Luigi Presicce “Harlequins of heaven”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO

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Luigi Presicce
Harlequins of heaven (2020)

Opening > Piazza Bottesini (Turin) and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Wednesday 7 October, hrs. 18:30

28 September – 25 October 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

Harlequins of heaven, by Luigi Presicce the fifth poster of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, which is also the second winning work of the Flashback fair open call, is being inaugurated in Piazza Bottesini in Turin, on 7 October at hrs. 18:30. and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair.

The theme selected this year by Flashback, all art is contemporary, is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as sacred activity.

In this fall, which is rich of uncertainties, but also of expectations, the fall of an unexpected year, this image tells us of some happiness that is still and always at hand, just because – as Maïmouna Guerresi, Iginio De Luca, Serena Fineschi and Noura Tafeche have shown us throughout this pathway since February – after every defeat there is a restart, after you drop you raise again, both individually and collectively. Even though we are perfectly aware of the issues and crises the contemporaneity is going through, even though the Western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible), in spite of all this and just because of it we must not give up our passionate love for existence.

What is important is to keep the correct state of mind, i.e. the opening to the unexpected, that only the game allows practicing and training. This opening, this availability is of course marvelous and terrible at the same time, distressing and sublime.  As Caetano Veloso said the day after the election of Jair Bolsonaro: “Be careful. Now, everything is in jeopardy, everything is different, even though it remains marvelous.  We need to be vigilant and strong.  We have no time for death”.  Or, according to another version: “Attention. Everything is dangerous now. Yet, everything is divine and marvelous”.  

This is what is stated in Luigi Presicce’s poster, which is also animated by a deep visual culture that nourishes itself, for instance, of the magic realism of authors such as Massimo Bontempelli, Gino Severini and Alberto Savinio, as well as of that metaphysical attitude that lays at the origin of every authentically Italian art.

Born in Porto Cesareo (Lecce, Italy) in 1976, Luigi Presicce lives and works in Florence. He has attended Accademia di Belle Arti di Lecce, choosing deliberately not to discuss his thesis. His work was clearly influenced by his independent studies. In 2007, he participated to the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (Senior Course in Visual Arts – CSAV) at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como with American artist Joan Jonas. In 2008, within the framework of Artist in Residence, he participated to the workshop in Viafarini in Milan with American artist Kim Jones. In Milan, he founded Brownmagazine – with Luca Francesconi and Valentina Suma – in 2008 and then Brown Project Space, of which he curates the programming. In 2011, he founded “Archiviazioni” (exercises of investigation and discussion on contemporary Southern Italy), with Giusy Checola and Salvatore Baldi in Lecce. In 2012, he participated to Artists in Residence in MACRO, Rome, extending his invitation to nine other artists (Laboratory). Since 2010, with Luigi Negro, Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti, he has been involved in the Lu Cafausu project, which promotes La festa dei vivi (The party of the living beings, who reflect on death) and with which he was invited to AND AND AND at dOCUMENTA13, Kassel. Since 2016, he has been a founding member of Fondazione Lac o le Mon, in San Cesario di Lecce. Since 2017, he has been part – with Francesco Lauretta – of Scuola di Santa Rosa, a free school of design based in Florence and in New York. He was selected for Studio Program 2018 at Artists Alliance inc, New York and TAD Residency at Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo and Lacasapark, Gardiner, NY in 2019. In 2018 and 2019, he devised and curatedSimposio di pittura at Fondazione Lac o le Mon, a residence/platform focused on Italian painting of the last 30 years. In 2018, he curated Extemporanea-play, at Trebisonda Spazio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Perugia and Forme uniche nella continuità dello spazio (unique forms in the space continuity) at Rizzuto Gallery, Palermo, in 2019 Facciatosta Records, by Enne Boi at Toast project space, Florence. He is currently involved in the development of a performing cycle that started in 2012, whose theme are Le Storie della Vera Croce (The Stories of the True Cross) and in a touring training project for young artists called L’Accademia dell’immobilità (The Academy of Immobility). He developed performances at Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice (2010), Thessaloniki Performance Festival, Biennale 3, Greece (2011), Reims Festival Scènes d’Europe, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, France (2011), Màntica festival, Cesena (2011), Corpus, MADRE, Naples (2012), We Folk – Drodesera Festival, Centrale Fies, Dro (2012), Art City Bologna 2013, Bologna (2013), CastelloInMovimento, Castello di Fosdinovo, Massa Carrara (2013), ARTDATE 2014, Bergamo (2014), Il teatro dei luoghi Fest, Lecce (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany (2015), MAMbo Bologna (2015), Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015), Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno- Capannori, Lucca (2016), Le Murate, Florence (2016), Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Istituto Svizzero di Cultura, Venice (2017), Fondazione Lac o le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce (2017, 2018), MAP Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City (2018), Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato (2018), Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City (2019), Pelanda, Mattatoio, Rome (2019), Metodo Milano, Milan (2019). He won the ’Epson Art Prize, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2007), Premio Talenti Emergenti, CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2011), Long Play, MAGA, Gallarate (2012), Icona, ArtVerona, Verona (2014), Level 0, ArtVerona, Verona (2015). He was a finalist at Premio Moroso, second and sixth edition with special mention (2011, 2017), at Premio Maretti, second edition with special mention, L’Avana (2014), at Premio Fondazione VAF, seventh edition, Germany (2016) and at Premio Anna Morettini, first edition, Paris (2017). 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
5th Artist: 
Luigi Presicce, Harlequins of heaven (2020) 
From 30 September to 25 October 2020


With the contribution of Città di Torino and Fondazione CRT
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

Flashback, all art is contemporary 
VIII ed. LUDENS
5 / 8 november 2020
Pala Alpitour, Turin

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Opera Viva, The Billboard…Luigi Presicce

Opening…Piazza Bottesini (Turin) and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Wednesday 7 October…hrs. 18:3o

Harlequins of heaven, by Luigi Presicce the fifth poster of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, which is also the second winning work of the Flashback fair open call, is being inaugurated in Piazza Bottesini in Turin, on 7 October at hrs. 18:30. and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair.

The theme selected this year by Flashback, all art is contemporary, is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as sacred activity.

In this fall, which is rich of uncertainties, but also of expectations, the fall of an unexpected year, this image tells us of some happiness that is still and always at hand, just because – as Maïmouna Guerresi, Iginio De Luca, Serena Fineschi and Noura Tafeche have shown us throughout this pathway since February – after every defeat there is a restart, after you drop you raise again, both individually and collectively. Even though we are perfectly aware of the issues and crises the contemporaneity is going through, even though the Western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible), in spite of all this and just because of it we must not give up our passionate love for existence.

What is important is to keep the correct state of mind, i.e. the opening to the unexpected, that only the game allows practicing and training. This opening, this availability is of course marvelous and terrible at the same time, distressing and sublime.  As Caetano Veloso said the day after the election of Jair Bolsonaro: “Be careful. Now, everything is in jeopardy, everything is different, even though it remains marvelous.  We need to be vigilant and strong.  We have no time for death”.  Or, according to another version: “Attention. Everything is dangerous now. Yet, everything is divine and marvelous”.  

This is what is stated in Luigi Presicce’s poster, which is also animated by a deep visual culture that nourishes itself, for instance, of the magic realism of authors such as Massimo Bontempelli, Gino Severini and Alberto Savinio, as well as of that metaphysical attitude that lays at the origin of every authentically Italian art.

Flashback…Expo

Amongst the galleries you will find deployed this year there are many confirmations such as Longari – which selects once again Flashback as a “people friendly fair”, and therefore more than ever suitable to our contemporaneity, CattaiAleandri and all the Turin’s galleries that have enthusiastically supported the event since 2013. And even more new entries: from Alessandra Di Castro, a protagonist in the worldwide panorama of ancient art and chairwoman of AAI, to Paolo Antonacci, who counts, amongst his collectors, institutions such as Musei Vaticani and Accademia dei Lincei; from Callisto Fine Arts, who took back to light sculptures that are today preserved at the New York  Metropolitan Museum of Art, to excellences such as Maurizio NobileClaudio PoleschiCarlo VirgilioBottegantica and Matteo Lampertico, whose activity ranges from ancient painting up to modern art, with special attention to ancient paintings, which are selected in compliance with museum criteria by historical significance and state of preservation. 

The experience of these names associates to the passion and know-how of an increasing numerous group of young gallerists. For the first time in Pala Alpitour, the Italian 800/900 Artstudio and White Lands, and the Londoner Flavio Gianassi – FG Fine Art, which has selected the Flashback spaces for its debut in Italy; on the other hand, gallery Piacenti, whose works are exhibited – amongst other places – in the Uffizi, Il Mercante delle Venezie, with their wunderkammer of selected marvels, and Galleria Umberto Benappi. Then, in a moment where the collectors of international taste still find it difficult to travel and discover foreign masterpieces, the booth of the very young Caretto & Occhinegro opens a precious window on Northern Europe art; amongst their works, this year, a masterpiece of a Flemish master is taking us to a primordial forest, the Earthly Paradise, where our ancestors Adam and Eve are still animals amongst the animals, and the most human visage is the one of a unicorn, which is smiling with amused detachment to the fate that awaits all of us.

Every gallery shall put on stage winning works, such as Ecce Puer by Medardo Rosso (presented by Galleria Russo), where the visage of a child playing hide-and-seek behind a curtain is fixed forever in an infancy portrait. A ruse of sight – a piece of chipboard mistaken for a carpet in Tangier’s suk – turns for Aldo Mondino into a fortunate meeting with art and gives life to the work presented by Umberto Benappi. Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art exhibits an unprecedented large-sized landscape, by Francesco Gamba, which shows the city of Turin from a point of view we would not expect, whilst Galleria dello Scudo presents thee works by Toti Scialoja, a painter and poet who plays between abstract art and nonsense on both the canvas and the pages.

Flashback…Expo  

800 / 900 Artstudio, Livorno, Lucca (I)…Aleandri Arte Moderna, Rome (I)…Paolo Antonacci, Rome (I)…Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art, Rome (I)…Arcuti Fine Art, Rome, Turin (I)…Galleria Arte Cesaro, Padua (I)…Galleria Umberto Benappi, Turin (I)…Biasutti & Biasutti, Turin (I)…Bottegantica, Milan, Bologna (I)…Callisto Fine Arts, London (UK)…Galleria Luigi Caretto, Turin (I), Madrid (E)…Caretto & Occhinegro, Turin (I)…Mirco Cattai Fine Art & Antique Rugs, Milan (I)…Cecchetto e Prior Alto Antiquariato, Asolo TV, Castelfranco Veneto TV (I)…Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting, Milan (I)…Copetti Antiquari, Udine (I)…Galleria Del Ponte, Turin (I)…Galleria dello Scudo, Verona (I)…Alessandra Di Castro Antichità, Rome (I)…Flavio Gianassi – FG Fine Art, London (UK)…Galleria Giamblanco, Turin (I)…Gilistra Japanese Art, Turin (I)…Il Castello, Milan (I)…ML Fine Art – Matteo Lampertico, Milan (I), London (UK)…Longari Arte Milan, Milan (I)…Mazzoleni, London (UK), Turin (I)…MB Arte Libri, Milan (I)…Il Mercante delle Venezie, Vicenza (I)…Lorenzo e Paola Monticone Gioielli d’epoca, Turin (I)…Maurizio Nobile, Bologna (I), Paris (F)…Piacenti, London (UK)…Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Dogana (RSM)…Flavio Pozzallo, Oulx TO (I)…Galleria d’Arte Roccatre, Turin (I)…Galleria Russo, Rome (I)…Schreiber Collezioni, Turin (I)…Secol-Art di Masoero, Turin (I)…Studio d’Arte Campaiola, Rome (I)…Tornabuoni Arte, Florence, Milan, Forte dei Marmi LU (I), Paris (F), London (UK)…Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Rome (I), London (UK)…White Lands, Turin (I).

Flashback 2020…Ludens

– This year’s theme and image swerve our soul and incarnate at the same time our bewilderments and the spirit of Flashback arises as ‘unifier of differences’, where space and time collapse and the artwork lives in the relationship with its public. Neither young nor old, of no specific kind, the work lives continuously asking us questions, with no reply, the only certainty is that – in this pathway of search ‘NON SIAMO SOLI’ (We Are Not Alone).

Flashback is coming into the play with a new dazzling chapter, Ludens, the eight one, which take its moves from chess and – in particular – from an interplanetary game, the one Roger Zelazny sets on stage in his humorous sci-fi novel Unicorn Variations. Chapter number eight (eight as the cases on each side of the chessboard) is interested in the ludic dimension of Man, it celebrates playing as sacred action and inspiration for art throughout time, from Nefertari’s Mortuary Chapel to conceptual art, passing by Dadaism and Surrealism.

The Ludens are those individuals who are fully conscious they can influence the world, remold it through creativity and free play. This is what Daniele Caluri, vernacular author of Il Vernacoliere, debunking draughtsman of  Don Zauker and Dylan Dog, shows in the strong color the cover of a new  Flashback, putting us in front of a nameless character, who seems to have just emerged from an hallucinated dream to question, provoke, perhaps even mock us. Neither a man nor woman, neither young nor old, the message of this grinning ambiguous creature is not only a balloon, but a sarcastic laughter, a cheeky reassurance, a query without question mark: WE ARE NOT ALONE. This shout remains suspended and propagates throughout a sky painted in lime, a pungent, hybrid color – another leitmotiv of this edition -, which illuminates and disconcerts at the same time.