F/ART has collected the list of neon-art exhibitions around the world during February month: contemporary artists use cold cathode lamps to create luminous artworks
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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.
Reflex. Daniela Corbascio. Puglia Arte Contemporanea. Photo: Francesco Perla
When: 26 September – 9 April 2021
Opening time: fro Wednesday to Friday - 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Casa del Mantegna e Tempio di San Sebastiano. Mantova
Price: free entry
Link: Biennale Light Art.it
Light Art Artists: Peter Assmann, Carlo Bernardini, Nicola Boccini, Davide Coltro, Paolo Conti, Giuliana Cunéaz, Davide Dall’Osso, Giulio De Mitri, Mario De Leo, Nicola Evangelisti, Elia Festa, Giovanna Fra, Silvia Guberti, Margareta Hesse, Oki Izumi, Marco Lodola, Fardy Maes, Federica Marangoni, Max Marra, Mary Mutt, Pietro Pirelli, Francesca Romano, Giuseppe Rosini, Donatella Schilirò, Paolo Scirpa
Black Light Artists: Mario Agrifoglio, Nino Alfieri, Carlo Bernardini, Leonilde Carabba, Giulio De Mitri, Nicola Evangelisti, Maria Cristiana Fioretti, Massimo Hachen, Federica Marangoni, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Yari Miele, Sebastiano Romano, Claudio Sek De L
Exhibition: The Biennale Light Art 2020 theme is 'In praise of light between deconstruction and reconstruction of spaces'. The aim is to establish a comparison between the works of the artists and the internal and external spaces of Casa del Mantegna and Temple of San Sebastiano by Leon Battista Alberti.
Artisti: Daniela Schilirò e Paolo Scirpa
Where: CityLife Park, Piazza Elsa Morante, Milano
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. Photo: Alberto Fanelli
When: 30 October – 29 November 2020
Where: Museum Casa Robegan, Treviso
Price: free entry
Link: eDesign: Parole di Luce
Artists: Laura Ambrosi, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Laura Ambrosi
Exhibition: Poetic words deduced from life transformed into signs, paths, visual systems.
In the three rooms of Casa Robegan Museum, there are many luminous artworks created by 3 different Italian artists: sign and light become the protagonists of a project of poetry as a work.
[e]DESIGN Festival. Artwork by Laura Ambrosi
When: 30th October 2020 – 28th February 2021
Where: Turin city (urban area)
Artwork – Artist involved
Exhibition: Luci d'Artista is an artistic event born in 1998 and immediately transformed into an important and innovative cultural event with a tourist value and an international promotion of the city. It is also an opportunity to appreciate art in public places and highly frequented by citizens and tourists. The creative process brings together technological and material knowledge, creativity, physics and engineering skills. The medium of light in public spaces favors the encounter between the large public and some significant expressions of contemporary artistic sensitivity.
From year to year the temporary artworks are placed in different and significant places of the urban territory, with the aim of enhancing them and creating expectation and curiosity in the public.
Luci d'Artista © is a registered trademark at the Turin Chamber of Commerce owned by the City of Turin.
Alfredo Jaar_Cultura=Capitale - ©Luci d’Artista - Città di Torino - foto di Alberto Ramella 2
Where: Neon Muzeum – Building 55, Soho Factory, Ul. Mińska 25, Warsaw (Poland)
Opening time: weekends only
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. They have also initiated a campaign to protect the last important neon signs within their original urban environment.
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When: 11 December 2020 – 28 February 2021
Where: Italian Cultural Institute Stockholm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Link: Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma
Artist: Monica Bonvicini is an Italian artist, she emerged as visual artist and started exhibiting internationally in the mid-1990s. Her multifaceted practice—which investigates the relationship between architecture, power, gender, space, surveillance and control—is translated into works that question the meaning of making art, the ambiguity of language, and the limits and possibilities attached to the ideal of freedom. Dry-humored, direct, and imbued with historical political and social references, Bonvicini’s art never refrains from establishing a critical connection with the sites where it is exhibited, the materials that comprise it, and the roles of spectator and creator
Artwork: Power Joy Humor Resistance is an impressive light installation created by Monica Bonvicini for the Italian Cultural Institute C.M. Lerici in Stockholm.
Power Joy Humor Resistance can also be read as a sign of participation in the Black Lives Matter’s international movement and in the LGTBQA + community, but also as a wish for a different post-Covid19 future. Monica Bonvicini demonstrates to be aware of the language’s importance by placing the neon sign on the most visible point of the Institute designed by Gio Ponti in 1958. She exploits the power of commercial semiotics to send a positive message in the darkness of the long Swedish winter.
Monica Bonvicini. Power Joy Humor Resistance (2020). Red neon tube letters, aluminum frames, electric cables (330 x 300 cm). Copyright Monica Bonvicini and VG Bild-Kunst / Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige, courtesy the artist and Italian Cultural Institute Stockholm
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.
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