Cinema in Piazza
Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in collaboration with Artecinema and the Cold Spring Film Society presented Cinema in Piazza, a series of twelve films over six weekend nights beginning Friday, July 13, and every Friday and Saturday until July 28. The selection, curated by Laura Trisorio and Vittorio Calabrese, included films about Piero Manzoni, Arte Povera artists Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and the international artists Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, and the Land Artists.
The mixed selection of films about these Italian and international Post-war artists, including several artists whose work is on view at Magazzino, pay tribute to the historical exhibition, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Land Art, curated by Germano Celant at the Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna in Turin in 1970.
Every night one film about an Italian artist was paired with one film about an international artist. Each pairing intended to shed light about common grounds and/or opposite trends in dealing with similar subjects by Italian artists and their peers abroad. By either showing affinities or contrasting diverging attitudes, the screenings provided insightful views on the work of the artists and on how they addressed defining issues of the artistic avant-garde since the post-war years until today.
Magazzino opened to visitors beginning at 7:00pm. Parking was on a first come first serve basis. Before and after the event, Magazzino shuttles took visitors from and to the Cold Spring train station. Audio and video design consultation courtesy of John Storyk and WSDG, Highlands, N.Y.
Friday, July 13, 8:00pm. Link to ticket
- Piero Manzoni, Artista (Piero Manzoni, Artist), Andrea Bettinetti, Italy, 2013, 54 min., Italian with English subtitles
A leading protagonist in the history of contemporary art, still today – fifty-five years after his death - Piero Manzoni (1933-1963) remains a very relevant artist. His intuition and sense of innovation are still very present in the works of many artists on the contemporary scene. Realized in cooperation with the Piero Manzoni Foundation and with the direct testimony of friends, family members and artists who knew him well, this documentary purports to reconstruct his personality and outline his artistic career through his works and uncompleted projects in order to explore the secret of his incredible relevance.
- Beuys and Beuys, Peter Schiering, Germany, 2006, 35 min., German with English subtitles
“We are the revolution” is the statement which Joseph Beuys proclaimed his entire life. The director Peter Schiering focuses upon the legacy left to contemporary artists by Beuys, the artist who attacked the traditional conceptual boundaries of art and brought materials such as fat and felt into museums. What effect do his works, exhibited throughout the world, have today? We re-view the artist during performances in New York, Berlin and Darmstadt where he spares no effort in explaining art to a dead hare or spends several days in a cage with a coyote demonstrating his love for America. We listen to Beuys as he attempts to explain his concept of art and promotes the cause of a universal social utopia.
Saturday, July 14, 8:00pm Link to ticket
- Michelangelo Pistoletto – Cento Mostre, Il Terzo Paradiso (One Hundred Exhibitions: The Third Paradise), Matteo Frittelli, Italy, 2013, 13 min., English
An intense, multifaceted portrait of the works and thoughts of Michelangelo Pistoletto filmed during the exhibit at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano in 2013. The film is centred on the work Cento Mostre nel mese di ottobre (1976), a sort of recipe book for 100 possible exhibits and works, many of which were subsequently realized. Film clips of new works, such as the site-specific installation Il Terzo Paradiso flank the narration.
- Troublemakers – The Story of Land Art, James Crump, United States, 2015, 72 min., English
Filmed in a desolate desert area of the American Southwest, the film spotlights the story of Land Art between the late 60s and the early 70s. The film tells the story of a group of visionary artists who were willing to risk their future careers and leave a clear sign of demarcation and distance from the hyper-speculative world of art. Previously unpublished archive materials and rare interviews with the leading Land Art protagonists including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer unveil little known aspects of contemporary art.
Friday, July 20, 8:00pm Link to ticket
- Giulio Paolini, Alessandra Populin, Italy, 2005, 40 min., Italian and English subtitles
Giulio Paolini is considered a master of Italian Conceptual Art. During the course of his artistic life, Paolini has constantly delved into representation and the act of seeing. From his first work, Disegno Geometrico (Geometric Drawing), 1960, to the works of the following decades, the artist’s attention was drawn towards the relationship between the work, the viewer, and the exhibition space. The truth does not stem from the author but rather from the work itself: Paolini, a native of Genoa, strives to confirm primacy in a continuous debut in which the destinies of the author and the observer are intertwined until merging with each other.
- Richard Serra – To See is to Think, Maria Anna Tappeiner, Germany, 2006, 43 min., English
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Richard Serra is considered one of the most important contemporary sculptors, not only for his art but also for his personality and his political commitment. In the mid-60s, he experimented with new relationships with space, using industrial materials like rubber and lead. Later, he made sculptures that pushed the limits of the possible in terms of size, shape and technology such as the gigantic The Matter of Time made for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. One of his most controversial works is Terminal - an open and accessible space made up of overlapping steel sheets - presented at Documenta and placed in the central station of Bochum in 1979. Serra's sculptures do not want to be monuments or memorials and do not contain any narrative element. The film presents an in-depth interview with the artist and the comments of Ernst Fuchs, Alexander von Berswordt, and Philip Glass, who have worked closely with the artist.
Saturday, July 21, 8:00pm Link to ticket
- Prospettiva Vegetale – Giuseppe Penone (Plant Perspective – Giuseppe Penone), Francesco Fei, Italy, 2014, 20 min., Italian with English subtitles
Realized during the solo exhibit of Giuseppe Penone at Forte di Belvedere and at Giardino di Boboli in Florence, the film Prospettiva Vegetale follows the artist for days as the exhibit is set up and offers a privileged perspective of his work as well as the complex operations required to install his sculptures. Penone’s works generate an intense dialogue between sculpture, architecture and the landscape in a profound relationship between man and the environment, between the body and nature.
- Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper, United States, 2010, 55 min., English
Sol LeWitt (1928 - 2010) is considered one of the key pioneers of Conceptual Art. During the four decades of his career, he produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. He believed that the idea that generates the work of art is more important than its execution therefore, he utilized other artists and assistants to realize his projects. Like a musical score, his wall drawings play differently each time they are produced. This film takes as its focus the retrospective of LeWitt's wall drawings at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in November 2008.
Friday, July 27, 8:00pm Link to ticket
- Jannis Kounellis, Alessandra Populin, Italy, 2004, 38 min., Italian with English subtitles
Considered one of the founding fathers of Arte Povera, over the past forty years Jannis Kounellis has wandered along on a personal aesthetic journey based upon the concepts of place, weight, verticality and memory. Using his own aphorisms in Conversazioni d’arte, Kounellis unravels the narrative of his works, as he enters and exits the moving installation he created in June 2004 at the National Library in Sarajevo where the Serbs burned more than 2 million books during the 1992 ethnic war in Bosnia.
- Louise Bourgeois, Nina and Klaus Sohl, Germany, 2007, 40 min., German, English
Louise Bourgeois, born December 25, 1911 in Paris and died May 31, 2010 in New York City, is considered one of the most important contemporary artists of our time. Known for her strict discipline, her creative urge that remained undiminished to the end, her special aura, and her impatience with camera teams – shooting with Louise Bourgeois at her house in Chelsea was a great professional challenge. It was to be her last interview for television and she retained the prerogative of interpretation, she called the rules of the game – and still allowed the camera to take a look behind the scenes.
Saturday, July 28, 8:00pm Link to ticket
- Sull’orlo della gloria – La vita e le opere di Pino Pascali (On the Edge of Glory – Life and Works of Pino Pascali), Maurizio Sciarra, Italy, 2016, 64 min., Italian with English subtitles
The film is a step-by-step discovery of the things and people who provide a glimpse into the world of Pino Pascali, a precursor who is frequently and unjustly forgotten. Actress Paola Pitagora leads us by the hand as we explore the atmosphere of Puglia and Rome in the 60s, a breeding ground for many talented, young men and women. The film outlines a knowing and detailed portrait in which Arte Povera and commercial representation merge and become complementary.
- Bruce Nauman: The Godfather of Modern Art, Robin Dashwood, United Kingdom, 2004, 37 min., English
Since the beginning of his career, Bruce Nauman (1941) has used different means of expression: video, performance, installations, sculpture, drawing, neon. In the late 60s, he began to dwell on the subject of the body and its movements. In the most recent works, he introduced the sound as an essential component of his work, as in the installation Raw Materials realized at the Tate Modern in London in 2004-2005. Nauman, who rarely gives interviews, here is openly confiding, while the artists Damien Hirst, Douglas Gordon and Tony Ousler give their testimony.
Artecinema is an international festival of films on contemporary art established in Naples in 1996, curated by Laura Trisorio and awarded a medal from themPresident of the Republic of Italy. Each year the festival presents a selection of some thirty documentaries from all over the world about the most important artists, architects and photographers of the last fifty years. Artecinema is one of the most anticipated events of the sector and provides an opportunity for a learning experience as well as social gathering and cultural exchange. www.artecinema.org
About Cold Spring Film Society
The Cold Spring Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization based in Cold Spring, NY dedicated to fostering good will, community fellowship and appreciation of the moving image arts by screening enjoyable films in local venues. Their outdoor Summer Film Series at Dockside Park provides an evening of safe, fun and free entertainment in the village’s unique outdoor spaces for people of all ages. In addition to their Summer Film Series, CSFS also programs an indoor Winter Film Series and partners with other local organizations like Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Butterfield Library and the Haldane schools to provide additional screenings and film enrichment programs throughout the year. For more information or if you’re interested in helping out at screenings, please visit coldspringfilm.org or check us out on facebook/coldspringfilm or twitter/coldspringfilm and instagram @coldspringfilm.
RxArt is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art. They commission exceptional contemporary artists to transform sterile healthcare facilities into engaging and inspiring environments full of beauty, humor and comfort. In the past 16 years, RxArt has completed over 40 projects with more than 50 artists in hospitals throughout 17 cities in the U.S. RxArt produces every project at no cost to the hospitals. Every artist is provided with an honorarium and the chance to transform the lives of children as they heal. In order to help advance RxArt’s worthy cause, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have elected RxArt to be the recipient of all donations made to Magazzino Italian Art. Every dollar donated by our guests to RxArt will be matched by Nancy and Giorgio. www.rxart.net
This Summer, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation screened a series of films in its central courtyard in Cold Spring, New York as part of its annual summer film program, Cinema in Piazza, presented in partnership with the Cold Spring Film Society. On June 22, Magazzino in collaboration with Artecinema, Naples’ international contemporary art film festival, presented a night of documentaries on Arte Povera and Italian artist Mario Merz. From July 12 to 14, 2019, Magazzino presented its second annual curated film festival, Up the Boot.