Dal 1 al 30 settembre, 2014: “C’era una volta” Museo Etnografico Gambarina, Alessandria, Italia, “NATURA E ARTE SACRA NELLA TRADIZIONE POPOLARE” – MOSTRA – INSTALLAZIONE
Incisioni – cuts
Pitturi – Paintings
Exhibition-Installation of my Linocuts and Paintings
My exhibition could be sommer down to a ‘gigantic ‘ puzzle game where I needed to select some of my art work and place it in a location [ museum rooms] where it will fit like if it was part of the museum environment, specific creation or exhisting exhibition.
An easy one, was to display my linocut prints withing equipements or machinery relating to its process. Even a press, with 2 wooden cylinders which is in fact the ancestor of pressing-ironing shirts, turn out to be compatible with the context because one actually would be able to proof linocuts with such a machine, it’s construction is identical to an etching printing press! On other cases,like the display is about wars objects and equipement, it became more challenging.
The interest of such installation are many, one of them being escaping the typical desplaying of art works in empty spaces with empty white walls. an artificial set up , never happening in ‘real life’, when art work is display in public, corporated building or private homes. Art work become part of any human created environement for various specific activities…. for this presentation i have chosen works on linoleum and paintings.
Windows to the Past
The ethnographic museum “Once upon a Time”, set up in the handsome spaces of the restored Gambarina in Alessandria, aims at keeping alive the specificity aquired in many years of activity developed in the homonymous museum in Valle San Bartolomeo [ a near by village]: on one side to keep and hand on customs and traditions of the folk, on the other side to organise temporary exhibitions and varrious initiatives to increase public opinion’s interest in this vast and little known cultural richness. [ Excerpt from the introduction of the Ethnolographic Museum.]
original linoleum cut, linogravure originale, linóleo grabado original, incisione originale, Copyright © Raymond Verdaguer 2014