Alessandro Bulgini “Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che?”

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Alessandro Bulgini
Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che?

Opening…live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Friday 30 October…hrs. 18:30

26 October – 22 November 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

On 30 October at hrs. 18:30 live on Facebook – @flashbackfair from Piazza Bottesini, there will be the opening of Opera Viva, 13 verticale: Che?, i.e. the work by Alessandro Bulgini, the deviser of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project curated by a Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback.

The theme selected this year by Flashback 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.

Alessandro Bulgini’s poster summarizes somehow the tale composed by the other artists and transfers it onto another plan. An old man completing crosswords, lazily sitting on a deckchair, in a pinewood close to Livorno last summer. The framing of the image deprives him of his head: it beheads him.  On the leg, he shows a tattoo with Ernesto Che Guevara. The title of the work – 13 verticale: Che? –  is intentionally ambiguous, ambivalent: the fights of the past, the dream of revolution, the visage of Che as a symbol of rebellion, are nowadays dimensions relegated to the memory, as if they were blended together in the after-history. Thus, the current condition is not much the one of surrender but – rather – of rest, of the end of all the battles, which are fading – perhaps definitely – into oblivion. 
In this case, the reference is to the famous Man Without Head photograph (1993) by Joel Peter Witkin, an image the author used to consider one of the saddest ones he had ever composed: a man who is still wearing his socks (a symbol of everyday and normality) is sitting without his head, i.e. deprived of his identity. Also, and manly for this, the photographer intends to honor Man and the unsustainability his condition represents. 
The old man with his beer guts, who is devoting to crosswords on the deckchair, is the symbol of a warrior spirit which has nowadays fully slumbered, in a present where the prevailing dimension is – in the end – perhaps not the one of failure, but the one of a serene, soothing despair, which is noble, in spite of everything. 

A lucid and though critical analysis on the condition of contemporary man, always in imbalance between action and inertia, between simulation and reality, between revolution and preservation. 

Alessandro Bulgini was born in Taranto in 1962; he lives and works in Turin. After his degree in theater scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, he lived in various Italian towns: Rome, Milan, Livorno, Venice, Genoa, and Taranto, to which he owes the absolute independence and individuality of his work. Difficult to be assimilated and framed into any artistic current, Alessandro Bulgini utilizes a wide spectrum of means to narrate and act with and on laterality, diversity, physical and cultural suburbs. Painting, photographer, video, performances and new media are all means to talk about the invisible and show how much the oblique look may show other, different and viable pathways. Several one-man and collective shows, both in Italy and abroad with the cycles of works: “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” starting from 1993 and “Hairetikos” since 2001, amongst which we remind Fondazione Volume!, Rome – Centre International d’accueil et d’echanges des Recollets, Paris, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris, New York – Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome – Castello di Rivara, Rivara – Sound Art Museum, Zerynthia, Rome – CIAC, Castello Colonna, Genazzano – Castello Sforzesco, Milan – Castello Cavour, Santena – Cordy House, London – Fondazione 107, Turin – La Triennale, Milan – Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida – Loft Project Etagi, Saint Petersburg , Russia – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin – HVCCA, Peekskill, NY- Biennale Democrazia, Turin. In 2008, the painting work Hairetikos makes a further displacement with the addition of the Opera Viva cycle, by which he has also joint Facebook, since his inscription on 15 November 2008, Opera Viva, which is still in progress, is a social work that resorts to the active contribution of all its participants: a work through which the artist develops innovative modalities of artistic use of both the network and the territory. Hence, the inauguration of the B.A.R.L.U.I.G.I. project (Opera Viva) from a bar in the suburbs, it states the simple rules to turn existent spaces (such as bars, butcheries, private houses or full villages) into creative welcoming spaces without any filters, free of charge and no profit, such spaces are connected to one another through individual Facebook pages, under of the same banner of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. Logo. 19 of them have been developed the world over. After the closure of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. basis, he deployed his activities even further to the territories, with the intention of contributing to let them be known better. Starting from his own neighborhood, Barriera di Milano in Turin, whose sidewalks he starts to “decorate” with the chalks (Decoro Urbano in Barriera di Milano 2014, 2015) and not only (Opera Viva, Tatuaggio per Barriera, 2018), (Opera Viva, Orto Urbano in Barriera di Milano, 2018), (Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, Affissione, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) etc. Then, Opera Viva activates eclectically for the towns for the towns of Taranto (Taranto Opera Viva), Cosenza (Cosenza Opera Viva), (Opera Viva, The Legends of Peekskill, NY. A shot for a wish) Peekskill – New York, USA, Livorno and then again for the Building of Via Cuneo 5 bis (Turin, headquarter Aurora) with the Arte In-Stabile project, for the hospital of S. Anna in Turin, for the town of Imlil in Morocco, for the Jungle refugee camp of  Calais (Opera viva, the Jungle), for the grammar and primary schools (Opera Viva, Scuola di Volo) and for all those territories that need and will need it, developing an innovative methodology that boasts elements of both public and relational art. A commitment towards the collectivity, which needs to be involved and represented, in the belief that art must enter the everyday life to re-generate and be actually “alive”.

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020 
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
6° Artist: Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che? (2020) 
From 26 October to 22 November 2020


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

Flashback, all art is contemporary 
LUDENS…Extended Edition 
3/8 November 2020… spread venues!
11/3/2020 – 7/3/2021…online!

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Opera Viva, the Billboard…Alessandro Bulgini

Opening…Live on Facebook (@flashbackfair) from Piazza Bottesini
Friday 30 October…hrs. 18:30

On 30 October at hrs. 18:30 live on Facebook – @flashbackfair from Piazza Bottesini, we will present Opera Viva, 13 verticale: Che?, i.e. the work by Alessandro Bulgini, the deviser of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project curated by a Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback.

The theme selected this year by Flashback 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.

Alessandro Bulgini’s poster summarizes somehow the tale composed by the other artists and transfers it onto another plan. An old man completing crosswords, lazily sitting on a deckchair, in a pinewood close to Livorno last summer. The framing of the image deprives him of his head: it beheads him.  On the leg, he shows a tattoo with Ernesto Che Guevara. The title of the work – 13 verticale: Che? –  is intentionally ambiguous, ambivalent: the fights of the past, the dream of revolution, the visage of Che as a symbol of rebellion, are nowadays dimensions relegated to the memory, as if they were blended together in the after-history. Thus, the current condition is not much the one of surrender but – rather – of rest, of the end of all the battles, which are fading – perhaps definitely – into oblivion. 
In this case, the reference is to the famous Man Without Head photograph (1993) by Joel Peter Witkin, an image the author used to consider one of the saddest ones he had ever composed: a man who is still wearing his socks (a symbol of everyday and normality) is sitting without his head, i.e. deprived of his identity. Also, and manly for this, the photographer intends to honor Man and the unsustainability his condition represents. 
The old man with his beer guts, who is devoting to crosswords on the deckchair, is the symbol of a warrior spirit which has nowadays fully slumbered, in a present where the prevailing dimension is – in the end – perhaps not the one of failure, but the one of a serene, soothing despair, which is noble, in spite of everything. 

A lucid and though critical analysis on the condition of contemporary man, always in imbalance between action and inertia, between simulation and reality, between revolution and preservation. 

Extended Edition

Thanks to everybody’s decision, Flashback is turning into an Extended Edition.

Flashback’s decisions are shared, “the world is made of relationships, we are all connected. Even if it makes us feel fragile, this is the key to overcome the crisis”.*

On Thursday 15 October, all the Flashback’s galleries democratically voted – as established – the modalities for the deployment of the 2020 edition.  
All the exhibitors cohesively state: “We have decided all together, with responsibility and consistently to the spirit of network that animates the event, to transform because of the risks due to the Covid emergency”.   

All the galleries will remain open and ready to welcome the visitors and – in the same spirit of network – the Flashback’s galleries of Turin have offered to host in their own spaces the works of the galleries coming from outside Turin.
Directors Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe state: “We are proud to have shared such a significant decision with all the exhibitors and to announce that – although the Pala Alpitour fair is postponed to November 20121 – all the Flashback‘s galleries shall have their space in Turin’s Art Week and not only”.

This is why Ludens (i.e. the title of the 2020 edition), referred to every individual’s ability to reshape reality through creativity, is definitely consistent with the choice to reshape this 2020 edition, which is waiting for you in the Flashback’s galleries from 3 to 8 November 2020 and as virtual shopping window, online on the event’s website, from 3 November to 7 March 2021.

The appointments of Opera Viva Barriera di Milan, the Billboard, the project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, will continue in the open space of piazza Bottesini in Turin. The next disclosure of the 6×3 art poster is scheduled for 30 October.

So…see you very soon and Stay Tuned for all the real time updating! 

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 (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).


*Cristina Comencini

Flashback…”DOES NOT LEAVE US ALONE”

Flashback, all art is contemporary, the fair dedicated to art with no space or time limits “DOES NOT LEAVE US ALONE”. The dates of the eighth edition: from 5 to 8 November – preceded by two days of preview for collectors and press on 3 and 4 November from hrs. 11 to 20 – are confirmed. The venue is certainly confirmed: the Pala Alpitour in Turin, designed by Arata Isozaki which – with its 22 meters of ceiling and 4000sqm of pathway – can host the booths of the 41 participating galleries and the visitors in extreme safety and with the required social distancing. The format, which is more topical than ever in its aiming at quality and diversity rather than at quantity, is therefore confirmed. A brand of the fair since its very first edition, evidence of which is provided by Flashback’s constant commitment towards art and curatorship projects that develop on the territory throughout the year. 

“The perfect contamination between global and local makes Flashback a people-friendly project, which can focus on dilated time and space” – state Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, founders and directors of the event. “This is why – in spite of the complicated historical moment – Flashback confirms its own deployment and launches the project by an emblematic image entrusted to Daniele Caluri”. The well-known designer of Il Vernacoliere, besides of Don Zauker and Dylan Dog, has carried out a debunking cover which states “non siamo soli” (we are not alone) and which the public will find recurrently in Pala Alpitour. 

Before the Covid emergency, the fairs were the main channel of sales for the galleries, but – mainly – they were the place dedicated to meet new customers. In spite of the sometimes very high costs, the galleries considered them appointments they could not turn down. In 2019, this channel of sales generated 46% of the galleries’ income (source: Art Basel | UbsThe Impact of COVID-19 on the Gallery Sector. A 2020 mid-year survey). Obviously, the cancellation of many of them has turned into a reduction of turnover for a large number of galleries. 

“Fairs of more contained size and costs are the optimum solution in this particular moment”, states Marco Longari, antiquarian of long tradition, with presences at the most significant international fairs. The fair in presence is an essential tessera: should it be missing, it could affect the whole supply chain of art from the gallery to the restorer, with difficulties also for the Museums that work in strict collaboration with the galleries.

Flashback is therefore a more sustainable pattern within the art market, which can benefit both the galleries and the collectors and offer a significant experience of art to all its fans.

The Fair is committing to enforce compliance with the provisions on interpersonal distancing issued by the government decree on the containment of the health emergency. Furthermore, it is following the technical safety protocol drafted by Politecnico di Torino “the events restart safely”. 

The preview reserved to the collectors and to the press will be stretched to two days, thus widening the fruition time (Tuesday 3 November and Wednesday 4 November, from hrs. 11 to 20).

Flashback will offer to collectors and visitors a proposal of art that ranges from antiquity to contemporary, without time limits or geographic boundaries, passing from Eastern art to the Western one; an offer that includes painting, sculpture and decorative arts from artist’s jewels up to the scientific objects from wunderkammer.