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Acrobazie#5: the Project's Next Edition Opens

  • 04

    October 2009
  • 20

    December 2009
Adriano and Michele's Atelier of Painting, San Colombano al Lambro (Milan)  

The fifth exhibition mounted by the "Acrobazie" project, curated by Elisa Fulco and supported by UniCredit Group, will open on Sunday, October 4, at 5 pm.


This year's show features the artist Flavio Favelli, who continues the dialogue begun by previously featured artists (Sandrine Nicoletta, 2004; Marcello Maloberti, 2006; Sara Rossi, 2007; Francesco Simeti, 2008) with the "outsider" artists of Adriano and Michele's Atelier of Painting, which works with patients of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in San Colombano al Lambro.


This year, Favelli, for the first time in the project's history, will create a permanent gallery setting for the space at San Colombano. The flexible design will accommodate both future shows and the atelier's collection. Favelli's plan incorporates a wooden floor with motifs drawn from the collection. The 300-square-meter area will be configured to showcase a range of works, including art, furniture, applied design and fashion.


"Acrobazie #5" was developed over the course of a series of workshops held by Favelli from March through June of 2009. This year's project, which revolves around the theme of "Made in Italy,", expression of Italian excellence worldwide. The show will reflect nuances of branding, labeling, recognition, anonymity and craftsmanship. Contributing artists include Umberto Bergamaschi, Gianfranco Bianco, Giuseppe Bomparola, Luigi Cremaschini, Curzio Di Giovanni, Patrizia Faton, Paul Giovanetti, Gosparini Fabio, Claudio Salvago and Andrea Vicidomini.


UniCredit Group has chosen to invest for the fourth consecutive year in a project that goes beyond the usual conventions in order to give visibility to a minority viewpoint in which art serves as an instrument of social integration.




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FLAVIO FAVELLI (born in Florence, 1967) lives and works in Savigno of Bologna.  In the last 10 years, he has became known in the field of contemporary art through his collages and site-specific installations, some of them permanent - including those of the ANAS Venice Foscari Palace and Waiting Room, the Pantheon Bologna and the Cimitero Monumental.  His works are included in numerous public and private collections.


His major projects have included: Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2009; Sales Gallery, Rome, 2008; Maison Rouge Foundation, Paris, 2007; Sandretto Re Rabaudengo Foundation, Turin, 2007; Projectspace176, London, 2005, Pecci Museum, Prato, 2005; IIC, Los Angeles, 2004; Maze Gallery, Turin, 2003; Artinprogress, Berlin, 2002.  Major exhibitions include: Italics, Palazzo Grassi, Venice; XV Quadriennale, Rome; Elgiz Museum, Istanbul, 2008; Clandestini 50, Venice Biennale, 2003.


ELISA FULCO (born in Palermo, 1971) is an art historian, contemporary art critic, exhibition curator and consultant for cultural projects.  She is the curator of the Foundation Borsalino and works as an advisor for Assolombarda and Museimpresa, the Italian Association of Museums and Enterprise Archives.  For several years she has collaborated with the magazine Flash Art Italy.  In 2004, she conceived the project "Acrobazie," sponsored by Unicredit Group since 2006.  Among her major exhibitions are: "Losing Your Head: The Cap Between Fashion and Folly," Museo del Cappello Borsalino, Alessandria, Palermo 2008, Rome, Milan, 2009; "Acrobazie #4," Francesco Simeti, 2008; "Acrobazie #3," Sara Rossi, 2007; "Acrobazie #2," Marcello Maloberti, 2006; "Bandits: On the Paths of Art Brut," photo exhibition by Mario Del Curto, Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia, 2006; "Acrobazie," Sandrine Nicoletta, 2004; Gabriele Basilico, "Palermocittà," Palazzo San Bartolomeo, Palermo; Mary Lai, "Scriptures," Cantieri Culturali Zisa, Palermo.


ADRIANO AND MICHELE'S ATELIER OF PAINTING began in 1996 with the goal of providing patients hospitalized at the Fatebenefratelli Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation with an opportunity for artistic endeavors.  It was founded by Dr. Giovanni Foresti, graphic designer Luciano Ferro, art historian Bianca Tosatti and painter Michele Munno.  Together they led the project until 2005.  From 1999 to 2008, the atelier's activities were promoted by art historian Teresa Maranzano, promoter Laura Garzia, and educator and current gallery manager Gabriella Vincenti.  Over the years the atelier has fostered many talents whose work is now part of the major public and private collections of outsider art.  Since "Acrobazie," conceived by Elisa Fulco, began in 2004, the atelier has embarked on a dialogue with young Italian artists.  Major exhibitions have included: "Disrupted Power," Castello dei Pio, Carpi, Italy, 2009; "New Follies," Une Sardine Collée au Mur Gallery, Geneva, 2008; "Losing Your Head: The Cap Between Fashion and Folly," Museo del Cappello Borsalino, Alessandria, Palermo, 2008, Rome, Milan, 2009; "At the Edge of Vision: Irregular Art in the Menozzi Collection," San Domenico cloisters, Reggio Emilia, 2007; "Unprecedented Art: Milan Area," UniCredit Group, Milan, 2007; "Acrobazie #3," Sara Rossi, 2007; "Me Is Someone Else," Palazzo Ducale, Lucca, 2007; "Acrobazie #2," Marcello Maloberti, 2007; "Bandits: On the Paths of Art Brut," photo exhibition by Mario Del Curto, Brescia, 2006; "Outsider Art in Italy: Irregular Art in Places of Care," Itaca Onlus project, Finante, Semenzato, Milano, 2003; "Carlo with Adriano and Michele," Lodi, 1997; "Pictures of Soul: Irregular Art in Europe," Pavia, Genoa, 1998.


UNICREDIT & ART is a project dedicated to the language of contemporary art, working through organic partnerships with key actors in the art system: institutions, museums, galleries, auction houses, publishers, academies and universities.  Its focus is on the development of a new collection of contemporary art, focusing on artists active since the 1980s, with an emphasis on Italy.  It serves as a tool for dialogue with all UniCredit Group stakeholders. The Group is active in 22 countries with 168,000 employees, and art plays an important role in its pan-European identity.