Federico Florian

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Cattelan Commands Italians to Shit and Die: A First Look   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Palazzo Cavour November 6th, 2014 - January 11th, 2015
Posted 11/6/14
This past Wednesday evening, the arty crowd in Turin paid no heed to Maurizio Cattelan’s “exhortation.” Considering the line outside Palazzo Cavour, Cattelan's command, —the title of the most eagerly-awaited event of this year’s edition of Artissima—has not been taken literally by anyone. Rather than warily getting out of the way, shitting, or dying, a throng of curators, artists, critics, and collectors—myself included—couldn't wait to invade the rooms of the 18th century building. This group... [more]
Joan Jonas Knows How to Make Performance Art That Endures   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joan Jonas at Pirelli HangarBicocca October 2nd, 2014 - February 1st, 2015
Posted 10/26/14
. Joan Jonas concluded her performance at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan with these words from Under the Glacier (1968), a little known, visionary novel by the Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness. The acclaimed New York video and performance artist looked like a Lilliputian creature, an aged little fairy; her snow-white poodle skirt was white like her short, wavy hair; her voice was strong, resolute, and it was hard to believe that it came from a 78-year-old woman. She looked upon the audience,... [more]
It happened by chance. About two months ago I heard about the new donation of a work of art to the permanent collection of the Museum of XX Century Art in Milan: the piece was a sculpture by Italian artist Amalia Del Ponte. Her name was totally new to me. Curious, I peeked into her resume—some solo exhibitions in a few Milan galleries, especially in the 70s and the 80s, and the First Prize for Sculpture at the São Paulo Biennale in 1973. How do you feel?, the work acquired by the Museum of XX... [more]
Parcours: Taking Art Basel to the Streets   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francesco Arena, Darren Bader, Gottfried Bechtold, Pierre Bismuth, Jean-Luc Blanc, Chris Burden, Zeng Fanzhi, Ryan Gander, Mario García Torres, Mark Handforth, Seth Price, Eva Rothschild, Guido van der Werve at Art Basel June 18th, 2014 - June 22nd, 2014
Posted 6/16/14
The (literally, “angle of the three countries”) rises up on the northern end of the Kleinhuningen Port in Basel. It’s a metal pillar, resembling a silver screwed missile, oriented towards the sky and signaling the exact point where three nations—Switzerland, France, Germany—meet together. Basel is a city wedged into the core of Europe; it’s a border town, stuck in the offshoots of Swiss mountains and split in two by an ample bight of the Rhine. It’s a place whose metropolitan identity has been... [more]
Vision, knowledge and infinity: Kader Attia and the Jacob’s Ladder   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kader Attia at Whitechapel Gallery November 26th, 2013 - November 23rd, 2014
Posted 2/13/14
The 28th paragraph of , verses 10-13, reads: Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord […]. Lots of artists, during the course of art... [more]
An art of waste and recycling   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Björn Roth, Dieter Roth at Pirelli HangarBicocca November 6th, 2013 - February 9th, 2014
Posted 12/28/13
In 1970, for his first solo show, Dieter Roth filled the Eugenia Butler Gallery in L.A. with thirty-seven suitcases containing assorted cheeses, transforming the room into a place infested by flies and maggots. In 1992, inside the spaces of a decadent former coach house near Hamburg, he created the , a “museum of mold” including perishable works of art made of chocolate, sugar and spices. In 1982 Roth carried out a photographic record of the excrements he produced daily and made a catalog from... [more]
Wandering through Turin’s porticoes: the ONE TORINO project   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Artissima November 7th, 2013 - January 12th, 2014
Posted 11/6/13
With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches join together the most representative buildings in town,... [more]
On occultism and race tracks: Artissima   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Artissima November 8th, 2013 - November 10th, 2013
Posted 11/5/13
Turin rises up along a natural handle, the point where two rivers – the Po and the Stura – join together. The town seems to find its refuge there, and grows to the South multiplying its reticulum of streets and blocks. It resembles a reserved beautiful lady, adorned with yellow autumn leaves and magnificent stone facades – she softly reclines on the Piedmontese hills and looks towards the Alps, whose embrace protects her from the Northern winds. Turin, especially in autumn, is so charming and... [more]
Driant Zeneli is one of the most promising young artists in the contemporary art panorama. Born in Shkoder, Albania in 1983, he moved to Italy when he was eighteen. His video works tell people’s dreams, desires, hopes and failures, starting from performances and actions where chance plays an essential role. About two weeks ago at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Turin, he presented his latest creation, Leave me alone, in the context of the show “Vitrine – Gente in strada (Passaggio... [more]
The National Pavilions, Part II: Politics vs. Imagination   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 8/14/13
My tour through the national pavilions goes on (see Part I). We have imagined it like an artistic from the material to the immaterial, from the substantial to the ephemeral. But the word ‘material’ has not only to do with the physical consistency of things. The term denotes something concrete, actual and real – a type of pragmatic and exact knowledge. The accuracy of historical analysis as well as the pragmatism of political discourse can both be included into the realm of the ‘material’. On... [more]
The national pavilions. An artistic dérive from the material to the immaterial.   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 7/31/13
'Visions of spell sometimes emerge from the lagoon like ghosts dripping endless melancholy.' These are the words that the well-known Italian art critic Antonio Morassi once used to describe the impressionistic views of Venice by Francesco Guardi – the great 18th century painter (and also Giambattista Tiepolo's brother-in-law). Morassi's description does justice to the evanescent, ghostly quality of Guardi's paintings; there, Venice seems to disappear in a tangle of colors and vaporized forms. I... [more]
This is the description of Venice that the British writer and art historian John Ruskin gives in the incipit of his famous three-volume The Stones of Venice, published in London from 1851 to 1853. In the following lines, the author expresses the real reason of a treatise about Venetian art and architecture: I would endeavour to trace the lines of this image [the fading, feeble reflection of the city on the sea] before it be for ever lost, and to record, as far as I may, the warning which... [more]
Notes on ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’. A Venetian tour through the Biennale   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kasper Akhøj, Victor Alimpiev, Ellen Altfest, Pawel Althamer, Levi Fisher Ames, Yuri Ancarani, Carl Andre, Uri Aran, Yüksel Arslan, Ed Atkins, Marino Auriti, Enrico Baj, Nikolay Bakharev, Miroslaw Balka, Phyllida Barlow, Morton Bartlett, Gianfranco Baruchello, Hans Bellmer, Neïl Beloufa, Stefan Bertalan, Rossella Biscotti, John Bock, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Geta Bratescu, KP Brehmer, James Lee Byars, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Roger Caillois, Varda Caivano, Vlassis Caniaris, James Castle, Alice Channer, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, aleister Crowley, Oliver Croy, R. Crumb, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Jos de Gruyter, Walter de Maria, Tacita Dean, John DeAndrea, Simon Denny, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Oliver Elser, Harun Farocki, Guo Fengyi, Peter Fischli, Aurélien Froment, Phyllis Galembo, Norbert Ghisoland, Yervant Gianikian, Domenico Gnoli, Robert Gober, Tamar Guimarães, João Maria Gusmão, Wade Guyton, Duane Hanson, Frieda Harris, Sharon Hayes, Camille Henrot, Daniel Hesidence, Roger Hiorns, Channa Horwitz, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, René Iché, Hans Josephsohn, Carl Gustav Jung, Bouchra Khalili, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hilma af Klint, Eva Kotátková, Evgenij Kozlov, emma kunz, Maria Lassnig, Mark Leckey, Augustin Lesage, Herbert List, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Sarah Lucas, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Helen Marten, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum, Steve McQueen, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Marisa Merz, Pierre Molinier, Matthew Monahan, Laurent Montaron, Melvin Moti, Matt Mullican, Ron Nagle, Linda Fregni Nagler, Bruce Nauman, Paulo Nazareth, Albert Oehlen, Shinro Ohtake, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Henrik Olesen, Damián Ortega, John Outterbridge, Pedro Paiva, Marco Paolini, Diego Perrone, Walter Pichler, Otto Piene, Paloma Polo, Eliot Porter, Imran Qureshi, Carol Rama, Charles Ray, James Richards, Achilles G. Rizzoli, Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pamela Rosenkranz, Dieter Roth, Viviane Sassen, Shinichi Sawada, Hans Schärer, Karl Schenker, Michael Schmidt, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Tino Sehgal, Richard Serra, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Drossos P. Skyllas, Harry Smith, Xul Solar, Christiana Soulou, Eduard Spelterini, Rudolf Steiner, Hito Steyerl, Papa Ibra Tall, Dorothea Tanning, Harald Thys, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, Andra Ursuta, Erik van Lieshout, Stan VanDerBeek, Danh Vo, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, David Weiss, Günter Weseler, Jack Whitten, Cathy Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Kan Xuan, Lin Xue, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Sergey Zarva, Anna Zemánková, Jakub Julian Ziólkowski, Artur Zmijewski at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale) June 1st, 2013 - November 24th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13
That day, the Yellow Emperor showed the poet his palace. They left behind, in long succession, the first terraces on the west which descend, like the steps of an almost measureless amphitheater, to a paradise or garden whose metal mirrors and intricate juniper hedges already prefigured the labyrinth. They lost themselves in it, gaily at first, as if condescending to play a game, but afterwards not without misgiving, for its straight avenues were subject to a curvature, ever so slight, but... [more]
The Maudit, Thomas Zipp   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Zipp at Kaufmann Repetto Gallery April 5th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Posted 5/13/13
The spaces of Kaufmann Repetto gallery in Milan smell of blood, medicine and hospital. The walls are covered with a black shiny varnish and the neon lights on the ceiling spread their cold beams over the mirroring tables. The setting looks like a security room or a refrigerating cell – there’s no life here, no wishes, no hopes. Every hint of humanity is properly frozen in the material traces of someone’s passage – a stool slightly moved by an invisible hand, some pale wooden apples scattered... [more]
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