There is enough time until January 15 to visit Imi Knoebel’s solo exhibition “Paint Color Space”, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, at the DepArt Galley spaces, which “celebrates one of the most famous artists dedicated to the building and construction. […] An anthology of 27 works created by the German painter of the late 1970s, from Messerschnitt VI in 1977, to the famous Anima Mundi in 2019”, specifies the exhibition.
Applied art galleryAlso open a file new headquarters Personal exhibition of Alberto Biasi, in a funky place, an alternative scene, in the Etria Valley, in Puglia. Trullo, the true symbol of Puglia in the world, has become an extraordinary place. Dep Art Gallery goes to the countryside between Sigli Mesabica and Martina Franca. This is how I was born Outside Art Department.
Dep Art Out is a place where art presents itself differently, with a new look and a new panorama, for a unique and exclusive experience.
Speech by Antonio Adamano
The catalog I created on the work of Imi Knoebel has finally seen the light of day after a long and not so simple detail. Can you tell us how you did it?
“Since the gallery’s first exhibition, my goal has always been to accompany each exhibition with a publication which, through the curator’s text, will be able to leave an imprint over time and thus establish a historical path for the exhibition. For Imi Knoebel, the objective was the same: from 27 works housed in the Dep Art Gallery, I wanted to create a catalog that better expresses the centrality of this exhibition for the gallery, thus reinforcing the international path that began with Carlos Cruz Dies. (2019). In the beginning, it was not easy to get attached to the writing of a catalog: the impossibility of traveling and talking about it in person made all the decisions taken by telephone or by e-mail more complicated than habit, not to mention the printing effort required to arrive at an honest color scheme for original works. About a month after the opening, taking advantage of the Art Cologne opportunity, I went to Düsseldorf to meet Imi Knoebel and his wife Carmen in person and to work out the final details that led to the final version. It was a moment of great commitment that strengthened our professional bond.
How is the catalog organized? What is the weight of this work of the Italian puzzle?
“Imi Knöbel He is one of the most famous artists internationally: his history, his presence in the museum and his power on the world market are clear proof of this. It was important to make accessible to the general public the exhibition which was the quintessence of his work with works from 1977 to 2019: the catalog, through large-scale installation devices and close-ups of great precision, Completely recreates the dialogue between the collection of works above in space. The work, that of Imi Knoebel, has been seen by many foreign publications but lacks a text close to the Italian public. Without forgetting that the exhibition at the Dep Art Gallery is temporarily set exactly thirty years after the major exhibition at the PAC in Milan. In order to give meaning to the continuity, I chose to entrust the curating to Giorgio Verzotti, former curator of the exhibition at the Museum of Milan in 1991 with Marco Mignuzzo. It is important that there are tangible connections, both within the exhibition and in the surrounding cultural environment.
These days the solo exhibition of the artist ends at the gallery in Milan. What was this offer? After seeing her “live” for several months, what do you think of her greatest strengths?
“From an exhibition standpoint, I think it gave we The power of a wonderful experience. It is an achievement that has allowed us to consolidate the relationship that began in 2017 during the group of German artists “Der Zerkel”, organized by Alberto Zanchetta.
We received a lot of positive feedback from the public. It is important to see Knoebel’s work in real life to appreciate his greatest strengths: form, color and their connection to exhibition. Then, to offer the possibility, even from a distance, of relating as much as possible to Imi Knoebel’s work, we made a few videos for the Dep Art Gallery YouTube channel: one that replayed the gallery; The other contribution of the curator and critic Gianluca RanziWho analyzes and talks about the painting of Aimee Knoble.
Being a gallery owner today: what aspects of your business have changed the most since the start of the pandemic?
“Flexibility has become, over the past two years, a key characteristic of Dep Art Gallery, as well as many colleagues. The alternation of opening and closing to the public forced us to structure the work in an unprecedented way, always looking for alternative ways to reach and approach our public, developing a reactionary rhythm that is essential today. One of the strategies adopted has been to collaborate with professionals capable of creating video content to share on our various social channels. Despite the difficulties, between the opening and closing periods, I was still able to organize exhibitions of existing foreign artists: a group exhibition on the Korean avant-garde in 2020; Regen Schumann Imi Knoebel’s current exhibition opened in 2021. It opened in 2022 with the conclusion of Knoebel’s solo exhibition, which will be followed by Valerio Adami’s retrospective exhibition.
Talking about planning and the future right now is somewhat risky, but necessary nonetheless. How have you planned your work for the next few months despite the general uncertainty?
“With the postponement of the 2022 edition of ArteFiera Bologna, I have decided to focus the gallery’s efforts on the production of digital content in support of the Valerio Adami Gallery. We are also working on a short documentary on the career of Pino Benelli I am now in the waiting phase in terms of exhibitions, the art gallery calendar is full of dates in Italy and abroad, but I am optimistic about it and I think the release of miArt (which will probably be the first Italian exhibition for 2022) will ratify a new revival, on the wave of enthusiasm from collectors, enthusiasts and operators in this sector”.
Dep Art Gallery’s new office is about to open in Puglia. Where did the choice of the new location come from, why in Puglia and which fairs will be open?
“I’ve always wanted to move some of my work into a different context from the main exhibition space. Puglia was a choice “from the heart”: it is a region that I have always appreciated, and thinking about the project, I had no doubts about it. Ideally, it combines two diametrically opposed sides: on one side, the rural area and the trullo, a symbol famous throughout the world; On the other hand, contemporary art. Dep Art Gallery has been transformed into Dep Art OUT, a place that presents a new panorama, Out of the ordinary. After all, the structure in which the works are inserted has no equal, which makes the created context unique and exclusive. The first artist I wanted to exhibit was Alberto Biasi, professor of kinetic visual art, who was also one of the first artists of the Dep Art Gallery. We have already prepared the Pino Deodato and Natale Addamiano exhibitions which will be the protagonists of the spring exhibitions, while the summer program will be drawn up (hopefully) in the presence of the artist, his collectors and all the guests of the Temple. I like this experimentation, weaving new relationships, broadening the horizons of new discourses.