Despite the restrictions aimed at social distancing, most museums and art galleries remain open. F/ART has collected the list of neon-art exhibitions around the world: 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.
Credit photo: Francesco Perla
Where: 26 September – 21 December 2020
When: 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
When: 20 September - 15 November 2020
Where: Museo Civico delle Cappuccine, Bagnocavallo, Ravenna. Italy
Link: Museo Civico delle Cappuccine – Fabrizio Dusi
Artist: Fabrizio Dusi is a contemporary Italian author who works on issues related to collective history and contingency: from the Shoah to migrants, touching existential nuances entrusted to the verses of great writers of the twentieth century, such as Vittorio Sereni, Antonia Pozzi, Primo Levi and Liliana Segre.
Fabrizio Dusi is an artist, painter and ceramist, who has worked for years between various art languages, from sculpture to neon installations.
Mostra: In the aftermath of the health emergency, the artistic project curated by Diego Galizzi and Chiara Gatti will restore art to its original social and pedagogical function. Art as a reflection of a shared thought. Art as a source of universal questions and reflections. Art as a message but also art as an omen and harmony with history.
In addition to the public installation (a new heritage of Bagnocavallo), the itinerary at the Museo Civico delle Cappuccine includes various neon lights (with large luminous outline of Italy) created ad hoc for the exhibition and dedicated to the geographies affected by Covid-19 and separated from each other by a policy of closed borders. Together with these neon sculptures, there is also a sequence of paintings on isothermal blankets (allusion to the theme of exiles and migrants), with the Italian regions united by a global fate, despite the drama of isolation.
Museo Civico delle Cappuccine - Insieme al mondo piangere, ridere, vivere. Fabrizio Dusi
When: 30 October – 29 November 2020
Dove: Museum Casa Robegan, Treviso
Price: free entry
Link: eDesign: Parole di Luce
Artisti: 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.
Laura Ambrosi: neon, methacrylate and F/ART transformer
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"
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
When: 7 October 2020 – 21 February 2021
Where: Tate Britain, London
Price: 13£ - free for members
Link: Tate.org – Bruce Nauman
Artist: Bruce Nauman is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His work encompasses a range of media including sculpture, sound, film, video and neon. Since the late 1960s, he has continually tested and reinvented what an artwork can be by reshaping traditional forms and creating new ones.
Mostra: Through more than 40 works, the exhibition will explore the distinctive themes that have preoccupied Nauman during his remarkable 50-year career. Unfolding across a sequence of immersive installations inviting deep viewer engagement, the show will acknowledge how Nauman’s works contrast the instant gratification of today’s screen-based information and entertainment culture. It will also reveal how Nauman has transformed the way we think about art by exploring our understanding of language and perception of our physical and psychological place in the world.
Nauman created several ground-breaking neon signs that combine text and colour to reveal the ambiguities beneath everyday phrases and expressions.
Bruce Nauman. One Hundred Live and Die 1984. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing on metal monolith (299.7 x 335.9 x 53.3). Collection Benesse Holdings, Inc./Benesse House Museum, Naoshima
© Bruce Nauman / ARS, NY and DACS, London 2020, Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York
Where: Los Angeles area
Info: The Neon Night Walks are inspired by MONA’s Neon Cruises, an iconic program that MONA has been offering for the last 35 years which takes place on an open top double decker bus. Due to Covid19 health concerns the 2020 season of Neon Cruises were canceled, giving MONA the opportunity to experiment with a shorter guided walks series. The walking tours will provide guests a unique opportunity to see the built environment through a more intimate neighborhood and community lens. Similar to MONA’s themed cruises, the walking tours will feature specially themed walks, including a spooky Halloween tour, a festive Holiday neon wonderland walk, and more.
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
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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