Schwarze Sonnen by Matthias Langer on Artsy

From 24 September to 28 October 2022,
Opus in Artem presents the exhibition
'Schwarze Sonnen (Black Suns)'
by Matthias Langer on Artsy.

Matthias Langer:
“The sun is actually always the brightest point in the picture because of its radiance. The brightest point will appear in the image as a white area. In analog photography, this does not always have to be the case, because the exposure curve (more light leads to greater brightness in the picture) is not always linear. At a certain moment, at the so-called solarization point, the curve tilts into negative. So, the sun becomes the darkest spot from the brightest point. If one imagines the analog photo material as a sensor, then the solarized places would be a misinterpretation of the incoming information.”

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Private Viewing in North Italy!

Opus in Artem brings international contemporary art exhibitions in art collector’s homes.

From the 6 to 24 September 2022 Opus in Artem presents a group of international contemporary artists at a collectors home in Nort Italy.
During this time, a number of private viewings will be held with guests from the private and business network of the host.

This private viewing is showing artworks by Carola Allemandi, Dea Belusco, Giovanni Buzzi, Andrea Gallo, Luca Gastaldo, Dina Goldstein, Mirsad Herenda, Matthias Langer, Mikos Meininger, Marco Minotti, Francesco Orrù, Enzo Rovella and Raymundo Sesma.

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Enzo Rovella << EARTH and FIRE, la ceramica dei grandi maestri >>

Opus in Artem
is pleased to announce that our artist
Enzo Rovella was invited to the prestigious exhibition
"EARTH and FIRE, la ceramica dei grandi maestri".

From 3 September to 30 October, the Roero is ready to host EARTH AND FIRE, the ceramics of the great masters, the exhibition that winds its way along the ideal path of the Sentieri dei Frescanti, initially involving the six municipalities of Monticello d'Alba as leader, Canale, Ceresole d'Alba, Magliano Alfieri, Montà and Sommariva Perno, to which Castellinaldo d'Alba and Castagnito will be added later.

A unique event featuring works by international artists from different collections. The exhibition, in fact, will make it possible to discover the art of ceramics and its various declinations from the 20th century to the present day through the eyes of different currents and some of its most important exponents: from Pablo Picasso to Ai Weiwei, passing through Salvador Dalì, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Marina Abramović and Maurizio Cattelan.


The 10 Commandments by Dina Goldstein on Artsy

OPUS IN ARTEM presents

The 10 Commandments by Dina Goldstein on Artsy

The show is online from September, 1 to October, 15, 2022
and it accompanied by a Viewing Room during the same period.

In her series “The 10 Commandments” from 2019, Dina Goldstein has created artworks that match a different American president to one of the Ten Commandments. The series wants to provoke visual shock, incongruity and irony and metaphor to inspire a discourse into how American society has gone so astray.

As art critic Sonja Baksa writes, “The 10 Commandments” can be seen as Goldstein´s most controversial series yet.
Its grounding piece, Lincoln, depicts the 16th and most popular President in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. His towering figure barely fits in the otherwise empty school corridor littered with children's clothes, glass shards, bullet shells and blood stains. Yet the sense of mourning and loss emanating from the scene renders him small and defeated.

By extension, the imagery renders small the constitutional principles on which The United States were founded. Coupled with the 6th Commandment "Thou shall not kill", the piece evokes the President's own public assassination and further underlines the country's ongoing issues of gun violence and gun policy. Using her established cinematic methodology, Goldstein blocks the Lincoln scene meticulously, each segment, each prop strategic and symbolic, coming together after a months-long pre-production process. All the while capturing in the singular still image a hint of the storyline that forms the greater narrative sequence of the series. That narrative seeks to examine the socio-political makeup of America through its political icons - the presidential figures that mark the most notable and controversial chapters in American history.

Each tableau features a President portrayed through the prism of their politics, popularity and/or notoriety, further contextualized by a contemporary backdrop, and assigned one of the moral and ethical postulates of the Ten Commandments. These, often humorous, narrative juxtapositions deconstruct the layers of political deceit, exposing latent hypocrisies and challenging the integrity of a system that is supposed to be a model of democracy and social progress. In the context of the series, Lincoln reaffirms the gravitas that lightness and humour in other pieces may inadvertently obscure.

 


Worldrecords by Kai Schäfer at Kunsthaus sans titre, Potsdam, Germany

OPUS IN ARTEM
is pleased to announce

WORLDRECORDS by KAI SCHÄFER

Kunsthaus sans titre
Potsdam, Germany

Opening
27 August 2022 at 6 p.m.

Exhibition period
28 August - 18 September 2022

Opening hours
Wednesday - Sunday 2 - 6 p.m.

The exhibition is also avalable on Artsy by folloeing this LINK


WORLDRECORDS
are the greatest albums in music history high­lighted: on record players that partly became legendary too.

WORLDRECORDS is meant to be a tribute to analogue acoustic art, a homage to the warmest, perhaps most sensitive type of sound carrier. In a way – and that makes the photo series so special – it is also a private time machi­ne to the spectator: music as an impulse to remember bits and pieces of one's personal history, a release of former thoughts and feelings. The soundtrack of your life.

From a formal point of view, the precise approach down to the last detail finds its ideal expression in large format. Each groove, each label notice, each tone arm component is oversized and thus nearly tangible. The special light Kai Schäfer has developed for WORLDRECORDS contributes a great deal to make these effects real.

The photo series the artist started with in 2010, today includes around 100 pictu­res. At the beginning of the series "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list selected by the "Rolling Stone Magazine" helped Schäfer choosing the most adequate titles. Later on, he went on by himself to add albums that in his opinion should take part of his Worldrecords.

The work on this series allowed him to meet and collaborate with various musicians such as Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, The B-52`s, Joy Division, Motörhead, Metallica and numerous German Top Acts as Kraftwerk, Die Fantastischen Vier, Herbert Grönemeyer, CRO, Die Fehlfarben, BAP, Extrabreit, Die Toten Hosen and many more. In this interview the artist talks about his work and some anecdotes of his career.

 


Carlo Caldara << Worrying about eternity >> on ARTSY

OPUS IN ARTEM
is pleased to present the ARTSY Online solo Show
From July 8 – August 31, 2022
Carlo Caldara`s art has an existential approach to the identity of man in the world. The artist has an eclectic attitude towards art, with cycles of various works. He combines painting with photography and creates works and installations with various materials such as coal, stones

Artist`s statement
"An existential wall, peeling away, with cracks marked by time past; it becomes a mirror of our lives, a page of memories. It is a barrier between us and others, which becomes rubble when it is torn down.

The LED neon like a spear of light symbolizes a spiritual presence, perhaps a sign of hope. I build walls to imagine my own infinity. They are mirrors of a cyclothymia that is the companion of parallel lives.

I live the poetry of dreams that are more real than days and the hours, minutes, seconds accompany the drumbeat of thoughts, of what I hide to show everyone, sparkling thoughts and addicted consciences."


Worldrecords by Kai Schäfer at ideAle2050, Alessandria, Italy

OPUS IN ARTEM
in collaboration with Alezon + ideAle2050

is pleased to announce

KAI SCHÄFER: WORLDRECORDS

c/o ideAle2050
via Alessandro III 33 – Alessandria

Opening
18 June 2022, 4-10 p.m.

Exhibition period
19 June to 9 July 2022

WORLDRECORDS are the greatest albums in music history high­lighted: on record players that partly became legendary too.

It is meant to be a tribute to analogue acoustic art, a homage to the warmest, perhaps most sensitive type of sound carrier. In a way – and that makes the photo series so special – it is also a private time machi­ne to the spectator: music as an impulse to remember bits and pieces of one's personal history, a release of former thoughts and feelings. The soundtrack of your life.

From a formal point of view, the precise approach down to the last detail finds its ideal expression in large format. Each groove, each label notice, each tone arm component is oversized and thus nearly tangible. The special light Kai Schäfer has developed for WORLDRECORDS contributes a great deal to make these effects real.

The photo series the artist started with in 2010, today includes around 100 pictu­res. At the beginning of the series "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list selected by the "Rolling Stone Magazine" helped Schäfer choosing the most adequate titles. Later on, he went on by himself to add albums that in his opinion should take part of his Worldrecords.

The work on this series allowed him to meet and collaborate with various musicians such as Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, The B-52`s, Joy Division, Motörhead, Metallica and numerous German Top Acts as Kraftwerk, Die Fantastischen Vier, Herbert Grönemeyer, CRO, Die Fehlfarben, BAP, Extrabreit, Die Toten Hosen and many more. In this interview the artist talks about his work and some anecdotes of his career.

 


Dina Goldstein - One day and two weeks in Alessandria

OPUS IN ARTEM e l`Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg
in collaborazione con Alezon + ideAle2050
è lieta di annunciare:

DINA GOLDSTEIN: ONE DAY IN ALESSANDRIA!

mostra flash - solo martedì 29 marzo 2022 - dalle 16 alle 22
c/o ideAle2050 - via Alessandro III 33 - Alessandria

LA MOSTRA FLASH: CI SONO COSE CHE CAPITANO UNA SOLA VOLTA NELLA VITA:

...come avere ad Alessandria, anche solo per una manciata di ore, un’accurata selezione delle opere di Dina Goldstein, visual artist israeliana di fama mondiale.

Grazie all'immenso successo della mostra flash di solo una serata con opere di Dina Goldstein presso l'associazione ideAle2050 ad Alessandria è stato deciso di prolungare l'esposizione di altre due settimane partendo con un’apericena offerto dal Ristorante Napoleon oggi, 32 marzo 2022 dalle ore 18 alle ore 22!


PERCH
É DINA GOLDSTEIN IN ALESSANDRIA?

Venite alla mostra flash e ve lo racconteremo. Quando? Solo martedì 29 marzo 2022, dalle ore 16.00, in Via Alessandro III, si svela “DINA GOLDSTEIN: ONE DAY IN ALESSANDRIA!” la mostra flash dell’artista nata nel 1969 a Tel Aviv (Israele), che vive e lavora a Vancouver (Canada). La mostra è curata da Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Ritter di “Opus in Artem” che avrete il piacere di conoscere personalmente, e organizzata in stretta collaborazione con ideAle2050 che ospita l’evento e con Alezon che l’ha reso possibile.

CHI SONO "OPUS IN ARTEM", "IDEALE 2050" E "ALEZON"?

Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Gernot Ritter, dopo 15 di attivitàà come galleristi d’arte contemporanea a Milano, fondano nel 2016 Opus in Artem, che è stato originariamente concepito come una piattaforma di informazione, consulenza, ricerca e intermediazione nel settore artistico internazionale. Opus in Artem crea delle sinergie tra artisti, gallerie, curatori, musei, associazioni d’arte, fondazioni, collezionisti e aziende private. Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Gernot Ritter sono tra i soci fondatori dell’Associazione Artistico-Culturale Serpaglio Lichtenberg a Bedonia nella provincia di Parma.  ideAle2050 è l’Associazione di Promozione Sociale nata per disegnare oggi l’Alessandria che verrà: un manipolo di giovani e meno giovani creativi di tutti i settori, un laboratorio di idee, un link per tutte le associazioni, uno spazio per tutte le arti. Alezon è Alezon.

COSA AVREMO LA FORTUNA DI AMMIRARE?

Avremo la fortuna, per poche ore, di ammirare i making of e alcune delle migliori opere di Dina Goldstein, tableau fotografici in cui immagini stupefacenti si combinano con una forte critica sociale. L’artista costruisce narrazioni complesse, che rivisitano gli archetipi incarnati da personaggi di fantasia per contestualizzare la cultura di massa. Oltre alle sue qualitàà estetiche, il lavoro della Goldstein è un feroce e ironico studio sociologico, mettendo in discussione i valori artificiali e costruiti della società contemporanea. Altamente controversi, i progetti di Dina Goldstein creano continuamente dibattito e dialogo a livello internazionale sulle piattaforme dei social media, sulle riviste e sui giornali. Il suo lavoro è stato affrontato in numerosi saggi e dissertazioni e nel giornalismo artistico, ed è studiato e insegnato nelle scuole d'arte, nei programmi di fotografia e negli studi di genere e d’ambito femminista.

QUALI E QUANTI I CAPOLAVORI ESPOSTI?

La serie "Fallen Princesses" consiste in dieci fotografie che ritraggono altrettante principesse Disney e altri personaggi delle fiabe collocati in un ambiente moderno. Il lavoro esamina elementi della condizione umana e crea una metafora dei miti delle fiabe, costringendo lo spettatore a contemplare la vita reale nei suoi aspetti meno idilliaci: sogni falliti, la fallacia di inseguire un'eterna giovinezza, l'obesità, il cancro, l'estinzione delle culture indigene, l'inquinamento, il degrado degli oceani e la guerra. Abbracciando le texture e i colori creati da Walt Disney, che ha costruito un impero multimiliardario sfruttando queste fiabe, il lavoro mette in discussione il classico leitmotiv idealistico disneyano «…E vissero tutti felici e contenti».

Con questa serie, realizzata tra il 2007 e il 2009, Dina Goldstein ha raggiunto il suo successo internazionale nel mercato dell'arte, collezionando numerose apparizioni televisive e contributi che l'hanno resa famosa in breve tempo. Alle principesse si aggiunge una selezione di opere della serie Gods of Suburbia del 2014, che rappresenta la terza serie a tema creata da Dina Goldstein: un'analisi visiva della fede religiosa nel contesto delle forze moderne della tecnologia, della scienza e del secolarismo. Dina utilizza archetipi dell'inconscio collettivo e dell'iconografia religiosa e li colloca in ambienti contemporanei. Il progetto sfida lo spettatore - religioso o laico - a intraprendere un viaggio mistico di auto-riflessione.

Insomma, uno spettacolo.

LA MOSTRA FLASH IN QUATTRO RIGHE:
Dina Goldstein: one day in Alessandria!
Quando: martedì 29 marzo 2022 dalle 16 alle 22
Extended for other two weeks!
Curatela: Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Ritter
Organizzazione: Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg + Opus in Artem + Alezon + ideAle2050
Location: ideAle2050, via Alessandro III 33, Alessandria

COME SAPERNE DI PIÙ?
Contatto Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg
Matthias Ritter
+39 366 18 300 31
info@opusinartem.com - www.opusinartem.com

Contatto ideAle2050:
Lele Gastini - 3928356929
Contatto Alezon:
masgas - 3931594428


Dina Goldstein - Gods & Princesses in the Taro Valley

Opus in Artem presents

OPUS IN ARTEM IN ITINERE III

Dina Goldstein – Gods & Princesses
Borgo Val di Taro, Via Nazionale 28

The exhibition was organized in close cooperation with the
Municipality of Borgo Val di Taro

Saturday 12 February 2022, at 6.30 p.m., in Via Nazionale 28 in Borgo Val di Taro, the opening of Gods & Princesses, a solo exhibition by Dina Goldstein, an artist born in 1969 in Tel Aviv (Israel), who lives and works in Vancouver (Canada). The exhibition is curated by Bianca Maria Rizzi and Matthias Ritter of "Opus in Artem", and organised in close collaboration with the Municipality of Borgo Val di Taro.

Dina Goldstein creates large-scale tableau photography that combines visually stunning imagery with social critique.  She constructs complex narratives that examine Archetypes within fictional characters to define and contextualize pop culture today. Her work not only carries influential artistic merit, but also serves to be a sociological study, as it questions the artificial values pop culture embeds in our society. Highly controversial, Dina Goldstein’s projects have garnered and continuously creates dialogue internationally within social media platforms, in magazines and newspapers. The work has been subject to many written essays, dissertations, and mentioned in various literature. These projects are studied and taught in art schools, photography programs, Gender and feminist ­­­studies.

The exhibition Gods & Princesses in Borgo Val di Taro features works from the series The Fallen Princesses and Gods of Suburbia.

The series Fallen Princesses consists of 10 photographs depicting Disney Princesses and other Fairy Tale characters placed within a modern environment. The work examines elements of the human condition and creates metaphor out of the myths of fairy tales, forcing the viewer to contemplate real life: failed dreams, the fallacy of chasing eternal youth, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous cultures, pollution, ocean degradation and war. By embracing the textures and colors created by Walt Disney, which built a multi-billion-dollar empire exploiting these fairy tales, the work questions the notion of the idealistic 'Happily Ever After' motif, composed by Disney, and spoon fed to children throughout the world.

With this series Dina Goldstein achieved her international breakthrough in the art market.
The series brought Goldstein numerous TV appearances and contributions and made her famous in a short time.
Watch here a few examples: Fanny Kiefer Show / CTV / Spain Mega TV / CBS ART Canada

The princesses are joined by a selection of works from the 2014 Gods of Suburbia series, which is the third themed series created by Dina Goldstein.

This is Dina Goldstein’s third large-scale project. The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science, and secularism. Dina utilizes archetypes from within the collective unconscious, and from religious iconography, and places them into contemporary environments. The project challenges the viewer — religious or secular to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of ancient ethics and morals in a society characterized by materialism and consumerism.

Watch here the Making of and behind the scenes-Video and this interview with Dina Goldstein about the series.

It should be noted that the exhibition is part of the Opus in Artem in Itinere exhibition concept, which is inspired by the "Freiraum" initiative already successfully implemented in Germany in the early 1990s, in the period immediately after German reunification, when large unused spaces in East German cities were allocated to cultural and artistic projects: with the consequence, also, of attracting investors and private buyers to the various properties and promoting their reconstruction.

Opus in Artem In Itinere works in a similar way, using temporarily vacant shops and shops to bring international art and culture to various points in the Taro Valley. The project involves using an exhibition space for a maximum of three months, after which the initiative moves to another location in the valley. Evidently, this concept can only work in collaboration with the owners of the exhibition sites, who make them available rent-free, embracing the idea that art can help improve the cultural but also the economic life of the valley's citizens.

In turn, the owner can use both the current exhibition and the related images and promotional material to market his property, which greatly increases the possibility of generating interest in it.

The international art exhibited in the valley attracts professionals and collectors, even from sometimes distant cities such as Milan, Bergamo, Parma, Piacenza, La Spezia and Genoa: qualified people who would probably never have come to our area without this cultural offer. These, in turn, bring business to local shops and restaurants, and return to their towns with positive impressions of the Taro Valley, which they will spread and tell others about, thus creating a virtuous circle effect.

Dina Goldstein, Gods & Princesses, solo exhibition
Curators: Bianca Maria Rizzi and Matthias Ritter
Organisation: Opus in Artem, Municipality of Borgo Val di Taro
Tecnical Sponsors:
Artarredo Mobili Galluzzi di Borgo Val di Taro
Fortunati Elettrodomestici di Borgo Val di Taro

Opening: Saturday 12 February 2022, h 18.30 - 20.30
Opening period: 12th February - 12th March 2022
Exhibition address: Via Nazionale 28, 43043 Borgo Val di Taro (PR)
Opening times: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 11-13 / 16-18


Carola Allemandi << Nocturnes with intention >> on ARTSY

January, 26 - February, 27 2022

Online Solo Show on Artsy

Carola Allemandi - Nocturnes with intention 

connected with its Viewing Room

After the series “Notturni” (Nocturnes) that is based on urban landscapes photographed during nighttime, in August 2021 and in occasion of the artist residence festival “Arte Kunst Val Taro”, Allemandi tried to think on a slightly different approach of working and created the series "With intention!"

 

Carola Allemandi: "In this new series, the item was to obtain a formal result equal or similar to that of Notturni but using natural elements such as flowers by photographing them in broad daylight."

In fact, using the camera's flash and strong sunlight, the subjects affected by the strongest light are strongly illuminated while the rest of the background remains underexposed or sometimes even black. This results in a night-time effect due to an excess of light.

The title "With Intention" derives from the awareness that every time you photograph nature, which is in itself an entity without will or intention and therefore innocent, your own subjective intention is established and prevails, creating a new vision filtered by the eye.

The project that preceded this series was called "Notturni" and stems from the attraction to some particular lighting situations in urban environments at night. The artist says that the intention of the shot was not documentary but expressive.

"Observing my own photographs in the first part of the research project, I realized that I could only emotionally perceive certain portions of the landscape I was looking at. The object of reality from which I started, the landscape, was necessary because it contained the inspiring subject, but some elements had to be removed in order to activate my language", says the young photographer.

Thus, and on the contrary to the "With intention" project a post-production work was necessary that aimed at subtracting and using black became fundamental in a process that maintains the attention to tones, framing, light and sharpness (which are part of her photographic background), to which, however, she adds a second creative moment of re-elaboration of reality.

The elements of the urban landscape are thus used to reveal an intimate vision, while the place itself has no value whatsoever. It is abstracted and reduced to the skeleton from which the atmosphere perceived there comes to life.