From June of 2010 the ex-kindergarten in Bruzella has been converted into an exhibition space for photographic exhibitions promoted by the Rolla Foundation. The photographs are from the private collection of Rosella and Philip Rolla who have decided to share their interest and passion for the photographic medium.
The historic town of Bruzella, in the Valle di Muggio, about 10 km from Chiasso and 26 km from Lugano, is now part of the new Breggia community (Mendrisio). At an elevation of 600 metres on a terraced hillside the kindergarten is situated on the first floor of the former Town Hall, in front of the San Siro parish church.
The eleventh event organized by the Rolla Foundation will be dedicated to Miroslav Tichý, and will exhibit 40 photographs and 5 works on paper belonging to the Philip and Rosella Rolla collection.
Miroslav Tichý (1926-2011, Kyjov, Czech Republic), between 1960 and 1985, using cameras made from found objects, cardboard, cans and other materials, shot thousands of photographs, predominately of women of his native town of Kyiov.
The photographs remained largely unknown until 2004 when the curator Harald Szeemann introduced him to the art world at the Biennial in Seville.
The images—fleeting glimpses, blurred, stained and poorly printed due to the limitations of his primitive equipment and to a series of intentional mistakes—reach poetic imperfections.
The catalog text is by Francesco Zanot curator of CAMERA - Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin, Italy.
27 April 2016 – 28 August 2016
Every second Sunday of the month from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, or by appointment.
collateral event of:
ChiassoLetteraria – 11° Festival internazionale di letteratura
Seconda classe - 27 April - 1 May 2016, Chiasso - Switzerland
|Size: 15 x 21 cm
Pages: 48 Softcover
Illustrations: 40 four-color print
Edition: Fondazione Rolla, 2016
From the Philip and Rosella Rolla collection
Curated by Francesco Zanot
11 May - 14 August 2016
The exhibition, consisting entirely of vintage works from the Philip and Rosella Rolla collection, compares photographs by Edward Weston with drawings by some of the greatest exponents of American Minimalism.
At first glance very different, in fact these two groups of works share many characteristics. They both reflect similar interests and sensitivities, as can be seen through this exhibition project designed to throw new light on both, by means of an unusual but very close comparison.
One of the most important figures in the history of worldwide photography, Weston began his career in California in the early 20th century. In Tropico, a small town not far from Los Angeles, he opened a studio where he took his earliest portrait photographs. His style at that time was very different from that for which he would become famous. He followed the dogma of classical pictorialism: dreamy atmospheres, blurred edges, flou filters, thick, amber-coloured paper...
for the full text, see CAMERA Torino
CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia
Via delle Rosine 18, 10123 Torino
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