Caleidoscopica

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Caleidoscopica takes us on a journey through the last ten years of the career of Olimpia Zagnoli, an internationally renowned illustrator whose sinuous and colourful images have quickly conquered the worlds of publishing, fashion and communication. Her unmistakable stroke guides us through the 148 pages of this anthology in an overwhelming sequence of works – drawings, prints, neon, textiles and sculptures – that are juxtaposed by free association or by clear affinities of theme, colour and form.

The rhythm of this immersive journey is punctuated by a series of texts and thoughts from authors working in the fields of illustration, design and art, offering multiple and original readings of Olimpia’s work. The uniqueness of the publication is enhanced by a series of sketches, contained in notebooks of visual notes and preparatory works that reveal the creative process through which Olimpia, seeking the synthesis of the image, arrives at the essence of the message with the freshness and naturalness that make her unique. The book, edited by Melania Gazzotti, is addressed to lovers of illustration, to all those interested in design, fashion, style and looking for inspiration, and to all Olimpia’s fans. Caleidoscopica will also be an exhibition in Reggio Emilia planned for September 2021.

Edited by Melania Gazzotti
Texts by Melania Gazzotti, Kim Hastreiter, Steven Heller, Italo Lupi, Paola Pallottino, Guido Scarabottolo, Leanne Shapton, Peter Shire, Tamara Shopsin
Book design by Bunker

19.5 × 26 cm
148 pages
Hardback with mirror glasses
Italian/English
Isbn 978-88-98030-35-4
First published March 2021

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    This book, produced on the occasion of the 2021 edition of the Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon, which has dedicated an unprecedented exhibition to the artist, aims to highlight the double thread that links Mattotti’s work to cinema. This double thread has led him over the years to design the posters of films and major film festivals, until signing in 2019 the highly successful animated feature film The Famous Invasion of the Bears in Sicily, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

    The volume is divided into four sections: Film festival posters, from the image of numerous festivals in the 1990s, to the prestigious commission for Cannes, to the Venice Film Festival; Editorial illustrations, commissioned by “The New Yorker” during its long collaboration with the famous American magazine; Film posters, including Eros, for which he drew the poetic interludes that open the three episodes directed by Wong Kar-wai, Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Soderbergh; and finally, animated films, from the very first Bluebeard, through Pinocchio to the aforementioned The Famous Invasion of the Bears in Sicily, accompanied by unpublished sketches and storyboards.

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    Since the beginning of her career as a visual artist in the early 1980s, Emi Ligabue has focused her research on everyday objects, from everyday utensils to the icons of modernity and design, first creating sculptures and installations and then two-dimensional works, preferring the technique of collage. Taking and recontextualising images is his signature style and has allowed the artist to freely experiment with mixing genres, and to reflect on the increasingly blurred boundaries between visual and applied arts.

    In the 65 collages of La settimana bianca (The White Week), the title of the exhibition curated by Melania Gazzotti at the Mutty cultural centre and its catalogue, Emi Ligabue measures himself against a different visual imagery: the mountain, as a relatively recent holiday and winter sports destination. This time, therefore, the subject of investigation is no longer the artefact itself, but rather the visual ensemble of snow-covered peaks, skis, snowshoes and plastic poses, placed within a collective phenomenon of custom – which began in the 1960s and is now consolidated – that thanks to artistic elaboration and interpretation becomes evocation and takes on an iconic perspective, anything but free of irony and provocation, as is the artist’s custom.

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