The Classroom – Handle with Care
Handle with care
Handle with care is the name of the new MASBEDO’s work, an artistic duo: Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni who, for more than fifteen years, combines visual arts, performances, choreography, literature and music with an artistic vocabulary of his own.
The artists were invited by the classroom – the art and education centre opened in April 2016 in Milan -, to develop a thought about the care of the image in the context of a specific project, which saw them meet the most prestigious Italian restoration and conservation institutions chosen as production materials.
Handle with care, indeed, is the title of the multiple channels video made on this occasion inside the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence and the Centro per la Conservazione e Restauro in Venaria, both unique places, that for the very first time have been unveiled by the look of contemporary art. Here, the artists have been in direct contact with the materialness of the art object, its value and its endurance, with the rituals and gestures of restorers and scientists who face themselves for centuries with the creation, destruction and re-creation of the artwork, going beyond the cultural and time boundaries. These Italian excellences, chosen by the artists as ideal set of a thought about the origin of the image, its destruction and transmission over time, are magnifying glasses for the understanding of the art making process, from the raw material to the finished object.
This is a very delicate ecosystem, a balanced and age-old system of coexistence among works and people, chemical and emotional reactions, temperatures and sounds, tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, history and future, brought to light by an equally careful and accurate job done by the artists. The work, indeed, develops as a direct survey on the field, without crew, where each fragment is placed inside a coherent vision and, at the same time, offered to the viewer as a separate frame, as a moving image that opens individually towards a thousand other possible tales.
Handle with care comes along with a selection of other works created for this project, working as evidences, materials coming from the artists’ lab, objects and symbols around which the research has grown over the course of more than a working year.
A sort of dna work, these works (photographs, small sculptures, installations, videos and objects of different sized) are displayed both in the halls of the Centro Restauro in Venaria, and inside the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, before being moved within a single body in the central space of the Citroniera at the Venaria Reale, the majestic baroque nave designed by Filippo Juvarra and designed as plastic space.
Here the viewers will find works dedicated to the analysis of production tools, preservation and distribution of the artwork (Cose, 2012), plus the presence and absence of the artist as an artworks and behaviours producer (BB-547- CJ, 2016) and the nature of the artistic look which, at the same time, creates and destroys the world in an out-of-time dimension (July 30, 2007, 2016).
The project is thus conceived as a two acts exhibition, staged in specific sets where there is a tight link with the architecture of museums, chosen according to the kind of works.
In Florence, the exhibition closes the schedule of Estate Fiorentina 2016. In this city, the space will see the physical presence of the artists, involved live for two days in moments of image building and lessons for invited guests (October 22, 23, 24, which will end with a lecture held by Dr. Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Gallery); instead in Venaria, the Royal Palace and the Centro Restauro, never used so far as exhibition place, will turn themselves in a classroom for an exhibition and for a seminar, that will close the exhibition (January 2017, from 10 to 15).
The project comes along with a publication talking about the preparatory stages of the exhibition, followed directly by the artists.
MASBEDO – Handle with care is a project by the classroom, curated by Paola Nicolin, realized with the lavish support of the City of Florence, Consorzio di Valorizzazione Culturale “La Venaria Reale”, Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”, Civita, MiBACT- Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, Superintendency of archeology, fine arts and landscape for the city of Turin, Snaporazverein, In Between Art Film.
MASBEDO – Handle with care is promoted by: Rest-Art cultural association, Areavideo, Estate Fiorentina 2016, the Uffizi Gallery, Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Civic Museums of Florence, Museum 900 Florence, Artissima.
Florence, Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio, October 2016, from 22 to 24
every day from 2 pm to 7 pm
October 22, 9 pm in the Sala d’Arme – Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria
Venaria Reale (Torino), Reggia di Venaria e Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”, October 29, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Reggia di Venaria:
Monday: closed (except on holidays, which have the same times as Sundays)
Tuesday to Friday: from 9 am to 5 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6.30 pm
Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
November, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 (coinciding with Artissima): from 10 am to 5 pm
Full 8.00 Euro
Reduced 6.00 Euro
(Groups of min. 12 persons, over 65 and Conventions)
Reduced for Over6 Under21 and Under26 attending University 4:00 Euro
Reduced School Groups 3:00 Euro
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– Museum Pass
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the classroom is an art and education centre founded in Milan in April 2016, whose goal is to bring the artist at the centre of the subject on the history of the arts and cultural heritage, triggered by the artist’s gaze. The project offers a range of free courses in theory and history of the arts taught by artists, providing the recognition of credits for students of each area; in each course the artist is invited to design his own classroom, making it a place of education and production.
Opened with a course and a solo exhibition of Adelita Husni-Bey (April 2016, Milan), focused on thought about the radical pedagogy and the relationship between art and identity, the centre continued its activities in Marrakech with a project by Hilario Isola about mistake theme and oral history, in partnership with the Biennale 6.
November 22, 2016