The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, July 24, 2014


MACT/CACT Switzerland opens two concurrent exhibitions that aim to penetrate one another
Christian Vetter o.T., 2012, Acryl und Pigmentdruck auf Papier, 200 x 135 cm.

By: Mario Casanova [translation: Pete Kercher]

BELLINZONA.- These two exhibitions aim to penetrate one another, although they start out from apparently contradictory concepts: the ones that underlie figuring and the dialogue between thinking and representing, a difficult embrace, as it were, between concept and relationship with the practice of reality.

La Bella Scrittura (Writing with Style) and Kopfe Und: Un Altro Modo di Ritrarre Kopfe Und: Another Way of Portraying) both inaugurated on Saturday 29 June 2013, as the curator’s intention is to draw a comparison and interface between two situations being debated constantly, in an era when we are experiencing radical change and the reconstruction of the parameters of a Novecento whose inheritance seems to be suspended in its fragility between on the one hand the loudspeaker of a society that thrived on decomposition into weakness and on the other social resentment. This is a topic that has already been raised on several occasions: the idea of Modernity in contemporary society and its social and political intersections/interactions is now experiencing an identity crisis. Culture and the process of civilisation do not seem to have developed in a parallel proportion, while – on the art scene – the global, universal concept inherited from the enlightenment matrix has mainstreamed knowledge and erudition.

In the attempt to create an active society, unfettered, disproportionate growth and consumerism for all – and at too many levels – have led us, among other things, towards an aesthetic society instead of towards pondering on the need for an aesthetic for society.

La Bella Scrittura dialogues continuously with the other exhibition, displaying works in which representation is constituted primarily by a conceptual content that tends to be detached from the objectivisation of the form. While Donato Amstutz frustrates representation with his extenuating making, Alex Hanimann creates verbal concepts balanced finely between writing and figuring. Christian Vetter intervenes on the subconscious of the image, sometimes reiterating styles, amending them with signs belonging to a personal, heterotypical universe. Ivano Sossella, an Italian artist but with an Anglo-Saxon temperament, gets to grips with a work whose character is more spatial, somehow altering the context of the architectural aesthetics in one of the rooms at the MACT/CACT.

While form is questioned and as a consequence undergoes breakage in the sense of a (re)interpretation of the more conceptual, abstract work in this first phase of the exhibition, the section that opposes it, Kopfe Und: Another Way of Portraying, adopts a harder, more uncompromising approach to figuring with an expressive matrix. There is a larger number of artists here, from different backgrounds: a core of three established artists (Aeppli, Disler and Hockney) is accompanied by younger peers, whose importance comes from their ability to represent the crest of the wave of change towards a society that is only apparently confused, but from many vantage points stronger, freer and more aware.



Today's News

July 4, 2013

A record for a Spanish Old Master: El Greco's "Saint Dominic in Prayer" makes $13,876,391

Christie's announces auction of works that celebrate the great modern muse Kate Moss

Inspired by Temptation: Odilon Redon and Saint Anthony at Cantor Arts Center

New multimedia displays at the Louvre show masterpieces of Spanish painting

Bonhams California and Western Art Auction offers views from the Sierras to Skagway

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to offer the Adell Venus Collection of Miniatures

New exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg celebrates Color Acting

New exhibition featuring rare and exquisite dresses opens at Kensington Palace

Simon Denny: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom opens at mumok in Vienna

Cameron Gray's state-of-the-art digital technology on view at Mike Weiss Gallery

Tyler Museum of Art unveils major internationally celebrated Deco Japan exhibition

Kahmann Gallery in Amsterdam presents the work of celebrated American photographer Jock Sturges

"Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art" opens at La Galerie Pfriem at SCAD Lacoste

Group exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery speculates on alternative futures for society

MACT/CACT Switzerland opens two concurrent exhibitions that aim to penetrate one another

New works by Vittorio Corsini and Kyung Woo Han on view at Gazelli Art House

Ana Cristea Gallery opens exhibition of works by James Viscardi

Parrish Art Museum presents Josephine Meckseper's installations as part of Parrish Platform

In the Absence of: Anna Landa opens exhibition at Christopher Henry Gallery

Yard Sale: A group show with a little bit of everything to open at Lesley Heller

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site