Wunderkammer: Pier Paolo Calzolari, Cantata Bluia libro dore


Preview 5th February 2015 h. 6.30 pm

Riccardo Crespi presents the second appointment with Wunderkammer, a new project that is intended to liven up the programming of the gallery with original interventions, as a cabinet of wonders hosting selected works or site-specific installations by young or already established artists, from Italy or abroad.
 
On this occasion the artist book Cantata Bluia libro dore byPier Paolo Calzolari (Bologna, 1943) and Pierre Thoretton (Paris, 1967) with an essay by the critic and art historian Bruno Corà (Rome, 1942), will be presented in collaboration with Edizioni Essegi.
 
The cryptic title refers to blue colour – “Bluia” as well as to Blues and darkness, whereas “dore” mixes the concept of the breviary, (“libro d’ore”, Book of Hours) with the idea of gold, the French doré. The book consist of sixty-four mixed media plates – real works of art - contained within a metal case.
Materials used - lead, metal wire, onionskin and temperas - have always been present in Calzolari's research, imbued with a strong artistic and literary horizon of references from Byzantine painting to the poetry of the Twentieth Century.
 
The works that form Cantata Bluia libro dore were handmade by Pier Paolo Calzolari and Pierre Thoretton in 1999. The text by Bruno Corà, complete with French and English translations, was signed at the end by the author in all book copies. The French text printed on the last page is by Pier Paolo Calzolari.
 
The edition of Cantata Bluia libro dore has a run of seventy copies, numbered and signed in the colophon.
The typographic part is printed on Vergella Magnani paper.