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LAC Lagorio Arte Contemporanea
and
B&B FineArt

Italy / Switzerland

The galleries LAC Lagorio Arte Contemporanea (Brescia, Italy) and B&B FineArt (Mendrisio, Switzerland) present an exhibition by four contemporary artists Raffaele Cioffi, Michele Lombardelli, Martin Lechner and Bruno Zoppetti, as well as a historical project on Dadamaino with works from the 1950s.
The LAC Lagorio Arte Contemporanea gallery in Brescia, founded in 1998, and B&B FineArt, renowned for the promotion and distribution of works by international contemporary artists, have joined forces to present a challenging and aesthetically stimulating project.
Through this collaboration, the galleries are initiating a dynamic dialogue between different periods and artistic styles. The juxtaposition illustrates the evolution and interweaving of artistic expressions over time. By juxtaposing contemporary and modern painters, the aim is to show how artistic styles and themes have developed and influenced each other through the ages.
This encounter enables the viewer to gain a deeper understanding of continuity and change in art, and illustrates the creative richness that spans different artistic movements and decades.

ROMANTIC ABSTRACTIONS
Raffaele Cioffi
Bruno Zoppetti
Martin Lechner

STRUCTURE-SPACE-COLOUR
Dedicated to Dadamaino
in dialogue with the contemporary artist Michele Lombardelli

* ROMANTIC ABSTRACTIONS *

RAFFAELE CIOFFI (*Desio, 1971)

Raffaele Cioffi obtained his degree from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where he undertook studies under Luciano Fabro. Nevertheless, he subsequently refined his approach and stylistic vocabulary through engagement with painters such as Claudio Olivieri and Mario Raciti.
Notable among his exhibitions are the personal exhibition "The Face of the Soul" at the Young Museum of Revere in 2001 (catalogued with a text by Claudio Cerritelli) and "Interior Perspective" at the Cloister of Voltorre – Museum of Modern Art.
In 2003, the artist exhibited at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, where he presented a catalogued work accompanied by a text by Marco Meneguzzo. In 2009, he exhibited at the National Museum Villa Pisani in Stra, where he presented a catalogue with texts by Giovanni Maria Accame and Matteo Galbiati. In 2011, he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale, Turin branch, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sala Nervi. In 2014, he created a series of works on the iconographic theme of the cross, which he presented in the exhibition "In the Light of the Cross" at Villa Clerici-Museo d'Arte Sacra in Milan. Between 2015 and 2016, he created a series of large-format paintings for the Civic Museum of Alessandria, which were presented in the exhibition "Solidity of Light" in the Sala dei Convegni of the Museum (catalog with text by Luca Pietro Nicoletti). In 2021, the MAC – Museo d' Arte Contemporanea in Lissone will host a personal exhibition of his entitled "Thresholds". 2018-2020: The exhibition was curated by Alberto Barranco di Valdivieso, and a catalogue was produced. In 2022, at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, he presented 17 large works, of which one painting was acquired by the collection of modern and contemporary art (catalog). He exhibited his work in Italian and foreign galleries.
The following authors have written about his work: Giovanni Maria Accame, Claudio Baglioni, Alberto Barranco di Valdivieso, Roberto Borghi, Claudio Cerritelli, Nicola Demitri, Martin Engler, Iris Hasler, Pietro Finelli, Carlo Franza, Matteo Galbiati, Marco Meneguzzo, Luca Pietro Nicoletti, Claudio Olivieri, Mario Raciti, Francesco Tedeschi, Vera Agosti, Martina Valente, Valeria Vaccari.

BRUNO ZOPPETTI (*Seriate, 1961)

Bruno Zoppetti currently resides in Bergamo, Brescia and Milan, although his true allegiance is to the United States. He was brought up in the small village of Sellere, situated near Lovere, where he attended the Liceo Artistico. He was instructed by Bruno Visinoni and Gianfranco Bonetti, who introduced him to the principles of painting.
In 1979, he enrolled in and graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts but was greatly disappointed with the experience. Each year, he changes his painting professorships. It is possible that the optimal situation is the third and fourth years, when the absence of the teacher allows students to have a classroom available to work freely. It is evident that the collateral disciplines, which facilitate the formation of an artistic culture through art history classes or Francesco Leonetti's unforgettable courses in aesthetics, are of greater significance and stimulation to him. The period spent in Milan, the acquisition of independence, and the establishment of contacts led Bruno Zoppetti to become increasingly engaged with painting, which, at the age of approximately twenty-three, became a profession and a daily practice.
Upon returning to the province following graduation, he commenced a period of intense activity as a substitute teacher in various educational institutions. During this period, painting became a refuge and a source of obstinacy. It was conducted in his first studio, a room of twenty square metres in Lovere. Subsequently, in 1990, he relinquished the position of Chair of Painting Disciplines at the Lovere Art High School to relocate to Milan. In the same year, an opportunity arose for an exhibition at the Galleria delle Ore. He is a lecturer in painting at the Liceo Artistico "Primo Levi" in Sarezzo (Brescia).

MARTIN LECHNER (*Kempten, 1970)

Martin Lechner was born to parents of Czech origin. Having received training in technical professions, he subsequently devoted himself to music, which led him through a series of professional roles, including disc jockey, before he began singing with a focus on soul and jazz. This ultimately resulted in the formation of the Martin Lechner Band. His affinity for jazz and characteristic improvisation is closely linked to another sensibility, which he has come to recognise as a proclivity towards viewing abstract works of art. This proclivity evokes in him a profound sense of connection, as well as an unexpected urge to challenge himself in these works.
Martin Lechner postulates that the intricate nuances and experiences of life have shaped his aesthetic sensibility and the need to express himself initially through music, but subsequently also through visual art. This growing awareness and the challenge of creating his own images ultimately led to a daily exploration of his creativity. In this manner, he creates images that he experiences as projections of his inner processes and insights onto the canvas. The perception of dichotomy is a constant in his life, and as such forms the basis of his creative work. He is aware that every reaction is the consequence of an action or decision, however minor, and this is something he experiences in equal measure when making his paintings.
It is not uncommon for Lechner to experience a sense of ambivalence regarding the direction he is taking with his brushstroke. The challenge for the artist is to create the painting in a way that fulfils his own artistic aspirations while simultaneously expressing the underlying emotional motivation.
After a period of intense introspection, he ultimately relinquishes control, and a previously uncharted path guides him towards his desired outcome. This dichotomy thus becomes the aesthetic constant of his abstract works, whereby he simultaneously strives for the aspect of balance within the picture. This is analogous to the ambivalent feelings that lead to change and thus to a new balance during human existence. The dichotomy inherent in the process provokes and promotes the harmony of his paintings.

* STRUCTURE-SPACE-COLOUR *

DADAMAINO (*Monza, 1930 – †Milan, 2004)

Dadamaino (Edoarda Emilia Maino) was born in Milan in 1930. During the bombing of World War II, the Maino family relocated to La Maddalena, a hamlet of Somma Lombardo (VA), where her maternal grandparents resided. Subsequently, they returned to Milan at the conclusion of the conflict. She subsequently pursued her studies at the Liceo Classico and the School of Applied Art for Industry at the Castello Sforzesco.
Her training was conducted through her frequent attendance at the Milanese avant-garde, which had its meeting point at the Bar Giamaica in Brera. She was particularly close to Piero Manzoni, with whom she was acquainted from 1957 onwards, and Lucio Fontana, who exerted a profound influence on her research. In the 1960s, her work underwent a phase of significant internationalisation, exhibiting strong connections with research groups such as Nul, Zero, Nouvelle Tendance and GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel).
In the 1970s, Dadamaino's work was significantly shaped by the political context of the era. He participated in a multitude of solo exhibitions and group shows held in Italian museums and institutional spaces. In 1980, he participated in the XXXIX Venice Art Biennial with a solo exhibition comprising 461 sheets of I fatti della vita. In 1990, he returned to the XLIV Venice Art Biennial, which was curated by L. Cherubini, F. Gualdoni, and L. Vergine, with two monumental works from the cycle Il Movimento delle cose. On 13 April 2004, Dadamaino passed away in Milan.

MICHELE LOMBARDELLI (*Cremona 1968)

Michele Lombardelli's artist's books and works have been exhibited in a number of distinguished institutions, including the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Musee cantonal des Beaux Arts in Lausanne, the MA*GA Museum in Gallarate, the La Triennale in Milan, the Assab One in Milan, the CeSAC in Caraglio, and the Château de Chillon in Montreux.
Together with Luca Scarabelli, they established the musical ensemble Untitled Noise and released their inaugural album under the auspices of the record label Die Schachtel. Furthermore, they have collaborated with Lino Capra Vaccina and Jacopo Benassi.
The painting transcends the limitations of historical modernist abstraction and the constraints of the avant-garde, moving beyond the dualisms that have traditionally characterised it. These include synthesis-analysis, abstraction-representation, two-dimensionality and the pursuit of a fourth, legitimate dimension for painting.
Michele Lombardelli's interest in the semantic ambiguity of languages prompts him to highlight the enigmatic nature of language and the slippages of communicative reliability. This opening widens the linguistic dimension to encompass the concept of "all the nothingness," which leaves full evidence to the signifier. For Lombardelli, traversing an abstract painting devoid of the concept of synthesis, a photographic image characterised by semantic reduction, and a monolithic sound that eclipses the abyss of meaning is a necessary undertaking.
(In reference to: Vittoria Broggini, Untitled, Postmedia Books, Milan 2022)