OpenArtCode Florence: contemporary art enters the spaces where Brunelleschi and Michelangelo were working during the Renaissance
In addition to highlighting the rich and diverse variety of styles and techniques typical of the OpenArtCode artists, their works take us to many different places in the world, as in the photos of Etienne Pierart who has documented the war in Syria and Iraq on behalf of the United Nations, but also in his travel photos he reveals the magnificent peace of Antarctica, or the curious faces of distant lands, which he has chosen to exhibit in Florence. In the photographs of Trond Are Berge, the great Norwegian forests that plunge into the blue waters of the fjords alternate with flames that burn on a rock overlooking a sea at sunset, or stones smoothed by the icy north wind are magically suspended in a clear sky. He does not use Photoshop, but cleverly overlays images so that for example, the intense face of a woman is confused into the wood of a tree trunk. The magic of digital manipulation dominates in the assemblages on aluminum and plexiglass by Jane Sager, in which signs and metaphors emerge, like the flamboyant voracious crocodiles pursuing graceful light-colored butterflies. The vivid colors are also present in the intense paintings of William Braemer, known above all for his famous coin sculptures, busts and torsos covered with various materials, headless like archaeological finds from the future, which have an ironic and amusing element to them too. Fame also accompanies Carolina Gynning, actress and TV presenter, winner of the Swedish edition of Big Brother, without distracting her from her female portraits with large eyes, “windows of the soul”, with their dark and deep tones accompanied by watery transparencies, using colors that deliberately do not correspond to reality. Strong primary colors are diluted in a variegated palette, but always chromatically decisive, in Tiril‘s abstraction. Each work is charged with pathos, which has been emotionally intuited through Tiril’s fertile inspiration of an ‘enlightened’ moment, allowing the viewer to perceive the work’s transcendental nature. The installations by the Dutch artist Marianne Jansen are related to the magic of dance and theater. The installation that she is making for Florence is dedicated to Syrian ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh (protagonist of Dance or die, documentary by journalist Roozbeh Kaboly), who danced – an ethereal messenger of peace – in a war-torn Syria, in the ancient Roman amphitheater at Palmira.
These and other great artists who form the OpenArtCode group for many years, such as David Harry, Sara Palleria, Max Werner, Evelyne Huet, Marco Aurelio Rey, Sinae Lee and Marybel Gallegos, will all be meeting and exhibiting in Florence in April.
Reliving these spaces today means creating a dialogue between the culture of the Renaissance and the search for languages and styles that are typical of contemporary art. The Mediceo Laurenziano complex is undoubtedly a fascinating and exciting place. It unites different structures, each rich in historical, cultural and artistic references, including: the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Old Sacristy, entrusted to Filippo Brunelleschi and Donatello carved the pulpits; the crypt houses the Treasure of San Lorenzo, Cosimo the Elder’s monumental tomb and Donatello’s tomb (hence the name Salone di Donatello); the Medici Chapels with the Medici family mausoleum; the New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo and the Laurentian Library, begun by Michelangelo and completed by Vasari and Ammannati.
Exhibition curated by Vito Abba
19th April- 8th May 20128.
Salone di Donatello, Basilica of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo, Florence.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-5.30pm (last admission at 5pm), Sunday 1.30pm to 5.30pm (last admission at 5pm).
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