Collaboration with the Museo Novecento.
A beautiful and joyful image, a positive message that gives us the carefree needed in this period.
Florence 23 April 2021 – The Maggio presents the graphic poster, a work created by Rä di Martino, which will accompany the entire Festival. The work of art is the result of fruitful collaboration with the Museo Novecento.
The Maggio Fiorentino Theater, one of the oldest in Europe, has always offered collaborations with the most important contemporary artists. He did so, for example, for the sets of great operas but also to graphically illustrate the Festival itself. Also for this year’s 83rd edition, which keeps the numbering skipped in 2020, after the previous interventions by Mimmo Paladino and Luca Pignatelli, the Festival poster was commissioned to an artist of our time.
Sergio Risaliti, director of the Museo Novecento, says: “This year the Maggio Fiorentino has also decided to have the festival poster made by a contemporary artist. And this time she decided with enlightened openness to involve a young artist of our time: Rä di Martino, recognized nationally and internationally as the author of fascinating video works and short films in which past, present and future are intertwined in unprecedented narratives and new imaginaries. . The Museo Novecento has been involved in the initiative from the very beginning, in its capacity as scientific consultant. We are proud of this collaboration with the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Foundation which confirms the interdisciplinary dimension of the arts of the twentieth century and above all emphasizes the strategic importance in the city of the synergy between two fundamental institutions for education and awareness of contemporary arts. We need to go back to theaters and museums, to elevate our spirits, especially in this time of sacrifices and restrictions.”
This time, therefore, the choice fell to a young and internationally recognized Italian artist, Rä di Martino, whose research is carried out with the technological means of video and photography. About the graphic work, Professor Sergio Risaliti writes in the critical text: “The beautiful, joyful image proposed by Rä di Martino, resolved with the figures of two dancers suspended in the air, in a brightly colored space, makes us savor the pleasure of the senses, the sharing of emotions that bring happiness, ecstasy and that little carefree that we need to lighten our being in the world, when the dramatic weight of events would make us depressed and discouraged. A positive message in which we seem to also read a sophisticated interpretation of the Renaissance myth of Spring in the famous interpretation by Sandro Botticelli, a garden of spiritual delights in which the three Graces seem to soar, dancing vague and graceful. A free association, moreover, to which we naturally associate, thanks to Mnemosine, the unforgettable sequences with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, those of Fellini’s by Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni in Ginger and Fred, together with the more recent ones by La La Land. Just to say that Rä di Martino plays with the imagination of the profound, activates figurative archetypes, past, modern and contemporary iconographies, collecting materials from the different worlds of art and cinema, comics and television, together with the history of architecture. and design. And this work of recovery, editing and restitution he does it lightly and with a sweet irony, even when his images are veiled with yearning and melancholy.”
Rä di Martino – Biography
Rä di Martino (Rome, 1975) studied at Chelsea College of Art and at the Slade School of Art in London, then lived in New York from 2005 to 2010; lives and works now in Rome. He has exhibited in institutions such as the Tate Modern in London, the MoMA PS1 in New York, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, GAM and Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo in Turin, Macro and MAXXI in Rome, Museion in Bolzano, MCA in Chicago, Hangar Bicocca and PAC in Milan. He has participated in international film festivals such as Festival del film Locarno, VIPER Basel, Transmediale, Berlin, New York Underground Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Torino Film Festival, and at the Venice Film Festival, winning the SIAE Award, the Gillo Award in 2014. Pontecorvo and a special mention at the Nastri d’Argento with the film The Show MAS Go On (2014). His first feature film Controfigura (2017) also premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won a mention at the Silver Ribbons. In 2018/2019 he developed the AFTERALL project with the support of the Mibac award: Italian Council in collaboration with the Volume! Foundation, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and the Mostyn, Wales, finally going to the permanent collection of the MADRE of Naples. In 2019 he held a personal exhibition at the Museo Novecento where he presented a video produced by the Florentine institution entitled “The exception”.