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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.

Paolo Canevari

October 2018 – February 2019

[dip] contemporary art presents Italian artist Paolo Canevari, one of the most internationally renowned artists of the his generation, in Bangkok, Thailand for a solo show.
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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.

 

THE VENUE (to be confirmed)

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is a mid-town facility for contemporary arts. BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene.

Central Embassy is Bangkok’s newest luxury mall located on the most exclusive intersection where the prestigious Wireless Road meets Ploenchit Road. Its grandeur is awe-inspiring, with contemporary architecture displaying influences of Thai art and culture whilst reflecting the cosmopolitan features of the country’s capitol.

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.

 

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THE ARTISTSThey 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.

KindOfART

 

Profound believers in the interdisciplinary nature of the arts, the collaboration between Kindof and [dip] promotes the mash-up of elements, procedures and opportunities, to create limited editions of art and design objects, setting up differing projects, stagings and installations with a unique and sole fil rouge: the rebar. An object which – in the hands of artists and designers – assumes varied aspects, always differing and transitioning.
KindofART is an open project, with the objective, through the collaboration of designers and eclectic artists, of developing industrial products of different styles, freeing the artistic creativity of the creators, always remaining loyal to the concept behind Kindof.
[dip] contemporary art will act as coordinator, organising the involvement of artists and looking after Kindof’s communications on this level.

The first creation born from the collaboration between Kindof and Italian artist Paolo Canevari.

 

Click here to read the article published by “Il Giornale”.

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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

 

Starting from September 2017, [dip] contemporary art and Lugano Airport SA have begun a collaboration on an art project with the goal of presenting to a wider public some artworks by acclaimed international contemporary artists, improving the travelling experience of the airport clients.
The first artist, exhibiting from September 10th, 2017, is Melik Ohanian, the 2015 winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp and also of the 56th Venice Biennale Leone d’Oro  for best participation at the national collective exhibition.
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Melik Ohanian’s creative endeavour explores the pictorial world and the allegorical power of images, constantly returning to recurring themes such as desert areas, the working class, the end of utopias, science, history and society. Space and time are the two essential cores of his artistic concept.
At Lugano Airport are exhibited two large photographs in unique edition from the series “Portrait of Duration – Cesium Series”, which reveal state changes of Caesium 133 (the element whose radioactive decay has been used to tick off the universal second in atomic clocks since 1967) during its process of transformation from solid to liquid state. In this representation of time by matter, each photograph records the appearance of the latter at a time T. The image produces “a portrait of time through the representation of the matter that defines it” and the result, he says is a kind of “photographic tautology”. Indeed, instead of just telling time, it shows it. It is “a quest for a state of consciousness,” he explains; an oscillation between cosmic and mental landscapes. Unexpectedly, they recall the Surrealist landscapes of Max Ernst.