Exhibition

Where the years do not turn the pages…

June 18 - September 30, 2021

Audrey Guttman Exhibition

Curated by Maddalena Pelù

Il Salviatino has the pleasure of hosting for the first time a young artist of the international contemporary scene, Audrey Guttman, with the exhibition entitled ‘Where the years do not turn the pages…’

The Belgian artist will present collages inspired by the role and timeless position of Il Salviatino on Florence, in which the gaze of the hotel and that of the artist merge and intertwine to reinterpret the symbols and clichés of the Florentine capital.

Converging in a single view, that of the Salviatino and the artist, giving us access to a new space-time, free of the usual constraints of “present, past, future” and “here and there”, leading us to glimpse another possible interpretation, suspended and dreamlike: where the years won’t turn pages.

This title lends the project its name, not only by referencing the artist’s daily ritual of literally turning the pages to pick up the images that emerge, but also re-interpreting the Florentine symbols and clichés while referencing the verse of Poliziano describing the kingdom of Venus in his famous «Stanze» (stanzas 1:72):

Nor ever the foliage of the eternal garden

do tender frost or fresh snow whiten;

here no icy winter dares to enter,

nor wind wearies grasses or shrubs;

where the years do not turn their pages / book,

but joyful Spring never fails,

unfurling her golden and frizzy mane in the air,

and fastens a garland of a thousand flowers.

A kingdom invented subconsciously from the famous Botticellian depiction, identified throughout history as an eternal garden of beauty and fertility, and which is nowadays partially synonymous with Florence.

Here the artist plays simultaneously with the collective imagination of the female universe and that of the city, bringing to life a new kingdom for the much-depicted Florentine Venus, in which everything is free, subverted, exchanged, and rendered metaphorical through the use of collage. The techniques of overlapping and cutting provide the perfect distance for a new perspective on the artistic heritage of the Renaissance capital, generating a metamorphosis of the gaze thanks to postcards and other so-called “tourist” objects, postcards being pure fragments of space and time.

The overlapping made visible by the artists’ collages highlights the clichés and the beauty of one of the most attractive cities in the world, as she duplicates and manipulates the images of the “key” paintings of its quintessential museum: the Uffizi.

Subjugated by Florence’s classicism, by the Medici’s cultural glory, that colony of creative, cultured, and enlightened minds, by the almost intangible depth of its history, Audrey Guttman literally feels the need to cut into this heritage to find a more balanced relationship with so much over-utilised beauty.

That is why the Hotel Il Salviatino’s sentry position, a little beyond the city, in a magical time, provides the perfect distance for the Artistic Belvedere you are about to discover.

Audrey Guttman (b.1987, Brussels) is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist whose research-based practice examines our relationship with images, both material and imaginary. Working across collage, mixed media, and poetry, she deconstructs and reassembles found fragments in order to disrupt established connotations and reveal unexpected parallels. Echoing the permanent reshuffling of our consciousness, her work cracks meaning open and renders contemporary dissonance with a sense of profound sensibility.

Guttman has presented solo exhibitions at Hangar Photo Art Center (Brussels), Galerie Emilie Dujat and Galerie Art Sablon (Brussels), and will be exhibited at Spazio Nobile’s Studiolo (Brussels), Il Salviatino (Florence) and Futura Gallery (Pietrasanta) this year. She has also been included in group exhibitions at AVEE, Verbeke Foundation in Belgium, Museo dei Bozzetti, Rochester New York, and Ground Control in Paris. 

In 2020, she published an artist book entitled Making Arrangements. She subsequently was awarded the first-ever artist residency at Hangar Photo Art Center in Brussels. 

Guttman holds a masters of research degree in art history, art theory and literature from Paris's Ecole des Hautes Études, a masters degree from Ecole de la Communication and an undergraduate degree in political science from Sciences Po Paris. She is based between Paris and Brussels.

To ensure maximum safety, you need to book your visit to the exhibition by writing to: curator@tearose.it

For further information on the exhibition and photographic material write to: ilsalviatino@salviatino.com

Exhibition

Where the years do not turn the pages…

June 18 - September 30, 2021

Audrey Guttman Exhibition

Curated by Maddalena Pelù

Il Salviatino has the pleasure of hosting for the first time a young artist of the international contemporary scene, Audrey Guttman, with the exhibition entitled ‘Where the years do not turn the pages…’

The Belgian artist will present collages inspired by the role and timeless position of Il Salviatino on Florence, in which the gaze of the hotel and that of the artist merge and intertwine to reinterpret the symbols and clichés of the Florentine capital.

Converging in a single view, that of the Salviatino and the artist, giving us access to a new space-time, free of the usual constraints of “present, past, future” and “here and there”, leading us to glimpse another possible interpretation, suspended and dreamlike: where the years won’t turn pages.

This title lends the project its name, not only by referencing the artist’s daily ritual of literally turning the pages to pick up the images that emerge, but also re-interpreting the Florentine symbols and clichés while referencing the verse of Poliziano describing the kingdom of Venus in his famous «Stanze» (stanzas 1:72):

Nor ever the foliage of the eternal garden

do tender frost or fresh snow whiten;

here no icy winter dares to enter,

nor wind wearies grasses or shrubs;

where the years do not turn their pages / book,

but joyful Spring never fails,

unfurling her golden and frizzy mane in the air,

and fastens a garland of a thousand flowers.

A kingdom invented subconsciously from the famous Botticellian depiction, identified throughout history as an eternal garden of beauty and fertility, and which is nowadays partially synonymous with Florence.

Here the artist plays simultaneously with the collective imagination of the female universe and that of the city, bringing to life a new kingdom for the much-depicted Florentine Venus, in which everything is free, subverted, exchanged, and rendered metaphorical through the use of collage. The techniques of overlapping and cutting provide the perfect distance for a new perspective on the artistic heritage of the Renaissance capital, generating a metamorphosis of the gaze thanks to postcards and other so-called “tourist” objects, postcards being pure fragments of space and time.

The overlapping made visible by the artists’ collages highlights the clichés and the beauty of one of the most attractive cities in the world, as she duplicates and manipulates the images of the “key” paintings of its quintessential museum: the Uffizi.

Subjugated by Florence’s classicism, by the Medici’s cultural glory, that colony of creative, cultured, and enlightened minds, by the almost intangible depth of its history, Audrey Guttman literally feels the need to cut into this heritage to find a more balanced relationship with so much over-utilised beauty.

That is why the Hotel Il Salviatino’s sentry position, a little beyond the city, in a magical time, provides the perfect distance for the Artistic Belvedere you are about to discover.

Audrey Guttman (b.1987, Brussels) is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist whose research-based practice examines our relationship with images, both material and imaginary. Working across collage, mixed media, and poetry, she deconstructs and reassembles found fragments in order to disrupt established connotations and reveal unexpected parallels. Echoing the permanent reshuffling of our consciousness, her work cracks meaning open and renders contemporary dissonance with a sense of profound sensibility.

Guttman has presented solo exhibitions at Hangar Photo Art Center (Brussels), Galerie Emilie Dujat and Galerie Art Sablon (Brussels), and will be exhibited at Spazio Nobile’s Studiolo (Brussels), Il Salviatino (Florence) and Futura Gallery (Pietrasanta) this year. She has also been included in group exhibitions at AVEE, Verbeke Foundation in Belgium, Museo dei Bozzetti, Rochester New York, and Ground Control in Paris. 

In 2020, she published an artist book entitled Making Arrangements. She subsequently was awarded the first-ever artist residency at Hangar Photo Art Center in Brussels. 

Guttman holds a masters of research degree in art history, art theory and literature from Paris's Ecole des Hautes Études, a masters degree from Ecole de la Communication and an undergraduate degree in political science from Sciences Po Paris. She is based between Paris and Brussels.

To ensure maximum safety, you need to book your visit to the exhibition by writing to: curator@tearose.it

For further information on the exhibition and photographic material write to: ilsalviatino@salviatino.com

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