2 July 2011
Two weeks ago, on the occasion of the Notte Blu, the newly-founded Quartiere La Venezia association inaugurated an exhibition of 35 contemporary artists in Livorno's Venezia district. Organised by art critic Cristina Olivieri, the exhibition saw artists' work displayed in a selection of the area's shops, bars and restaurants, spaces not conventionally used for displaying artwork.
It provided a rare opportunity to see a concentration of local contemporary artists often unable to find suitable exhibition space in Livorno. The city's only public art gallery, in Villa Mimbelli, rarely dedicates exhibition time to contemporary art (the current display of Gruppo Labronico art proves the point).
This contemporary art event is now coming to an end and most of these works will sadly be dismantled this weekend. The stimulating but short-lived show highlights an urgent need for more exhibition space for the many talented contemporary artists working in Livorno.
Artists taking part in the Venezia exhibition:
Koroo (Angelo Foschini & Lavinia Iacomelli), Anna Ka, Maurizio Faleni, Anonymous Art (Elena Bertoni & Simone Romano), Federico Bocci, Francesco Baronti, Stefano Fusano, Luca Vinciguerra, Max Mazzoli, Eriko Furukawa, Serafino Fasulo, Simonetta Filippi, Giancarlo Barsotti, Olga Gabbrielli, Antonio Colanero, Roberto Alessandroni, Fabio Leonardi, Maurizio Bini, Laura Troiano, Valentina Restivo, Fabio Mattolini, Paolo Budassi, Dario Palermo, Massimo Pasca, Marco Zedone, Angela Panetta, Katia Alicante, Silvia Serenari, Mirko - Ted Taylor, Luca Bellandi, Blu Cammello, Andygrad, Anna Laura Bachini and Franco Bonsignori.