Alberto Peola Gallery is pleased to present Tanzen, by Giorgio and Walter de Silva.
The two brothers are both professional designers – Walter is internationally renowned for his achievements in the automobile industry as well as in the industrial products sector, and Giorgio is a commercial artist. One summer night they resolved to engage in a very unusual art form, one which Giorgio developed as early as the 1980s.
Tanzen consists of installations made of cardboard and paper, carbon and metal, fragments of all kinds, the most diverse objects which, once assembled, become bodies surrounded by a magical, occult halo. Pieces of writing and of buildings as well as frames within which chaos – made of cut-out pictures, Dinki Toys, marbles, broken glass, rusty relics – transforms itself into a temple celebrating heroes, circus artists, emperors and princesses, saints, athletes and weird creatures – myths invented by two skilful players with a knack for gambling who wish to escape from the modern world.More information
Alberto Peola is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by American artist Marguerite Kahrl with the gallery.
An unusual invention by any standard. The series Noble Savages by Marguerite Kahrl, inspired by Goya’s Los Caprichos (a series of eighty etchings published in 1799), are busts celebrating monstrous figures, not in marble as might be supposed, but in stuffed hemp fabric, a humble cloth made from a plant that until quite recently was grown in many areas of Italy. Ever monsters, but soft monsters whose ears can be affectionately tweaked, they are in a strange way comforting, rendered homely by the rough, handwoven material. These are domestic monsters, tamed and placed on pedestals a little too slender to suggest solidity, and they observe the world with a blind eye, squinting benignly with their lumpy features and lopsided grins.More information
Alberto Peola is pleased to present Laura Pugno’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
The main theme of Laura Pugno’s artistic research is visual perception as a culturally conditioned experience. In that it is the most common subject of traditional visual perception, the landscape provides the ideal domain for Pugno’s critical investigation. In the early phases of Pugno’s work, the landscape featured only through one of its traits, such as colour or weight, regardless of morphology. Alternatively, it featured in the Plexiglas slabs where Pugno carved the reflections of the actual landscape that was behind her. Later in her ‘erasure’ phase, she focused on the landscape as a whole, and worked on it through some selective rubbing aimed at ‘freeing’ some of its parts.
"Istanbul is a beautiful city, like Venice, San Francisco ...' So begins a talk on Istanbul given by Deyan Sudjic at the annual conference of the Urban Age Programme, which in 2009 was held in that city. His talk, and those of the other scholars and town planners present, emphasized the complexity, contradictions and richness of a protean city/society developing rapidly in both economic and social terms, with a vastly expanding population and major urban development. The city now has over 15 million inhabitants, and its geographical position between Europe and Asia makes it a vital point of cultural and commercial contact between the two continents.
With Elogio della nuvola Sergio Gioberto and Marilena Noro continue to explore dialectical oppositions as in their previous Gazing at the West. Their new research feeds upon Hubert Damish’s writings The Origin of Perspective and A Theory of Cloud.More information
Alberto Peola is pleased to present the works of some of the artists on his books which have recently featured in prestigious cultural events and museums, in Italy as well as abroad.More information
Alberto Peola is pleased to present selections from ex libris, the installation by Emily Jacir at dOCUMENTA(13), 2012.
ex libris (2010-2012) commemorates the approximately thirty thousand books belonging to Palestinian homes, libraries, institutions that were looted by Israeli authorities in 1948. Six thousand of these books are kept and catalogued at the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem under the designation “A.P.” (Abandoned Property).
Alberto Peola Gallery displays works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Elger Esser, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff e Thomas Struth, artists from the School of Photography of the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1976 and 1997, Düsseldorf was a great promoter of photography as well as a first-rate centre of professional and artistic training.