Double opening of the 2RC
"The 2RC printshop opens in Beijing"
"Double fold dream of art - 2RC between the artist and the artist and the artificer."
18th of January 22nd of February 2009
The Roman Printshop 2RC begins a collaboration with the Central Academy of Fine Arts of Beijing. After 3 years of preparation, a large etching press, projected by Valter Rossi in 1969, leaves for China.
The donation of 2RC represents the intention to continue the technical research in the East, where the graphic art is understood as art in itself. The press will be hosted in the new etching department of the Academy, prepared for large dimensions, and it will be launched with the ufficial act of Italian Embassy in Beijing, with the presence of the Italian Ambassador, Riccardo Sessa. At the same time the retrospective exhibition “ The Doublefold Dream of Art. 2RC between the artist and artificer” will be opened, with 160 large etchings at the newly built CAFA Museum, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been realized with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Beijing and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and it will run through the 18th of January until the 22nd of February.
The collaboration between 2RC and Central Academy of Fine Arts will allow to invite important artists from all the world, to continue the research in the etching field with the same international and experimental spirit that has always characterized the Roman Printshop from the year of its foundation, in 1959.
The exhibition “The Doublefold Dream of Art. 2RC between the artist and artificer”, projected as itinerary show and curated by Prof. Achille Bonito Oliva, has been presented for the first time at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan (18th of April – 27th of July 2007), and afterwords at the National Art Gallery of Tirana (14th of December 2007 – 14th of January 2008), at the Russian Academy of Arts of Moscow (21st of February – 24th of March 2008), at The Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Petersburg (20th of May – 29th of June 2008), and at the Italian Cultural Institute in Beograd (17th September – 17th October 2008). A smaller parallel exhibition with 43 graphic works has been presented at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (1st April – 3th June 2008), at The Contemporary Art Museum INDIMOCA of Indianapolis (26th September – 1st November 2008) and at the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco (11th December 2008 – 9th January 2009).
As Prof. Achille Bonito Oliva says: The collection is a voyage through the history of contemporary art from the 1960s until today, going beyond any limits of generation and poetic expression. It represents a complete panorama, in its breadth of quality and participation, incorporating the creative traditions associated to Italy.The show includes works by Valerio Adami, Afro, Pierre Alechinsky, Francis Bacon, Max Bill, Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Eduardo Chillida, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Lucio Fontana, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Nancy Graves, Carlo Guarienti, Renato Guttuso, Jannis Kounellis, Giacomo Manzù, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Victor Pasmore, Beverly Pepper, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Man Ray, , Julian Schnabel, George Segal, Pierre Soulages, Graham Sutherland, Walasse Ting, Victor Vasarely.
After Beijing the exhibition will be presented in other four museums in the Academies of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts of Shenyang, The Sichuan Fine Arts Institute of Chongqing, Canton and Hangzhou.
For this occasion the catalogue raisonnè of 2RC has been presented in the chinese-italian version.