From 26/10 to 30/10/2016
KUNST ZURICH 2016
Booth : A 5
Antonio Buonfiglio [painting] . Bertozzi et Casoni [ceramic sculpture] . Lois Anvaldalfarei [bronze sculpture] . Mozart Guerra [polystyrene sculpture and wire]
From 20/12/ 2016 to 20/02/2017
Simone Crestani [ Glass sculpturs] & Sylc [painting]
JULLY 05 – SEPTEMBER 09 2016
Art’in Gstaad Gallery present Loïs ANVIDALFAREI sculptures
Lois Anvidalfarei brings formidable feelings and distant sensations back into the modern consciousness and goes his way in harmony with the everyday life allowed to flow like the seasons in that part of the world up there.
Mixed with Alpine fragrances, the scent of highland clover hay slowly permeates and impregnates the plaster of his sculptures…
Nothing bucolic will contaminate the works, however, nothing rustic. The matter is far more serious. That boundless space and limpid air bring a very different kind of rapture. It is human being that confronts the dimension of nature and the heavens. It is the human being that confronts the metaphysics of the divine. And by doing so it reveals its own dimension, which is physical, throbbing and alive, one of sufferance far more than suffering.
APRIL 15 – MAY 31 2016
From the 15th of April to the 31st May 2016, Gallery Art’in Gstaad presents the paintings of Kang CHAM MO and bronze works by Paolo STACCIOLI.
Kang CHAM MO, a Korean artist who lives in Seoul, is inspired by his periodic visits to the Himalayas and presents works which express the wonders of nature.
Using rice paper, which he applies layer after layer onto wooden panels, manipulating the materials by hand, using natural pigments, minerals or crushed shells he reflects the pure and strong emotion that the Himalayan landscape provokes.
The summits, with their eternal snow, glimmer with vertiginous splendor, idealized by an adamantine star.
Skies brimming with stars, insects, animals, souls who find themselves in the enchantment of an esoteric cosmos.
The generous dimensions of his work; diptychs, triptychs, or quadriptychs, up to 1.30m by 3.60m long, lure us into an ecstatic contemplation.
Paolo STACCIOLI, a Florentine sculptor, expresses his talent in both ceramic and bronze. His presence in many international museums, has already confirmed his expertise in these areas.
The sculptures exhibited are representations of turbulent warriors, frozen in the eternity of their destiny and evoke Etruscan and Assyrian forms that plunges us into a universe of legends.
The silence of the transfixed shapes, resonate with blasts of metal, of battle and combat, here are fixed evermore.
The figure of the horse is omnipresent the works of Paolo STACCIOLI, suggest both the equine wheeled toys which he played with as a child and the proud steed of these noble warmongers.
It is no coincidence that Staccioli was invited to create works for the entrance of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in China. Where thousands of warriors and horses have been sculpted in terracotta; as if Paolo’s work is the natural continuation of this colossal relic.
The gallery Art’in Gstaad, presents these beautiful works in bronze and aged iron; on consoles made from rusted metal by the artist himself.
For the occasion, we are also offering a view of the latest work by Mozart GUERRA.
Born in Récif, trained as an architect, and living in Paris since many years.
Animals and people are drawn to a 1/1 scale; then they are adorned with captivating colours and are simply hypnotic. From his pencil sketches on paper, to models glazed in clay, Guerra then makes a mold to create a final form out of polystyrene which is then delicately coated with strings of colour. This architect of material, colour specialist, magical tailor, creates an alternate reality where a humanist fiction articulates a world of contrasting emotion.
The gallery presents “Zipper”, a blue greyhound whose chest opens with a zipper, a secular symbol of servitude? He rubs elbows with “Otto,” referring to the famous painting by Otto DIX, “Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden” or “Guru”, a representation of a monkey’s head, smoking a cigar while wearing a magnificent turban, the ironic paradox of an emblematic symbol.
18 DECEMBER 2015 – 28 FEBRUARY 2016 / BERTOZZI & CASONI “Scegli il Paradiso”
‘Choisis le Paradis’ / ‘Choose Paradise’, is a rare opportunity in Gstaad, to see the incredible works by the artists Bertozzi & Casoni.
The Italian duo are alchemists that work with ceramics, together they are witnesses and storytellers that create a unique and surreal culture that overturns our ideas of art and the world.
Internationally recognized, their masterful talent has taken them to major museums: The Tate Liverpool – 2004; The Venice Biennale – 2009 / 2011; Museum Beelden in The Hague – 2013; The Palazzo Te in Mantua – 2014 … not to be missed.
BERTOZZI & CASONI , Italian artists, that chose ceramics as their mode of artistic expression par excellence, are exhibiting a selection of works from 1997-2015 at the Art’in Gstaad Gallery.
In the 80s, they produced their first works using the technique “Maiolica” which are characterized by expert crafstmanship with an ironic detachment; during the 90’s, they continually improved their virtuosity, this lead them to ‘design’ to work with great contemporary artists such as ARMAN and Alessandro MENDINI. Their art imposed itself as deeply conceptual and totally radical.
In the late 90s, they pushed the maiolica ceramics to the limit of dimensional and technical feasibility. At this point the critics, major museums and galleries, took interest in their work.
The sculptures of BERTOZZI & CASONI, are heirs of the finest European tradition of painted sculpture; they possess a profound sense of the transient, the perishable, of time and decomposition; there works are veritable icons of the Human Condition. Creating a delicate balance between disturbing composition and hyperrealistic form, Bertozzi & Casoni take us in their autopsy, where they dissect contemporary society; whether cultural; from the past or current artistic trends.
Since 2000, they have abandoned the use of “Maiolica” and have turned to the origins of industrial ceramic materials, creating works that they skillfully transform in favor of the more hypnotic. This key moment in their evolution has enabled them to achieve a new and larger dimension, the work is no longer confined by the technical limits of size and has liberated the full expression of the artists. Their oeuvres now represent a larger variety of objects such as; Barrels of oil, large platters filled with eaten food, garbage bins… works that the authors entitle “Contemplations of the Present.”
However, this contemporary “trash” is just a pretext that Bertozzi & Casoni use to challenge and question; the technique will never be an end to itself.
They have exhibited at the Tate Museum – Liverpool in 2004, in prestigious galleries from Venice to New York (2005-2007), at ALL VISUAL ART in London (2012), in the Beelden Museum in The Hague (2012), at Lugano-Suisse, and in 2015 at Expo Milan for the Universal Exhibition.
And the exhibition organized in Gstaad where several major works are presented:
“Scegli il Paradiso” 1997. A Madonna and child, with a lawnmower she cuts down existence while she paradoxically carries the same symbols on her cape.
“Regeneration” 2012. A representation of a larger than life gorilla in the lotus position, with a deer on his knees, sitting on used mattresses; strength, violence, but also the natural and beautiful, an altar of wild consumerism.
“Waiting” 2013. A circular set of pharmacy boxes, understood by the artists as a symbol for aid, to save the body, but what about the soul? The work also carries an esoteric reference to the date of the suicide of the American artist ROTHKO, by the exact position of the constellations.
“No Ricordo” 2014. An elder and melancholic Pinocchio, sitting on a pile of books hat are supposed to confer immortality. A deeply moving work, whose philosophical significance challenges us; on knowledge, destiny, the notion of non-perfection in existence.
“Vassoio” 2011. An accumulation of eggshells, the ancient symbol of life and perfection.
“Disgrazia con tulipani Rossi” 2012. Flowers that have grown on a clod of soil mixed with filth, an idealized representation of beauty and the outrage of pollution.
“The Fine” 2015. The image of a cake at the end of a meal, of opulence and satiety, alongside lies an animal skull, the representation of the end.
“Vaso con fiori di Masso” 2014. A bouquet of flowers, beautiful, truer than life, yet threatened by the insects represented on the vase, an image of the perpetual cycle of life
Masters of doubt and paradoxes BERTOZZI & CASONI, offer us sculptural puzzles with difficult solutions, often proposing the impossible. Their work, with an improbable and disturbing approach, leaves us in doubt and questioning; to query the very foundations of the art in all its esoteric character. Thus, B & C, with their art which is characterized by perfection and hyperrealism, by unique composition, are able to express irony, disillusionment, mystery, absolute freedom and a reconstruction of reality.
JULLY – DECEMBER 2015 / Collectie exhibition
The Art’in Gstaad Gallery has exhibited from July to December 2015, a selection of artists who each have the particularity of using ‘materials’ in the most expressive mode.
Whether it was the polystyrene sculptures by MOZART GUERRA that are patiently covered with colored threads which are fixed by a profusion of tiny pins.
Or the fantastic and very colorful characters made from paper maché and painted in lacquer by Parisian artist WABÉ.
Or the erratic bronzes, perched on rusted steel carts by Italian PAOLO STACCIOLI.
Or the highly structured paintings by ANTONIO BUONFIGLIO in which his chromatic melodies are expressed on a panels and are then transcended with a multitude of layers of colorful oil paint.
Or, finally, the stratum of soil, pigments, acrylic fixed to canvas by KOFFI COMAR in a dichotomous expression, both tender and savage, that sums up the fascinating power of his native Togo.