La Favola dell'Arte
  • Mario Merz
    Marosia Castaldi

    Che fare?

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 82
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: April 2005
    images: 36 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877571659



    €15,00

    “One looked like a dinosaur. Another one looked like a anteater. Another one a big lizard or a crocodile. They are not just figures or signes amomg the stars. They are living creatures that move up in the sky – I said – the Universe is full of dinosaurs, kites, lizards and lions, men with arrows and rhinos”.

    Have you ever looked at the sky discovering stars and constellations in courious shapes and wondering maybe someone else is doing the same on the other side?

    From the synergy between Marosia Castaldi’s words and Mario Merz’s images, a tender fable telling about a world made of imagination that is inside everyone, told through a swift language that goes with the colours and shapes of Art.

     

    La favola dell’arte, or a fabulous way of entering the world of art. The art of writing and the art of the figure in a close synergy at the service of fun and learning.

       

    Mario Merz (Milan 1925-2003) was one of the leading exponents of Arte Povera. His works have been shown in permanent collections of the most important and prestigious museums all over the world: from Guggenheim in New York to the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles, from Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to Nationalgalerie in Berlin, from Israel Museum in Jerusalem to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He received the Japanese Imperial Praemium for sculpture on November

    2003.

     

    Marosia Castaldi born in Naples, lives in Milan. She has studied philosophy and art. It’s ages since she dedicates herself completely to writing. She has published narrative texts, Abbastanza prossimo (Tam Tam 1986, finalist at Mondello Prize 1986), Casa idiota (Tringale 1990), Piccoli paesaggi (Anterem 1993) and novels, La Montagna (Campanotto 1991), Ritratto di Dora (Loggia dè Lanzi 1994, finalist at Palazzo al Bosco Prize 1992), Fermata km 501 (Tranchida 1997), Per quante vite (Feltrinelli 1999, finalist at Premio Bergamo 2000 and at Premio Chianti 2000).

  • Panamarenko
    Nico Orengo

    The Antwerp toy maker

    La favola dell'arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: march 2003
    images: 34 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: English
    isbn 8877571365



    €15,00

    The Belgian artist Panamarenko is described by Nico Orengo as the toy maker from Antwerp because of the ludic and experimenthal peculiarity of a great many of his works. The character of the children rhyme is Panamarenko/Pepto Bismo, a sculpture of the artist and a flying little man who, after leaving his studio in Antwerp, allows himself a journey by flight and by sea. Then he is fished out for beeing exhibited at the Biennale of Venice. But Pepto Bismo has a free mood-attitude and, on board white improbable airship, will run away and he will come back the stillness of the countryside, after visiting Giotto at the Cappella degli Scrovegni, where he will test new “Unidentified Flying Objects”.

    Nico Orengo competes with La favola dell’arte with lightness and sagacity, speaking to the youngest among our readers. A poetic and imaginative children rhyme, a really original way to tell an artist to children.  

    Nico Orengo was born in 1944 in Turin, where he lives and works as the person in charge of the “TTL” cultural insert of La Stampa newspaper. “Enraptured” by Pepto Bismo, which he saw at the Biennale in Venice in 1997, and thanks to Mario Cristani and to friends at the Galleria Arte Continua in San Giminiano, Tuscany, he travelled to Belgium in company of painter Ugo Giletta to meet Panamarenko, at his house in Antwerp. He has also written many books for children and nursery rhymes such as A-ulì-ulè. Filastrocche, conte, ninnenanne, (Einaudi, Torino, 1972) and Spiaggia, sdraio e ombrellone (Einaudi, Torino, 1999). He has written, among many, stories as Dogana d’amore, (Rizzoli, Milano, 1987), poems like Cartoline di mare (Einaudi, Torino, 1984). Recently he has published a book of memories and photography called Terre blu (Melangolo, 2000), a touching and philosophical fairy tale for adults with the title L’allodola e il cinghiale (Einaudi, Torino, 2001), illustrated by Luigi Mainolfi, and the muchpraised novel La curva del latte (Einaudi, Torino, 2002) about the political and cultural changes of the late 1950s.

     

    Panamarenko was born in Antwerp in 1940, where he lives and works. Once he gradueted from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his home town, he became a self-taught enyhusiast of science and physics. Between ‘62 and ‘64 he experiments, together with Hugo Heyrman, with new materials, chiefly polyesters, which enabled the most varied of objects to be made. Prolific, visionary, experimental, Panamarenko has created an incredible set of objects with which “to play”, in which Utopya plays an important role. His first, real “machines” such as Prova-Car, a white metal model of a futuristic racing car, or the human-propulsion Airship (also called Six-bladed Helicopter) as well as the flying machines he was to build later, are the superbe result of an alchemy made of sofisticated calculations and archaic construction which evoke the poetic, epic dimension of human flight, lost since Leonardo da Vinci, and restore the nostalgic image of the pioneer, of adventure and exploration. At the beginning of the 1970s, Panamarenko embarked on a series of studies aiming the mechanical imitation of the flight of insects.

  • Luigi Mainolfi
    Guido Quarzo

    Luì e l'arte di andare nel bosco

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 72
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: november 2002
    images: 35 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877571470



    €15,00

    The story tells of a teacher, Miss Pizzi, who took the children of the Terza C class in the Kingdom of Silence - a wood at the border of the city - and lost everybody there. Then the journalists, soldiers and policemen came, but nor them and nor the town mayor could make the children come back from the Silent Wood. Luì, a crazy child who stands for hours under the rain and listens to the leaves speaking, will solve the situation going into the wood simply armed of his imagination, catching shapes and colours and the armony that they produce in Art, a music that shed into the hole wood and made the children follow it and get out of the Silent labyrinth.

    The words by Guido Quarzo let the children live landscapes of sounds, shapes and colours, suggested by the works by Luigi Mainolfi, things that would like to become nature in spite of adverse temptations.

     

    Luigi Mainolfi, born at Rotondi (AV) in 1948, he completed his studies at the Accademia di Napoli, gaining a diploma in painting. In the Seventies, he moved to Turin, where he taught at an arts-based high school. From 1979, with the realisation of the Bell, he took a determined step towards a rebirth of sculpture in the panorama of contemporary art. He makes his sculptures using terracotta, wood, bronze and other metals. Blending nature and artifice, and so creating ambiguous, surprising crosses; fabulous monsters able to stimulate our fantasy and arouse unexpected ideas.

     

    Guido Quarzo, born in Torino in 1948, a graduate in pedagogy, he has worked for many years in primary school education, both as teacher and as instructor. In particular, he has worked with theatre for children, writing scripts, and organising workshops and shows. Since 1989, he has begun to publish narrative texts for children of various ages which have won him numerous literary prizes. In 1999, he left the teaching sector to dedicate himself completely to writing. With hopefulmonster he has also published Tales of stone and more and Il costruttore di torri.

  • Luigi Mainolfi
    Guido Quarzo

    Luì and the art of going down to the woods

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 72
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: november 2002
    images: 35 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: English
    isbn 8877571578



    €15,00

    The story tells of a teacher, Miss Pizzi, who took the children of the Terza C class in the Kingdom of Silence - a wood at the border of the city - and lost everybody there. Then the journalists, soldiers and policemen came, but nor them and nor the town mayor could make the children come back from the Silent Wood. Luì, a crazy child who stands for hours under the rain and listens to the leaves speaking, will solve the situation going into the wood simply armed of his imagination, catching shapes and colours and the armony that they produce in Art, a music that shed into the hole wood and made the children follow it and get out of the Silent labyrinth.

    The words by Guido Quarzo let the children live landscapes of sounds, shapes and colours, suggested by the works by Luigi Mainolfi, things that would like to become nature in spite of adverse temptations.

       

    Luigi Mainolfi, born at Rotondi (AV) in 1948, he completed his studies at the Accademia di Napoli, gaining a diploma in painting. In the Seventies, he moved to Turin, where he taught at an arts-based high school. From 1979, with the realisation of the Bell , he took a determined step towards a rebirth of sculpture in the panorama of contemporary art. He makes his sculptures using terracotta, wood, bronze and other metals. Blending nature and artifice, and so creating ambiguous, surprising crosses; fabulous monsters able to stimulate our fantasy and arouse unexpected ideas.

     

    Guido Quarzo, born in Torino in 1948, a graduate in pedagogy, he has worked for many years in primary school education, both as teacher and as instructor. In particular, he has worked with theatre for children, writing scripts, and organising workshops and shows. Since 1989, he has begun to publish narrative texts for children of various ages which have won him numerous literary prizes. In 1999, he left the teaching sector to dedicate himself completely to writing. With hopefulmonster he has also published Tales of stone and more and Il costruttore di torri.

  • Nari Ward
    Miguel Angel Mendo

    La vecchia principessa Armonia

    La favola dell’arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: April 2002
    images: 29 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877571403



    €10,33

    A new tale by Miguel Angel Mendo for La favola dell'arte . A young artist, Nari Ward, Jamaican by birth but living in New York, provides the inspiration for this new adventure. A tale "against". Against waste, standardization, extravagant consumption, which can lead us and our children to loose the joy of preserving things with love, and lose our relationship with other people, both similar and different to us.

     

    La favola dell'arte , or a fabulous way of entering the world of art. The art of writing and the art of the figure in a close synergy at the service of fun and learning.

       

    Nari Ward was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica, in 1963. “[...] While Ward resonates far beyond the Harlem locale that often acts as incubator for his creative impulses, he often acts as lay archaeologist of this well-chronicled neighborhood. [...] He is a seeker and his art tells the tale of this self-compelled odissey. [...] Sometimes, the things that catch his eye are too close to us; competing for our divided attention, they simply fall off the radar screen. His evocative installations incorporate everyday finds baby strollers, stockfish, shopping carts, plastic bags sending out an SOS to which we can't help but respond” (Olukemi Ilesanmi).

     

    Miguel Angel Mendo was born in Madrid in 1949. A graduate in psychology, he began working as a psychotherapist in close contact with the world of children and alternative pedagogy. He has written books for children, but also for the theatre, and in the past has been a teacher of cinema, a contributor to various periodicals and an editor of television and radio programmes.

  • Nari Ward
    Miguel Angel Mendo

    Old Princess Armonia

    La favola dell'arte

    pages: 56
    format: 14 x 20 cm
    date of publication: April 2002
    images: 29 col.
    binding: hardback
    language: English
    isbn 8877571411



    €15,00

    A new tale by Miguel Angel Mendo for La favola dell'arte. A young artist, Nari Ward, Jamaican by birth but living in New York, provides the inspiration for this new adventure. A tale "against". Against waste, standardization, extravagant consumption, which can lead us and our children to loose the joy of preserving things with love, and lose our relationship with other people, both similar and different to us.

    La favola dell'arte, or a fabulous way of entering the world of art. The art of writing and the art of the figure in a close synergy at the service of fun and learning.

     

    Nari Ward was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica, in 1963. “[...] While Ward resonates far beyond the Harlem locale that often acts as incubator for his creative impulses, he often acts as lay archaeologist of this well-chronicled neighborhood. [...] He is a seeker and his art tells the tale of this self-compelled odissey. [...] Sometimes, the things that catch his eye are too close to us; competing for our divided attention, they simply fall off the radar screen. His evocative installations incorporate everyday finds baby strollers, stockfish, shopping carts, plastic bags sending out an SOS to which we can't help but respond” (Olukemi Ilesanmi).

       

    Miguel Angel Mendo was born in Madrid in 1949. A graduate in psychology, he began working as a psychotherapist in close contact with the world of children and alternative pedagogy. He has written books for children, but also for the theatre, and in the past has been a teacher of cinema, a contributor to various periodicals and an editor of television and radio programmes.