Art City Bologna 2024
Curated by Valeria Tassinari
Artworks of The Crossing Threads Project:
Betty Zanelli, Ludovica Gilardi, Rapsodiatex, Sunvitale Studio
January 29, 2024 – February 4, 2024
Palazzo Fava Marescotti, Vicolo Mariscotti, 4, Bologna
Opening on Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m.
From Monday, January 29, 2024 to February 4, 2024, at Palazzo Fava Marescotti, Vicolo Mariscotti n.4 Bologna, on the occasion of Art City Bologna 2024, Betty Zanelli, artist and lecturer at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and Valeria Tassinari, art historian and lecturer at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, in collaboration with the Fashion Design Course of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and Francesca Castria, referent of historical and artistic heritage of the Italian Red Cross Bologna committee, present CONCERT FOR A DRESS, a group exhibition by The Crossing Threads Project group curated by Valeria Tassinari.
The exhibition CONCERT FOR A DRESS presents the works created for Crossing Threads, an extended project that from the classrooms of the Fashion Design course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna recently arrived in New York for the week dedicated to Fiber Art and sustainability. Last November, in fact, exhibition spaces at Chelsea Market addressed these issues with recycled textile materials, woven and reworked using both traditional and innovative techniques. In this exhibition, Concert for a Dress, the works of young artists – Rapsodiatex, the duo Sunvitale Studio and Ludovica Gilardi – are interwoven with the installation by Betty Zanelli, an artist who has always worked on the theme of abandoned or discarded objects and places. The textile works and installation, become a metaphor for the concepts of resilience and rebirth through the use of upcycling and reuse techniques, creating a collective work of great visual and emotional impact. The musical commentary, an integral part of the project, is by Marco Visconti Prasca.
The exhibition is staged in a particularly evocative venue, as the installation is in dialogue with the sixteenth-century Salone del Camino, a room of honor in the historic Palazzo Fava Marescotti, where one can admire a frieze with scenes related to the biblical iconography of the Ten Commandments and an extraordinary astrological ceiling, the work of painter Cesare Baglione, a great Mannerist decorator who – as Valeria Tassinari points out – with refined elegance constructed a singularly topical iconographic project in which the sacred and profane intertwine, subtly connecting themes such as norm and punishment, fate and choice, mythical narrative and the influence of the stars and natural phenomena on human life.
On the occasion of Art City White Night, Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 8 p.m. to midnight, a few performance actions are planned in the setting of the exhibition.