Angel Orensanz at the Italian Cultural Institute Report

Frank Gerard Godlewski and Al Orensanz during the presentation

Frank Gerard Godlewski and Geraldine Bianco

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute

Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with: The Angel Orensanz Foundation

Angel Orensanz Foundation, in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute, http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it , featured a special presentation of Orensanz’s project, “The Floating Sistine Chapel, Angel Orensanz in Italy” on December 1st at the Italian Cultural Institute on Park Avenue in New York.

“The Floating Sistine Chapel” was conceptually created around Achille Bonito Oliva’s theme “The Joyous Instability of Art,” written for La Cuba Museum in Palermo exhibition where Angel participated in 2008.

“Instability is the true essence of contemporary art… Orensanz’s works never reveal their beginning and end. The concept does not prevail over the object. It is the fruit of a web which weaves together the memory of culture and the memory of nature… This is the essence of Orensanz’s topicality: with his vibrant clarity he anticipated various forms of awareness among which also those of the Transvanguardia with regard to art’s interior nature.”- Achille Bonito Oliva, on Angel Orensanz.

The presentation opened with illustrations of The Angel Orensanz Foundation’s magnificent New York City Landmark headquarters as well as the foundation’s cultural mission described by the Curator, Frank Gerard Godlewski and several of Angel Orensanz’s Italian installation works, presented as large screen projections.
The projects presented where:
–    FONTANA DI TREVI, ROMA. 1994.
–    BIENNALE DI FIRENZE. 1999.
–    THE PEACE BUS, FIRENZE. 1999.
–    GLASS COLUMN IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL, ROMA. 1999.
–    BRONZE EXHIBITION AT SANT’IVO ALLA SAPIENZA, ROMA. 2000.
–    SCAVARE IL FUTURO, INSTALLATION IN CASERTA, NAPOLI. 2001.
–    BIENNALE DI VENEZIA. 2001.
–    RETROSPECTIVE OF DRAWINGS AT PALAZZO DUCALE DE PAVULLO, MODENA. 2001.
–    INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION AT LIDO, VENEZIA. 2002.
–    “BLADE ON THE EYE. HOMAGE TO LUIS BUÑUEL”, CONTRORADIO FESTIVAL OF RADICAL CULTURE, FIRENZE. 2003.
–    “CIRCLES OVER VENICE” SCULPTURE INSTALLATIONS ALONG THE GRAN CANAL, VENEZIA. 2005.
–    LA FELICE INSTABILITA DELL’ARTE, CASTELLO DELLA CUBA, PALERMO. 2008
Dr.Orensanz and Dr. Godlewski intervened with a conversation that focused on Achille Bonito Oliva’s concept of the “Joyous Instability of Art”; and then Al Orensanz discussed the concepts of “Structurality” and “Nostalgia” with regards to Angel Orensanz’s art and Bonito Oliva’s theories.
The two pivotal concepts of Achille Bonito Oliva seemed to be the notion of instability and topicallity. Al Orensanz analyzed the texts of Dr Oliva connecting them with the methods of French Structuralist Philosophy, by which meaning objectual chains oppose and complement each other building internal discourses of explanaition and exploration. By tocallity, Al Orensanz dug into the resonances that hermeneutical German philosophy developed after WWII. Being its main representative Hans Georg Gadamer, who liberated the meaning of speech or written formulations into discourses of free asociations. The representation and the position of the object enrich each other freely and generously.
The Floating Sistine Chapel, an exceptional installation piece that Angel Orensanz recently created in the foundation’s Lower Manhattan headquarters was presented in two videos by Rhys Jones, accompanied by soprano Geraldine Bianco Jones, with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btDm8If8Eck and also the “Attesa” – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana – by Mascagni http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4HLD_KS1I8&feature=related . The titled this second composition is “Mountan’s of Memory”.
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