Thursday, November 3, 2022

In Focus: Jannis Kounellis as Mentor at Magazzino Italian Art !

Photo by Claudio Abate © Archivio Claudio Abate.

In Focus: Jannis Kounellis as Mentor

A program dedicated to the legacy of Jannis Kounellis as a prolific professor and mentor.

Magazzino Italian Art is pleased to host In Focus: Jannis Kounellis as Mentor, to shed light on an aspect of the Arte Povera artist's life as a mentor and professor that is rarely discussed. 

Conceived by Dr. Francesco Guzzetti, Magazzino Italian Art’s former Scholar-in-Residence 2018-19, In Focus: Jannis Kounellis as Mentor will look specifically at the impact of Kounellis during his time as a professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf from 1993 to 2001, and later in the early 2000s, holding workshops throughout Europe. The program will feature a presentation by Guzzetti, followed by a conversation with artist Calixto Ramírez. A video of an interview with Michelle Coudray and Bruno Corà, respectively president and member of the scientific committee of Archivio Kounellis in Rome, will also be screened.

Join us at Magazzino next week on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with a reception following the program. Tickets are available here

About the speakers

About Francesco Guzzetti

Francesco Guzzetti is tenure-track assistant professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Florence. He graduated at University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, from which he holds a PhD in Art History. His research revolves around Italian art from the early postwar years to the 1980s, with special focus on the relationship with the United States. He received fellowships and grants from: CIMA (Center for Italian Modern Art), New York; Bibliothèque Kandinsky - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Harvard University; Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, Cold Spring, NY; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. He has published in several scholarly journals and exhibition catalogues, including the catalogue of the recent exhibition of Giuseppe Penone at Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris (2021-2022), and participated in international conferences and study days. He curated exhibitions, such as Facing America: Mario Schifano 1960-1965 (CIMA, New York, 2021). He is currently working on a book manuscript about the relationships between Arte Povera and American art in the early 1970s.

About Calixto Ramírez

Calixto Ramírez is a Mexican artist born on the border of Reynosa with Hidalgo, Texas who has led a semi-nomadic life. This relationship to movement, has consciously and unconsciously influenced his way of understanding reality and has informed his capacity to use that experience as a tool to produce images, objects, spaces or gestures that propose new narratives. Calixto studied at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking “La Esmeralda,” Mexico City, and spent a semester in a school exchange program with the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. In 2013 Jannis Kounellis invited him to live and work in Italy which gave him an opportunity to immerse himself in the European art scene, specifically in Italy. In 2019 Calixto returned to north Mexico. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards such as FONCA´s grant “Contigo a la distancia,” (2018), and the “Level 0 Prize” in Art Verona, Italy (2105); as well as a completed residencies around the world, including the residency program at Fundación Marcelino Botín in Spain (2009). He has exhibited at the Museo Jumex, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Museo de la Cd. De México, Museo de Arte de Sonora, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Tamaulipas, Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Nave Generadores and Fototeca de Nuevo León, Fondazione MEMMO, Fondazione smART, Museo del Novecento in Naples, and the National Art Gallery of Tirana. He currently lives and works in Monterrey, México.

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