“San Gimignano”

Hiroshi Sugimoto at Galleria Continua

Until 31 January, Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, is to host an exhibition of the work of the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hiroshi Sugimoto is an internationally renowned contemporary photographer. Galleria Continua is currently displaying some previously unseen photographs from his Theaters series, including Cinema Teatro Nuovo (2014), which is a photograph of the former cinema-theatre in San Gimignano where the gallery is based. The first photographs in this series date from 1978, and feature pictures of the interior of 20s and 30s American theatres that have been converted into cinemas. Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto now lives and works in New York. His work thematises many subjects, including the relationship between humans and time, nature, life, art, science and religion, and creates an interesting fusion between Eastern and Western philosophies and cultures. Sugimoto has had his work exhibited in many museums around the world, and his works are also held at the following institutions: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; MACBA, Barcelona; and Tate Gallery,...

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Sabrina Mezzaqui at Galleria Continua

Until 31 January, the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, is hosting an exhibition of the work of Sabrina Mezzaqui, entitled “La saggezza della neve”. Born in Bologna in 1964, Sabrina Mezzaqui has had her work displayed in many exhibitions around Italy and around the world. The artist’s work places a special emphasis on paper. “It is a material that we handle all the time (tickets, receipts, newspapers), and often we forget that actually it is very precious…using paper has an ambivalent meaning: it is a very fragile, precarious material, yet when handling it, I savour its versatility, force and flexibility… Paper also has a symbolic value… a powerful sacrality. At the beginning it was the depository of the sacred texts. Even in the West the first printed book was the Bible…,” she told Galleria Continua. The artwork entitled Il mantello della Regina delle Nevi, which was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, is to be presented in the gallery’s tower...

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Ornaghi & Prestinari at San Gimignano’s Galleria Continua

San Gimignano (Italy), 6 March 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Until 17 May, Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, is presenting the work of the Italian duo Ornaghi & Prestinari. Their “Familiare” project includes four previously unseen works, created especially for this gallery show. Ornaghi & Prestinari’s work achieves a duality between the opposing ideas of thought and action and concept and manual activity. Despite frequent disagreements betweent the two artists, their desire to continue to work together always prevails, and is a fundamental part of their output. Works on show at the gallery are the product of objects’ transformation and mutation from their original forms. The pair work with everyday materials, including wool, wood, steel, silver and copper. Valentina Ornaghi (b. 1986) and Claudio Prestinari (b. 1984) both come from Milan, where they studied Industrial Design and Architecture respectively at the Politecnico di Milano....

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Chen Zhen’s “Les pas silencieux” in Rome

San Gimignano (Toscana), 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Galleria Continua is currently displaying the work of Chen Zhen, a principal representative of Chinese avant-garde, until 28 January in San Gimignano. The Italian gallery is hosting this iconic figure of international contemporary art once more, following the historical solo exhibition “Field of Synergy”, held eleven years ago. The retrospective entitled, “Les pas silencieux” allows visitors to have intimate contact with Chen Zhen’s work, prompting reflection on the great relevance of his poems in our age, concerned as it is, with the enrichment of inner life, the quest for harmony between body and spirit, fraternity between different people and cultures, and the promotion of understanding, the resolution of conflicts, the preservation of identity and fruitful engagement between East and West. Chen Zhen studied and taught in post-Maoist China,in the optimistic yet ideological period. As he arrived in France in 1986, he had to face the shock of a different culture and he tried to follow his visionary research keenly interested in participating to a modern world’s creation. He developed his art according to a model of cross-cultural art, a concept that artist names “transexperience” based on three fundamental ideas: Residence, Resonance and Resistance. He worked his works with resistance. The artist experienced these three processes of cultural integration and identity swinging when he arrived in France. The exhibition presents numerous works by the artist, created between 1999 and 2000. The works are not exhibited in chronological order, but seek to recreate a trip that brought Chen Zhen through different cultural horizons: the Chinese culture, the meeting with the Western culture and the venturing experience of the...

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