundamental in the relationship between the self and the other.
Two works: an external neon and a golden stone placed in the garden of Villa Singer, as in a duplicity, as in a dialogue, as has always been the path of our individual and collective history.
Massimo Uberti, Lost and Founf. Photo: F. Stipari
When: 22nd February – 6th September 2020
Where: Galleria Continua, San Gimignano (SI), Italy
Link: Galleria Continua
Artists: Monica Bonvicini, Geta Bratescu, Daniel Buren, Chen Zhen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Andrei Monastyrski, Rudi Ninov, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Karin Sander, Roman Signer, Dimitar Solakov, Artur Zmijewski
Exhibition: “The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)” is an exhibition that sees the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov simultaneously engaged in playing multiple roles: artist, collector, architect of the realisation of one of his dreams. Ultimately, the creator of an inclusive and decidedly original exhibition project.
There is variety of artists, who differ widely with regard to their origins, artistic interests and formation.
Nedko's son Dimitar Solakov is the artist of the neon artworks in this exhibition.
THE ARTIST-COLLECTOR’S DREAM (A NICE THING) Artista: Dimitar Solakov Opere: Ice Caps, Permafrost insegne a neon
Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA Photo by: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio
When: 20th May - 13th September 2020
Where: MACTE, Termoli, Italy
Link: MACTE – Nanda Vigo
Artist: Nanda Vigo (Milan, 1936 - 2020) graduated from the Institute Polytechnique in Lausanne. From 1959 she began to exhibit her works in galleries and museums in Europe; she is part in Gruppo Zero, with which she still exhibits, in addition to collaborations with Gio Ponti and Lucio Fontana. In 1965 he curated the legendary exhibition "ZERO avantgarde" in Lucio Fontana's studio in Milan. In her activity Vigo operates with an interdisciplinary relationship between art, design, architecture, environment, was engaged in multiple projects both in its capacity as architect and designer and artist.
Exhibition: the exhibition celebrates one of the most important Italian figures of her generation - a pioneer of experimentation between art, architecture and design - by inserting herself in the study and enhancement of the permanent collection and the history of the Termoli Prize activated by MACTE since its opening. Nanda Vigo LIGHT PROJECT 2020 merges the works into a single story: the dark space of the circular room of the MACTE - illuminated exclusively by the light of the neon works - immerses the visitor on a journey through the universe of the artist, made of life and research, of experience and aspirations to knowledge.
Photo: Gino di Paolo Artista: Nanda Vigo MACTE – Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Termoli
When: 22 May – 26 September 2020
Where: Marignana Arte, Venezia, Italia
Link: Marignana Arte – Arthur Duff
Artist: Arthur Duff was born in Wiesbaden in 1973. After living in the United States, where his parents are from, he went to Korea, Germany Japan and settled down in Italy. He currently lives and works in Vicenza. Arthur Duff’s artistic research aims to achieve a progressive involvement and identification between visitor and space, in a temporal short-circuit that combines past and present. Duff works and assembles different organic and inorganic materials (polyester wires and nets, lava stone, paper, neon, laser), which he uses to reason on the concept of light and light pulsation, intended as a dynamic tool of knowledge.
Exhibition: I dreamed a dream is designed as the content of a certain dream, never revealed, in which various images alternate, like the fantastic reproduction that occurs in the awareness of the content of a tangible experience or the free elaboration of what might be the content of said experience.
The evanescence of each individual work, present even among the sculptural elements alluding to the materiality of reality, seems to murmur tales of dreams that together form a single dreaming chorus.
Duff,Tookoonooka 8P_Tuttle, 2019, neon,polyester cord, electric cable
When: 5 Settembre 2020 – 7 gennaio 2021
Time: 10 am- 1 pm & 3 pm- 5 pm
Where: Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Campiello Della Pescheria, Fondamenta dei Vetrai, Murano (VE)
Cost: free entry
Link: Fondazione Berengo
Artists: there are over sixty contemporary female artists from around the world who have worked with Berengo Studio in its furnaces on Murano for over thirty years. Among them, Federica Marangoni was the first artist to return to work in Berengo Studio after the worldwide lockdown. For this exhibition she has created two new sculptures titled: Work Monument to the Female Job.
Exhibition: “UNBREAKABLE: WOMEN IN GLASS is a metaphor, a paradox, and a symbol. A provocative proposal by Adriano Berengo to explore the intimate relationship that women have with glass in the heart of Murano.” curator Nadja Romain notes. Curator Koen Vanmechelen declares that “It is time to name mythical icons — inspiring artworks signed by women so that history can no longer be stolen. The invisibility and transparency of glass can shape a new generation while healing scars from history.”
“In 2020 many people in the art world would like to believe that we have achieved parity but the truth is we still have a long way to go. This is why spaces celebrating female artists remain so essential, and an exhibition such as UNBREAKABLE: WOMEN IN GLASS is still important even today" said Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Federica Marangoni "Work Monument to the Female Job"
When: from June 2020
Where: Kink Bar & Restaurant, Schönhauser Allee 176, Berlin
Artists: Neon: Kerim Seiler, Interior: Oliver Mansaray and Daniel Scheppan (the two owners)
Kerim Seiler (born in 1974, Bern, Switzerland) has developed a complex, philosophic sculptural approach to working with space. From colourful and inflatable molecule sculptures to permanent neon light installations and architectural performative artworks, Seiler’s visual language merges complex theories of positivism and metaphysics.
Location: A restaurant, bar and in-house culinary laboratory, KINK Bar & Restaurant opens in a restored industrial building, nested in the sociocultural centre Pfefferberg, host to various galleries, artist studios and event venues. Sustaining a constant dialogue with contemporary art and design, the wide room is reinvested through a selection of contemporary installations and works presented throughout the restaurant and bar. At its core, suspended from its high ceiling, Swiss contemporary artist Kerim Seiler’s Spaceknot (Pfefferberg) – a large-scale site-specific work consisting of over 100 meters of red neon tubes – elegantly loops through the space. Rethinking the void “as his canvas,” the artist transforms what appears to be a two-dimensional twisted knot into a multi-dimensional space-embracing sculpture.
Kink Bar, Germany
Where: Parkstrasse 1, D-78224 Singen am Hohentwiel
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. 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
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.
Photo courtesy Warsaw Neon Muzeum
Where: Echo Park, West Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown e Glendale
Price: free online contents
Info: While the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) reaches the sixth month of its closure to visitors, it has continued to share the light and provide audiences a way to connect to the museum collection, the city of Los Angeles, as well as their own creative spirit through free content available on their website as well as via social media.
MONA published four new self guided “Light Walks.” These free downloads — available under the “learn” tab of the MONA website — provide neon tours of Echo Park, West Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, and Glendale. The neon lights of these neighbourhoods weave through tales of early Hollywood, early evangelism, rock n’roll history, gentrification, police corruption, and immigrant success, while they also point the way in blinking lights to mouth-watering takeout options and ways to support local business.
Kayla Graffam - Untitled Mood #7
Where: 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
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 Tour: The 360 Virtual Tour launches with an Evening Glow experience as guests tour the museum at night while the signage is illuminated. Once guests enter the museum via the virtual tour, a welcome video provides details and instruction on how to navigate the Neon Boneyard. With travel limited for the foreseeable future, enjoying an immersive visit to The Neon Museum, with all its spectacular sign design and history, makes an entertaining and educational diversion for people of all ages.
The Neon Museum, Las Vegas
When: 13th February – 13th September 2020
Where: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Gallerie del Nord A, B, e galleria del est
Link: Hauser & Wirth
Artist: In each work, Fontana invents new methods to apply concepts of spatialism, freeing himself from the confines of the object in order to continue his search for modern modes of expression and perception.
Exhibition: Arranged chronologically the exhibition will feature nine of Fontana’s environments, dating from the years spanning 1948 to 1968. Due to the rigorous research conducted through the materials of Fondazione Lucio Fontana’s archives, a foundation dedicated to researching and documenting the artist’s career, the exhibition in LA presents meticulous reconstructions of the original Spatial Environments which were historically dismantled and destroyed at the close of exhibition.
When: 25-26-27 September 2020
Where: San Francisco city – online!
Link: SF Neon
Neon tours online: A celebration and investigation of neon art, design, and vintage neon signs. These vibrant neon creations have evolved from advertising to art and cultural landmarks.
What to expect: a virtual festival with talks, screenings, demos, and tours from speakers and artists sharing techniques, history, insights, and stunning visuals.
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