KALEIDOSCOPE Venice Bar
Powered by Absolut Vodka
April 24 2013
KALEIDOSCOPE is pleased to announce a special initiative organized on the occasion of the upcoming 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious event on the contemporary art calendar.
KALEIDOSCOPE Venice Bar, a pop-up “aperitivo” bar powered by Absolut Vodka, will run during the three days of preview of the Biennale (May 29-30-31, from 6–9 pm). An unmissable gathering spot in the few spare hours between the busy days and the sparkling nights, the bar will be house to music and performance events produced each evening in collaboration with a different art institution.
The visual identity and decor of the bar will be specially designed by cult Scottish artist Donald Urquhart, whose bittersweet drawings range from humorous to darkly melancholic and are executed in brush and ink with an elegant line. A contemporary of legendary Leigh Bowery, Urquhart was part of London’s seminal nightclub and drag scene. His own nightclub, The Beautiful Bend, which he ran throughout the 1990s with DJ Harvey and Sheila Tequila, was one of the most creative and notorious that London has ever seen.
Further details on the venue, partner institutions and program of events will be disclosed soon. For information, email to:
Keiichi Tanaami’s show
at Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan
April 2 2013
Running in coincidence with MiArt 2013 and Milan Design Week, KALEIDOSCOPE’s project space presents the exhibition “No More War,” the first extensive presentation of Keiichi Tanaami’s 1980s sculptures and the artist’s absolute first solo exhibition in Italy. Reminiscent of Postmodern design, architectural models, and sci-fi scenarios, this series of works experiments with traditional Japanese craftsmanship used for wooden toy puzzles. The presentation is complemented by silkscreen prints from the series “Wonder View Guide” (1980) and early animation films from the 1970s.
The practice of Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936) has been highly influential for the development of Pop Art in Japan, and he can be seen as a predecessor to many renowned Japanese artists, such as Takashi Murakami and Tabaimo. He collaborated with Ushio Shinohara, leader of the Japanese Neo-Dada movement, as well as Robert Rauschenberg and Michel Tapié during their stay in Japan. At the end of the 1960s, Tanaami traveled to the US, where he met Andy Warhol and visited the Factory. A trained graphic designer, in 1975 he was appointed art director of the Japanese edition of Playboy magazine. Since 1991, he has been teaching at Kyoto’s art school. He lives and works in Tokyo.
The exhibition will run from April 6 to May 18 and it will be open from Monday–Friday, 3–7 pm, or by appointment. During MiArt (April 5–7) and Milan Design Week (April 9–14), will be open every day with extended opening hours 11 am–1 pm; 3–7 pm.
at PAC, Milan
November 19 2012
KALEIDOSCOPE is happy to announce the opening of a temporary bookshop at PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, on the occasion of the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to Italian artist Alberto Garutti. Beside current and back issues of KALEIDOSCOPE magazine and a selection of our published titles, the shop also stocks a wide selection of books by national and international publishers of the likes of Sternberg Press, JRP|Ringier, Skira, Mousse, Quodlibet, and Charta. Among our new releases, get ahold of a copy of Nicola Martini’s On Multiple situations; Luca Francesconi’s Echo of the Moon; and The Log-O-Rithmic, accompanying the group exhibition of the same title curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen and currently on show at GAMeC, Bergamo.
The exhibition and the shop will be open daily through February 3rd, with the following opening hours: Monday from 2.30 to 7.30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, Thursday from 9.30 am to 10.30 pm.
at the ROMA CONTEMPORARY Arena, presented by KALEIDOSCOPE
May 24 2012
For its fifth edition (May 25–27, 2012), ROMA CONTEMPORARY art fair returns to the beautiful spaces of MACRO Testaccio with a renewed and enriched project.
At the core of its program of collateral events is the ROMA CONTEMPORARY Arena, a temporary pavilion designed by Dutch artist Jeroen Jacobs installed in the courtyard of MACRO Testaccio. Curated for the second year in a row by KALEIDOSCOPE, the program will center on debates, meetings, interviews and performances involving the protagonists of the international contemporary art scene. Whilst the last edition focused on the scene of three international capitals, this year KALEIDOSCOPE chose to invite three non-profit art spaces – Studiolo, Zurich; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; and 1857, Oslo – to introduce their own activity and offer an overview of the area they’re based in through the voices of artists, critics and curators. During the three-day fair, the visitors will get familiar with different ways of conceiving an independent space, while getting in touch with the protagonists of the art scenes in three of the most vibrant cities worldwide.
All events are free to fair visitors, please join us! For a detailed program of the arena, visit ROMA CONTEMPORARY’s website.