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A sculpture at the Giovanni Menada's studio, photo by N

A sculpture at the Giovanni Menada’s studio, photo by N

I recently met Giovanni Menada, vibrant and eclectic artist, sculptor, considering himself as a smith, being also visual artist and jewelry designer and I visited his studio in Reggio Emilia. Experimentation, use of different materials and objects in an unusual way under the sign of surreal suggestions, lightness and irony is part of his poetry. The delicacy and lightness shines and is embodied in the metal – silver and gold -, turned into smashing jewelry, unique pieces that are included in a kind of painted box which features a female silhouette and become genuine artworks. The butterflies and fishes (evoking the name of a work he made, “A fish outside of water” and also the Pisces, his zodiac sign) are elements recurring in his work, making concrete his love for nature and their little hosts. The face, hands, eyes like the dish containing the soup and its eye (reminding me another eye, “Story of the eye” by Georges Bataille) become totemic representations on paper or metal, made by using the repoussage technique. It completes this enchanting display of artworks a series of harms, sculpture made of pneumatic rubber. It was an awesome experience to see the chaos moving of Giovanni’s studio, that chaos I love, talking about energy, creativity, emotions and art and poetry.

I VOLTI, LE BRACCIA, I PESCI, LE FARFALLE E LE ALTRE MERAVIGLIE DI GIOVANNI MENADA

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Ho recentemente incontrato Giovanni Menada, vibrante ed eclettico artista, scultore che si considera un fabbro, artista visuale e designer di gioielli ed ho visitato il suo studio a Reggio Emilia. Sperimentazione, uso di differenti materiali e oggetti in modo insolito all’ insegna di suggestioni surreali, leggerezza e ironia è parte della sua poetica. La delicatezza e leggerezza splende ed è racchiusa in metallo – argento e oro – mutate in formidabili gioielli, pezzi unici che sono inclusi in una sorta di scatola dipinta che contiene un disegno di donna e diventano autentiche opere d’ arte. Le farfalle ed i pesci (che evocano il nome di una sua opera, “Un pesce fuor d’ acqua” ed anche del suo segno zodiacale) sono elementi che ricorrono nel suo lavoro, il quale concretizza il suo amore per la natura e i suoi piccoli ospiti. Il viso, Le mani, gli occhi come la pentola che contiene il brodo e il suo occhio (il quale mi ricorda un’ altro occhio, “La storia dell’ occhio” di Georges Bataille) diventano totemiche rappresentazioni su carta o metallo, realizzate avvalendosi della tecnica a sbalzo. Completa questa incantevole rassegna di opere d’ arte una serie di braccia, sculture realizzate con la gomma degli pneumatici. È stata una fantastica esperienza vedere il caos in movimento dello studio di Giovanni, quel caos che amo e che parla di energia, creatività, emozioni, arte e poesia.

Giovanni Menada, watercolor on paper

Giovanni Menada, watercolor on paper

 

Giovanni Menada, watercolor on paper

Giovanni Menada, watercolor on paper

 

Giovanni Menada, the prototype of a necklace and its container/work of art

Giovanni Menada, the prototype of a necklace and its container/work of art

 

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Art and jewelry by Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Details featuring in the Giovanni Menada's Studio, photo by N

Details featuring in the Giovanni Menada’s Studio, photo by N

 

Details, a sculpture bringer of luck featuring in the Giovanni Menada's Studio, photo by N

Details, a sculpture bringer of luck featuring in the Giovanni Menada’s Studio, photo by N

 

Giovanni's desk featuring his grandpa and his father along with other little fetishes and photographs, photo by N

Giovanni’s desk featuring his grandpa and his father along with other little fetishes and photographs, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada

Giovanni Menada

 

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, the soup and its eye, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, the soup and its eye, photo by N

 

The eye of soup, photo by  Giovanni Menada

The eye of soup, photo by Giovanni Menada

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada and me, photo by N

Giovanni Menada and me, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

 

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

Giovanni Menada, photo by N

 

 

Sacrario della Bandiera of Rome Complesso del Vittoriano, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera of Rome Complesso del Vittoriano, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

It was recently opened the exhibition “90 artisti per una bandiera” (“90 artists for a flag”) in Rome at the Sacrario della Bandiera of Complesso del Vittoriano, running through 31st January 2014, an initiative by the Curare Onlus no-profit association headed by Deanna Ferretti Veroni, focused on the support the rise of the Hospital for woman and child in Reggio Emilia, Panathlon Modena,  with the support of Presidency of Republic, the  Ministry of Defense, set up in collaboration with the City of Reggio Emilia, the General Staff of Defense, the Lazio Region, Rome province and City of Rome, curated by Graziano Parmeggiani. The exhibition – which has set up for the first time in Reggio Emilia in 2011 – features the works by 90 artists who reinterpreted the Italian flag, symbol of Italy’s Unity – including the fashion designer Antonio Marras along with Luca Alinari, Pat Andrea, Alberto Andreis, Assadour, Roberto Barni, Davide Benati, Gabriella Benedini, Domenico Bianchi, Alfonso Borghi, Danilo Bucchi, Enzo Cacciola, Giovanni Campus, Eugenio Carmi, Tommaso Cascella, Roberto Casiraghi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Bruno Chersicla, Andrea Chiesi, Pier Giorgio Colombara, Angelo Davoli, Sandro De Alexandris, Giuliano Della Casa, Enrico Della Torre, Lucio Del Pezzo, Fausto De Nisco, Marco Ferri, Ennio Finzi, Giosetta Fioroni, Laura Fiume, Attilio Forgioli, Antonio Freiles, Omar Galliani, Alessandro Gamba, Marco Gastini, Giorgio Griffa, Marco Grimaldi, Franco Guerzoni, Paolo Iacchetti, Marino Iotti, Emilio Isgrò, Riccardo Licata, Claudia Losi, Luigi Mainolfi, Elio Marchegiani, Mirco Marchelli, Umberto Mariani, Carlo Mastronardi, Iler Melioli, Giovanni Menada, Nino Migliori, Elisa Montessori, Pietro Mussini, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Carlo Nangeroni, Giulia Napoleone, Gianfranco Notargiacomo, Nunzio, Claudio Olivieri, Tullio Pericoli, Lucia Pescador, Oscar Piattella, Pino Pinelli, Graziano Pompili, Concetto Pozzati, Mario Raciti, Bruno Raspanti, Jacopo Ricciardi, Leonardo Rosa, Ruggero Savinio, Antonio Seguí, Giovanni Sesia, Medhat Shafik, Tetsuro Shimizu, Aldo Spoldi, Mauro Staccioli, Tino Stefanoni, Guido Strazza, Ilario Tamassia, Nani Tedeschi, Wainer Vaccari, Valentino Vago, Walter Valentini, Paolo Valle, Wal, William Xerra, Gianfranco Zappettini -, created to be donated and sold for creating funds for the rise of hospital. A successful event which  featured the Minister of Regional Affairs and Autonomies Graziano DelRio and the Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge.

 

“90 ARTISTI PER UNA BANDIERA”, ARTE PER UNA LODEVOLE FINALITÀ AL COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO DI ROMA

 

Antonio Marras, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Antonio Marras, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

È stata recentemente inaugurata was la mostra “90 artisti per una bandiera” a Roma  presso il Sacrario della Bandiera del Complesso del Vittoriano, che prosegue fino al 31gennaio 2014, una iniziativa ideate dall’ associazione no-profit Curare Onlus guidata da Deanna Ferretti Veroni – dedita a supportare la nascita dell’ Ospedale della Donna e del Bambino a Reggio Emilia -, Panathlon Modena, con il patronato della Presidenza della Repubblica, allestita in collaborazione con il Comune di Reggio Emilia, lo Stato Maggiore della Difesa, la Regione Lazio, la Provincia e il Comune di Roma, curata da Graziano Parmeggiani. La mostra – che è stata allestita per la prima volta a Reggio Emilia nel 2011 – ha quali protagoniste le opere donate da 90 artisti che hanno reinterpretato la bandiera italiana, simbolo dell’ Unità d’ Italia – che includono il fashion designer Antonio Marras unitamente a Luca Alinari, Pat Andrea, Alberto Andreis, Assadour, Roberto Barni, Davide Benati, Gabriella Benedini, Domenico Bianchi, Alfonso Borghi, Danilo Bucchi, Enzo Cacciola, Giovanni Campus, Eugenio Carmi, Tommaso Cascella, Roberto Casiraghi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Bruno Chersicla, Andrea Chiesi, Pier Giorgio Colombara, Angelo Davoli, Sandro De Alexandris, Giuliano Della Casa, Enrico Della Torre, Lucio Del Pezzo, Fausto De Nisco, Marco Ferri, Ennio Finzi, Giosetta Fioroni, Laura Fiume, Attilio Forgioli, Antonio Freiles, Omar Galliani, Alessandro Gamba, Marco Gastini, Giorgio Griffa, Marco Grimaldi, Franco Guerzoni, Paolo Iacchetti, Marino Iotti, Emilio Isgrò, Riccardo Licata, Claudia Losi, Luigi Mainolfi, Elio Marchegiani, Mirco Marchelli, Umberto Mariani, Carlo Mastronardi, Iler Melioli, Giovanni Menada, Nino Migliori, Elisa Montessori, Pietro Mussini, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Carlo Nangeroni, Giulia Napoleone, Gianfranco Notargiacomo, Nunzio, Claudio Olivieri, Tullio Pericoli, Lucia Pescador, Oscar Piattella, Pino Pinelli, Graziano Pompili, Concetto Pozzati, Mario Raciti, Bruno Raspanti, Jacopo Ricciardi, Leonardo Rosa, Ruggero Savinio, Antonio Seguí, Giovanni Sesia, Medhat Shafik, Tetsuro Shimizu, Aldo Spoldi, Mauro Staccioli, Tino Stefanoni, Guido Strazza, Ilario Tamassia, Nani Tedeschi, Wainer Vaccari, Valentino Vago, Walter Valentini, Paolo Valle, Wal, William Xerra, Gianfranco Zappettini -, create per essere donate e vendute per creare fondi per la nascita dell’ ospedale. Un felice evento di cui sono stati protagonisti il Ministro degli Affari Regionali e delle Autonomie Graziano DelRio ed il Ministro per l’ Integrazione Cecile Kyenge.

Angelo Davoli, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Angelo Davoli, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 

 Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Sacrario della Bandiera, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Nunzio, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

photo by Giorgio Miserendino

photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 

Carlo Mastronardi, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

Carlo Mastronardi, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

The smashing Deanna Ferretti Veroni, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

The smashing Deanna Ferretti Veroni, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

The Minister Cecile Kyenge, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

The Minister Cecile Kyenge, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

The Minister Cecile Kyenge, Deanna Ferretti Veroni and the Minister Graziano Delrio, photo by Giorgio Miserendino
The Minister Cecile Kyenge, Deanna Ferretti Veroni and the Minister Graziano Delrio, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 

The Minister Cecile Kyenge, Deanna Ferretti Veroni and the Minister Graziano Delrio, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

The Minister Cecile Kyenge, Deanna Ferretti Veroni and the Minister Graziano Delrio, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

 

 

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