At Monteverdi Tuscany, we believe that engagement with the arts makes our lives richer, deeper and more meaningful. With this firm belief in mind, we are proud to present our 2017 Arts and Humanities program – all free of charge to our guests. The Monteverdi Gallery is a place for international artists to exhibit new works and spend time in the historical and inspiring village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Curated by Sarah McCrory, the Gallery hosts group exhibitions/thematic shows, solo exhibitions, talks and events.
All exhibitions are free and open to guests and the public.
In 2017, Monteverdi is pleased and proud to host in residence a diverse mix of accomplished artists, including the following:
Jeremy Deller and Tasha Amini – Exhibition: September 2 – November 10
Artist Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London; lives and works in London) studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art and at the University of Sussex. Deller began making artworks in the early 1990s, often showing them outside conventional galleries. Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his work in “Memory Bucket.” Selected significant works by Deller include: “Acid Brass,” a collection of acid – house anthems transposed and played by the Williams Fairey Brass Band, originally performed in Liverpool in March 1997; “The Battle of Orgreave” (2001), commissioned by Artangel and Channel 4, a reenactment of the 1984 clash between miners and police in Orgreave, Yorkshire; “Procession,” Manchester (2009), a large-scale procession involving participants, floats, banners and performances; and “Sacrilege” (2012), a life-size inflatable version of Stonehenge, co-commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London.
Work by artist Tasha Amini (b. 1970, London; lives and works in London) offers focused and meditative responses to imagery. Amini develops her paintings from photographs, both personal and found or anonymous. She does not work with a specific theme or set of motifs; rather, she is drawn to her subjects intuitively. In her paintings, she tries to capture this psychological resonance.
For the past six months artists Amini and Deller have been making pinchpots together in Amini’s studio. A pinch pot is a rudimentary and ancient clay vessel that is simple to make. You start with a ball of clay, push a finger into the middle of the ball, and then slowly and gently pinch it out from the central hole. Amini has been working with clay for more than 10 years, whereas Deller’s last encounter with the medium was at age 13. The pots represent time spent in each other’s company, as well as an artist teaching another artist a new skill.
For the “Pinch Pot Therapy” exhibition at Monteverdi Gallery, the artists put past and present efforts on display.
Please join Amini and Deller for a session in the Monteverdi Gallery at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 2.
Completed 2017 Artist in Residencies:
Adam Linder – Practice dates – 20th June – 30th June
Adam Linder is a choreographer and dancer based in Los Angeles and Berlin. He will be ‘in rehearsal’ at Monteverdi and will make a performance on the property while in residence. He makes works for the theatre and provides Choreographic Services. In 2016, Linder participated in the Made in LA Biennial at The Hammer Museum Los Angeles, where he was awarded the Mohn Prize for artistic excellence.
Laure Prouvost – Exhibition: June 24-August 6
Artist – Laure Prouvost (b. 1978, Lille, France) lives and works in London and Antwerp. After winning the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011, Prouvost was the first French artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013. Selected solo exhibitions have been displayed at Le Consortium Dijon, Dijon, France; MMK, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Pirelli Hangar – Bicocca, Milan; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Fahrenheit, Los Angeles; Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France; Tate Britain, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; CCA, Glasgow; and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow.
Olivia Laing: July 25 – August 6
British author and critic Olivia Laing has written three books, The Lonely City (2016), The Trip to Echo Spring (2013) and To the River.To the River, was a book of the year in the Evening Standard, Independent and Financial Times and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Laing is the former deputy books editor of the Observer and writes for various publications, including the Observer, New Statesman, Guardian and Times Literary Supplement. She is a 2011 MacDowell Fellow and has received awards from the Arts Council England and the Authors’ Foundation.