The project Return Berlin-Rome | Rome-Berlin, born from an idea by Susanne Kessler, promotes the collaboration of Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the VBK-Verein Berliner Künstler and aims to start an exchange between the artistic realities of Italy and Germany, through the dialogue between the two capitals where the proposing associations are located.
Andrea Aquilanti, Angelo Casciello, Veronica Montanino, Pamela Pintus and Sara Spizzichino are the italian artists on show at the VBK-Gallery, from September 13th to October 6th 2019.
The project, carried out in two stages, brought the works of 5 German artists (Birgit Borggrebe, Jürgen Kellig, Susanne Kessler, Nele Probst, Marianne Stoll) to Centro Luigi Sarro in Rome in April 2019.
On 28 September 2019 in the splendid rooms of the Holden Gallery in Manchester, 24H Drawing Lab by Sara and Rivka Spizzichino received the People’s Choice Award presented by The Big Draw.
The prestigious British award linked to contemporary design has recognized innovation, accessibility and passion as fundamental values in the project born in 2013 by the artist Sara Spizzichino and the photographer Rivka Spizzichino, with the aim of literacy to creativity also and above all who it does not come from artistic contexts.
The award, organized in Italy by Carta Fabriano and established by The Big Draw (formally Campaign For Drawing) is heir to what was founded in 1870 by John Ruskin under the name of Guild of St. George and is an English organization that has the purpose of educating in the arts and recognizing the dignity of drawing as an instrument of observation and study of reality and which also sees among its patrons the artist David Hockney and the illustrator Sir Quentin Blake.
The project that 24H Drawing Lab has created in Rome for The Big Draw, has involved in the front line the Centre of Documentation for Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro, and the National Roman Museum Palazzo Altemps with free events open to all.
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.
It’s been three weeks now since the arrival of Zwelethu Machepha from Johannesburg to Rome and the beginning of his artistic residence in the capital.
“In the last few weeks in Rome I’ve considered myself graciously fortunate to have been exposed to the richness of this beautiful nation. I’ve seen the dramatic landscape, the history these monuments carry on are full of identity which is something hard to find where I come from” says Machepha, as he works to the opening on 31st May at Centro Luigi Di Sarro.
These weeks were full, engaging and always busy. ARP – Art Residency Project provides the artists selected with a “daily encounter” with Rome both in its historical and archaeological aspect and in the contemporary one.Besides such monuments as the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Ara Pacis, the encounter of Machepha with contemporary art and the Roman scene was “consumed” day after day through different studio visits and exhibition openings. The residence project, has been following by ARP Project team composed of young cultural workers with different roles: Emanuele Rinaldo Meschini, Angelica Farinelli and Giorgio Cristiano. The group has been constantly enriched with others artists and curators creating a dialogative and participatory atmosphere. That’s the case of Giulia Lopalco, who introduced the group at the printing/etching workshop “Stamperia del Tevere” created by Alessandro Fornaci where every weekend Machepha working on his plates. The study visits have brought us to Giuseppe Pietroniro and Marco Raparelli artists well known in the Italian contemporary art system, Giovanni De Cataldo and Leonardo Petrucci at Pastificio Cecere. Machepha had the chance also to confront with artists in residence at the various foreign academies such as Damien Duffy and Joseph Griffiths hosted during this time in Rome at the British Academy.
The openings to which Machepha participated were numerous, almost one a day. The solo of Vincenzo Schillaci at the Operativa gallery by Carlo Pratis, the collective show Studio System from artists in residence at America Academy, the exhibition of Camille Henrot at Memmo Foundation and the three nights so far organized by the independent space Q13 run by Carlo Caloro. Here, in an area like the Aurelio district far from any tourist tour guide, Machepha came into contact with several artists, especially with Stefan Nestoroski, Macedonian artist but with Italian training.
Many were also the visits to museums of which Rome such a the National Gallery of Modern Art, Macro museum for contemporary art and the Ethnographic Museum Luigi Pigorini. Among the works of public art, the group took part in a precious tour lead by Sara Spizzichino (image researcher, CO-Team Captain Shadow Puppets for the project Triumphs and Laments) to the monumental work of William Kentdrige on the Tiber banks, coincidentally another South African artist enchanted by Rome.
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