Via Pignolo, 116 24121 Bergamo
ph. +39 035 247293
thur-fri 15.00-19.00 | sat 10.00-13.00/15.00-19.00
FOUNDED IN 1990
DIRECTED BY Luciano Passoni
ARS arte+libri is an art bookshop acting in the city for more than twenty years.
From its opening in march 1990, the bookshop consecrates its best wall to exhibit an artwork by an artist – either a friend or a customer, and subsequently, as more and more people came to know the bookshop, from wider circles. This wall became larger in 2000, reaching the dimension of 3×3 meters so that at the same time more artworks can be exposed. While in the beginning the exhibitions were once a month, now ARS arranges 9/10 exhibitions each year. The artists are young and less young, often debuting, sometimes chosen by their artworks and sometimes by their personality. The artworks on exhibit in the bookshop are seen by contemporary art lovers and by everyday customers. For its exhibitions, ARS doesn’t leave out any genre nor technique, doesn’t follow trends, but is open to interesting artworks with language and research intensity, coolness, honesty and tightness.
The Gallery was established in 1972 by Uber Calori, now supervisor, and from 1998 is managed by his sons Cristiano and Massimiliano. The gallery has organized many solo exhibitions of the european art masters of the second half of the Nineteenth Century: Enrico Castellani in 1987, Piero Dorazio 1989 and 1994, Toti Scialoja 1989 and 1994, Georges Mathieu 1990 and 2004, Daniel Spoerri 1990 and 2004, Nam June Paik and Angelo Savelli 1991, Sebastian Matta 1993, Fabio Mauri 1995, Gianni Bertini 1991 and 2005, Nobuyoshi Araki 2004 and 2008, Aldo Tagliaferro 2006, Rodolfo Arico’ 2007, Mario Cresci 2009. All the exhibitions include editions curated by notable art critics and historians.
The gallery comes from a project by Silvia Paola Ubiali who, after graduating in Modern Literature with art specialization at the University of Milan, different marketing and foreign trade business experiences and later as a collaborator in an important gallery in the ancient and modern, spontaneously orients her interests to the contemporary, particularly the period from the ’60s to today at the international level, ranging from classical aesthetics to experimentation. It opens in March 2009 with an exhibition dedicated to International Madi Movement whose the gallery is now the representative for Italy. From historical artists with already consolidated experiences to the work of young artists bringing new languages, the aim of the gallery is to raise awareness of the many forms of artistic expression to the widest possible audience to witness an art that evolves over time, but always remains the ultimate expression of the human being. A strong orientation towards the territory characterize the work of the gallery, materialized in collaboration with local institutions (including Fondazione Creberg, Museo Diocesano Adriano Bernareggi, Accademia Tadini in Lovere, Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara and the botanical garden Lorenzo Rota) and private partners (Spazio Arte Hangar Audi and the hotel chain Accorhotels).
Thomas Brambilla gallery follows and supports both young and emerging artists and best known artists who followed through some very personal reseaches, away from the spotlight of the mainstream art world, but of the highest quality. The union and the connection between generations and different types of work are a source of dialectic.
Traffic Gallery was born in september 2007 opening with a double solo exhibition: “Stranger” by Karin Andersen and Christian Rainer. What I don’t know is so familiar but even so extraneous – stranger – tells in a metaphor the condition of who is unknown and at the same time reveals the gallery fil rouge.
The alien – just as Traffic Gallery – is another from himself, is he or she who finds notwithstanding him or herself in the places where everyday human life goes on.
That’s because the fisical space in the gallery should be used as “temporary inter-zone where the artists should be able to realize the temporary transformation of the space in place”.
The venue has been established in 1979 by the current director and till 1996 it was in Piazza Vecchia.
The gallery presents mainly sculptors with exhibitions of Balderi, Benevelli, Capello, Consagra, Giò Pomodoro, graphics by Chillida, and conceptual events, as Beuys exhibition’s in 1981. On this side there has always been an international glance, but on the other side there has always been a great attention to the local background and to the abstract style artists from the young Nico Pievani, Mariella Bettineschi, Enrico Prometti, Marco Fabbri, Letizia Minotti, to the older Rino Carrara and Alfa Pietta. In 1996 the gallery turned to a larger space and focused on the researches of young artists on the issues of installation, video and photography, alternating local and wider experiences.
Viamoronisedici Spazioarte isn’t simply an exhibition space, it comes from the project of investigating the fields of meeting/comparison among the works of long-experienced artists and young emerging artists. The aim of this project is to restore the abundance of dialog among different visions of the world and the astonishment of discovering common paths.
The background question is: who is really the “young artist”?
viamoronisedici project invites to catch the contemporary art short circuit hidden behind the ambiguity of the expression “young artist”, that sometimes can sound as a slogan, restricted for the work of some artists of the last artistic generations. Otherwise that expression invites you to question how does an artist arrive to conquer the coolness and freedom of being really “young” after a long creative itinerary.