THE BIG DRAW 2018. THE MOST GREAT WORLD DRAWING FESTIVAL ARRIVES IN ROME. OCTOBER 9th WORKSHOP “FROM VISION TO OBSERVATION” WITH SARA AND RIVKA SPIZZICHINO.

Centro Di Sarro hosts 24H Drawing Lab as part of the Big Draw Festival 2018. Since 2000, the annual international festival of design, which unites people under the motto “drawing is a universal language / design is a universal language”, It takes place regularly in more than 25 countries, involves more than 1000 events and has brought over 4 million people to the drawing board. Big Draw Festival takes place this year from 1 to 31 October worldwide, and from mid-September to mid-October for 31 days it arrives in Italy. Beneficial institution for arts education, The Big Draw is the founder and motor of the Festival and believes that “everyone can draw”. The Big Draw promotes design as a universal language capable of changing lives and bringing people of all ages, origins and religions from all over the world together.

Centro Di Sarro and 24H Drawing Lab are happy to present “From vision to observation. Solution to perceptual problems in the design. “On October 9th 2018 at 3pm, free meeting by reservation where the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino will help to recognize the most common pitfalls that do not allow to draw well, facing the perceptive difficulties that they meet in transferring their sign on the white sheet. Understanding and overcoming these difficulties helps to free oneself from one’s internal censor, allowing even non-artists to find their own creative way. The events in Italy are supported by Fabriano.

The workshop in Rome took place on 9th October in the Centro Di Sarro spaces in Via Paolo Emilio 28, from 3 to 6 pm. The Centro is also home to the Luigi Di Sarro Historical Archive which preserves the legacy of the artist’s works, including a fund of over 10 thousand drawings.

For more information about the Festival and the event “From vision to observation. Solutions to the perceptual problem in the design” please visit: https://thebigdraw.org/event/24H_Drawing_Lab__Dalla_vision_allosservation/8118

or watch the video (by Benedetto Sanfilippo):

SEGNI. Photographs, drawings and sculptures by Luigi Di Sarro, curated by Carlotta Sylos Calò. 11 October- 14 November 2018 MLAC – Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome

In the fortieth anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro, the exhibition organized by the MLAC with Centro Di Sarro offers a glimpse of the production of Luigi Di Sarro between the 1960s and the 1970s, highlighting the transversal nature of his approach to techniques and materials and his characteristic conception of the “sign” as a generative element of shapes and spaces, without a real caesura between abstraction and figuration, evident both in graphic and pictorial work, and in photography and sculpture.

Di Sarro, avid experimenter in his artistic activity, has practiced drawing, painting, engraving, sculpture, photography and performance, focusing in particular on themes related to the body, movement, light and abstraction capacity of the sign and the geometric figures. Di Sarro died only thirty-seven years old, killed for a fatal misunderstanding in the tense climate of the years of lead in Rome, on February 24, 1979; he left a vast artistic production (paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, graphics, projects, notes, aphorisms). Works by Luigi Di Sarro are in several Italian and foreign public collections (including GNAM, MACRO, Palazzo Braschi and the National Institute for Graphic Design in Rome, Pompidou Center in Paris).</p>

Active since 1987, the Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea-MLAC, directed by Prof. Claudio Zambianchi, has been proposed since the beginning as a meeting place between the university and the contemporary cultural world, distinguishing itself for its vocation to research and training. Among the initiatives that have animated the program for thirty years, there are exhibitions, conferences, round tables, book presentations, festivals, video reviews and musical proposals, which aim at first hand to put in contact the most lively artistic and cultural realities of the moment with the students and scholars of the University, often coming to involve them actively. In the same way, the will to open up to the city is strong, involving all citizens through the proposal of a very varied program.
Exhibitions and events promoted and organized by the MLAC take place in the spaces set aside in 1985 by the La Sapienza University of Rome, at the Rettorato Building, in the heart of the University City.

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On the occasion of organizing and carrying out the exhibition the MLAC offers a possibility of internship to students who have an interest in deepening in the field the craft of the historian and art critic in all facets. The internship foresees, in fact, an active commitment both during the preparation stage, with the possibility of working in close contact with the curators, and during the opening period of the exhibition, managing the guided tours, the reception of visitors and, last but not least , all the work related to the promotion of the exhibition, learning to manage the various online communication channels, from the blog to the main social networks.

 

CONTRIBUTI AL NOVECENTO. Luigi Di Sarro’s painting in a group show at Fondazione Stelline. Milan 2018 September 13th – October 14th

On the occasion of “Novecento Italiano”, a program of City of Milan, which documents the history of art from the historical avant-gardes to the contemporary, from September 13th to October 14th 2018 the Stelline Foundation presents the exhibition Contributi al Novecento. From Boccioni to Rotella to the contemporaries, curated by Bruno Corà and Tonino Sicoli. The aim is to make the 20th century collection of the MAON – Museum of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art in Rende (CS) known to the general public. Thirty-five works exhibited in a chronological account from the early twentieth century to the twenty-first century, organized in two time sections.

 

LUIGI DI SARRO’S SELF-PORTRAITS ON SHOW AT ROCCA ROVERESCA IN SENIGALLIA – 2018 AUGUST 25th

FOR THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SELF-TIMER AT THE ROCCA ROVERESCA: GIORGIO BONOMI CALLED 150 ITALIAN ARTISTS TO SENIGALLIA. THE EXHIBITION AT THE ROCCA ALSO RECOGNIZES THE HISTORY AND THE NEW ACQUISITIONS OF THE ITALIAN ARCHIVES OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SELF-PORTRAIT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MUSINF. On show are works by Piergiorgio Branzi, Franco Fontana, Maria Mulas, Nino Migliori, Aldo Tagliaferro, Mario Giacomelli, of whom Musinf preserves and exhibits all over the world, many of the most famous works, Luigi Di Sarro, Stefania Beretta, Luigi Erba, Maurizio Gabbana, Antonio D’Agostino, Edoardo Romagnoli, Licinio Sacconi, Brigitte Tast, Miriam Colognesi, Marco Circhirillo, Donatella Spaziani, Francesca Della Toffola and many others.

Musinf has two works by Di Sarro in his collection.

 

LUIGI DI SARRO.The living body of painting, curated by Paola Ballesi. June 7th-September 7th, 2018. Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Cologne

Following the stage on Stuttgart, the exhibition LUIGI DI SARRO.The living body of painting, curated by Paola Ballesi, opens in the spaces of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Cologne. The exhibition continues the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro.

“Di Sarro’s creativity investigates various artistic and scientific fields, such as painting, philosophy, poetry, mathematics, technology, which involved the aspects of the process more than those related to representativeness. His approach is rather analytical. We note that this diversity of interests is the result of his great curiosity and desire to deepen the issues he was dealing with. In the cycle of the gouaches of 1964 he repeated the motif of the square, and in the pictures partially realized with the “dripping” process, in which he sprays the canvas with color, he shows two different procedures, two opposite principles: repetitiveness and expressiveness. In his oil and acrylic paintings instead he experiments and plays with the three-dimensionality on the surface. Today his works offer a richness and a stratified meaning, which in the course of time have lost nothing of their artistic potential”, writes Maria Mazza, Director of IIC Cologne in the Prologue of the catalogue which offers a curatorial note and a large critical anthology.

On show 38 painting realized by Di Sarro between the Sixties and the Seventies with various techniques from gouache to oil, acrylic and mixed media that “decline the phenomenology of the sign born from the gesture of the body” – as Paola Ballesi explains – “With the ‘spelling’ of the body, understood in its variations, ranging from the physical presence of the painter on the canvas through the unique and continuous sign, to the ‘figuration’ of the body felt as a map of energy, Di Sarro subtracts the creation at each formal stylization. Perhaps he would have preferred, as an artist-physician, to make the language of art become a living body that acts and reacts in contact with new and different stimuli each time”.

SEGNI disegni e fotografie di Luigi Di Sarro, curated by Carlotta Sylos Calò – Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Warsaw (2018, May 30th-June 28th) and Krakow (2018, July 6th-September 6th)

The celebrations on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro go on with a series of events in Italy and abroad and the aim of spreading and deepening a multifaceted artistic production that is still considered highly topical today.

The tribute to Luigi Di Sarro, an artist active in the Sixties and Seventies – a period that is now being brought to the attention of the critics for the innovative pushes into contemporary art – wants to highlight his strong experimental vocation. An attitude and a need on the part of the artist who proceeded experimenting in all the fields and in all the expressive techniques with which he worked (besides photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and graphics). Italo Zannier writes in an essay on Di Sarro’s photographic research: […] but what is experimentation if not the result initiated by an idea? They are also the imprecise ‘photodynamics’ of Bragaglia as the ‘strobophotographies’, the ‘luminographies’, the ‘chronophotographies’, the “corporal” sequences of Luigi Di Sarro. These images are first of all results, not “trials”, as the “experiments” would be like. Experimentation is in fact implicit in doing and we do not know where it leads and when it will complete, if it will end; and woe, however, if we were to conclude, because every phase of it is already a result. […] Luigi Di Sarro – photographer, has realized his visual rite with an extraordinary expressive happiness, even lucid and dense but of irony, dramatic also, disturbing […]. (in I. Zannier, Luigi Di Sarro) Discovering Photography, 2001.)

In addition to the material kept in the Historical Archive dedicated to the artist, two substantial collections of photographic works are kept at the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Institute for Graphics in Rome. Moreover, in 2009, some of the artist’s photographic works were acquired in the collection, and consequently also exhibited, in Paris by the Pompidou Center. The acquisition was curated by Quentin Bajac.

The ongoing archiving of the amount of work that the artist has left allows today to deepen and connect many issues, in the immediate not obvious. Numerous so far are the scholars who wrote about Di Sarro, who have studied a large part of his production, and many more are still under study. The occasion of the anniversary is to be a new and prolific opportunity to analyze a work that is increasingly revealed as a broad theorem argued in many directions, as if it were an encyclopedic atlas.

The exhibition SEGNI disegni e fotografie di Luigi Di Sarro curated by Carlotta Sylos Calò for the spaces of the Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw and Krakow, in Poland,  is one of the many possible research about the links that Di Sarro studied and experimented. In the premises of IIC Warsaw are exposed some series of experimental photographs, a group of drawings and some etchings produced at the turn of the ’60s and’ 70s. 

Di Sarro’s research, writes the curator in the catalog published by the italian Institute of Culture: “became radicalized in terms of his experimental approach – dictated in part by his dual profession, given that Di Sarro is not only an artist but also a physician – and matured in terms of his irreverent use of materials (netting, bitumen, iron rods, brushes, pencils, photography) that could bring out particular evocations in the forms he created. In this context, the sign in particular took on an extraordinary power to generate forms and spaces, still (but now more consciously) without any real caesura between abstraction and figuration, thanks to the enduringly transversal nature of his approach to techniques”.

Following  the show and opening at IIC CRACOVIA (July 6th-September 6th 2018) pictures.

Following the Opening at IIC Warsaw (30 May-28 June 2018) pictures.

LUIGI DI SARRO.The live body of painting curated by Paola Ballesi 14th May – 1st June 2018 Rathaus Stuttgart

The celebration for the 40th anniversary of the death of Luigi Di Sarro continues. After the stage in South Africa, where the exhibition of Sculptures and Giantgraphies at the Edoardo Villa Museum of the University of Pretoria is still underway, Centro Di Sarro proposes a new exhibition of works, this time pictorial, at the Stuttgart Rathaus, in Germany. The international circuit takes place in partnership with the Istituti Italiani di Cultura. The exhibition titled LUIGI DI SARRO.The live body of painting is curated by Paola Ballesi, and realized with the collaboration of the Centro Studi Marche. On show 38 paintings realized by Di Sarro between the Sixties and Seventies with various techniques from gouache to acrylic. The opening will be on May 14th at 6.30pm.

LUCA COCLITE and KAMYAR BINESHTARIG WIN THE VAA-VIDEO ART AWARD

The award ceremony took place a few hours ago in a busy, crowded and happy Italian Art Day at the Tsoga Centre in Philippi, Cape Town.

The event is organized by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the contribution of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria and the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO and will offer the participants the opportunity to discover the vibrant artistic scene of the township in a succession of video projections inside the community centre in Samora Machel, managed by the youth of Ubuntubethu.

On the four screens the 10 short films, selected by the jury, will run:  and during the Art Day the winner of the Italian section was presented: Luca Coclite,  the italian filmmaker who got the South Africa trip award and landed in Cape Town to take part in the award ceremony. Also on show are the finalists of the South African section whose winner Kamyar Bineshtarig will get the award trip to Italy to participate in September at the International Short Film Festival CortoLovere on Lake Iseo, during which the finalist 10 videos will be shown again.

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Luca Coclite, winner for the Italian category, comes from Gagliano del Capo, near Lecce. His artwork, Solitary Gardens, is inspired by the work of Elaine Summers, Fantastic Gardens (1964). The video is split into three different parts, moving from ‘giardino’ (garden), a metaphor of someone who is seeking happiness and perfection, and taking us through a great variety of well-known places in New York city representing an individualistic and solitary picture of human condition. The movie is made up of ‘Human Botanical Garden’, ‘One day everything you see will be invisible’ and ‘Anti-Souvenir’, portraying an unstable reality flowing from an earthly paradise to an illusion. Here, the solitude from the Winter Garden Atrium, the artificiality from the Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the dioramas from scientific museums and, lastly, the deterioration of forgotten objects at the Dead Horse Bay lead us, in Rilke’s terminology, ‘from the visible world towards something timeless, inward and invisible’.

Kamyar Bineshtarigh, winner of the South African category, is a student at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. Seeing homeless people using newspaper posters to sleep on in the streets of Cape Town, Bineshtarigh found the inspiring motive to create his short film, Shelter. He found it ironic that posters depicting the government’s promises for a sustainable living for the poor, were, in fact, used by the poor for a more comfortable sleep in the streets. Chuma, the actress in the film, is a fellow student at Ruth Prowse; she was a homeless artist that started drawing by burning pieces of wood turning them into charcoal and drawing portraits of other homeless people around her. She also assisted in developing the concept so that it is closest to the reality of a homeless person in the streets of Cape Town, and introduced Bineshtarigh to other homeless artists, including the trumpet players in the film.

The screening of all finalists will take place again in Italy during the CortoLovere festival (24-29 September 2018).

Italian Section:

  • 8’20” – On Time Travelling, by Ilaria Biotti
  • SOLITARY GARDENS, by Luca Coclite
  • MIGRATION, by Gilda Li Rosi
  • MANI NOSTRE/Talking Hands, by Caterina Pecchioli
  • ENTRA IN QUESTA FERITA ° il dolore da bruciare è la porta da spalancare, by Michela Tobiolo
 South African Section:
  • NOBODY WANA SEE US TOGETHER, by Nonkululeko Chabalala
  • AQUA REGALIA, by Faith XLVII
  • CONCERNING ALCHEMY, by Rory Emmett
  • SALT, by Thania Petersen
  • SHELTER, by Kamyar Bineshtarigh

VAA-VIDEO ART AWARD 10 Finalists on Show in PHILIPPI, Cape Town March 24th 2018. In September again in Italy during the CORTOLOVERE International Festival

The selection of the VAA-Video Art award Competition launched by the Luigi Di Sarro Center with the Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria concluded. The jury chose the 10 finalists of the two sections: Italy and South Africa. The finalist videos will be shown on March 24th during the Italian Art Day in Philippi, Cape Town and then again in Italy in September during the CortoLovere International Festival.

 

FACING THE CAMERA 50 years of Italian portraits curated by MARCO DELOGU Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York

The Experimental self-portraits by Luigi Di Sarro on show at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York. The multiple show curated by Marco Delogu will open on March 28.

This exhibition chronicles fifty years of Italian history showcasing a series of portraits, by 25 photographers, in which stories, identities and heritage are narrated by the looks of the subjects, eyes staring directly at the camera, at the authors of the shots and, ultimately, at all of us. Curated by M. Delogu.

Italy is a country rich in history whose borders have been rather fluid throughout time. A melting pot of identities, the DNA of its inhabitants is most varied  (with a diversity up to thirty times greater than the European average).

This wealth is reflected and it is recognizable in the features of the Italians.

The exhibit begins with a group portrait taken at Portella della Ginestra by Fausto Giaccone twenty years after the horrible massacre, followed by Gianni Berengo Gardin’s pacifist nudes, Gastone Novelli’s portrait of Ugo Mulas (two great protagonists of the ’68), demonstrations and factories by Francesco Radino, the work on Bagheria by Ferdinando Scianna, Tano D’Amico’s work in ’77 (a very Italian experience, stemming from the ’68).
Then a photo by Emilio Tremolada (engaged alongside Franco Basaglia in the battle for the abolition of the asylums), the work of Lisetta Carmi on “transvestites “, and self-portraits by Luigi di Sarro.

In the eighties the tone becomes more intimate with photos of the “Australian from Tuscany” Stephen Roach, belonging to the famous series dedicated to his wife Fabrizia, and the portraits of the neighbors of George Tatge, in Umbria.

From the nineties the photographic portrait becomes more and more a collaboration of two: the photographer and his subject work together for the final image using symbols, backgrounds and landscapes. It is the case of Guido Guidi’s portraits, and the photos of cardinals, peasants and Romani people by Marco Delogu, where the main focus is on the gaze of the person, while the environment is just a background.

Moira Ricci is even part of her mother’s photographs, is at her side, producing very moving images. Nature is present in the portraits of Sabrina Ragucci and Alessandro Imbriaco; Jacopo Benassi increasingly eliminates every background until he gets to the white, while Antonio Biasiucci chooses the classic black for characters that come out of the shadows. The exstensive overview ends with two portraits by Paolo Ventura, where the photographic technique is blended with ancient pictorial practices.

On view until May 2nd 2018 Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm