Galleria Alessandro Bagnai is pleased to present “Almanach – Cabinet de dessin”. The exhibition shows the work of sixteen artists and reveals different aesthetic visions and artistic methods within contemporary drawing.

The medium of drawing is considered as a very personal, intimate, subtle and fragile aura of visual thinking without any public obligation of creating definitive formations, of monumental forms which fit in conventional hierarchic systems. Drawing, on the contrary, allows the artist to stay in his hidden studio, to work on his projects, to write – or draw – his diary, to find the first form of a new, never explained, never precisely described concepts, to let free space for uncontrollable imaginations and dreaming, to follow obsessive routes of inner forces, to catch enigmatic, mysterious signals and evocations, with one word: to give himself completely to his own interim, vulnerable, provisory poetical immanency. The innocent freshness of drawing, the beauty of immaterial, intelligible sensibility, the enigmatic power of empathic competence of the lines, the anarchic independence of being outside of the hierarchic systems of public representation give the drawing the suggestive force of the weakness, the subversive effectiveness of the silent interior of artist’s thought. Drawing is the celebration of intensity in a small, anti-monumental and anti-hierarchical dimension; the silent revelation of the hidden terrains of soul.

The exhibition is divided into four thematic chapters:

Massimo Barzagli (1960, Italy)
Rolando Deval (1951, Italy)
Denica Lehocká (1971, Slovakia)
Christiane Löhr (1965, Germany)

Ugo Giletta (1957, Italy)
Erich Gruber (1971, Austria)
Barthélémy Toguo (1967, France/Cameroon)
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (1967, Chile)

Ruth Barabash (1963, France/Israel)
Guglielmo Castelli (1987, Italy)
ARPAÏS du bois (1973, Belgium) (In collaboration with GALLERY FIFTY ONE)
Marine Joatton (1972, France)

Allison Hawkins (1978, USA)
Nestor Kovachev (1981, Bulgaria)
Peter Martensen (1953, Denmark)
László László Révész (1957, Hungary)

Almanach is part of a travelling exhibition curated by Lorand Hegyi, that will be presented in several galleries, foundations and museums, in Wien, Florence, Milan, Rome, Naples, Nuoro and Palermo. Each station will present a different constellation of artists within the same thematic structure. This flexibility permits to create a special selection of diverse works of art for each location, while keeping the basic structure of the four thematic chapters. Once the travelling exhibitions will be completed, an exhibition catalogue will be printed.

Alessandro Bagnai Gallery
Palazzo Ricasoli
Piazza Goldoni 2 , Lungarno Corsini 16
Florence 50123 Italy
Tel. +39 055 6802066

Opening hours
Monday- Saturday
From 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7pm

Related images

  1. Ruth Barabash, Looking for the perfect eve, 2001, gouach paint on paper, 25 x 35 cm
  2. Sandra Vasquez de la Horra El Femul al reves, grafite su carta cera, 17 x 19 cm
  3. Nestor Kovachev, Underwood, 2014, collage acrylic pencil on paper, 70 x 50 cm
  4. Ugo Giletta, Volto, 2013, acquerello su carta, 58 x 76,5 cm
  5. ARPAÏS du bois, S.T., 2013, mixed media on paper, 26 x 21 cm
  6. Erich Gruber, Lagermax, 2012, pencil crayon ink on paper, 38 x 28 cm