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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art and Arts of India

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 maggio 2018

London – On 12 June, Christie’s will host the 24th annual sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art alongside the Arts of India auction as part of Indian Art London. These sales will offer collectors an exciting opportunity to buy classical Indian art from early Gandharan sculpture to Company School painting, all the way through to iconic modern paintings by leading artists Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, and a never before seen sculpture by Ravinder Reddy. The South Asian Modern + Contemporary sale features Untitled (Goddess), illustrated above, a formative example of the artists’ now iconic representations of deified Indian women (Lot 46, estimate: £25,000 – 35,000). Bringing together the ancient and the contemporary, and linking temple, kitsch and Pop art, Reddy’s larger than life sculptures command attention from the viewer and challenge traditional notions of beauty, femininity, and domesticity.

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The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 settembre 2015

ai weiweiLondon Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House Piccadilly Hours: 10am–6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)  £ 17.60 full price. The Royal Academy of Arts presents a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei curated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director and Adrian Locke, Senior Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. Although Ai is one of China’s leading contemporary artists, his work has not been seen extensively in Britain and the Royal Academy present s the first major institutional survey of his artistic output. The exhibition includes significant works from 1993 onwards, the date that marks Ai Weiwei’s return to China following more than a decade living in New York. Ai Weiwei has create d new, site – specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy’s spaces.
On his return to China in 1993, Ai began to work in a direction that was bot h embedded in Chinese culture and reflected the exposure he had had to Western art during his twelve year sojourn in the US. Citing Duchamp as “the most, if not the only, influential figure” in his art practice, Ai continues to engage with creative tensions between complex art histories, conceiving works with multiple readings in the process. To this end he employs traditional materials and interventions with historic objects throughout his work from Neolithic vases (5000 – 3000 BCE) to Qing dynasty (1644 – 191 1) architectural components and furniture. By creating new objects from old, Ai challenges conventions of value and authenticity in modern – day China. These artworks include Table and Pillar, 2002, from his Furniture series, and Coloured Vases, 2015.
Ai works in a variety of different contexts, scales and media. He transforms materials to convey his ideas, whether in wood, porcelain, marble or jade, testing the skills of the craftsmen working to his brief in the process. Some pieces take months to crea te and pass through lengthy periods of experimentation, pushing the boundaries of the formal qualities of a material. Sculptures such as Surveillance Camera, 2010 and Video Camera, 2010, both masterpieces in craftsmanship, monumentalise the technology used to monitor, simultaneously rendering it useless and absurd. A new artwork, Remains, 2015, is also included in the exhibition. Fabricated in porcelain, the work replicates in meticulous detail a group of bones that were recently excavated at a site of a la bour camp that operated under Chairman Mao in the 1950s.One of the key installations within the exhibition is Straight, 2008 – 12, part of the body of work related to the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Fabricated from ninety tonnes of bent and twisted rebar (the steel rods used in the construction of reinforced concrete buildings), collected by the artist and straightened by hand, it is a sober monument to the victims of the earthquake. The subject of destruction, whether by demoliti on or as a consequence of natural disasters is one of a number of recurring themes and motifs that Ai returns to within his body of work.
Ai has created site specific sculptural installations for the Royal Academy’s spaces, including his monumental Tree displayed in the Annenberg Courtyard, consisting of eight individual trees, each measuring around seven metres tall. It is the largest installation of this work to date and t o enable the work to be displayed, the Royal Academy launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, where £123,577 was raised ; the l argest amount ever raised for a European art project on Kickstarter. Ai has also created a new work for the Wohl Central Hall, featuring a chandelier made of Forever bicycles, a recurring subject in h is work. Ai first began working with chandeliers in 2002 and this is the first time Ai has combined the two ideas, creating a chandelier from bicycles.
Ai Weiwei said: “I’m honored to have the chance to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tim Marlow and the rest of the exhibition team have a history of producing outstanding exhibitions. I’m very happy to be a part of it. This exhibition is my first major survey in London, a city I greatly admire. The selected artworks reflect my practice in recent years, and also include new works made specifically for this show.”
Tim Marlow, Artistic Director and co-curator of the exhibition, said: “Ai Weiwei is one of the most important artists in the world today but his work has not been seen anywhere near as much as it should have been in the UK. This exhibition will begin to redress that balance and give an extensive new audience the chance to experience a creative phenomenon that is at once radical, political, architectural, historical, poetic, materially invent ive and transformative … even before they’ve walked through the Main Galleries.”
Adrian Locke, co – curator of the exhibition said: “Ai has greatly enjoyed the installation of his exhibition at the Royal Academy, constantly taking photos, finding time to s ign autographs and take selfies with visitors as well as engaging with the technicians on site. For him, being part of the process has been an emotional one, as it is nearly five years since he was last directly involved with overseeing an exhibition of th is scale and complexity being put together.”
In 2011, Ai was detained for 81 days by the Chinese authorities and his passport confiscated. I n an act of solidarity and support from his fellow artists and architects, Ai was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in May 2011. This exhibition will follow in the Royal Academy’ s tradition of celebrating its Royal Academicians, continuing the strand of programming that has showcased some of the most significant living artists including Anish Kapoor, David Hockney and Anselm Kiefer.The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with Ai, who t ook an architectural approach to the layout of the exhibition, within the Royal Academy ’ s spectacular Main Galleries, befitting the monumental character of many of his pieces. The artist virtually navigated the spaces from his studio in Beijing, through video footage of the galleries and architectural plans. The curators also mad e regular visits to his studio. Ai Weiwei regained his passport in J uly 2015 and travell ed to London for the final installation period of the exhibition.Image: Ai Weiwei in his studio in Caochangdi, Beijing, taken in April 2015 (Press information: Johanna Bennett Undo.net)

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The first major exhibition of Allen Jones’ work

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 novembre 2014

Body ArmourLondon Opening: 13 november. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm) Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm) Admission £14 full price; concessions available; children under 16 free; Friends of the RA go free. Group bookings: Groups of 10+ are asked to book in advance.
This autumn the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition of Allen Jones’ work in the UK since 1995. As one of the UK’s most influential and celebrated living artists, this will be a long-overdue appraisal of Jones’ comprehensive contribution to British Pop art. Allen Jones RA will span the artist’s entire career from the 1960s to the present. Comprising over 80 works, the exhibition will feature examples of Jones’ paintings and sculpture, including the iconic furniture works from the late 60s, and new works created especially for this exhibition. Rarely-seen drawings will also be displayed to showcase Jones’ exceptional skills as a draughtsman, and the important influence of the medium of drawing on his practice as a whole. Moving away from a traditional chronological approach, the works will be grouped into key sequences, to allow connections and common themes to emerge and to promote a comprehensive understanding of Jones’ wide-ranging artistic practice. Image: Allen Jones RA, Body Armour, 2013

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Quiet Planet to Increase Price for the Essentials Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 agosto 2013

Quiet Planet announced today that the price for the download version of the Essentials Collection will be increased to $199 ($219 with usb) as of September 1st. Until then, customers may download the soundtrack library for a special discount price of $149.In addition, Quiet Planet is proud to announce that they signed a deal with BOOM Library who will support the worldwide sales of the Essentials Collection as well as of other upcoming sound libraries.Gordon Hempton, owner of Quiet Planet, says: “We are looking forward to the upcoming releases that will follow the Essentials Collection. With these products, and with the support of BOOM Library, Quiet Planet will quickly expand its market presence.”
BOOM Library, based in Mainz, Germany, was founded by award winning audio guys from Dynamedion, the biggest European game audio studio. The company provides high end, ultimate sound effects for all media and audio professionals.

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Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional Showcase

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 aprile 2013

London, PRNewswire In celebration of outstanding British craftsmanship, Walpole British Luxury and Vacheron Constantin will host the first ‘CRAFTED: MAKERS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL’ Showcase for the public at Somerset House West Wing. From Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April, a collection of 20 of Britain’s most talented and pioneering artisans will demonstrate their passion, dedication and expertise, bringing to life the creative process, from exquisite and rare raw material to desirable and valuable finished work.At a time when the manufacturing sector continues to dip in the UK, and with concerns about the retention of skills and apprenticeships within the workforce, Walpole and Vacheron Constantin believe it is crucial that the skill and talents of the country’s craft makers are celebrated, preserved and nurtured. With their design acumen and insight, they embody the creativity and excellence that makes British fashion, design and luxury so compelling to the global consumer.At present there are 23,000 contemporary craftsmen in the UK generating a total income of £500 million(1) on a par with West End theatre revenues(2) and outstripping money spent on music downloads in the UK £316m (3). Their skills and work plays a crucial part in the wider success of Europe’s cultural and creative industries which contribute approximately 2.6% of EU GDP (with high growth potential) and provide in the region of 5million jobs across the EU.(4). These Craftsmen also pass on their skills and knowledge to a new work force, with over 87% formally teaching their craft to others. Surprisingly 69% of those involved in the Crafts Industry are female. Fine artistic craft is an integral part of the Vacheron Constantin brand, company CEO Juan-Carlos Torres, commented ‘For Vacheron Constantin, promoting arts and crafts professions is more than a commitment, it is a duty’. Chair of the Walpole Crafted programme Guy Salter, added ‘The aim is to help craftsmen and women develop businesses that are strong, growing and sustainable in order to support themselves properly, do commercial justice to their outstanding skills, and crucially allowing them to pass these on’. From the stitching on a calf-skin leather handbag to the intricate metalwork on a statement mirror, expert craftsmanship is at the heart of all luxury goods. The showcase offers a unique insight into the excellence of fine craft by elevating the time honoured expertise, intimate knowledge and captivating interactions between art, design and skill of the hand. Expressed in four simple themes – A craft perfected, A tradition preserved, A life devoted and A business nurtured – live demonstrations will give guests exclusive access to the essence of each craftsperson’s art
Since 1990, Walpole has been dedicated to supporting the British Luxury industry, ‘At Walpole British Luxury we understand that luxury without exceptionally talented makers or outstanding materials is an empty promise, hence our commitment to the preservation and development to the craftsmanship skills’ said Julia Carrick, Chief Executive of Walpole British Luxury.

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Il Teatro Regio di Parma in tournée a Bilbao

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 maggio 2010

Bilbao, Palacio Euskalduna 22, 25, 28, 31 maggio 2010. Quasi due secoli di ininterrotta storia e tradizione, di passione e di qualità consegnano il Teatro Regio di Parma a un ruolo di primo piano in campo internazionale. A sancirne in modo inequivocabile il prestigio affermato nel Festival Verdi e nelle sue Stagioni Liriche e Concertistiche, le produzioni, l’Orchestra, il Coro e le maestranze tecniche del Teatro Regio sono richieste da istituzioni e teatri di tutto il mondo: Città del Messico, Mumbai, Nuova Delhi, Parigi, Bilbao e Hong Kong. Così la recentissima e trionfale doppia trasferta del Teatro Regio di Parma in Germania e Cina nel nome di Giuseppe Verdi, interamente sostenute dai partner internazionali, con Nabucco a Wiesbaden per l’Internationale Maifestspiele (il Festival tedesco più antico dopo quello di Bayreuth) e con Rigoletto al Nuovo Teatro Nazionale Cinese di Pechino, straordinario e imponente gioiello di vetro e titanio simbolo di tutte le novità della nuova Cina.Ecco ora rinnovarsi il prestigioso impegno del Teatro Regio di Parma con il Teatro di Bilbao, avviato nel 2007, nell’ambito del progetto pluriennale “Tutto Verdi” promosso da OLBE ABAO, Asociación Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, che intende presentare nell’arco di alcuni anni l’intero catalogo operistico del genio di Busseto in una serie di produzioni di assoluto prestigio e valore internazionali. Dopo le applaudite recite di Aida, l’Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma si esibirà in Falstaff al Palacio Euskalduna il 22, 25, 28, 31 maggio 2010 Con l’Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma e il Coro de Opera de Bilbao diretto da Bori Dujin sarà Marco Armiliato a guidare un cast di grande valore, con Michele Pertusi (Falstaff), Amarilli Nizza (Alice), Ángel Odena (Ford), Manuela Custer (Meg Page), Ewa Podles (Mrs Quickly), Lisette Oropesa (Nanetta), José Luis Sola (Fenton), Nikolai Didenko (Pistola), Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Bardolfo), Gregory Bonfatti (Dr Caius) nell’allestimento del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli con la regia Arnaud Bernard, le scene di Alessandro Camera, i costumi di Carla Ricotti e le luci di Roberto Venturi. Dopo Falstaff a Bilbao per il progetto “Tutto Verdi”, un’altra conferma internazionale attende a breve il Teatro Regio di Parma, invitato nuovamente a Pechino dal 16 al 19 giugno a presentare Rigoletto al National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Festival dell’India

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 settembre 2009

festival indiaTorino 18 Settembre 2009 alle ore 12.00 Presso La Sala Rossa – Circolo dei Lettori via Bogino, 9  Conferenza Stampa di presentazione del 6° Festival dell’India che contiene:  8° Congresso Internazionale Yoga e Ayurveda 2° Simposio della Spiritualità “Raggi di un’Unica Luce” Con i patrocini:  Regione Piemonte – Provincia di Torino – Comune di Grugliasco – Consolato generale dell’India – Uff.Naz. del Turismo Indiano “Incredible India”- International Yog Confederation, Delhi – The World Community of I.C.&T.D.- World Movement for Indian Fine Arts – World Movement for Yoga & Ayurveda- European Yoga Federation – C.U.I.D.Y. Confederazione Ufficiale Italiana DiYoga. In programma al Parco culturale le serre di Grugliasco-To 2-3-4 Ottobre 2009 Intervengono: – Gianni Oliva Assessore Cultura Regione Piemonte  – Umberto D’ottavio Assessore all’Edilizia scolastica e patrimonio, Istruzione  – Marcello Mazzù Sindaco Comune di Grugliasco Roberto Montà Assessore Cultura Comune di Grugliasco  – Emy Blesio Creatrice e Direttrice Artistica dell’Evento e del settore Spiritualità  – Amadio Bianchi Direttore Scientifico del Congresso  – Mara Quenda e  Simonetta Momo Comitato Organizzativo Evento  Nel corso dell’incontro vengono  illustrati gli appuntamenti in programma,  presentati i protagonisti e le iniziative culturali dell’Evento  che offre un panorama di cultura, spiritualità, scienza,arte, danza-musica-canto, artigianato, gastronomia. (festival india)

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