On the occasion of the exhibition Eterno at Wunderkammern Rome, the French artists Lek & Sowat come back to Villa Medici to realize an ephemeral installation in the suggestive location of the “Bosco” terrace. Like the nets that Ferdinando de’ Medici used to install to capture the birds more easily, the two artists unfold large colored stripes trough the threes, inventing new visual perspectives.
We were pleased to host the talk Law & Art – The role of the jurists in the Contemporary Art System, which took place at Wunderkammern gallery in Milan on June 8, 2017.
The talk was held by Giuseppe Iannaccone, lawyer and collector, Giuseppe Pizzuto, lawyer and gallery owner, and Alberto Toffoletto, lawyer and collector.
Each one of the jurists involved reflected on their special relation with art. In particular Mr Iannaccone explained the experience of the Iannaccone collection, recently exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Mr Pizzuto focused on Wunderkammern contemporary art gallery with venues in Rome and Milan while Mr Toffoletto illustrated the project “Nctm e l’arte”.
Outdoor festival, located in Rome, is a must visit show for Street art in Italy. For its 7th edition, the festival organized and curated by the creative agency Nufactory presented a collection of urban art, conferences, music and cinema that took place at the Ex Caserma Guido Reni. At the pavilion curated by Wunderkammern, the Sardinian artist Tellas presented a site-specific installation entitled “Punti di vista”, in which visitors got fully immersed in the naturist world of this talented artist.
In collaboration with Ristorante Angelina, Wunderkammern Gallery presented the two catalogues for the projects “Public and Confidential 2013 – 2014” and “Limitless 2014 – 2015”, which involved 10 among the most influential street artist on the International scene: 2501, Jef Aérosol, Agostino Iacurci, L’Atlas, Alexey Luka, Aakash Nihalani, Rero, Sam3, Sten Lex and Dan Witz. The catalogues feature contributions by Nina Bassoli, Peter Bengtsen, Achille Bonito Oliva, Anna Cestelli Guidi, Viviana Checchia, Vincenzo Denti, Pia Lauro, Samantha Longhi, G. Matta, Christian Omodeo, Franco Ottavianelli, Giammarco Palmieri, Emanuela Pigliacelli, Elena Giulia Rossi and Lucie Touya. A special limited edition of ten catalogues, with hand-made covers, was created by Sandra Varisco. On the occasion of the event an exhibition of photographs by Giorgio Coen Cagli was presented. About the projects: Equivocating on the phrase “Private and Confidential” often used to classify secret documents, the project Public and Confidential (2013-2014) investigates the dynamics of a person’s individuality in both the public and private spheres. Urban art, and more specifically the research performed by street artist in particular, is based on the medium’s capacity for direct accessibility by the public, thus blurring the lines between intimacy, individual receptiveness, and the space in which the installations are placed. The project Limitless (2014-2015) explores the concept of limit in its diverse forms and manifestations. From territorial frontiers that divide a single interconnected environmental system, to the physical and intangible perimeters of our body and mind. From social boundaries that define the accepted and the unaccepted, to emotional mechanisms that often lead us to set short-sighted objectives. Art is a unique vehicle for surpassing boundaries: limitless by definition, art ruptures barriers and invite us to reflect about our limitless reality.
Artmossphere, the II Moscow International Biennale of Street Art, was held in the heart of Moscow from 30th August to 9th September 2016 and presented 68 iconic representatives of international street art scene. The Biennale’s main event was a major group show at Moscow’s Manege Central Exhibition Hall, a 19th-century neo-classical exhibition hall that stands grandly adjacent to Red Square. On this edition the main project was multicuratorial and Wunderkammern was invited among international experts, museums and galleries to be part of the curatorial program of the Biennale. For this occasion, Wunderkammern invited the French artist L’Atlas (1978, Paris) one of the most important representatives of urban art today. L’Atlas presented “The Fluo Box”, a site-specific installation at the main venue, and an urban intervention in the city of Moscow.
The event was organized by Cini Boeri Architetti and Lab23 for the occasion of the Milan Design Week. “Bend, Outdoor and Urban Design” is the new street furniture 2016 collection, exhibited in the headquarters of the Wunderkammern gallery in Milan in parallel with the exhibition by the American artist JonOne, “Predictably irrational”. It stems from the research and the work of two aspects: comfort and object recognition.
Creative mornings is a series of conferences, held monthly for the creative community in the world. Each event includes a short talk of 20 minutes and a breakfast open to anyone. Launched in 2008 in New York, today the cities involved in the world are over 130, and the community is still in continuous growth. On March 18th, the event was hosted at Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, regarding the theme “changes”. Protagonists of Creative Morning were Giuseppe Pizzuto, co-director of the gallery, and the Italian artist MP5, who talked about the exhibition “Of Changes”, the I- Ching (the Book of Changes), the impact of urban art on the neighbourhood and how the art gallery has become a part of the city.
At number 91, in Amedeo Cencelli street, MP5 has created “Millennials”, mural commissioned by Wunderkammern for her solo show “Of Changes” Five Caryatids, each one slightly different, cover the two of the facades of the building, taking inspiration from unperturbed korai of Erechtheion and its loggia on the Acropolis of Athens. " I think the classic model encloses the sobriety and at the same time the power of monumental art that has inspired mankind for years, and as an artist who works in the public space I needed to confront this tradition” says MP5.
As a preview of his solo show “Propaganda”, that inaugurated the new venue of Wunderkammern in Milan, Blek le Rat did an urban intervention at Via Gabrio Serbelloni 50 in Rome. “Propaganda” was centred on the ideas of disclosure and propagation. Even art, in some cases, has been used as an instrument of propaganda and, conversely, the latter has been implemented as a technique by artists: from the iconography of the Renaissance up to the modern-era movements like Futurism, Constructivism, Pop Art, and Urban Art. Through his works, Blek le Rat investigated this theme, which has been an important source of inspiration for him: his introduction of stencils in art is, in part, due to certain stencils from fascist propaganda that he saw in Padua when he was younger.
In occasion of his solo show entitled “Echoes” at Wunderkammern Roma, Pure Evil did a series of public interventions in the city. In the Torpignattara neighborhood he created two mural interventions using his most recognizable iconographic symbol, the bunny, that bursted from a symbolic exploding “Love Bomb”. Before the show, Pure Evil also performed a series of live-performances in which he created silk-screen prints in front of passerby, at the Isola Tiberina, the Fontana delle Tartarughe, the Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
The ItaliaCamp association brings together people, institutions, local organizations in order to promote and finance projects and processes of social innovation. The association promotes socially innovative projects, using call for ideas, promoting confrontations, enriching its network with local stakeholders. It helps companies and institutions spreading the culture of social innovation. As part of the collaboration with ItaliaCamp, Wunderkammern curated and presented two exhibitions at their headquarters, in Piazza dell’Esquilino 5 in Rome: “Art at Work” in 2015 with artworks by Alexey Luka and 2501, and “Connect Space” exhibition in 2014, featuring artworks by Jef Aérosol, Angelo Bellobono, Valentina Vannicola and Agostino Iacurci.
The project “Chained” involved nine different names from the international urban art scene: 2501, Atomo, Borondo, BR1, C215, Max Rippon, Sam3, Sten Lex, Edoardo Tresoldi. In addition to the main exhibition held in two different locations, at the Hangar in Via Amari and the Cervantes Institute of Milan featuring artist works, some of the artists also intervened in the city, putting art in a direct connection with the public space. Two murals were made by 2501 and Max Rippon at Quarto Oggiaro neighbourhood. Borondo together with Eduardo Tresoldi created a combo work at the entrance of the Milan’s Bicocca University. Borondo also presented a temporary installation at the balcony of the main façade of the Cervantes Institute, in Via Dante. The project was part of the activities of “Expo in Città” for the Universal Expo of Milan 2015.
Wunderkammern, in collaboration with Internazionali BNL d’Italia, was invited to curate the space of the Liveroom of the tournament with artistic interventions. The Liveroom is a format of entertainment dedicated to musical and visual art that opens up in occasion of Internazionali BNL d’Italia, and is dedicated to live interviews, photoshoots and videos of the participants of the event. In the space, Wunderkammern had the opportunity to present two artistic projects that linked urban art with music and video art. Wunderkammern created two exhibitions, one in 2014 presenting works by Agostino Iacurci and C215, and a second one in 2015 featuring an installation and video mapping by the artist 2501.
On the 27th of May 2015, at the prestigious Sala della Promoteca Hall at the Campidoglio of Rome, Wunderkammern was awarded with the “Premio Simpatia”, a prize dedicated to the talents and cultural promoters of the city, for its project “Light Up Torpigna!”. The project was supported by Roma Capitale – Council of Culture, Creativity, Artistic Promotion and Tourisme – Department of Cuture – Performance and Event Services. “Light Up Torpigna!” involved four of the most significant artists on the international Urban Art scene today: 2501, Agostino Iacurci, Ludo and Sten Lex. Between January and February 2015, the artists investigated the local context on an urban, historical, and environmental level, and created created installations of great cultural and artistic value on walls around the neighborhood. Light Up Torpigna! illuminated the Torpignattara neighborhood in Rome using art, color, and beauty.
During January and February 2015 four famous artists on the international Urban Art scene illuminated the Torpignattara neighborhood in Rome through the esthetics of urban art: 2501 («Assonometria del cerchio»), Agostino Iacurci («Clear sky on the Pink House»), Ludo («Untitled») and the italian artists Sten & Lex (“Via Baracca”). The artists were invited by Wunderkammern for “Light up Torpigna!”, one of the winning projects selected for the public competition “Roma Creativa”, supported by Roma Capitale – Council of Culture, Creativity, Artistic Promotion and Tourisme – Department of Cuture – Performance and Event Services. The involved artists investigated the local context on an urban, historical, and environmental level simultaneously creating installations of great value on walls all around the neighborhood, which is one of the first to benefit a social and cultural renewal. Wunderkammern also won the “Premio Simpatia” prize on May 27th 2015 from Roma Capitale – Assessorato Cultura e Turismo, for the project.
The project explored the concept of “limit” in its diverse forms and manifestations. From territorial frontiers that divide a single interconnected environmental system, to the physical and intangible perimeters of our body and mind. From social boundaries that define the accepted and the unaccepted, to emotional mechanisms that often lead us to set short-sighted objectives. These limits mark a comfort zone, a temporary safe-haven that blinds us from limitless possibilities. In acknowledging such potential, we initiate our continuous struggle to always surpass boundaries, break artificial restrictions and ultimately face the actual edge of our personal self and those of any group dynamics. Art is a unique vehicle for this attainment: limitless by definition, art ruptures barriers and invite us to reflect about our limitless reality. Each artist was invited to investigate this topic with specific interventions in the public space and new original artworks. Sam3’s “La Barca” and “Uomo-chiave”, L’Atlas’ “Untitled I” and “Untitled II”, Sten Lex’s “Untitled”, Alexey Luka’s “Straniera”, and 2501’s “Intersection” were the mural interventions created for the project of the artistic season 2014 – 2015.
“LUCE - diversità è energia” was an event of ephemeral public video-installation on various buildings of Rome during Christmas holidays of 2014/15, where Italian and international street artists linked motion graphics and the techniques of architectural mapping. During this project, nine artists projected their artwork on the facades of three schools in the neighborhoods of Torpignattara, Tor Sapienza e Pigneto On January 6th, the final event was held at Piazza del Popolo, with a multi-projection visual mapping integrated with architectural lighting design. The involved artists were: 2501, Blaqk, Halo Halo, Jbrock, L’Altlas, Gio Pistone, Teddy, Tnec and Useless Idea.
The event, that took place at Wunderkammern’s space in Rome, included the presentation of the book “Re Tigre” by James Thurber illustrated by Joohee Yoon and an exhibition of silkcreen prints by group of illustrators and artists (Alicia Baladan, Mara Cerri, Mariana Chiesa Mateos, Mariachiara Di Giorgio, Luigia Giovannangelo, Armin Greder, Agostino Iacurci, Giovanna Rinaldi, Simone Rea, Pedro Scassa), created during a workshop around the theme of the big battles. Pics by: elsedizioni.com.
Equivocating on the phrase “Private and Confidential” often used to classify secret documents, Public and Confidential investigated the dynamics of a person’s individuality in both the public and private spheres. Urban art, and more specifically the research performed by street artist in particular, is based on the medium’s capacity for direct accessibility by the public, thus blurring the lines between intimacy, individual receptiveness, and the space in which the installations are placed. Each artist was invited to investigate this topic with specific interventions in the public space and new original artworks. Dan Witz’s hiperrealistic interventions in the city, Rero’s “Supervised Independence” and “Sousveillance”, Agostino Iacurci’s “Zero Infinito”, Aakash Nihalani’s “Spaced” and Jef Aérosol’s “Tom” were the mural interventions created for the project of the artistic season 2013 – 2014.
C215, otherwise known as French street artist Christian Guémy, is one of the most influential figures on the international street-art scene, with urban installations decorating the walls of cities around the world, and unmistakable technique and aesthetic. For his exhibition “Mea Culpa” at Wunderkammern in Rome (March – May 2013), Guémy created several mural interventions near the gallery in the Torpignattara neighbourhood and in the Ostiense area.
The inviting mural intervention for the group show “Suspension of disbelief” at Wunderkammern Roma (September-November 2012) was created by Spanish artist Escif, at via Gabrio Serbelloni, just in front of the gallery space. The exhibition presented four international artists, Monica Canilao, Escif, Peter Fend and Emiliano Ponzi, who through their works proposed a different way of thinking and a means to carry us outside the rational things into the labyrinth of impossibility and imagination.
“Living Layers” was a long-term project curated by Wunderkammern that seeked to stimulate interpretations of the territory and its Living Heritage (UNESCO 2003) by means of contemporary art. The Living Layers project, which began in 2010 in collaboration with the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma and included as well the participation of the artists Alexander Hamilton Auriema and Valentina Vetturi co-ordinated by Cesare Pietroiusti, proposed transversal and previously un-exhibited interactions in urban public space. Starting in February 2012, the artist Mark Jenkins worked in Rome interpreting its living layers through his innovative artistic interventions in the public space. His temporary installations created bewilderment and surprising effects in the passer-by and transformed the streets in an urban theatrical set to interpret the Living Cultural Heritage of Rome.
The WK Art Distinction award is a special mention created by Wunderkammern as part of its own activity of promotion of the young emergent creativity. Among the 21 artists that participated at the «Lumen Urban Show» group exhibition, Seacreative was the artist rewarded at the end of the event. During the finissage of the show, in September 2011, Wunderkammern presented 30 precious limited edition prints by Seacreative, numbered and signed by the artist and produced by the gallery.
MAXXI - National Museum of the Arts of the XXI Century is one of the most important realities of contemporary art in Rome. The collaboration with Wundekammern Gallery shows an element of partnership between the two institutions and broadens the urban and contemporary art scene of Rome. The project of "Wunderkammern - Art Institutional Encounters" aimed to enhance the contemporary artistic research in the periphery of Rome, through the presentation of important art institutions at Wunderkammern Gallery. The event’s objectives were to link cultural projects in the local and national territory with the urban space and the citizenship and to promote an active exchange between organizations that share the diffusion of contemporary culture.
The French artist known as Invader, that works on anonimity, arrived in Rome, redefining the urban texture of the eternal city by his small and pixellated aliens, related to the Arcade Game Space Invaders, created in 1978 in Japan, from which derives his name. Over the years he has decorated corners, sidewalks and buildings, all around the world, by applying mosaics representing the heroes of the game. With the invasion of Rome occurred over the summer of 2010, the artist finally added the Italian capital in the list of the more than forty cities he had invaded so far: from Katmandu to Bangkok, from small urban centres to great city metropolises such as New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and above all Paris.
"Wunderkammern-Art Institutional Encounters" was a project dedicated to enhance the contemporary artistic research in the outskirts of Rome, through the presentation of important art institutions at the gallery space in Via Serbelloni. The event’s objectives were to link cultural projects in the local and national territory with the urban space and the citizenship and to promote an active exchange between organizations that share the diffusion of contemporary culture.
On November 2009 American artist Alexander Hamilton Auriema proposed to reconstruct a wall in Piazza San Lorenzo di Lucina for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the help of immigrant groups from Central Africa and West Asia, the wall standed as a testament to the still high tensions surrounding migration, borders, and local differences which were overcome in the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, 20 years prior. The cardboard boxes used to create the wall related to homeless individuals as well as street vendors. As the artist states, “cardboard became a catalyst for my dialogue with marginalized communities. I set out to build a vast wall constructed entirely of horizontally stacked cardboard, which was reappropriated trash. Over the course of three months I engaged migrant and homeless communities to help in the construction of this wall by asking them to help me cut and assemble its pieces. The process of building a psychical wall while knocking down social and personal barriers was contradictory; the classical, divisive functions of a wall were negated in the social circumstances of its construction. In the end the wall became a material monument or model confirming that tension: breaking down barriers while building monuments to them”. The artwork was public participatory, involving both immigrants and people from Rome. The performance concluded with its destruction.
During the event “Dalla periferia delle periferie del’Impero. Te la diamo noi l’America...”, sponsored by VI Municipio, Wunderkammern Gallery curated an installation by the artists Sandford&Gosti, that work on the ecotone from years, like a border or a space of transition between the inside and the outside. The works installed in the foyer of the Cinema Aquila were: " SUBURBS-T-Shirt Ecotone ", made with bamboo, rope and t-shirts; and " ecotone GIRIFALCO ", made of glass, feathers and rope.