Cara Santa Lucia at Officina Leo Van Moric, Parma, Italy

Cara Santa Lucia
Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 11 December 2022
5 - 8 pm

Officia Leo Van Moric
Viale Gramsci 17/E- Parma

(ITALIAN VERSION BELOW)

On these two dates, we will present, in cooperation with the Association Serpaglio Lichtenberg from Bedonia (PR), works of art for affordable prices and as an option for a gift under the Christmas tree.

The evening will be accompanied by a friendly game of Natalino.
Bring along a recycled object from your home that you no longer need or no longer like, but neatly wrapped as a Christmas present. Through a quiz of Art and Music questions we will exchange these wonders among ourselves and ensure great fun.

The 'Cara Santa Lucia' project is the brainchild of a German-Italian couple who were already gallery owners in Milan: Bianca Maria Rizzi and Matthias Ritter. And from their meeting with Virginio Mori, a multi-faceted person linked to the world of IT and a great art lover.

Matthias and Bianca Maria's shared story began in southern India back in 1995, where they met during a holiday and have not been apart since.

She with a background as a goldsmith and jewellery designer and he as a photographer and geologist, they embarked on a career as contemporary art gallery owners in the great Milan of the early 2000s, gathering the best and youngest instances from the Germanic and Italian contemporary world and in particular acting as talent scouts for numerous artists now internationally renowned such as Jens Lorenzen and Kinki Texas.

In 2010, they adopted two children from Ukraine and in 2019, after almost 15 years in a gallery in Milan, they decided to move to the Apennines, to Bedonia, the birthplace of Bianca's grandfather. In 2021 they take action to bring a little artistic movement to the Val Taro and conceive a first festival that, like the couple has a bi-national name: Arte Kunst Val Taro. The intention is to bring high-level tourism to the valley, exploiting the presence of numerous vacant shops in the villages and transforming them into art workshops for the festival period.

In the same year, they got to know Virginio Mori through Bianca's brother, Piero Rizzi Bianchi, and a mutual friend, the Reggio Emilia painter Fabio Iemmi, and they decided to pursue the path of various art forms together, founding together the Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg.

This year they won the competition of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Parma for the Festival Arte Kunst Val Taro Plus 2022 with the newly founded association.

They believe that this is the moment to 'storm' Parma, the provincial capital with a funny and ironic exhibition presented by the association, to bring the good name of Bedonia to Parma as well. Here we are!

 


ITALIAN VERSION

In queste due date, presentiamo in collaborazione con l`Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg di Bedonia (PR) opere d’arte per prezzi accessibili e come opzione per un regalo sotto l’albero di Natale.

La serata sarà accompagnata da un simpatico gioco del Natalino.
Portate con voi un oggetto riciclato da casa Vostra che non Vi serve o che non Vi piace più, però ben impacchettato come un regalo di Natale. Attraverso un quiz di domande su Arte e Musica ci scambiamo queste meraviglie tra di noi e Vi assicuriamo un grande divertimento.

Il progetto “Cara Santa Lucia” nasce dall’idea di una coppia italo-tedesca già galleristi a Milano: Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Ritter. E dal loro incontro con Virginio Mori, persona dalle mille sfaccettature legata al mondo dell’informatica e grande appassionato di arte.

La storia comune di Matthias e Bianca Maria ha avuto inizio nel sud dell’India nel lontano 1995, dove si sono conosciuti durante una vacanza e da allora non si sono più separati.

Lei con un passato da orafa e designer di gioielli e lui da fotografo e geologo, intraprendono la carriera di galleristi di arte contemporanea nella grande Milano dei primi anni 2000, raccogliendo le migliori e giovani istanze del mondo contemporaneo germanico e italiano ed in particolare fungendo da talent scout di numerosi artisti oggi di fama internazionale come Jens Lorenzen e Kinki Texas.

Nel 2010 adottano due bambini dall’Ucraina e nel 2019, dopo quasi 15 anni di galleria a Milano decidono di trasferirsi in Appennino, a Bedonia, paese d’origine del nonno di Bianca. Si attivano per portare un poco di movimento artistico alla Val Taro e concepiscono un primo festival che, come la coppia avrà un nome bi-nazionale: Arte Kunst Val Taro 2021. L’intenzione è quella di portare in valle un turismo di livello, sfruttando la presenza di numerosi negozi sfitti nei paesi e trasformandoli, per il periodo del festival, in botteghe d’arte.

Nello stesso anno conoscono Virginio Mori attraverso il fratello di Bianca, Piero Rizzi Bianchi ed un comune amico pittore reggiano Fabio Iemmi e decidono di proseguire insieme il percorso legato alle varie forme d’arte e fondano insieme l’Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg.

Quest’anno vincono il Bando della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Parma per il Festival Arte Kunst Val Taro Plus 2022 con la neonata associazione.

Ritengono che questo sia il momento di “dare l’assalto” al capoluogo di provincia con una mostra divertente ed ironica presentata dall’associazione, per portare il buon nome di Bedonia anche a Parma. Eccoci qua!


Arte Kunst Val Taro Plus 2022 a Bardi, Chiesa di San Francesco

The `Associazione Serpaglio Lichtenberg` of Bedonia, in collaboration with Opus in Artem, invites Saturday, 8 October 2022 to the collective exhibition at the Auditorium San Francesco in Bardi (PR) that concludes the second edition of the `Arte Kunst Val Taro Plus 2022` festival.

Vernissage Saturday, 8 October at 5.30 p.m.
At 6.30 p.m.: Concert with mezzo-soprano Francesca Mercuriali accompanied by Marco Cristofaro on guitar.

Exhibition period
8 to 23 October 2022

Opening hours
Sat - Sun 10 - 12.30 and 15 - 19

All artists participating in 2021 and 2022 will be exhibiting!

Participating artists Arte Kunst Val Taro 2021
Carola Allemandi, Luca Gastaldo, Monika Grycko, Mirsad Herenda, Patricia Lambertus, Tancredi Mangano, Mikos Meininger, Marco Minotti, Stefanie Oberneder, Giuliano Orlandi, Francesco Orrù, Davide Ragazzi, Beatrice Roncallo.

Participating artists Arte Kunst Val Taro Plus 2022
Angelo Barile, Dea Belusco, Giovanni Buzzi, Andrea Gallo, Lele Gastini, Fabio Iemmi, Marco Minotti, Deborah Pellegrino, Tina Sgrò

The exhibition was organized with the support of the Municipality of Bardi.
Thank you for the technical support from Rental Car Rental and for the kind gesture of appreciation from Gioielleria Romano di Bedonia.


Luca Gastaldo Milan Review on Artsy

From September 28 – November 30, 2022 Opus in Artem presents a Milan Review solo show by Luca Gastaldo on Artsy.

This online solo show with landscape paintings by Italian artist Luca Gastaldo is a review to two exhibitions that the artist had in 2012 and 2014 at the Galleria Bianca Maria Rizzi & Matthias Ritter in Milan, Italy.

In the exhibition entitled 'Timeless' in 2012, a site-specific installation was created that involved the public in a multi-sensory experience: in addition to sight, touch, smell and hearing were stimulated through the reproduction of fragrances and sounds of the countryside, transporting the visitor to another place where it is easier to find lost memories and sensations.

As the curator, Alberto Mattia Martini, wrote, only apparently do Gastaldo's canvases depict landscapes: in reality they portray man, and the emotions that those panoramas arouse in him.
Only man is in fact able to be moved by the immense spectacle of nature, only man can intensely and consciously experience and feel its drama. For this reason, it is the human being who is the real protagonist of Luca Gastaldo's canvases, although he is only rarely physically present in the paintings.

"I am not interested," the artist explains, "in the work being traceable to a viewable place, I am not interested in the actual hues of the skies, in realizing precise perspectives or perfect views, I am only looking for emotions, desires, memories, interiorities".

Luca Gastado explains:
"I am not interested in the work being traceable to a viewable place, I am not interested in the actual hues of the skies, in realizing precise perspectives or perfect views, I am only looking for emotions, desires, memories, interiorities".

The exhibition in 2014, entitled 'Sky and earth say something
to each other in the sweet evening' was curated by Cecilia Maria Di Bona, who described Luca Gastaldo's painting in the following words:

... Auroras and sunsets, boundless and immense skies, opening onto the boundless, mysterious cosmos; airy as the unstoppable wind of passions and desire, of the unquenchable desire for happiness. ...

... This is what artist Luca Gastaldo grasps, looking out of the window of the boundless universe, with the curiosity and amazement of an eternal child who wants to play with the elements, with their shapes and colors, but also with the temperament of an eternal dreamer, of a sailor with a fearless heart ...

... The inspiration of his conscience, animated by the intimate desire to discover the mystery that life conceals in its unstoppable, multiple metamorphoses, ...

... Life is a storm, as transpires in the ineffable, mysterious allegory of Giorgione's canvas, or in Turner's vital and airy sea storms. ...

... Life is a storm and a search for shelter, for a refuge in which to find, at last, peace. ...

... Life is born from the encounter, the collision of the elements. The young artist, on canvas, traces their whirling path, the unstoppable race, the symphony of the four elements, in their breaking up and recomposing, to give life, for a moment, to forms. ...

... But life is also the search for harmony, and for stillness: and there appear, in the sky and on the canvas of the cosmos and of life, auroras and sunsets, like an omen of happiness. ...

... Skies open to the adventure of the passing of time and life, like clouds 'of the same substance as dreams', there where everything ends, there where everything is about to begin again and where everything can still, finally, transmute: this is the kairòs that Luca Gastaldo's brushstrokes manage to congeal on the canvas for a moment, subtracting it from the panta rei, which involves everything in itself, which overwhelms everything. ...

... At times, a glimmer pierces the blue darkness, like a revelation, like a glimmer that nourishes man's hope. One then grasps the dreaming and searching soul of the artist who projects himself outside himself, to the ends of the earth, towards the mysterious celestial realms. ...

... Gastaldo's work contains at the same time the intimate and profound heart of family intimacy, of the small human gatherings that joyfully spend the last hours of the evening in the distension animi, and the aimless wandering of the wayfarer, the gaze on the world of those who look far away. ...

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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.”

If you would like to follow the artist on ARTSY, click on this link!


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.

Interested in an art event in your home or in your business location?
Contact us for further information.
Be curious!


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.

 


Worrying about eternity by Carlo Caldara on Artsy!

From July 8 – August 31, 2022 Opus in Arem presents the Artsy Online Solo Show
"Worrying about eternity" by Carlo Caldara.
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

Artists 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