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The show

After the success of the two previous editions, the traditional cycle of projections of videos, films and documentaries on the art proposed by the Ragghianti Foundation in the winter months returns.

Curated by Alessandro Romanini, the exhibition "The art on the screen", strongly desired by the president Alberto Fontana and the director Paolo Bolpagni, and realized in collaboration with the Lucca Film Festival - Europa Cinema, this year is focused on contemporary art, from Marcel Duchamp up to current events.
It is precisely in the research line traced by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, one of the main theorists and pioneers of the use of the audiovisual media for the interpretation and dissemination of art, that the Foundation named after him promotes this new cycle of projections, which will all have place, with free admission, in the "Vincenzo da Massa Carrara" Conference Room in the San Micheletto Complex in Lucca, beginning at 17:30, for four consecutive Saturdays.

The first date, January 12nd, is dedicated to two protagonists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. In the film "Nude descending the stairs: the spiral time", created by Alain Jaubert with the contribution of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the painting by Duchamp that gives the title to the documentary is the starting point for the analysis of the complex work of the French artist, considered the father of the conceptual art of the twentieth century.

It is from the ten portraits that Warhol performed actress Elizabeth Taylor that instead takes the documentary "Ten Lizes", also created by Alain Jaubert: from here starts an articulated career path of the most famous exponent of American Pop Art.

On Saturday January 19th the documentary "The artist is present" will be screened, on the mother of the performing art Marina Abramović, of which the exhibition "The Cleaner" in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi is underway. Director Matthew Akers follows the Serbian artist during the period of preparation of the great retrospective dedicated by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010, leading us to the discovery of all aspects of a nearly fifty year career.

Bill Viola is the protagonist of the documentary "The road to St. Paul's", which will be screened on Saturday January 26th. It is the same American artist, celebrated in the main museum spaces of the five continents, to guide us in the genesis of the two large video installations commissioned for the Cathedral of Saint Paul in London, debtors of the Tuscan Renaissance iconography, which is the source of inspiration for many of his works.

The review closes with an Italian, the always surprising and unpredictable Maurizio Cattelan, to whom the documentary by Maura Axelrod is dedicated "Be right back", which ventures into the creative universe of the artist in a dynamic, fun and overwhelming way, following the traces through interviews and testimonies of gallery owners, critics and friends, punctuated by the stories and anecdotes of the former girlfriend, sister Giada and Cattelan's current companion, who became famous in 1999 with the sculpture of Pope John Paul II on the ground struck by a meteorite.

All the meetings, with free admission, will be preceded by a presentation and a guide to the vision by Alessandro Romanini.


Timetable and tickets


Via S. Micheletto, 3
55100 Lucca


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