90 Surrealism Paintings By Italian Artist Agostino Arrivabene

Painting by Artist Agostino Arrivabene

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Painting by Artist Agostino Arrivabene

Agostino Arrivabene, a very talented Italian painter, is a painter of decadence, dream and ancient symbologies who uses his own homemade pigments and colors and tries to revive ancient pictorial techniques. Arrivabene was born in Rivolta d’Adda, in the province of Cremona, Italy in 1967.

He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in 1991. He then travelled to various Italian and international cities seeking out the work of the Old Masters, deepening his knowledge of his craft, and bringing to bear a great influence upon the future development of his own artwork.

THE HERMENEUTICS OF THE SIGN

18 December 2017 | only show
curated by Daniele Lucchesi

Diocesan Museum of Massa. (MS)

December 15 – January 21 2018

The art of Agostino Arrivabene is cultured, seductive, imbued with symbols, inspired both by classical mythology and by the Masters of the XV-XVI century (Leonardo, Dürer, Bosch) and in the more recent past by Moreau, Redon, Ernst. Who looks, observes, Arrivabene’s works, flooded by the vortex of veiled messages, participates (perhaps unconsciously) in an initiatory journey that leads to the revelation of a knowledge of which the artist is the generator and dispenser.

A modern alchemist, capable of bringing to life mystical experiences that go beyond the cognitive limits of the spectator, the conscious and the unconscious, a continuous exploration of our “intimate universe” among arches of lives already lived or longed for.

The exhibition itinerary designed for the Diocesan Museum of Massa will allow you to explore the composite variety of expressions that constitutes Arrivabene’s artistic research in a “dialogue” not of challenge but of “comparison”, of “exchange”, with the works of the great masters present in the Diocesan Museum, just to name a few: Iacopo Della Quercia, Bernardino Luini, Felice Palma, Francesco Marti, Domenico Fisella.

It would be wrong, however, to think of a universe of reference solely in the past. Arrivabene’s art does not come out of nowhere in our beginning of the century, its art presents itself as an extreme resistance of the figurative art that is not dead, it lives and Agostino Arrivabene is the testimony of it. with the works of the great masters present in the Diocesan Museum, just to name a few: Iacopo Della Quercia, Bernardino Luini, Felice Palma, Francesco Marti, Domenico Fisella.

It would be wrong, however, to think of a universe of reference solely in the past. Arrivabene’s art does not come out of nowhere in our beginning of the century, its art presents itself as an extreme resistance of the figurative art that is not dead, it lives and Agostino Arrivabene is the testimony of it. with the works of the great masters present in the Diocesan Museum, just to name a few: Iacopo Della Quercia, Bernardino Luini, Felice Palma, Francesco Marti, Domenico Fisella.

It would be wrong, however, to think of a universe of reference solely in the past. Arrivabene’s art does not come out of nowhere in our beginning of the century, its art presents itself as an extreme resistance of the figurative art that is not dead, it lives and Agostino Arrivabene is the proof of this.

“The Hermeneutics of the Sign” by Agostino Arrivabene is in these terms; re-evaluate painting as the “language” of man, bringing out all the spiritual, existential, historical power that is inherent in “painting” which possesses a strength and a form of spiritual, cultural significance that must be recognized as such in its absolute contemporaneity .

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Agostino Arrivabene nasce a Rivolta d’Adda, in provincia di Cremona nel 1967. si è diplomato all’accademia di Belle Arti di Milano, ma la sua vera formazione l’acquisisce attraverso la presa diretta dei dipinti dei grandi maestri del passato osservandone dal vero le loro opere fra i vari musei d’Europa e del mondo, in cerca sempre di un unico filo conduttore che potesse ricongiungere la poetica del passato e la ricerca della “ bellezza”, ma nella contraddittoria realtà del suo tempo presente.
La sua ricerca artistica si sviluppa sotto il segno e la guida degli antichi maestri, in particolare Leonardo, durer, Van Eych e tutti i primitivi fiamminghi e Rembrandt.

In un personalissimo percorso anti-moderno, l’artista scopre da autodidatta negli anni della formazione le tecniche pittoriche tradizionali fino alla preparazione artigianale dei colori, fino alla ricerca continua degli antichi medium utilizzatti nella pittura del passato .

Fra i vari generi dipinti, non possono mancare soggetti bizzarri da naturalia, mirabilia, e artificialia discipline barocche e rinascimentali dell’ antica ed acerba catalogazione museale della realtà e quindi anche manufatti del mondo naturale ancora attuali nella nostra storia moderna fatta ancora di circercatezze, deformità, bizzarie del nostro quotidiano , altre tematiche amate da Arrivabene sono le nature morte, o le vanitates e i ritratti realizzati dando sfogo alla sua più mirabolante ( e perversa) fantasia e al suo amore verso tutte le manifestazioni più rare ed insolite della natura.
Rammentando la caducità delle cose umane, in un ciclo che diviene un vero e proprio memento mori, l’artista ha saputo creare sulla tela anche oggi delle moderne e virtuali Wunderkammer , le stanze delle meraviglie dove un tempo i collezionisti conservavano insieme opere d’arte, oggetti insoliti e stravaganti e frammenti del mondo naturale per creare un personalissimo museo del mondo .

Le sue opere sono caratterizzate da una forte carica visionaria con una predilezione al linguaggio simbolista, e sono realizzate con preziosi materiali oggi caduti in disuso, tutti preparati artigianalmente.

Il tema del male, della morte e del dolore, è una costante della sua produzione, in cui figure dolenti vagano in sconfinati paesaggi visionari .
Ma anche paradisi opposti in cui luci accecanti invadono figure in estasi, attendono la risposta a quesiti cosmici, in cui la condizione di “ soglia “ rende l’uomo vago in continuo squilibrio .

Altro genere pittorico scelto oramai da alcuni anni è quello degli animali che ha gia dato prova in passato di costruzioni iconografiche di caleidoscopica fantasia carica di artifizi e assurdità animali e che in questa sua ultima personale alla galleria Forni riappaiono dopo tempo in più esempi dell’evoluzione verso il soggetto d’animaliers ma trasmutato attraverso l’aberrazione dell’albinismo e identificandolo nella sua rarità come uno degli elementi di manifestazione della divinità.

L’altro genere pittorico che Arrivabene segue oramai da tempo è il paesaggio che si apre verso sconfinati orizzonti in cui l’ipotesi geografica si confonde con una geografia immaginaria, proveniente dal mondo delle idee e cosi quasi edenica .

Agostino Arrivabene

Born in Rivolta d’Adda in 1967, lives and works in Gradella di Pandino (CR).

Works in Public or Private Collections:

  • VAF Foundation, Frankfurt am Mein (DE)
  • Chateau du Gruyère Collection, Gruyère (CH)
  • Achille Bertarelli Collection, Sforza Castle, Milan (I)
  • Michetti Foundation, Franca Villa al Mare (I)
  • Cappuccine Museum, Bagnacavallo (I)
  • Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia (I)

Main solo shows

  • 2017 
    The parasitic host, curated by Chatia Cicero and Alberto Zanchetta, MAC – Contemporary Art Museum, Lissone (MB) Italy
    Naht Blitz, curated by Giuseppe Stagnitta, Convitto Delle Arti Noto Museum, Noto. (SR) Italy
    The hermeneutics of the sign. curated by Daniele Lucchesi, Diocesan museum, Massa (MS)
  • 2016 Ierogamy, Cara Gallery, New York (USA). Anastasis, curated by Gianfranco Ferlisi and Alberto Mattia Martini, Mantegna’s House, Mantua
  • 2015 Anabasis, curated by Diego Galizzi, Bagnacavallo Museum, Ravenna, Italy
  • 2014 Vesperbild, curated by Pietro C. Marani, Giovanni Bonelli Gallery, Milan. italy
  • 2013 Tó Páthei Máthos, curated by Gerd Lindner, Rosaria Fabrizio and Peter Weirmair, Panorama Museum, Bad Frankenhausen (DE)
  • 2012 Theoin, curated by Carolina Lio, First Gallery, Rome. italy
  • 2011 Plutonic Hysteries, Antonia Jannone Gallery, Milan. italy
  • 2010 Urania, Manzoni Studies Center, Manzoni’s House, Milan. Deliri, 53rd Festival of Two Worlds, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Spoleto. italy
  • 2009 Metamorphosis, Forni Gallery, Bologna. italy
  • 2007 The dying sun in the blue room, “Le Muse” Center, Andria (BA). italy
  • 2005 Mirabilia naturae, curated by Philippe Daverio. Antonia Jannone Gallery, Milan. italy
  • 2004 Landscapes. The inventions of a visionary, curated by Giorgio Soavi, Antonia Jannone Gallery, Milan. italy
  • 2002 Mirabilia, curated by Alberto Agazzani, “Le Muse” Center, Andria (BA) Agostino Arrivabene. Paintings 1992-2002, curated by Alberto Agazzani and Antonio Braga, Braga Gallery, Piacenza. italy
  • 2001 Agostino Arrivabene. Paintings 1988-2001, curated by Alberto Agazzani, Civic Museum, Crema. italy
    Agostino Arrivabene. Engravings 1988-2000, curated by Alberto Agazzani, Torre della Pusterla, Casalpusterlengo (LO). italy
  • 1999 Agostino Arrivabene, CFM Gallery, New York (USA)
  • 1996 Drawings and engravings 1990-1995, Salone delle Capriate, Madignano (CR). italy
  • 1995 Drawings and engravings 1990-1995, curated by Gian Franco Grechi, Municipal library of Sormani Palace, Milan. italy
  • 1994 Memory and desire, Civic Museum, Crema (CR). italy
  • 1992 Explorations, Church of Santa Maria alla Fonte, Rivolta d’Adda (CR). italy

Main group shows

2017

Et in Arcadia Ego, curated by David Molesky, William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art and Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California (USA)
Museo della Follia da Goya a Bacon, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, MUSA – Museum of Salò (BS)
Urpflanze, the nature of the idea, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, Doge’s Palace, Massa
Art and the cross. Beyond the image, curated by Daniele Lucchesi, Doge’s Palace, Massa
Simultaneously. Agostino Arrivabene, Bertozzi & Casoni, Angelo Filomeno. curated by Stefania Giazzi and Virginia Monteverde. space 46 of the Doge’s Palace. Genoa
museum of madness, from Goya to Maradona, curated by V. Sgarbi, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore alla Pietrasanta Naples
Area. 41 artists and a poem, Agenzia Net.uno .Spazio Bigli, Milan (Mi)

2016

Et in Arcadia Ego, curated by David Molesky, NUMU – New Museum of Los Gatos, California (USA)
Courtesies for guests, curated by Gianluca Marziani, Collicola’s Palace, Spoleto
Frontier of existence and elsewhere, curated by Stefano Crespi, “Le Muse” Center, Andria (BA)
Zoote, curated by Luca Beatrice, Benappi Gallery, Turin

2015

Excellence, curated by Flavio Arensi, Giovanni Bonelli Gallery, Milan
Heterogenesis of Form, curated by Alberto Mattia Martini, Palazzo della Cultura, Catania
Da-End cabinet, Da-End gallery, Paris (FR)
Italy Docet Laboratorium, Barbarigo Minotto’s Palace, Venice
Imago Mundi, curated by Luca Beatrice, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin
Il Tesoro d’Italia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Italy Pavilion, Expo, Milan
Arte e Follia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Palazzo della Ragione, Mantua

2014

Juxtapoz Italiano, curated by Matteo Sapio, Institute of Italian Culture, Los Angeles (USA)
Transit Artists, Giovanni Bonelli Gallery, Pietrasanta (LU)
The Drawingroom, curated by Peter Weiermair, Taxispalais, Innsbruck (AT)
The face, five centuries of history to tell the art, MEB Art Studio, Borgomanero (NO)
Water Views, curated by M. Fazzini, Box Art, Verona

2013

Bein-Art Collective, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California (USA)
Mad Hatters, curated by Ixie Darkonn, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, California (USA)
Trompe l’œil. Eye deception, curated by Rob Smeets, The Gerosolomitani galleries, Perugia
Food for the eyes, Barbara Frigerio Gallery, Milan
I: Mage, curated by Robert Ansell, 32 Store Street Bloomsbury, London (UK)
The Drawing Room, curated by Peter Weiermair, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal / Bruchsal (DE)
Up there in the mountains, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli, Forni Gallery, Bologna
The 13th hour, Last Rite Gallery, New York (USA)
Water, light, stone, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Workshop of memory and image, Fiuggi
64th Michetti Prize, Michetti Museum, Francavilla al Mare (CH) (first prize)

2012

4 Way Street, curated by Luca Beatrice, Te’s Palace, Mantua
Open space 2, curated by Fabio De Chirico and Carmelo Cipriani, National Gallery of Cosenza, Arnone’s Palace, Cosenza
Anomalies, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California (USA)
In the sign of the image, curated by Elena Pontiggia and Alfredo Paglione, De Mayo’s Palace, Chieti
Example. Part II, Contract, Cream (CR)

2011

54th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italian Pavilion, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Venetian Arsenal, Venice
Elements 50x50x4, curated by Beatrice Buscaroli, LIBRAGallery, Catania
The shadow of the divine in contemporary art, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Grimani’s Palace, Venice
Magnificent obsessions, curated by Arnaldo Audoli, Benappi Gallery, Turin

2010

The breath of others – Biennial Aldo Roncaglia, Este Castle, San Felice sul Panaro (MO)
The scream of Silence, The galleries of the Gerosolomitani, Perugia
Leonardo Sciascia Amateur des estampes Award, Sforza Castle, Milan
Papier, Forni Gallery, Bologna
Italian portraits, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, DuriniFoundation, Milan
Contemporary fossils, curated by Vladek Cwalinski, Wannabee Gallery, Milan

2009

The soul of water, Franchetti Gallery at Cà d’Oro, Venice

2008

Fiori, curated by Barbara Frigerio, Forni Gallery, Milan Rumors, ex-dockyard Borgo Dora, Turin
Rumors-Grande is confusion under the sky. The situation is excellent (Mao Zedong), Italian Factory, ex-arsenal Borgo Dora, Turin

2007

Italian painting 1968-2007, ideated by Vittorio Sgarbi, in collaboration with Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Anthology of contemporary figuration.Italy, the last generations II, curated by Gilberto Algranti and Alberto Agazzani, Spazio Figurae Teknè Intenational, Milan
13 × 17 Italian Pavilion, curated by Philippe Daverio, Studio Berengo, Murano (Venice)
58 ° Michetti prize “New painters of reality”, curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga, PAC_ Contemporary Art Pavillion, Milan

2006

The restlessness of the face from Lorenzo Lotto to Lucien Freud, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, BPL, Lodi

2004

Animalia, Galleria Forni, Bologna
Cairo Prize, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan

2003

7th International meeting of contemporary art “Le Crenaux dearte” curated by Muriel Nony, Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire, France

2002

Po Surrealism. From De Chirico to Foppiani, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Palazzo Gotico, Piacenza
The room of wonders, curated by Giuseppe Guerzoni, Castello di Masino, Caravino (Turin)

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