Like the communities with which they interact, never before have artists been put to the test as they have in the last few months: individual isolation and the consequent suspension of real contact with the outside world has given them time to reflect on their identity and relations with others, but also on their own personal styles and work.
CUBO has waited and listened, it has observed and identified the mood of the moment and decided to convey it through FIGHT ART, the exhibition of the Unipol Group's artistic heritage which, due to the COVID_19 emergency, was produced using video interviews carried out in the studios of the artists invited to participate:
Lidia Bagnoli, Matteo Basilè, Mary Bauermeister, Luca Bellandi, Maurizio Bottarelli ,Tania Brassesco and Lazlo Passi Norberto, Andrea Chiesi, Giacomo Costa, Tommaso Fiscaletti, Ettore Frani, Joanie Lemercier, Alessandro Lupi, Angelo Marinelli, Francesca Pasquali, Mario Raciti, Stefano Ronci.
With this project CUBO has rallied together the new creative generations and contemporary artists that it has involved in exhibition and cultural projects in recent years.
It does so by placing their works face-to-face, or rather screen-to-screen, with the two artists of the displayed works then answering a series of rapid-fire questions on their experiences of the past few months, their artwork, their relationship with the past and their dialogue with the other artist interviewed. Face to face, one against the other; united by their conceptual and formal diversity. The result is a dialogue between artists who are ostensibly poles apart in terms of their poetry and statements, creative practices and processes, and formal results.
An exhibition that feels like a fight, a face-off, a confrontation, because CUBO believes that dialogue is always possible, even between those that appear to have little in common, and that sharing diversity is of priceless value. This is because it views the artist as a generator of potential new meanings rather than forms.
These unexpected meetings in the art ring offer the audience an opportunity to listen as well as see, looking the artists in the face and awaiting their combative answers. Answers that speak the truth, in the way only art knows how. Because art has just one rule: TO MAKE ITSELF HEARD; asking questions, seeking answers, involving the community. It does so screaming, fighting, further emphasising the dialectic between the exhibited works.
With the contribution of art critic Ilaria Bignotti.
The project is enhanced by the CUBO App, a multimedia application, created on an ad hoc basis, that enables intuitive and independent expansion of the contents of the exhibition – available on Apple Store and Google Play.
- Maurizio Bottarelli, Senza titolo, 2017
- Giacomo Costa, Tim(e)scapes n. 15, 2019, frame
- Angelo Marinelli, Here the Frailest Leaves of Me #3, 2016, dittico
- Andrea Chiesi, Pilastro,2016
- Francesca Pasquali, Straws, 2020
- Luca Bellandi, “Oriental Window” - Nippon song from golden garden, 2019
- Ettore Frani, Terra, Latte, Luce III, 2012, retable
- Stefano Ronci, Piccolo manifesto sul futuro, 2014
- Joanie Lemercier, Black Landform, 2014
- Mario Raciti, Presenze/assenze, 1970
- Tania Brassesco e Lazlo Passi Norberto, Fairy Book, 2011
- Mary Bauermeister, Positions, 2015, dettaglio
- Tommaso Fiscaletti, Nozitsetse_Ghana_and_the_girl, Couptown, 2014
- Alessandro Lupi, Centaurus, 2019, dett.
- Matteo Basilè, Landing Francesca, 2012, dittico
- Lidia Bagnoli, Blue Gioco, 2008