curated by DEMETRIO PAPARONI
For this first edition, 28 international artists of different generations were called to create site-specific canvases, sculptures and installations in the sixteenth-century cloister of the Foundation, to create a dialogue with the space and with the community of Porta Capuana.
An exhibition that from 12 March to 24 September 2022 captured the attention of many visitors, cultural institutions and the community.
Here are the artists who participated in the first edition:
Laurie Anderson • Ljubodrag Andric • John Armleder • Paolo Bini • Maurizio Cattelan • Frederik De Wilde • Sergio Fermariello • Giovanni Frangi • Georg Oskar Giannakoudakis • Peter Halley • Gottfried Helnwein • Paolo Iacchetti • Ruprecht von Kaufmann • Liu Jianhua • Iva Lulashi • Jason Martin • Rafael Megall • Marco Neri • Mimmo Paladino • Nicola Samorì • Vibeke Slyngstad • Natee Utarit • Joana Vasconcelos • Ronald Ventura • Nicola Verlato • Serena Vestrucci • Wang Guangyi
Laurie Anderson is an American avant-garde artist best known for her work as a performance artist. A curious spirit always attracted by experimentation, which has used...
Ljubodrag Andric (Belgrade, 1965) captures spaces in their essential form, representing only what is necessary, spaces are deprived of their monumentality, neutralizing their narration and decontextualizing them.
“When there is no clear sense of proportion in the image of a space you feel less pressure, you are not forced into a relationship of some kind: it becomes a mental space”
Ljubodrag Andric from Ljubodrag Andric Work 2008-2016
The practice of John Armleder (Geneva, 1948) has its roots in the Fluxus movement, with which it shares, in addition to the desire to merge art with everyday life, the interest in an artistic practice combined with design. Despite this, the artist refuses any belonging to a specific trend. He often chooses to exhibit his works against a wallpaper background, in this case poster paper, strongly influencing our ability to perceive its boundaries. In doing so, Armleder challenges the traditional dichotomy between figure and ground, intentionally complicating the relationship between exhibited object and display.
Until today his research has developed mainly through the use of water paints, creating landscapes with a Mediterranean atmosphere in which the color, more diluted, is given by glazes. In the latest projects I have explored painting looking through it for a comparison with space...
In his adolescence he became passionate about radio engineering thanks to the teachings of the father of one of his schoolmates. By disassembling and reassembling old radios and televisions, Cattelan acquires familiarity in assembling, cutting and welding metals. He then subscribes to un technical Institute industrial, and due to the need to become independent, while waiting to graduate, he engages in a series of occasional jobs...
The artistic practice of Frederik de Wilde (Belgium, 1975) is situated in the interspace between art, science and technology by exploring the notions of imperceptible, intangible and invisible in physical and digital space. De Wilde examines the impact of technology and the role of art in an increasingly hyper-connected world that can potentially offer new models.
Interrupting his university studies in Natural Sciences to devote himself exclusively to drawing and painting, Sergio Fermariello (Naples, 1961) initially recovered the familiar visual lexicon, in an attempt to capture time and memory. In the mid-eighties drawing tends towards grainy images, loses focus on the object, liquidates its intimate...
In the works of Giovanni Frangi (Milan, 1956), the idea of painting is central as the possibility of finding an image that fractures our ordinary perception of the world. His painting remains a painting of the things of the world, a painting linked to nature, but the material stratification and the lively use of color that characterize it lead the painting towards the enchantment of an image that does not simply replicate things but offers they are a new and surprising vision. And this happens above all in his black period, where the renunciation of the expressionist impact of color moves him towards the very limit of painting.
Georg Oskar Giannakoudakis
Georg Oskar (Iceland, 1985) focuses his practice as a visual diary of his personal observation of everyday life in relation to nature and people. His works are composed in a unique way that allows different points of access for the viewer, suggesting reflection on the complexity of contemporary life. A sense of lightness and innocence is placed in his narrative and the turbidity of his palette acts as a psychological block that allows him to keep his distance from the profane, the obscure and the monstrous.
Wang Guangyi's works, until 2010, merged famous Western logos with images used by the Chinese government for socialist propaganda. In the eighties he created a set of works called Post Classic, in which the artist resumed well-known Western paintings, revisiting them. Among these, there was the Gioconda di Leonardo da Vinci, where it depicts the famous Mona Lisa from the back. The characteristic of painting…
Peter Halley's artistic research moves in the field of geometric abstraction and in his paintings square and rectangular shapes, defined by the artist as 'cells' or 'prisons', relate to each other through square section ducts, representing the growing geometrization of the social space of the contemporary electronic technological world and...
Helnwein (Vienna, 1948) is interested in sociological and psychological anxiety, historical issues and political themes. His work can be hard to digest with the human condition being his recurring theme. The metaphor of the wounded child, physically and emotionally scarred, dominates his art.
His work develops from the primary expressive elements: line and color, and is ideally linked to the painting experiences from Rothko to Pollock, from Jasper Johns to Brice Marden, extraneous to Minimalism and the zeroing of the form of the 60s of the twentieth century .
Ruprecht von Kaufmann
Visual artist who delicately looks into a dream world to tell stories from everyday life and mythology. He began drawing as a child by copying photographs as a distraction from the boredom of long hours in the classroom, never imagining that he could one day become an artist of...
As in the ancient works of painters and calligraphers, the relationship between the black of the signs and the white of the support is fundamental for the installation. In Chinese aesthetics this dichotomy finds one of its main motivations in the relationship between empty and full, between the white of the support and the black of the traces - a relationship necessary for an action to have...
For Iva Lulashi (Tirana, 1988) painting and drawing have always been the ideal tools to satisfy her expressive need, a vital and necessary gesture through which to deepen oneself, the present and memory.
His work fluctuates between tension and stillness. His art personifies vitality and energy that generate a simultaneity of the image between action and dynamism. Its constant quality lies in perpetual movement. Everything brings to mind the dynamism of a single act that unifies creation and gaze, perfection and observation.
Martin interrogates the foundations of painting, ranging from epic and sensual compositions of swirling forms to calm and essential abstractions in precise and amalgamated tones.
The empathetic and interactive dimension allows us to become aware of our own identity through the experience of the other, because, through the relationship and the circumstance in which we find ourselves living, we are able to grasp aspects of ourselves that would remain precluded to us in a of isolation.
His works, regardless of the medium used, are made up of immediately recognizable geometric lines and volumes, primary, monolithic elementary units, which determine recurring elements organized in visual structures that periodically return within the artist's various pictorial cycles.
The artist, painter, sculptor e engraver Italian. He is one of the main exponents of the Italian transavant-garde, artistic movement theorized and promoted by Achille Bonito Oliva nel 1980 which identifies a return to painting, after the various conceptual currents developed in the seventies. His works are permanently located in some of the main international museums, including il Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York.
Nicola Samorì is an artist born and raised in Forlì and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. Painter and sculptor, he lives and works in Bagnacavallo and visiting his home-studio can be a fascinating experience. Material scraps, canvases, sculptures and pictorial residues are often abandoned on tables and floors waiting to take on meaning in new...
Breaking borders and crossing borders. Julian Schnabel is an artist with an exuberant personality, who has always loved to challenge himself to get out of categories and schemes, experimenting with many different types of art. From painter to director, from musician to writer. Each of his works is the result of a way of life: there are no...
Vibeke Slyngstad (Oslo, 1968). Participates in international exhibitions since the 90s. His pictorial practice, rooted in Romanticism, at the same time faces a critical analysis of the limits of photography, of which he also takes up the defects due to spots of light in his landscapes. In 2009 he participated in the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale exhibiting...
Natee Utarit (Thai, 1970) betrays the original subject by inserting iconographic elements of different historical and stylistic origins from the past and the contemporary. Despite this diversity, the hand of Utarit predominates, which leads the narrative back to a single time in which everything is present together.
Joana Vasconcelos (Paris, 1971) is a contemporary artist known for her monumental sculptures, but whose practice for over 25 years has extended to paintings and films. Vasconcelos updates the concept of art and craftsmanship to the 21st century and incorporates everyday objects with irony and humour, creating a bridge between the domestic environment and public space.
The nature of Joana Vasconcelos' process is based on the appropriation, decontextualization and subversion of persistent objects and everyday realities. Sculptures and installations that convey a keen sense of scale and mastery of color.
Known for crossing hyperrealism, cartoons and graffiti with historical and pop themes, Ventura tends to disrupt the commercial imagery he finds in magazines by creating the vision of a fantasy world that in addition to being surreal, suggests the real dangers faced by humanity : from consumerism to pollution and war.
His style has an unmistakable approach that borrows from the great masters of the Renaissance (Michelangelo in particular) the structure and attention to the design and the physical connotations of the characters who are however always placed in absolutely contemporary and current contexts.
Serena Vestrucci's work can sometimes be barely visible and seemingly simple: she digs into the interstice of everyday experience to be inspired by unexpected encounters with common objects. In his practice, the ordinary is decontextualized, or in his own words "transferred to a different field of action".