Berlin. Sky Art. Snippets.

It’s been a very interesting artsy month indeed.

Last Saturday in Berlin we experienced a very cool event in Mitte, precisely at Neue Nationalgalerie and related exhibition at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle “Otto Piene. More Sky”.

Let me start by saying I didn’t know this artist, at least I didn’t remember of him, but nevertheless its interest hold me an entire weekend, buzzing about him, despite the crazy heath hitting the Hauptstadt. It was a sky art exhibition!

This is a great video by Deutsche Bank to understand how big and exciting, especially with the help of the darkness, it was.

His beautiful description explains better than anything all the celebrations Deutsche Bank KunstHalle made for Otto Piene.

His Manifesto.

His Manifesto.

I took some pictures at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle I want to share with you, enjoy.

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That yellow...

That yellow…

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Greetings from Berlin, ’til the next time.

 

Art Basel: parallel Exhibitions

When people tells me that contemporary art is snob I tend to disagree. Yes, it can be an as amusing as expensive hobby, but also a big, international community where to find opportunities, events and more. A clear example is Art Basel: during the week the fair is in town, the city itselfs hosts all the parallel exhibitions.

I went first to Volta 10, to feel the New York vibrations. It was a nice, niche exhibition at Markthalle, the indoor market, spot-on location next to the train station.

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I let myself playing a bit with the blues and vibrance, sorry ;)

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Of the 70 galleries I put my eyes on Fred Eerdekens at Spencer Brownstone Gallery mural. I was in love with the semplicity and spectacular effect on visitors (moi-même)

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Fred Eerdekens

Special mention to Michael Reisch at SCHLEUBLEIN +BAK and Marian Drew at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Project, go visit her website to be amused by “alternative still life”.

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The next day I visited Scope. It was in an industrial hangar along river Rhein next to the border with Germany and France, a direct view to pharmaceutical companies. Since the backseat location the place was not overcrowded; that gave me the possibility to chat with gallerists and people around. Good experience.

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Hellow.

I didn’t see any breathtaking work, but for sure I was positively impressed by some galleries, like Wanrooij Gallery and Koh Sang Woo’s “Decoding Women” project

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My special mention goes to Roberto Fanari’s Solo Exhibition at gallerianumero38, a bit of Italian pride on my side. If you are around Lucca-Tuscany, go visit this gallery, people were lovely and works really worthy.

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Another day, another fair! Unlimited is part of Art Basel, designed for installations, video art and bis shiny stuff. Love it.

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A  great after-fair is to chill along the river, while watching people floating in the Rhein (funny fact about the city: citizens float down the river with Wickelfisch, a designed waterproof bag to keep your clothes and belongings dry while enjoying a free water ride).

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Thanks to my lovely host and Swiss friend Nadia. See you next year, same place same time, I might float myself too afterwards.

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P.S. All pictures taken with mobile phone, some filtered, some naturally blurry and pixeled. Sorry.

Art Basel: one big fair is in town.

The following post will be a highly promotional essay about Art Basel. If you are against contemporary art or you think the matter might offend or hurt your feelings please do not continue to read and go back doing what you were doing. Please beware that any complaint will be forwarded to Bruce.

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Just kidding. This above is an amusing work by the Bruce High Quality Foundation in Brooklyn. Go check them out.

Let’s start again with a statement: If you are into contemporary art, you must at least once go to Basel, let’s say a weekend in June.

Basel – lovely Swiss city where everybody speaks 3 languages and pretends to understand them too – has itself a remarkable amount of good museums, such as the Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst and Museum Tinguely, but for the past 45 years it has also been hosting a massive art fair, the most important one on the Planet. Here some datas about the undiscussed supremacy: http://www.artlyst.com/articles/art-basel-45-retains-its-supremacy-in-the-art-marketplace.

So what’s special about it? The quantity? The quality? The events and sub-fairs around it? All of it. It is a very nice way to spend a weekend, believe me. I saw so many good artworks my eyes were hurting. I especially loved a Jaume Plensa’s sculpture…

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or this Sterling Ruby’s spray painting..

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and many more. I am going to try and give you the general feeling with the pictures I took with my phone (sorry for quality). Enjoy.

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Hulk has a personal bodyguard, did you know?

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That’s Amore, Michael Delucia

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A room walking on rainbow paper leaves

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A very natural pose

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An artwork with a cheeky hole to look at the other side

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An entire wall of sea landscapes, to feel inspired and see-sick at the same time. Powerful work, anyway.

 

Berlin Calling. Bike answering.

That feeling of goosebumps on your arms when sun and win blend while you’re on your bike. That particular feeling, that one. There. It was me a week ago under a Summer day in Berlin.

I use my bike, sport in general, to keep my mind straight. It takes constance, abnegation and respect for the rules, and I like it like that because it helps my crazy head to stay alive.

I absolutely adore when I have free time to combine bike and photography, and this is the result of my past wanderings. I mainly went South, or followed the circular road around Berlin zone A, prophetically called  “The Ring”.

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Bonus: pics taken with mobile:

June Highlights!

Hello June, welcome Summer!

And hello to you, beautiful creatures here reading. June has come and gone, and now things are getting real: half of 2014 has happened already. Seriously. It was like a quick time-lapse movie, I know, but take this time to consider if, so far, you have done enough of what all the good new year’s resolutions?

I haven’t, but I am excited because on the good way, and not stopping. Join me on the positive vibes, now!

Let’s start with music and a brand new playlist:

Click on the picture now to start the playlist and see all the other monthly favourites!

Click on the picture now to start the playlist and see all the other monthly favourites!

 

What to expect more? Just few topics from my very personal list of favourites, selected and explained just for you:  FlowersFilmBookRadioTv seriesArtistPhoto -  Food …

Just click on the pic/album to start!

Enjoy and bring joy with you, always.

Val

 

P.S. Question of the month: who’s gonna win the World Cup???? Leave me a comment below if you want!

Vinyls & Love stories

I started my long-lasting love story with music at home, listening to my parents’ vinyls.

My folks, they weren’t super into music, but had some great tunes on their collection (mind the fact we had no tapes, only the radio or vinyls, not for a fancy aspect, it just happened): I reckon my favourite albums in there were: “Live at Wembley ’86“, 1992, by Queen; “Profumo“, 1986, by Gianna Nannini; “Titanic“, 1982, by Francesco de Gregori; and “Bridge over Trouble Water“, 1970, by Simon and Garfunkel.

I think I consumed afternoons listening to them. I was raptured. 

Vinyls are slick and increasingly attractive at touch. Turntables are professional machines with a fragile balance, that teach kids to be careful. As a kid growing up with vinyls, you must learn elegance and grace, in order not to break anything/get told off. Moreover, the silence in between two songs is full, nothing compared to the tracks now. It’s the huge difference between analogic and digital:  if we think in digital bits, (where 1 is sound, 0 is silence) back then, even the silence 0 had a mean like beat 1. Fascinating.

Back to the story, that S&G’s album was quite something, and a great catch to my feelings. I could follow the lyrics and identify myself with the protagonists, or just fantasise to get a song dedicated (very original, I know). Two song were absolutely my favourites: – Cecilia: catchy, rhythmic pop-folk song, just after “El Condor Pasa” that was so South American, so joyful yet desperate to get the love back

- The Boxer: music for the soul, innit. Falling in love for a young kid like me was the easiest thing in the universe, more than playing with a ball, more than riding the bike

I recommend the listening, better alone on a sofa, legs up that can’t reach the ground, eyes lost in the melody… a lil kid again…