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A Two-Week Film Series Showcasing Post-War and Contemporary Italian Artists Launches July 13 [Media Partner]


Last Updated: 07/24/2018 10:08 am
Jannis Kounellis
  • Jannis Kounellis
From July 13 through 28, Magazzino will screen 12 films about post-war and contemporary Italian artists, over six nights in the open-air courtyard at the center of the 20,000 square-foot art warehouse.

This new film series, Cinema in Piazza, is a collaboration between Magazzino, Artecinema, and the Cold Spring Film Society. Artecinema is an award-winning international film festival founded by Laura Trisorio in 1996 in Naples. 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. This collaboration is the first time that Artecinema has taken place abroad. Through the film series, Italian artists will be presented in juxtaposition to their international counterparts. “These movies have never been presented here in the Hudson Valley and we are excited to bring them to the local community,” says Vittorio Calabrese, Magazzino director.

Piero Manzoni | Joseph Beuys

Piero Manzoni
  • Piero Manzoni
Cinema in Piazza kicks off Friday, July 13, with a Piero Manzoni/Joseph Beuys double-header. The Manzoni film is a 54-minute documentary by Italian filmmaker Andrew Bettinetti that aims to reconstruct the influential artist’s personality through family testimonials and trace his creative career. Though he died at 30, Manzoni’s playful, intuitive approach to avant-garde art has made him a leading protagonist in contemporary art, and the documentary seeks circuitously to understand the secret to his enduring relevance.

Revolutionary conceptual artist Joseph Beuys is the subject of German filmmaker Peter Schiering’s 35-minute film Beuys and Beuys. The German artist worked in a range of media and tackled the boundaries and norms of art production in the mid-20th century, bringing materials such as fat and felt into museums, all the while touting, “We are the revolution.”

“Piero Manzoni, who died at a young age, is juxtaposed with a contemporary in the field of Conceptual Art, who on the other hand lived a long life and had a robust artistic oeuvre,” Calabrese says. “By using these two artists as the threshold to the film series, we are demonstrating our intention to highlight the work of Italian artists through an international perspective.”

Future Films

On Saturday, July 14, the program will focus on Michelangelo Pistoletto and the American Southwest's Land Art movement. The coming weeks will include screenings about Giulio Paolini and Richard Serra (7/20); Giuseppe Penone and Sol LeWitt (07/21), Jannis Kounellis and Louise Bourgeois (7/27); and Pino Pascali and Bruce Nauman (7/28).
Giuseppe Penone
  • Giuseppe Penone
The film series features many artists whose work is currently on view at Magazzino in the exhibition “Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection.” During the film screenings, Magazzino will be open late for ticket holders from 7 to 8pm. At 8pm each night, the films will be introduced by art historian Francesco Guzzetti and the screenings will begin at dusk.

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