27 July 2021

Rudi Ninov is participating in Una Boccata d’Arte - a contemporary art project spread all over Italy

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021
20 artisti 20 borghi 20 regioni

Rudi Ninov
Colour Notes in Epilogue
Una Boccata d'Arte is a contemporary art project spread all over Italy, in all of its regions, that promotes the meeting of contemporary art with the historical and artistic beauty of the country’s most scenic and evocative villages. From June 26 to September 26, 2021, the second edition of the project brings people on a new cultural journey that includes twenty new villages, one for each Italian region, and twenty selected artists, who will realize twenty site-specific works.

Rudi Ninov is one of the 20 selected artist who is participating in the project. He will carry out a site-specific work in the village of Portico e San Benedetto (FC) in Emilia Romagna. Rudi will be exploring various themes that dialogue in a convincing way with the village. 

"As we approached Ponte della Maestà, Quinto [Cappelli] stopped and noted the stone protrusions along the bridge, where the horses can wedge their hooves and climb the steep angle… naturally I took the same steps. At the top of the bridge, before saying goodbye he told me: …because you’re a painter, maybe you should know that water flow was important for Dante. Then I looked back at Portico." Rudi Ninov for Una Boccata d’Arte 2021.

Text by ELISABETTA NEGRONI curator of the exhibition Colour Notes in Epilogue:

"There is a poet inside everybody’s heart". Inscription on wood, Portico di Romagna.

Portico e San Benedetto is a series of inclusions starting from its name. The last bastion of Romagna to the south, where the pronunciation of the S is still a point of pride, the town was for a long time also the land of the Florentine Portinari family of Dante’s Beatrice. One municipality, but three villages; it only just reaches 700 inhabitants, but is also home to an Italian school for foreigners since 1989. The widespread intervention by Rudi Ninov develops precisely on the curious contrasts of a city that seems to have made an identity trait out of diversity and hospitality.

Inside the small Oratorio by the bridge, a first ceramic installation will be in dialogue with the reproduction of the Visitation of Carmignano by Pontormo, taking up the sculptural impetus of the drapes, as excessive as the color palette, elements of intensity and dynamism which can be found in Ninov’s work.

"La Calgheria", an unique portico characterized by the passage from the center of the village to open nature, will host a second ceramic installation: an invitation, and then a gift, which will involve visitors firsthand. Finally, at the Portinari Tower, a series of canvases on the bare walls of the ancient donjon of the fort, will accompany the ascent to the panoramic view up to the Ponte della Maestà, thus closing the circuit of the visit.

Una Boccata d'Arte is a project by Fondazione Elpis, in collaboration with Galleria Continua.

The twenty villages, selected each year on the basis of: less than 5000 inhabitants; the presence of an active cultural scene; and a capacity for family-run artisanal, commercial and hospitality industries, welcome twenty site specific artworks created by emerging and established artists, all of whom have been invited by the Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua.

More information here: https://www.unaboccatadarte.it/en/editions/ba2021/


Credits: First 4 photos: Gionata Possenti and Alessandro Rinald
Artist Studio