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the same but different…

It’s kind of like groundhog day to work each year for UNIDEE, especially if you also have experienced it yourself before as an artist in residence. A lot of the same group activities, a tour of michelangelo’s works, a visit to a lanificio (woolmill)…the fact that everyone starts off loving the food here, but eventually they will probably end up complaining a lot about it!…the way friendship and camaraderie is created at warp speed (everything is faster and every experience is heightened when you live, breathe, eat, work and socialise with the same people in the same place for 4 months…)It is incredible how the same situations with different participants can create sometimes weirdly similar scenarios while at the same time be completely different…like i said, the same but different…

a tour of his own works by Michelangelo Pistoletto…he must have said the same things a thousand times or more by now and yet he is still enthusiastic, still trying to change the world and still trying to enthuse and activate others to change it too…i can’t help but admire that.

the man himself between 2 early self portraits

part of division and multiplication of the mirror series

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self portrait with stars

rotazione dei corpi (rotation of heavenly bodies)

contextualising my sitiuation…

Just to give a idea of the background of the Fonadazione Pistoletto where i spend so much of my time…here is Michelangelo Pistoletto, showing UNIDEE around some of his works dating from the late ’50’s till the present day…

He explained how the mirror works evolved from early self portrait paintings…FYI the mirror paintings are very numerous and MP is always producing new ones. He tends to use people in and around the foundation as subjects…am still waiting to be asked!!!…

…the division and multiplication of mirrors…

Venere degli stracci” (Venus of Rags)

Explaining the the thought process that led from Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man to the creation of the Segno Arte (Art Sign)…

stop motion of rotazione dei corpi:

At night we were invited to dinner by Michelangelo and Maria. At first i was a little disappointed because they chose to have it in our workspace and we are already here ALL the time!!!! However i was wrong, sharing food has such transformational powers, having dinner around a huge table (there were 25 of us) can really change the atmosphere of place, it was truly a social and happy occasion. Maria (MP’s) wife did the cooking, and she is great, having lived in the middle east for a few years and also having travelled extensively, her food is always abundant, adventurous and REALLY good. For example among the many dishes, we had Serbian meatballs, Iranian style rice, hummus…you get the picture…

salones past…

…so as was obvious from the last couple of posts, i could not get to Milan last week due to THAT volcano eruption. My reason for going was to visit the annual art/design fair held in Milan, generally known as the “Salone”. The whole city throws open its doors for a week or so with many beautiful, generally inaccessible corners of the city suddenly becoming open to the general public. Anyway obviously i missed it this year so i thought i would dedicate the next couple of posts to Salones gone by… (forgive the quality of some of the photos – did not have such a nice camera in them days…)

Salone 2007 – is it just me or is this Swarovski crystal curtain a tad vaginal???

Swarovski installation from the 2007 Milan Salone – a magnificent and sparkly palace of tackyness…marvellous

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In 2008 Michelangelo Pistoletto was given the medieval market space in the heart of the city, Loggia dei Mercanti in which he installed the Segno Arte Uffici:

kinetic work by Pistoletto, pedalling the  bike creates the power to light up his segno arte

A 3 metre square version of the Metro Cubo d’Infinito (Cubic Meter of Infinity) again by Pistoletto,with an entirely mirrored interior, it is kind of overwhelming and compelling when you get inside, i hung about for hours trying to experience it on my own, but it proved too popular a spot.

inside the cube

I really wish i could claim authorship to this beautiful photograph, but it was taken by Enrico Amici (you can see him snapping away inside the cube in the exterior picture looking in – directly below the bike film).

…and just for fun i will end this post with some more Swarovski tack form 2008, a giant revolving crystal rendition of the globe…hurrah:

(wonder what i was talking about???)

more archive salone posts through the week…

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