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Alba Art Show 200817 May - June 1(Live performances - opening weekend 17-18 May)

THE ART TOURISM IN THE YOUNG CENTURY
http://www.albaartshow.com

ALBA ART SHOW: TRE WEEK END PER L’ARTE

Performance live, passeggiate d’autore, mostre, incontri: dal 17 maggio al 1 giugno 2008 la città del tartufo profuma di novità e inaugura il suo primo evento d’arte contemporanea internazionale


Press conference: Milano, mercoledì 30 aprile, ore 11, sala Tobagi, Circolo della Stampa, Corso Venezia 16. Metro rossa Linea 1, fermate Palestro o San Babila.




Tre week end, due mostre, un grande evento. La città celebra la grande arte contemporanea dando vita all’Alba Art Show, primo appuntamento internazionale per appassionati, addetti ai lavori e turisti organizzato dall’Associazione Amici dell’Arte di Alba. Destinato a diventare un punto di riferimento in Italia e nel mondo. Dal 17 maggio al 1 giugno 2008 la città sarà animata da ogni genere di espressione artistica: performance live, video-arte, passeggiate d’autore, esposizioni, incontri, conferenze. Gli spazi: il Palazzo Mostre e Congressi cittadino, le gallerie d’arte della città, le strade.


PROGRAMMA

L’inaugurazione avrà luogo sabato 17 maggio alle 11 presso il Palazzo Esposizioni di Piazza Medford ad Alba, e l’intero fine settimana sarà dedicato alle body performance dal vivo. Sei artisti, selezionati dalla “Fondazione Abramovic”, metteranno in scena rappresentazioni per cinque ore consecutive, sia sabato che domenica: Declan Rooney da Berlino (interagirà con il coro del Duomo “La Schola” formato da giovanissimi albesi), il duo TBL (TallBlondLadies) da Amburgo, Viola Yesiltac da New York, Branco Miliskovic da Amsterdam, Eun hye Hwang da Berlino.

La sezione video art comprende le opere di quattro artisti: Sigalit Landau, Jacco Olivier, Randy Moore e Davide Balliano.


Il fine settimana del 24 e 25 è dedicato all’intervento del professor Mario Deaglio (economista e editorialista de La Stampa) in programma per sabato alle ore 17. Tema: “Turismo, arte e territorio: una ricetta vincente per le economie locali”

Domenica ore 11 concerto nell’ambito di “Italy&Usa - Alba Music Festival” segue aperitivo.


Il week end di chiusura, 31 maggio alle ora 17 ci sarà una 'tavola rotonda' alla quale parteciperanno Derrick De Kerckhove (allievo e collaboratore di Marshall McLuhan, è considerato fra i massimi esperti mondiali dei nuovi media digitali), Igino De Luca (docente e artista), Gabriella Serusi (curatrice) e Emanuela Genesio (docente e artista) . Tema: “Nuove arti per interpretare i nostri cambiamenti”.

Domenica ore 11 concerto nell’ambito di “Italy&Usa - Alba Music Festival segue aperitivo.


Ai visitatori sarà distribuita la mappa “Art Walk”, per una passeggiata culturale nel centro storico di Alba dedicata a tutti gli spazi d’arte della città.


TURISMO D’ARTE E TEMA DELLE MOSTRE


Here and There” (Qui e là). La scelta di allestire due mostre separate ma in un unico evento è volutamente ibrida e vuole riflettere il tutt’uno del mondo dell’arte oggi e la necessità di guardare oltre i confini del ricco patrimonio artistico locale e delle proprie consuetudini per presentare una porzione della nuova vibrante arte nata nel contesto internazionale. L'Alba Art Show si compone di due segmenti:

“Here” (Qui). Le gallerie albesi espongono le opere dei loro artisti in spazi curati e separati, rappresentando in questo modo il paesaggio artistico locale. Si parte dalla più storica galleria, fondata nel 1961, la Galleria di Angelo Galeasso, per proseguire con il gruppo Aganahuei Arte Industriale, lo Studio Fotografico Carpediem di Bruno Murialdo e con la più giovane e dinamica galleria in città, la Anna Bondonio Camandona Art Gallery ideatrice dell’evento.

“There” (Là) . Evento internazionale curato dalla Dott.ssa Jovana Stokic, focalizzato su artisti emergenti che si distinguono nelle tecniche video e “body performance”.

Un particolare ringraziamento all’artista Marina Abramovic.


INFORMAZIONI SUL TERRITORIO: LA FOOD VALLEY SI EVOLVE

La città di Alba, considerata la capitale delle Langhe, è circondata da armoniosi vigneti, dai quali nascono alcuni tra i vini più conosciuti e pregiati d’Italia: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato d’Asti. Il centro cittadino ha il suo fulcro in Via Vittorio Emanuele, meglio conosciuta come Via Maestra, vera boutique di tipicità e prodotti prestigiosi, da sempre punto d’incontro per albesi e turisti. Nei ristoranti della città e delle colline circostanti si possono degustare ricette che combinano l’eleganza e la tradizione, arricchite in autunno dalle famose scaglie di tartufo bianco d’Alba, il noto Tuber Magnatum Pico. La Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba, nata nel lontano 1928, celebra ogni anno in autunno questo misterioso prodotto di qualità. Ma sempre di più il panorama turistico di Alba cerca nuovi orizzonti diventando così protagonista di eventi culturali di prestigio.






Per visite alle mostre e accrediti contattare

Associazione Amici dell’Arte

Anna Bondonio 348-2657360 - langhe@iol.it
www.albaartshow.com

Mara Pagani 3470601039 - mara.pagani@gmail.com


Appreciating the current climate of growing interest in the contemporary art, the city of Alba is pleased to announce the founding of its first international contemporary art event - the Alba Art Show in May 2008. This initiative will be embodied in a two-fold exhibition in the City Exhibition Hall, which will show both the achievements of the local art galleries and organizations, and a separate segment - an international exhibition of performance and video works.

The proposed theme for the show implicates the present time and place. The Situation of the 00s - "the decade that has not yet been named" refers to the century still young, one that promises new exciting developments, if only we can learn from our mistakes. The proliferating international art biennials usually have objective to provide the reflection of the current times, in order to show the pulse of the contemporary creativity. If we understand present as a "young century" we can hope to contribute to its good education and healthy formation in symbolic sense. In more literal sense, by presenting international artworks created in the 00s, the international portion of the exhibition showcases this young potentiality and its burst of creativity.

The notion of the art tourism became all-encompassing phenomenon of the late capitalist world in which people in ever more increasing numbers express the interest in the arts. How will it manifest itself in the context of the culturally rich town of Alba, and how it will affect its more traditional structures, are some of the questions this event will try to pose to its audience.


"Here and There"
This choice of making two separate exhibitions within one larger event is purposely hybrid in its nature and hope to reflect the inclusiveness of art world today. It is the understanding of the organizers that there exists a need to look also outside of the confines of its own rich artistic legacy and practice, and to show a portion of the vibrant new art that is made in the international context. Therefore, the Alba Art Show 2008 will consist of two segments.


Segment "Here"

Alba participants will show their work in focused, separate small exhibitions in a manner of an art fair.

Participants in Alba present the art landscape of this place: from the oldest gallery in town established in 1961 -- Angelo Galleasso Gallery, to Industrial Art organization Aganahuei, Photographic Studio Carpediem of Bruno Murialdo, to the youngest gallery in town -- Anna Bondonio Camandona Art Gallery.


Segment "There"

International exhibition will focus on leading emergent artists in the media of video and performance of performance and video art curated by Jovana Stokic: The Art Tourists

The notion of an artist as an art-tourist is a premise for the participation of six performance artists who will be flown to Alba to perform long duration performances: the duo TBL (TallBlondLadies), Declan Rooney, Viola Yesiltac, Branko Miliskovic, and Eun-hye Hwang.The exhibition will also feature a specially commissioned video installation by Davide Balliano, and an additional selection of video art: Sigalit Landau, Jacco Olivier, Randy Moore .

As these artists will be able to visit Alba only for a day or two before their performances, they will be put in a situation of a tourist in a new environment. But their performances will represent them not as inane tourists in an unknown city, but as informed individuals willing to acquire new knowledge. At the same time, their performances are intended to be an open-ended conversation with the viewers in Alba. In order to investigate these interrelations, the project's subtitle can be formulated as: "How to be an art tourist?"

Conceiving this project and learning about Alba as a site of historical art production, the curator ecame acquainted with the European radical avant-garde impulses in the 1950s that were related to Alba: the `Experimental Laboratory of the Imaginist Bauhaus` that in turn lead to `The Situationist International` (of which Alba-born artist Giuseppe Pinot Gallizio was a founder member). It was in this very place that radical artists had gathered at the `First World Congress of Free Artists in Alba, Italy 1956,' the conference that propagated the notion of neo-dadaist un-restraint. One of the participants of the conference of 1956, Gil J.Wolman, formulated artists' goal then: "We must experiment as much as possible with the scope and behavior of the new era." Today, half a century later, artists revisit Alba's avant-garde historic legacy with similar urgency of exploring new frontiers in art.

Six performance artists, who belong to the younger generation of artists working in this medium, all actively participate in many artistic projects around the world. The artists who will present their work in Alba are present in the Abramovic Foundation archive founded in 2007 by the pioneer performance artist, Marina Abramovic. The artist established this archive of contemporary performance artists in order to both preserve the legacy of long-duration performance she practices, and also to point to new visionary paths that performance art will take in the future by young generations of performance artists.

Marina Abramovic
describes the importance of long duration in performance art: "The artist and public need time to enter a state of mind, and this state of mind can be achieved through repetition and the long duration of the piece. Every element and material becomes something else. You open the door and close it. That's just opening and closing a door. But over hours, it becomes something else. It can take on another meaning." Following Abramovic concept of long-durational performances, a short stay in Alba by young performers should turn into something else than a tourist trip.

The performance project is intended for general audience and it hopes to engage many visitors during two days of the opening of the Alba Art Show (17 and 18 May). After the opening weekend, the artists will install videos of their performative works on plasma screens, in spaces where they performed. Recognizing the potential of video medium to give artists previously unfathomable imaginative horizons, the selection of video works will be installed in separate spaces to maximize viewing experience. In these site-specific installations in combination with live, long-duration performances lies the dynamic appeal of this selection as an exchange of ideas, visual poetics, modes and representations.

There will be a publication dedicated to the exhibition, with an essay by the curator of the international exhibition, Jovana Stokic.

Special Thanks Marina Abramovic

With the patronage of Citta di Alba

Main sponsor:
Intesa Sanpaolo
Anna Bondonio Camandona Art Gallery

Sponsor:
Assitalia
Caffè Rossetti
I Castelli
Cerreto
Concessionaria BMW Ferrero
Consorzio Turistico Langhe Monferrato Roero
INA
Publiproget
Vincafè

Media Patners
Gazzetta d'Alba

For more information, please contact:

Associazione Culturale Amici dell’Arte
Anna Bondonio
langhe@iol.it
+39348-2657360

Mara Pagani, press office
mara.pagani@gmail.com
+393470601039

http://www.albaartshow.com

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