At the November social the book will be unfolded, accordion style, on display in the Friendship Heights Village Center. Professor Romeo Segnan will discuss the background of the preparation of the book, the CIG, and some of the artists. Walterina Zanellati will also speak on the book and the Opera Aperta studio in Venice.
The theme of the artists’ book, METROPOLIS, reflects both an international movement to rethink the experience, functioning and Significance of city life in Venice, the book’s city of origin. Venice has dominated commerce and culture throughout the Mediterranean for over one thousand years and is the mother city (the original meaning of metropolis). It still offers a rich culture and the experience of a car-less, walkable city. Realized at the International Center for Graphic Arts (CIG – Centro Internazionale della Grafica) in Venice, under the guidance of Silvano Gosparini, artists came from all over the world to print and learn Venetian bookmaking techniques. Metropolis was initiated by artist Andreas Kramer (Berlin/Venice).
Following the success of their first book project, Il Libro della Notte, this book employed three times as many artists. The accordion-style book of 303 prints (on Rosaspina Fabriano paper) fully extends up to 60 meters (about 215’ long.) One of the three identical books is being exhibited in Italy and joins the Il libro delle Notte in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Ca’ Pesaro, in Venice. Another one is being exhibited in Europe and is destined for a German museum. The third book is beginning in North America with a showing at the Katzen Rotunda, in conjunction with the 2015 Group 93 exhibit, Solutions.
Katzen Rotunda Gallery
The American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20016
Parking is free after 6:00 pm and on weekends
The book will be shown on Saturday, October 31and Sunday, November 1
(reception at 3:00pm on Sunday).