A unique exhibition to understand Contemporary Art without preconceptions.
An exhibition to break down preconceptions and understand contemporary art – ART ICONS allows us to understand Contemporary Art and see the world around us with different eyes. To live a multi-sensory experience that cancels distances, breaks down barriers and preconceptions, to say no more “I could do it too” but to finally open up to the total emotion of Art within everyone’s reach, without filters.
More than 50 works by the biggest names in Contemporary Art, together in a one-of-a-kind exhibition event: Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Kaws, TvBoy, Blek le Rat, Bearbrick, Marco Lodola, Mr. Savethewall, Angelo Accardi, Daniele Fortuna, Tomoko Nagao. A journey from Pop Art to New Futurism, from Street Art to Flat Art, touching on sculpture, photography, illustration and the new frontiers of digital art such as NFTs.
The creations of these world-renowned artists are true icons because they have indelibly entered the common imagination like Banksy‘s flower-thrower, Kusama ‘s polka-dotted pumpkins or Murakami‘s superpop flowers.
An unusual and striking location, in Fidenza legendary artists meet for the first time in the out-of-the-ordinary setting of two historic buildings: the church of St. Michael which extraordinarily reopens to the public after many years, and the OF Orsoline Fidenza which instead is already an active cultural hub of the city. A one-of-a-kind exhibition challenge that brings together historic architecture and unmistakable pieces of international Contemporary Art, legendary works such as Damien Hirst‘s butterflies, David LaChapelle‘s photographs, TVBoy‘s spray provocations or Bearbrick and Kaws‘ colorful collectible toy art.
Art Icons is a journey into art that can continue at Fidenza Village, one of 11 Villages of ‘The Bicester Collection’ around the world. A true open-air museum thanks to the countless art installations and murals created by the best-known international street art exponents. From the entrance portal decorated in “tribal pop” style by French artist Camille Walala, to the “anamorphic” murals of Peeta, which seem to move the two towers of the Village, to the two Moai art duo’s Urbansolid, inspired by the giants of Easter Island, the sculpture of Fidia Falaschetti whose work “Egoji” greets visitors at the entrance to the Village, stimulating an ongoing dialogue between individual and work.
On the occasion of the ART ICONS exhibition in Fidenza, Banksy’s hand-finished work on cardboard “Agile”, created to raise funds to help Ukrainian war victims, will be exhibited for the first time ever. Along with this, his most iconic works, “Love is in the Air” and the “Girl with balloon”. In addition, a treat of the exhibition, three works by French artist Blek le Rat, considered the “daddy of Banksy” will also be on display because he anticipated the mysterious Bristol artist in the 1980s by filling Paris walls with spray-painted rats and is now considered one of the forerunners of stencil art.
The exhibition is organized by the Municipality of Fidenza, with contributions from the Cariparma Foundation, Gas Sales Energia and the patronage of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Province of Parma, Chamber of Commerce of Emilia, ENIT-National Tourism Agency and Destinazione Turistica Emilia.
Curated by Luca Bravo in collaboration with Deodato Arte Gallery. Through February 15th 2024 at OF Palace and St. Michael’s Church, Fidenza.
Luca Bravo curator and art player, has collaborated with International Contemporary Art Fairs throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He assisted in the creation of “Banksy, building castles in the sky” in Parma, and in 2022 curated the exhibition “From Warhol to Banksy” in Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC). In January 2023, he was awarded Banksy’s famous work “Agile,” in the viral contest held by the artist himself in which 1.5 million people worldwide participated.
Marco Lodola is an Italian artist known worldwide for his light installations that have strong echoes in pop culture. Lodola was born in Dorno (Pavia) in 1955, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and Milan, concluding his studies with a thesis on the Fauves, who along with other great authors such as Matisse, Beato Angelico, and Fortunato Depero would be a constant point of reference for his work. In the early 1980s around Luciano Inga Pin’s Gallery in Milan, he founded with a group of artists the Nuovo Futurismo movement, of which critic Renato Barilli was the main theorist. He has collaborated with major brands, from Coca Cola to Dior, and exhibited in major Italian and European cities-Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Lyon, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as Beijing and Shanghai.
Italian leader for Pop and Street Art, the Deodato Gallery offers its audiences and collectors the works of internationally renowned artists such as Banksy, Mr. Savethewall, Jeff Koons, Romero Britto, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Andy Warhol and many others, including many represented exclusively in Italy and worldwide.
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