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.
With Live Music by the Italian rockband Stillhouse from Parma!
Listen to them on Spotify!

Exhibition period
18 August - 18 September 2022

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

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.

 


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


Jens Lorenzen at the Deutsches Zeitungsmuseum, Wadgassen, Germany

Opus in Artem strongly advises JENS LORENZEN`s solo show "ZEIT UND ZEITUNG" at the "Deutsches Zeitungsmuseum" in Wadgassen, Germany.

Exhibition period: 26 March to 22 MAy 2022

Exhibition address:
Deutsches Zeitungsmuseum
Am Abteihof 1 - 66787 Wadgassen
https://lnkd.in/dnj7z3UC

In addition to that, Opus in Artem has today launched a viewing room dedicated to Jens Lorenzen on Artsy.
https://lnkd.in/dyTdPjCF

The exhibition Zeit und Zeitungen im Werk von Jens Lorenzen presents around 35 large-format works by the Berlin artist, mainly from his MAUER cycle of works.

Lorenzen works with oil on canvas and prefers the technique of collage, finding the motifs in his collection of photographs, which he constantly expands on his travels.

The basis for his works are the front pages of newspapers and magazines or just headlines, which in turn correspond with brand logos, advertisements and flyers.

The viewer literally stands in front of a huge wall that hurls the flood of signs and information at us with full force. This media overload runs like a thread through the artist's work, which presents the aesthetics of the torn and peeled-off billboard with his collage technique.

Text source:
https://lnkd.in/dcDAzGPz


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 organised 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 Online Solo Show 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.


Matthias Langer - Lightlines Viewing Room on Artsy

January, 25 - February, 27 2022
Matthias Langer - Lightlines
Viewing Room on Artsy

 

The objects pictured here seem to be simply two burning candles in a candlestick. But the candles were the only source of light in the room when the picture was taken. They are light source and motif in one.

 

Therefore, the objects depicted here are not just two burning candles in a candlestick, the photograph shows the candles over the period of their entire burning time. The photographed candles have just been lit, half burnt and extinguished at the same time. The inside, the wicks, have been turned outwards as a trace of light. The flames become a line. Light and time have inscribed themselves in the picture.

 

“In Matthias Langer's works, time itself is the subject of investigation. His shots are free of digital technology, although the aesthetic result is deceptively reminiscent of Photoshop overlays. His practice is completely analogue in which the exposure time constructs the image. Emblematic in this sense is the work "Untitled - 18h" in which a candle is left to burn for 18 hours in front of the camera, which, with an almost closed shutter, records the development of an event, succeeding in synthesizing and preserving, as in a magic box inside the tiny extension of a plate, the entire extension of a life, however faint and insubstantial, of a candle. In a single shot Langer has enclosed the present image of the candle and its ghost, what it no longer is."

 

Roberto Mutti on the group exhibition ´PHOTOMA, Sensations from inner worlds´, Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi & Matthias Ritter, Milan, February 2013

 


Marco Minotti - Contemporary Bestiary Online Solo Show on Artsy

14 January - 27 February 2022

Opus in Artem presents

Marco Minotti - Contemporary Bestiary

Connected with its Viewing Room

 

In his works Marco Minotti often plays at inventing new animal species. He unites animals with animals, animals with human beings. He often ties, joins, binds animals to toxic clouds, magma that is nothing more than the representation of the "man" effect on nature.

His works want us to reflect, they do not want to amaze or terrify, they want us to think. They want us to understand for a moment, through metaphors, role-plays and images, what we are doing, what we are up to.

His research, in fact, is a denunciation of the effects that man can produce on nature, of genetic manipulation, pollution and other causes that the artist believes will lead to a rebellion of nature itself.

The ancients prayed to imaginary gods, such as the Medusa, the Basilisk, the Chimera, who were nothing more than animals and men united together, "today we are able to do it for real and soon we will find ourselves praying to them".


Tancredi Mangano - Pioneers Viewing Room on Artsy

14 January - 5 February 2022

Opus in Artem presents
Tancredi Mangano - Pioneers
in a Viewing Room on Artsy

The series "Pioneers" by Tancredi Mangano can be seen as an homage to our urban fellow inhabitants, who we either do not pay attention to at all or, if at all, only with suspicion or even regard as troublemakers. Yet these plants deserve the utmost respect, at least for their survival strategies, and can thus in some ways even be a role model for us humans. The series contains portraits of selected species that have managed to survive in an urban environment despite the most adverse conditions.

The presence of man is expressed in these photographs in an indirect but absolutely clear way: "For me, these are real portraits", and these plants "express what is dear to me: the capacity to live and resist difficult, almost impossible situations".

 

All the memory of nature and at the same time of the distant history lost in time and buried who knows how deeply under the layers of earth, cement and tar of the city comes back to the surface and communicates its anomalous and respectable existence and its tenacious resistance. Where the metropolis is, nature was, and metropolitan man is the last descendant of the ancient animal that took up an erect position and began to trace signs and build.

-- Roberta Valtorta --
Idea di metropoli, Silvana Editoriale, 2002

 


Dina Goldstein "Gods, Princesses and Presidents" Viewing Room on Artsy

10 December 2021 - 12 March 2022

OPUS IN ARTEM presents
Dina Goldstein - Gods, Princesses and Presidents

in a Viewing Room on Artsy

This Viewing Room of Canadian-Israeli photographer Dina Goldstein presents a selection of works taken from three series of work. The “Fallen Princesses” (2007-2009) established Goldstein’s global fame and marked her shift from photojournalism into the established art market. Other works are from the series “Gods of Suburbia” (2014) and “The 10 Commandments” from 2018.

 

Dina Goldstein creates large-scale photographic tableau that combine stunning imagery combined with social critique. Goldstein constructs complex narratives that examine archetypes embodied by fictional characters to contextualise mass culture.

 

In addition to its aesthetic qualities, Goldstein’s work functions as a sociological study in how it questions the artificial and constructed values pop culture injects into our society. Highly controversial, Dina Goldstein’s projects continuously create debate and dialogue internationally within social media platforms, in magazines and newspapers. Her work has been addressed through numerous essays, dissertations, and in art journalism leading to these projects being studied and taught in art schools, photography programs, and within Gender and feminist studies.

 

“Gods of Suburbia” is a visual analysis of religious faith situated within a context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative punctuated by religious iconography in order to communicate how organised belief has become entangled in a global framework driven by consumerism and greed. The project challenges the viewer—religious or secular—to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in our moment.

 

In the series of the “Fallen Princesses,” Goldstein places Disney Princesses and other Fairy Tale characters within a modern environment. The work examines elements of the human condition and generates a metaphor out of the combined myths of fairy tales that forces a viewer to contemplate real life in a myriad of dimensions: failed dreams, the fallacy of chasing eternal youth, obesity, Cancer, the extinction of indigenous cultures, pollution, ocean degradation and war.

 

“The 10 commandments” series aligns different U.S. presidents with one of the Ten Commandments. Goldstein hopes the images will produce ‘visual shock, incongruity, irony and metaphor to inspire discourse and insight into how American society has gone so astray.’