Special project...Flashback is opera viva

Opera Viva, il Manifesto…Open Call

Expiry date March 22nd 2021

The terms are open – up to March 22nd – to participate to the fourth edition of the call for visual artists

a project by Alessandro Bulgini
curated by Christian Caliandro

>> download the call

The Call dedicated to the artists who want to put themselves at stake confronting the territory of neighborhood. Barriera di Milano in Turin is opening for the fourth consecutive year.

Since 2015, many have occupied the 6 x 3 space for public billposting in piazza Bottesini in Turin. Both very young and well-known Italian and foreign artists have dealt with the territory, taking the challenge of creating a work that could enter the lives of the neighborhood’s inhabitants with force and respect, accompanying their routine day after day 

This year, 8 artists (9 in total) – like the whole project – “Flashback, all art is contemporary “, are called to participate, with no limits of age or nationality, time or space. The jury charged to select the projects shall be composed, like in the previous years, by artists, curators, art critics and museum directors. 

The term for the shipment of the materials is established by Monday, March 22nd 2021.

The Project 
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto, is an urban art project that adds meaning to the concept of public art thanks to the use of the pre-existent in conceiving the artwork – in the specific case a 6x3m municipality space for public billposting (cimasa 50530)   in Piazza Bottesini in Turin (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood) – interpreted by national and international artists throughout the year.

The project develops around a precise idea of the relationship between art and public space, and of the function of a work within an urban context and community.

Through this operation, Flashback connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its beginning), believing that art must leave the institutional spaces, go down to the road, stretch towards reality, constantly move through it, happily integrate into the dimension  of everyday’s existence,

“Il Manifesto”
A 6x3m poster in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini pulses in the heart of Barriera di Milano, i.e. one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Turin, rich in history, identity and future, thanks to artists of different background and style,  who though share an original innovative approach to the artistic practice.

The life streaming
For each new poster, a life streaming shall involve the protagonist artist, the creator, the curator and those who are responsible for the project. All of them shall be enabled to participate and intervene. The meeting is aimed at analyzing in depth the meaning of the poster, the poetry of the artist and the motivations that have made him/her deal with the territory.

The exhibition
During the five days of event Flashback, all art is contemporary, in Turin the first week of November, the images of the posters – as well as all the collected fragments of life -shall be gathered to tell the window, open on the world and for the world.

The talk
An appointment of discussion on the meaning of “public art” is developed every year in the Art Lounge of the fair that – in 2021 – reaches its ninth edition: an analysis of the function of the artwork as agent-reagent within a community, starting from Turin’s experience.

The labs
A pedagogic project, born with the will of extending and narrating the reflections on the theme of the use of art as cultural experience of awareness and citizenship, which involves the primary and grammar schools of the neighborhood. The students shall be the protagonists of a four-appointment experience that starts from the narration and from the visit to the posters which will be developed.  

>> For further information: operaviva@flashback.to.it

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto 2021
Open call for visual artists
Expiry date March 22nd 2021

All art is contemporary…Last Episode

The last week of Flashback, all art is contemporary, Ludens, in its Extended Edition version.

This is the last episode of our weekly appointments, which have allowed us examining in depth – in an unprecedented version, the works presented by Flashback’s galleries. 

This last week of the on-line fair ends by a tale on the history of mankind through myths and legends, whilst the galleries are waiting for you off-line to visit their exhibitions. 

This is the link to visit the on-line fair, where you will find the list of the exhibitors and all the works we have presented you throughout these four months in our weekly episodes, news and all our social channels. On the other hand, this is the link to the visit section, where you can discover the whole program in the galleries’ seats.

As you know, Flashback decided to keep on supporting its galleries from November 3rd up to March 7th 2021 through what has been defined a Extended Edition, which developed on the territory and on the web in a network of exchange and support under the banner of statement “we are not alone and neither are you” 

“Myths and legends”

“A myth is the metaphor of a mystery that goes beyond human understanding. It is a story that helps us understand, by analogy, some mysterious aspects of ourselves”
(Christopher Vogler)

The pathway through the ancient stories starts with Narciso alla fonte, la ninfa Eco e Amore, oil on panel of the first half of 17th Century by Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari. Narcissus mirrors himself at the stream, with Eco and Eros behind him.  Eco, condemned by Hera to repeat all that she hears to b said, falls in love with Narcissus, but she is not reciprocated, and she will die of sorrow because of that. Narcissus is punished by Nemesis because of his insensitivity: having gone to thee stream to refresh, he looks at his reflected image and falls in love with it, forgetting to eat and drink for days. This will be his end. 

The myth of the Ratto delle Sabine (Rape of the Sabine Women) is told us by Enrico Paulucci, in an oil on canvas of 1934. The style of the work reminds us post-impressionism. The painting portrays the moment where the Romans, which are represented naked, kidnap the Sabine women. The desperate women try to flee; yet, some of them are already overpowered and resigned. All around and at the horizon there is a barren landscape of warm colors.  

We continue with Earthly Paradise (Il paradiso terrestre) by Herri Met De Bles II, oil on panel of 1540 approx. The Garden of Eden is the original primitive area of happiness and purity. Adam and Eve, the first humans on Earth, are called to enjoy the beauty of this locus amoenus, where the flora and the fauna are luxuriant. In this work, which directly recalls Bosch by his influence, we find a forest populated by fantastic animals and monsters. 

Salvo illustrates us the myth of Ippolito e Fedra (Hippolytus and Phaedra), by the work of 1977, oil on panel: a moment of tension, underlined by the bright colors and by the expectation of something terrible which is to happen at any moment. Phaedra, wife of Theseus, falls in love with her stepson Hippolytus and – having been rejected – takes her revenge telling her husband she has been raped. Theseus punishes his son calling Poseidon: the god sends a rogue wave that frightens the horsed of Hippolytus chariot, and Hippolytus is overturned. The painting represents Theseus calling Poseidon and Hippolytus on horseback, with the waves that already appear at the horizon. 

We conclude our journey with work Salomè by Vittorio Zecchin, oil on panel of about 1919. The two feminine visages that are represented emanate some mystic eroticism and show a Byzantine-like style that recalls us painter Gustav Klimt. The legend of Salomè narrates that she had John the Baptist beheaded since the latter had accused her mother, Herodias, of leaving her father and escaping with her uncle. The charm of this legend lies in the fact that – in the various representations by artist throughout the centuries – the mother and the daughter were often exchanged: is the figure who holds John’s head Salomè or Herodias? The mystery of this duplicity has never been solved.

In the image, on the top Left /hand: Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari, Narciso alla fonte, la ninfa Eco e Amore (Narcissus at the stream nymph Eco and Eros) first half of the 17th Century, oil on panel, cm 148 x 180, courtesy of: Arcuti Fine Art, Rome; Turin (I). Followed by: Salvo, Ippolito e Fedra (Hippolytus and Phaedra), 1977, oil on panel, cm 42 x 27, courtesy of: Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Dogana (RSM).
Below, on the LH side: : Enrico Paulucci, Ratto delle Sabine (The Rape of the Sabine Women) 1934, oil on canvas, cm 65 x 100, courtesy ofGalleria d’Arte Roccatre, Turin (I). Followed by: Vittorio Zecchin, Salomè, about 1919, oil on panel, cm 45 x 35, courtesy of: Galleria d’Arte Cesaro, Padua (I). Followed by: Herri Met De Bles II, Earthly Paradise (Il paradiso terrestre), 1540 approx., oil on panel cm 25 x 20, courtesy of: Caretto&Occhinegro, Turin (I).

Flashback 2020, Extended Edition…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, Roma, 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, Roma (I)…Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Rome (I), London (UK)…White Lands, Turin (I).

All art is contemporary…Episode #13

“The animals”

Fauna between symbols and meanings in the work of Flashback’s eight edition.

“Man does not know more than the other animals; he knows less. 
They know what they need to know. We don’t.” 
Fernando Pessoa
Let us start our weekly incursion into Flashback’s works by detecting what the world of domestic, wild and imaginary fauna is telling us. The first one is an ancient intriguing Ningxia carpet on a yellow background, coming from the 19th Century’s China, 198 x 132 cm, which represents – in its complex plot – the dogs of Fo, hounds of the Chinese tradition that are also called watchdogs. 

Let us then focus our attention on Enzo Cucchi, born in 1949. The work is drawing Senza titolo of 2020 (pastels and charcoal on white card, assembled in an irregular shape), which belongs to I Predicatori “The Preachers” series. The subject is the muzzle of a horse that transforms and branches out through the black of the charcoal. By the “The Preachers” series, the artist give birth to some sort of fantastic bestiary, where the irrational, the vision and the dream reign. 

The incursion continues with Scena pastorale by Dirck Van Den Berghen, oil on canvas of 1675. A composition of animals in the foreground: three bovines, two ewes and a lamb; the sun which emits a soft light through the clouds; a hut within which we spot the figure of a man, all elements which – as a whole – perfectly render the serenity of the rural life.

Carol Rama, a painter from Turin, adds a further tessera to the tale by her work S.T. of 1990 (marker and enamel on cardboard), which represents a man with an orange-colored toad beside him; on it, another green toad with red, black and yellow dots. Fantastic totemic animals the artist used to draw beside naked subjects; animals that multiply, evolve and represent transformation.

We continue with the Horse of China Shaanxi province, Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), in gray terracotta with polychromy on white engobe. This work expresses the dynamism of such animal: the neck in torsion, the head facing upward, the tensed ears, the open mouth and the lifted right paw highlight its restlessness and realism.

Finally, the precious Earrings in yellow gold, black onyx and diamonds of 1970 approx.: golden rings that thicken and turn into snake heads crowned by diamonds resting on the volcanic stone black background. By their shapes, these jewels recall a snake biting its tail, i.e. the ouroboros, the symbol of the eternal return, of all that ends to restart in an infinite cycle.

In the image, on the top Left /hand: Dirck Van Den Berghen, Scena pastorale (Pastoral scene), 1675, oil on canvas, cm 26.7 x 33, courtesy of Galleria Luigi CarettoTurin (I), Madrid (E). Enzo Cucchi, Senza titolo (Untitled), belonging to the series “I Predicatori” (The Preachers), 2020, pastels and charcoal on white cards assembled in irregular shape, cm 170 x 110, courtesy of: Aleandri Arte ModernaRome (I). Followed by: Ningxia Carpet, China 19th Century, cm 198 x 132, courtesy of: Mirco Cattai Fine Art & Antique RugsMilan (I).
Below, on the LH side: Carol Rama, S.T., 1990, marker and enamel on cardboard, cm 34 x 24, courtesy of: Galleria Del PonteTurin (I). Followed by: Earrings, Italy about 1970, in gold, black onyx and diamonds, courtesy of: Lorenzo e Paola Monticone Gioielli d‘Epoca, Turin (I). Followed by: A painted pottery horse with raised neck, China Shaanxi province, Tang Dynasty 618-907 A.D., gray terracotta with polycrhomy on white engobe, cm 49 x 54.5, courtesy of: Schreiber Collezioni, Turin (I).