Scuola di Palazzo Te – Lino Reduzzi invited as a guest to the course “Fare Arte 2019”, from 25th June to 03rd July 2019 at Palazzo Te, Mantua

Among the projects supported by Fondazione Palazzo Te in Mantua (Italy), again this year Scuola di Palazzo Te organizes “Fare Arte“, a 9-days residential course open to young artists and led by a group of professors composed by researchers, artists and experts in different artistic and scientific disciplines.
This course aims to increase project management skills in the context of cultural production, focusing on the artistic experience as a practice of trainable faculties such as attention, listening, knowledge, design and action.

“Scuola di Palazzo Te – says the Director Stefano Baia Curioni – offers the experience of a practical and fruitful relationship with the cultural heritage and tradition. A relationship that comes from contemporaneity, from poetic and artistic practices and from the awareness that the best cultural design can’t help a live relationship with memory and cultural heritage.”
From this point of view, Palazzo Te, a Renaissance masterpiece by Giulio Romano, is a place in which culture does not deposit itself passively but it becomes living and contemporary, turning into a mutlidisciplinary space for learning and experimentation, a real workshop in which creative processes can arise.

It is precisely in this context, therefore, about the past and the future, the tradition, about Italian handcraft and artisanal skills and their application in contemporary projects, that Lino Reduzzi will speak as a guest of the course, telling and showing some projects realized by Studio Reduzzi that “so perfectly describe the “modernity of ancient”, reminding us of the silent forces and powers of antiquity embodied by the new.”

For further informazion about the course agenda, please visit the official website of Fare Arte 2019. For general information, please visit the official website of  Scuola di Palazzo Te.

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HSIAO Chin – To the eternal garden

The web section “Mosaics” has been updated adding the mosaics series To the eternal garden by the Chinese artist Hsiao Chin (蕭勤).

The series is composed by 13 mosaics realized by Lino Reduzzi and Hsiao Chin in the period 1992-2015, whose original sketches belong to the portfolio of paper works of the same name: it is a theme particularly close to the Chinese artist, who began to develop at the beginning of the Nineties.

For the realization of these glass works, Lino Reduzzi and Hsiao Chin worked side by side in order to create a specific new mosaic texture: the mosaics are made of colored Venetian smalto tesserae, meticulously hand-cut in small tiles and laid at different heights on various layers, in order to fully match the stylistic requirements expressed by the artist himself.

Some of these works were shown for the very first time in the retrospective exhibition Eighty years of energy: Hsiao Chin’s restrospect & prospect, that the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts of Taichung (Taiwan) organized in 2015 to celebrate Hsiao Chin’s 80th birthday.

Shrine of Our Lady of the Guard, Tortona (Italy) – The gilded sculpture goes back to its brightness

More than sixty years later its realization, the sculpture representing the Virgin Mary with Christ Child finally goes back to its brightness, illuminating the city of Tortona (Italy) from the top of the cathedral bell tower. In fact, on September 2016 Studio Reduzzi finished the restoration works of the sculpture, which consisted of an ex novo gilding of its entire surface (more than 200 square meters).

In short time it will be published online a detailed description of the entire work, which will illustrate the various executive phases with a rich photo gallery.

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Shrine of Our Lady of the Guard, Tortona (Italy) – Studio Reduzzi started the restoration works of the gilded sculpture

On June 2016 Studio Reduzzi started the restoration works of the sculpture Mater Dei, representing the Virgin Mary with Christ Child. This 14 meters high sculpture is placed on the top of the cathedral bell tower, that measures more than 60 meters high.

The sculpture was commissioned in the second half of the Fifties by Saint Luigi Orione to the Italian artist Narciso Cassino. It was realized in bronze by Fonderia Artistica Battaglia (Milan, Italy) and then gilded with 24 karats genuine gold leafs for its entire surface. In the course of time, the adverse weather conditions damaged the golden film, consuming it and producing the loss of some parts of it. These typical degradation phenomena caused relevant problems for the conservation and the security of the sculpture itself, for which it was necessary to plan and to realize a preservative intervention.

After careful diagnostic studies, Studio Reduzzi designed the restoration and, after the approval of the Superintendent of Fine Arts for Turin, started the executive phase of the works.

Floriano BODINI – Saint Alexander

The web section “Glasses” has been updated adding the art work Sant’Alessandro / Saint Alexander by the Italian artist Floriano Bodini.

This stained-glass window is based on the original sketch drawn by the artist and it was realized by Lino Reduzzi in the period 1999-2000. Studio Reduzzi used the oldest and finest techniques that belong to stained-glass art tradition: the mouth-blown glass was accurately selected, etched with acid, painted with glazes, silver salts and grisaille, fired and leaded. The work was finally installed in the church of Saint Alexander Episcopal College in Bergamo (Italy).

HSIAO Chin – Xuan

The web section “Glasses” has been updated adding the art work Xuan by the Chinese artist Hsiao Chin (蕭勤).

It is a glass work that belongs to a series of glasses realized by Hsiao Chin with Studio Reduzzi. The artist himself worked on this glass from the very beginning of the realization process, applying the oldest glass technique under the supervision of Lino Reduzzi and showing great enthusiasm for the results achieved.

HSIAO Chin – Cosmic vortex

The web section “Mosaics” has been updated adding the art work Vortice cosmico / Cosmic vortex by the Chinese artist Hsiao Chin (蕭勤).

It is a large mosaic triptych realized by Lino Reduzzi in 2008. It was made with colored Venetian smalto tesserae in about twenty-five different tones: all these colors were directly chosen by both Lino Reduzzi and Hsiao Chin himself in order to permit the most accurate realization of the original sketch drawn by the artist. The mosaic background was realized with white marble tesserae hand-cut in different sizes and it was enhanced by gold tesserae with surfaces both smooth and wavy.

Kyoji NAGATANI – The seed

The web section “Installations” has been updated adding the art work Il seme / The seed by the Japanese artist Kyoji Nagatani.

It is a monument designed and modeled by the Japanese artist in 2012. Lino Reduzzi was proud to give his technical partnership during both the desing and execution phases and he also gilded a part of the internal surface with 24 karats genuine gold leafs.

This work is located within a rectangular stretch of water at the Scuola Edile in Seriate (Italy). It is equipped with an electrical mechanism that permits its automatic opening and closing movements. The making of this sculpture was made possible thanks to the partnership between Nagatani and Italcementi, leading company in the field of building materials, that designed a specific mix of white concrete TX Active® in order to satisfy all the artist’s requirements.

Floriano BODINI – Second coming of Christ

The web section “Glasses” has been updated adding the art work Seconda venuta di Cristo / Second coming of Christ by the Italian artist Floriano Bodini.

We proceed to publish the many works realized thanks to the successful collaboration between Lino Reduzzi and Floriano Bodini, fed through the years by their mutual esteem and friendship. This stained-glass window was realized by Studio Reduzzi in 2002 and it is based on the original sketch drawn by the artist. The art work is located on the counter-façade of the Saint Bernard church in Castel Rozzone (Italy). It was inaugurated at the end of the restoration works of the interior, including the renovation of the original pipe organ.

Andrea MASTROVITO – Les etrangers 01

The web section “Glasses” has been updated adding the art work Les etrangers 01 by the Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito.

It is a glass work realized by the artist in 2014 with the technical partnership of the master glazier Lino Reduzzi. The original sketch is based on the novel of the same name written by Albert Camus and the work was specifically designed and realized for the show Les etrangers, held at Art Bärtschi & Cie in Geneva (Switzerland) from 15th January untill 14th March 2015. With this solo exhibition by Mastrovito the gallery inaugurated its new spaces in the Quartier des Bains in Geneva.

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