September 23, 2008 - GAMeC – Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo - Giacomo Manzù, Pio Manzù, Sterling Ruby and Ian Tweedy
September 23, 2008

Giacomo Manzù, Pio Manzù, Sterling Ruby and Ian Tweedy

curated by Marcella Cattaneo and M. Cristina Rodeschini
1 October 2008 – 8 February 2009

curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Enrico Fagone, Beppe Finessi
1 October 2008 – 8 February 2009

Special Guest
Sterling Ruby: GRID RIPPER

curated by Alessandro Rabottini
1 October 2008 – 8 February 2009

Ian Tweedy: I’ll Meet You at the Rendezvous

curated by Alessandro Rabottini
1 October – 30 november 2008

Tuesday 30 september 2008, 6.30 pm
GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo
via S. Tomaso, 53
24121 Bergamo (Italy)

GAMeC presents four solo shows dedicated to: Giacomo Manzù, Pio Manzù, Sterling Ruby
and Ian Tweedy.

in partnership with the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Roma will hold an exhibition dedicated to Giacomo Manzù, one of Italy’s greatest sculptors to mark the centenary of his birth.

Based on fifty or so of his works GAMeC will focus on the central period of his activity, from 1938 to 1965, to highlight the intensity of the sculptor’s research, conducted through the theme of unambiguously representational art, which led him to become one of the most important figures in twentieth-century art.

The works displayed will begin from his series of Crucifixions produced between 1939 and 1942, and include the themes Manzù held most dear to him: female portraiture, female nude, and the psychological rendition of the semblance of the personality of culture as Kokoschka.

His innovative iconography of the Cardinals, his meeting with Pope John XXIII, and the completion of the Door of Death for St Peter’s Basilica are singled out as crucial moments in his artistic career.

The catalogue, which is published by Electa, contains essays by Marcella Cattaneo, Marcella Cossu, M. Cristina Rodeschini and Marco Roncalli.

The exhibition will follow the career of Pio Manzù, the internationally renowned designer.

The Pio Manzù archive, currently held at GAMeC, permits a full examination of Manzù’s creative work to be made, which spanned design, photography and graphics, relate with other international designers and artists.

The first room will display Manzù’s early work while he was studying at Ulm, and will exhibit his designs, notes, sketches and theories in relation to his work for lecturers and professors. The second and third rooms will be devoted to the central plank of Manzù’s work – the car designs that brought him international prizes and honours. Drawings, designs, photographs and models will be displayed relating to the Fiat 127, tractors, projects for Autonova, taxis and buses. The fourth room will host original objects, prototypes, designs and designer products of household items that have become classics in our homes, such as the first Italian transistor radio, the Cronotime, manufactured by Ritz Italora and exhibited at the MoMA in New York.

Manzù produced many designs and became known internationally and he was already considered a rising talent in the world of car design when he was killed in a car accident before the age of thirty.

The catalogue, published by Electa Milano, includes contributions by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Enrico Fagone, Beppe Finessi and Mario Cresci. Text and images are dedicated to the conception and development of a wide selection of Pio Manzù’s projects.

Sterling Ruby: GRID RIPPER
GRID RIPPER is the first solo exhibition dedicated to Sterling Ruby by a European museum.

It’s part of a trilogy of exhibitions – together with ZEN RIPPER at the Emi Fontana Gallery in Milan and SPECTRUM RIPPER at the Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers Gallery in London – that confronts the theme of abstraction with respect to bodily perception and the metaphysical dimension of existence.

At the center of each exhibition lie the concepts of Geometry, Meditation and Colors in relation to the ideas of power, disobedience, aesthetic perfection and eternity.

The sculptures and paintings in the exhibit – a site specific to GAMeC’s Spazio Zero – seem to be born out of an act of vandalism, that is at once destructive and generating.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the most complete monograph to date dedicated to the artist’s work. Published by JRP / Ringier, it will include texts by Jörg Heiser, Robert Hobbs, Alessandro Rabottini and a conversation between Sterling Ruby and Catherine Taft.

The exhibition and the catalogue will be made in collaboration with the Emi Fontana Gallery, Milan and West of Rome, Pasadena.

Ian Tweedy: I’ll Meet You at the Rendezvous
As part of Eldorado – the exhibition series dedicated to the most interesting artists on the international young artists scene – GAMeC presents the first solo exhibition that a museum has dedicated to Ian Tweedy.

This exhibition, which was expressly conceived for GAMeC and is entirely composed of original works, occupies three rooms in the museum. His constant borrowing from a personal archive, betrays not just the central role of the collage and cinematographic montage in Tweedy’s art but also his continuity with a painterly tradition that finds its centre in its relationship with photography.

Street Art and Graffiti Art are experienced as creative forms that are in constant conflict with the everyday succession of events in urban life.


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Images above from left to right:

Giacomo Manzù
Ritratto di Pio, 1950
bronze, detail
work belonging to the Banca Popolare di Bergamo on deposit at the Accademia Carrara -Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Photo: Jacopo Ferrari

Pio Manzù carrying out the prototype of Autonova GT, 1965
Photo: Horst Baumann, detail
Pio Manzù Archives, Bergamo

Sterling Ruby
Courtesy the artist and Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, West of Rome, Pasadena

Ian Tweedy
I know what must be done, there is no turning back, 2008
work’s detail

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