Paolo Canevari. MONUMENTS OF THE MEMORY, THE GOLDEN ROOM.
October 2018 – February 2019
THE ARTIST Paolo Canevari is an Italian artist, born in Rome in 1963. He works and lives between Rome and New York and is one of the most internationally renowned artists of the his generation. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. His work is collected by major museums throughout the World, including Museum of Modern art MoMA, New York. Paolo Canevari’s work stems from thoughts and reflections on the transient nature of art and on the significance of artistic sculptures in modern society. While wondering on the value and origin of the most intimate aspects of memory, the artist develops his own personal language where symbols, pop culture, historical knowledge and politics are intertwined in a new interpretation of daily life.
Wat Prayurawongsawas Waraviharn (Temple of the Iron Fence)
The temple was built during the reign of King Rama III of the Thai Rattanakosin Kingdom. He was the king of Siam from 1824–1851. Rama III was the elder brother of Mongkut who succeeded him as King Rama IV in 1851. Rama IV became famous beyond Thailand, after being portrayed in The King and I film and stage productions. ‘Wat Prayurawongsawat Worawihan is a second class level of royal temples.
Geraldo de Barros. LEFT-OVER
Geraldo de Barros. LEFT-OVER. Twenty years after his death, Wopart pays tribute to the great Brazilian artist Geraldo De Barros with LEFT-OVER, an outdoor exhibition in Lugano. Geraldo de Barros (1923 – 1998) – Brazilian painter, photographer and designer – was one of the leading exponents of the Brazilian art, forerunner of concrete art and pioneer of abstract photography. Since the mid ‘50’s he was also active as a designer of furniture (Unilabor), where he devoted himself until the late ‘80’s (Hobjeto). Curated by Michela Negrini, [dip] contemporary art, the exhibition LEFT-OVER is coordinated by WOPART in cooperation with OMLOG, and provides for the installation of a container of 6 meters, a real outdoor museum of contemporary art, located in Piazza Battaglini from 11 to 24 September 2018. An exhibition conceived to connect – thanks to art – not only those who come to visit the fair, but anyone passing through the city. LEFT-OVER presents a selection of works created in very different moments during the career of the artist, accompanying the audience along a path that marks three distinct periods: the ’40’s, the ’80’s and the ’90’s. Three FOTOFORMAS, photographs taken with multiple exposures on the negative, engravings and collages, by overlaying images of São Paulo’s cityscape with geometric elements; five SOBRAS, where De Barros uses old family photographs to create collages and new photographic explorations; and 5 silk screen prints from the JOGOS DE DADOS series, a tribute to Mallarmé. Very different works, all expression of a visual vocabulary that refers to continuous interconnections between art and society: Geraldo de Barros moved from geometry to pop art, from industrial design to photography, producing very different works. Influenced by concrete art and constructivist movement, he changed his view on representation of reality and applied new rules. LEFT-OVER, recalling his work, accompanies us along a path that not only shows the use of different means and techniques, but also goes beyond spatial boundaries, moving from the bi-dimensional size of photography to reach at the poly-dimensional one, as in SOBRAS and JOGOS DE DADOS. It is precisely the image of the dice (throwing) game that captures the essence of Geraldo De Barros’ life: man and artist who – with his research and experimentation – aspired to a “utopian” world, created through his own works.
Thukral & Tagra. PLAY PREY POP OUT.
Opening: June 20th, 2018
The Exhibition: June 21th-July 8th, 2018
[dip] is delighted to present Indian artists Thukral & Tagra’s first solo show in Thailand.
Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance and design. Thukral & Tagra work on new formats of public engagement and attempt to expand the scope of what art can do. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multimodal sensory and immersive environments. Their earlier work dealt with tropes of migration and motifs of a globally manifested consumer culture. It questioned the provenance of Indian identity and its various articulations. Their recent work has dealt with the interpretation of Indian mythological narratives and symbols in ways that renew and enliven a largely pedantic and static area of cultural material. From a pop visual character to a predominantly abstract visual approach and compositional philosophy, Thukral & Tagra constantly shift in terms of their grammar and vocabulary. The abstract suggestions of an everyday experience of architecture and urban design in Gurgaon (Haryana, India) and Chandigarh (Punjab, India) is embedded in their visual language. They have offered sociopolitical commentary that is implicit in their aesthetic for the past fifteenyears.
THE ARTISTS “They are unlike any artists you may have met in the millennium. Irreverent, humorous and comically dark, their works — paintings, sculptures, installations and a series of ingenious games — are designed to be entertaining but underlined by a social, spiritual or environmental message. As artists blurring the lines between fine art, pop culture and product placement, they have faced their fair share of criticism. However, their deeply aesthetic creations, reflecting the concerns of our times and backed by mountains of research, have also found tremendous following. Their work has been auctioned at Sotheby’s with eight figure price tags, been picked up by art collectors like Frank Cohen and pop star Elton John, and also been placed alongside international contemporaries like Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami and American multimedia artist Matthew Barney”. Giorgina Maddox, The Hindu.
THE VENUE Central Embassy, Bangkok’s iconic art, fashion and lifestyle destination, is designed to form apart of a larger property with Central Chidlom – adding youthful dynamism andbringing a lifestyle-centric approach to one of Central Group’s most successful retail outlets, under the concept of ‘One Life, Infinite Possibilities’. Offering an unparalleled lifestyle experience that builds upon the group’s peerless retail heritage, Central Embassy continues to serve as a hub for both Thai and international visitors, indulging global shoppers with an inspiring selection of fashion, lifestyle, food, music, art and design.
THE EXHIBITION explore the idea of transposing Indian mythology into a Thai context by rejuvenating narratives and symbols to give an updated dimension to our traditional understanding of cultural matter and living in ethical solidariety. Play Prey Pop Out is an extension to the series Play Pray/Set Point. The artists since 2015 have explored the idea of “play” from a cultural, strategic and psychological perspective, with the project Play Pray. Since 2017, with the exhibition SET POINT, they explore mythology, in particular Indian, with rejuvenating narrative and symbols to give a fresh dimension to the traditional understanding of cultural matter. This exhibition, their first solo show in Thailand, continues the portrayal of mythological events and mathematical assertions through the vocabulary of sports. It is a musing experience of a conscious being trapped in the perplexity of the set of circumstances keeping Ramakien/Ramayana as a central paradigm. The being is conditioned to think, the fragments of social construct demands either to speculate or contemplate. The mind of the being is itinerant, weighed by dilemmas, dignity, love, loyalty, devotion and duty. The artwork seeks to make explicit motifs that are implicit in a contemporary realm.
THE ARTIST Born in Rome in 1963, Paolo Canevari lives and works between Rome and New York. Raised in a family where his grand-father was a painter mosaicist and his uncle a sculptor, Canevari is one of the most internationally renowned artists of his generation. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 2007 he participated at the 52nd Biennialin Venice curated by Robert Storr and in 2010 Germano Celantcurated the Artist’s monograph, published by Electa. Paolo Canevari’s work stems from thoughts and reflections on the transient nature of art and on the significance of artistic sculptures in modern society. While wondering on the value and origin of the most intimate aspects of memory, the artist deve- lops his own personal language where symbols, pop culture, historical knowledge and politics are intertwined in a new interpretation of daily life and where memory and remembrance takeon a metaphysical form.
Contemporary art at Agno Airport