Shanghai M50. What is art?

<<Art is nothing!>> repeated a young Shanghai artist; but art is also the expression of themselves seemed to think at the same time, while showing me the works of a Chinese artist who has exhibited several times abroad and who seems to have learned the lesson to deconstruct Chinese ideograms, symbol of their culture, to make new signs that seems to belong to the dream, even a little to the nightmare for the truth, definitely the expression of deep deep emotion. If art is both nothing and everything to this young artist, her feelings and contradictions appear as the symbol of a young generation of Chinese that runs through this new century with the empty-full of their culture behind and a daily bunch of informations traveling liquid to the speed of light on digital media and at the same time with the slowness of a typical street vendor of this city. Music, painting, installations, everything is mixed for an approach to the art of a thousand forms in the most populous cities in the world and certainly one of the most dynamic cities, interesting and active in art as in everything else. Moganshan Lu, or as they call it here M50 (where 50 is simply the number of the neighborhood), still remains the focus of the artistic life of the city even if West Bund promises well for the future. Here, in a neighborhood where there were once old factories, there are now art galleries of all kinds, restaurants, bars, a few shops of photographs (some of them a little bit touristic) and a lot of activities and excitement where mix contemporary art at the oriental manner, proposals from international artists, performances and any influence that comes from the communist past and not, taking new shape and life in the imaginary modern reinterpretation of Shanghai people.





The Y point of view.

In 2017 Art Design Box will produce exhibition by Elmar Heinbach and Klemens Grund artist and architects from Akademie für Handwerksdesign. The Y Studio is a straordinary example of their production that bring to reality the concept of creating chances for ordinary peoples and or artists to enhance awareness of the external world in order to discover new standpoint in oneself. Getting inspired and being left alone are the basic condition for an artist to work. The Y Studio is design to offer this condition and made the transition from concept to reality with an unique enclosure on the lake water beyond the forest. Walking esat from the mansion we catch a glimpse in the distance of a silvery shiny structure with its exposed position in the middle of a lake. Coming closer we realize the obvious encounter of two contrast: the exterior, with a satin matte alluminium skin reflecting in the lake and the interior, warm, wooden, light that seem come from the dream of a futuristic naturist.

The great hearts of Aldo Palma

Thanks to his passion for maths and chemistry, Palma have developed in his long careeer his own extraordinary technics. See our proposals on ArtDesignShop

With his great sensibility and an antropological link with the matter, Palma releases paints and sculptures (a mix of) free to expand in every direction (time and space) with extraordinary  colours ( those red and yellow and gold ). A futuristic approach to contemporary art that take his origin from classic and mith (from Michelangelo’s Pietà, to Apollo of Veio, to Saint George and the dragon,  until Leonardo’s Last Supper). See our proposals on ArtDesignShop

Year: may 2016 Work Details: nylon wire, acrilic paint, inch 15,74 x 15,74 (cm h 40 x b 40)
Year: may 2016 Work Details: nylon wire, acrilic paint, inch 15,74 x 15,74 (cm h 40 x b 40)

Lets colours explode in your life

What does David along with Wolverine and Spiderman but also teamed with Captain America as if they were the heads of two ancient gods? “Ninphea colormination” is the title of one of the work of an youung talian artist. Its contamination of color in white classical figures or in the aesthetics of the new gods of the Marvel pantheon surprise and excite and force us to bring to light all the emotions that explode in our lives separated from the object itself that produces them. From the more traditional images of ancient art to that of the contemporary icons, Daniele Fortuna contaminates art and captures with its colors. Want to know more?



Is laundry still part of women’s world?

The art of Daniele Fortuna is the way to manifest the most intimate feelings without hesitation and hypocrisy.   His “colormination” work is a color contamination of the old tradition and the contemporary images of the world we are living in a new pop art way of expression, that you will love.  Laundry as the author itselves say it is a wife’s world they posses and dominate in a funny way for a lovely result. See calendar for next exhibition.


Shin-On. A cry from the heart, an expression in tune with the self

Yesterday i have met “Maestro” Shuhei Matsuyama in his art workshop in Milan. He is a fine and very kind person as a traditional japanese you imagine could be. But look at his work: is a fantastic piece of fallen universe.  Sound that becomes matter.Matsuyama’s work is inspired by the theories of Kandinsky as “color is an inner sound” but also reveals a deep connection with the expressive modalities of oriental culture. Starting from the philosophical intuition, Matsuyama paints the Shin-on, or the sound of things, the music that originates and express them. The Japanese’s artist’s premise is that everything is Shin-on, sound, and his painting becomes the visible materialization of this idea. The theme of the Shin-on in Matsuyama is of this nature. It establishes a subtle relationship between the visual and the acoustic in which one refers to and inevitably suggests the other. The surfaces of his pictures, uneven and rich in materials, can be seen as a score to be read inwardly. The echo of his paintings reminds us of our internal and individual resonance.

img_2604A short presentation of Maestro Shuhei Matsuyama. Shuhei Matsuyama was born in Tokyo in 1955. After completing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown, he moved to Italy where he attended the Academy of Fine art in Perugia. In 1991 he moved to Milan and began an intense exhibiting activity that took his work around the world, from Venice to Tokyo, from San Francisco to New York.
Most notable are the 5 major SHIN-ON exhibitions held in Venice over 10 years each in coincidence to the Venice Biennale. In France his works have been used for the cover of the annual program of the Conservatoire de Paris. He has also been involved in numerous public space projects. He has been responsible for the production of a 5m-column sculpture in Hakata, Japan, a mosaic fountain in Rieti, Italy, and for the artworks used for the president suit room in the Four Seasons Hotel, Saudi Arabia, in addition to other projects in prestigious offices, hospitals, hotels, apartments and restaurants.

A Man between two worlds, East and West, blending together the painting experience with spiritual creativity, producing works that combine two expressions: painting and sound to stimulate the senses.

In one of his interviews presented itself as follows:

Here (In Italy) I have learned many new things that have been beneficial to my spirit, as my friends say, but it is to Japan that I owe the experience and incentive that have allowed me to express myself with joy in life, which is if nothing else if not art. I believe joy is the most important thing in life and we can attain it only with temperance.
In this way it is possible to lead a simple life and therefore a creative one; somewhere between give and take there is a perfect equilibrium because if it weren’t so inequality would lead man to unhappiness.
The artist (or man) must be free and that is possible only by knowing many things. It is because of this that I want to see, to try, to touch all things so as to bring these experiences back to the great masterpiece that is in every artist. To be moved, to explore and then to express ourselves is nothing more than immerging one’s self in art but, since consciousness is not exhausted in the present, we need to approach it from a passive and immobile state: only by looking ahead can the spirit reach maturity.

Matsuyama is a supporter of the role of Public Art to help familiarity with art, the involvement and the “co-participation” of those who benefit and the removal of the boundaries between the artist and the audience. He sees art, and in particular Public Art, as a service to humanity, improving culture, sensitivity, serenity and, in a broader sense, life.