The Observatory/L'Osservatorio

Deadline: 28/02/2019  |  Published: 11/01/2019  |  Venue: To be confirmed  |  City: London  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Monika Bobinska

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Contemporary artists are invited to respond to the works and concerns of the Italian astronomer and modern artist Claudio Del Sole (1924-2005) for an exhibition due to take place in late 2019.

Contemporary artists are invited to respond to Claudio Del Sole’s works and concerns with newly created works, which will be exhibited alongside Del Sole’s. The Observatory project began in January 2018 with a presentation of works at London Art Fair. The project will be expanded into a larger group exhibition in late 2019.

Claudio Del Sole (1924-2005) was a member of the Astralist group of Italian artists. The group was founded in 1959, with a manifesto which reflected the explosion of excitement around the newly developing space age. 

1959 was the year when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 sent back the first images of the ‘dark side’ of the moon. The Astralists included the celebrated experimental artist Sante Monachesi. Claudio Del Sole’s sublime, elegant and mysterious semi-abstract mixed media paintings sit within the formalist tradition of Italian modern art, but they also speak of a passionate engagement with the beginnings of the space age and a deep and serious observation of the stars.

The artist built his own observatory in the countryside outside Rome, and L’Osservatorio de Claudio del Sole astronomical observatory in Rome bears his name. 


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Professional artists
When is the deadline?
28 February 2019
How many works can I submit?
When is the delivery date?
To be confirmed, but not earlier than June 2019
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Press and social media campaigns; mailing lists; curator website
Do I need to be present?
Yes, if resident in the UK
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Selected artists will be contacted within four weeks of the deadline, and meetings/studio visits will be set up as appropriate.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We are looking for exciting innovative sophisticated contemporary cutting edge works or proposals for work, most probably leaning towards conceptual or lateral approaches to the 'astralist' work of Claudio Del Sole. We are not looking for 'new agey', commercial, middle of the road or superficial work on the subject.

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