ALFABETI DELLA MENTE:
Carlo Alfano, Irma Blank, Dadamaino, Hanne Darboven, Mirtha Dermisache, Leon Ferrari, Marcia Hafif, Anna Maria Maiolino, Edda Renouf, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Jan Schoonhoven
 
from 22 October to 07 January 2012
 
 
1 of 29
 
 
 
 
The exhibition proposes a selection of Italian and international artists who started in the Sixties to use a repeated sign, an unconventional graphism, a mental non-coded alphabet in the form of illegible writing.
The subject of the exhibition is not Visual or Concrete Poetry, but Conceptual research at the boundary between writing drawings and drawing writing.
As Angela Madesani points out in the introduction to the exhibition, The French linguist Roland Barthes claimed that «writing need not be legible in order to qualify as writing». Moreover, between the Sixties and Seventies, there were many artists on the international scene who made declarations and proclamations, strongly marked by ideological, and even more frequently political, affiliations. The protest is clear, outspoken. An attitude that is more often than not easy, explicit and fashionable. The pieces exhibited here go against all of that, but without being preconceived. We stand before pieces, created with traditional techniques, mostly on paper, which display a profound social and historical awareness, and above all an awareness of language. Nothing is random or ephemeral and every signifier takes on a real, typically unconventional, meaning.
 
 
 
 
Exhibition works
 
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Irma Blank, Eigenschriften, Untitled, 1970, pastel on cardboard, 46×38 cm
 
 
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Carlo Alfano, Frammenti di un autoritratto anonimo, 1972, pencil on paper, 68,8×99,8 cm
 
 
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Carlo Alfano, Untitled, 1979, pen and pencil on paper, 30×40 cm
 
 
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Carlo Alfano, Untitled, 1979, pencil and collage on paper, 63,8×48 cm
 
 
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Carlo Alfano, Untitled, 1983, pencil and collage on paper, 48×63,8 cm
 
 
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Irma Blank, Eigenschriften, Spazio 98, 1970, pastel on paper, 68,5×50,5 cm
 
 
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Irma Blank, Eigenschriften, Pagina 52, 1972, pastel on paper, 70×50 cm
 
 
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Irma Blank, Trascrizioni, Kurz-Texte, 1973, indian ink on parchment like paper (8 sheets), 30×38 cm overall
 
 
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Irma Blank, Trascrizioni, Zeitungsdoppelseite, 1974, indian ink on parchment like paper, 31,5×43 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, lettera 7 dell’alfabeto della mente, 1980, ink on paper, 25×18 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, lettera 9 dell’alfabeto della mente, 1979, ink on paper, 50×35 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, lettera 10 dell’alfabeto della mente, 1979, ink on paper, 46×23 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, lettera 11 dell’alfabeto della mente, 1980, ink on paper, 70×50 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, lettera 12 dell’alfabeto della mente, 1979, ink on paper, 70×20,5 cm
 
 
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Dadamaino, Sein und Zeit, 1998, ink on polyester, 109,8×63,8 cm
 
 
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Hanne Darboven, 12 Variante, Id, 1975, ink on paper (17 sheets), 119,2×105 cm overall (var.)
 
 
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Hanne Darboven, Untitled, 1978, ink on paper, 20,3×31,7 cm
 
 
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Mirtha Dermisache, Texto, 1970, sepia ink on paper, 28×23 cm
 
 
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Mirtha Dermisache, Carta, 1970, chinese ink on paper, 28×23 cm
 
 
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Mirtha Dermisache, Textos, 1973, chinese ink on paper (7 sheets), 56×92 cm overall (var.)
 
 
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Mirtha Dermisache, Newsletter, 1999, chinese ink on paper, 35×27,5 cm
 
 
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Leon Ferrari, Escritura, 1976, ink on paper, 46,5×33 cm
 
 
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Leon Ferrari, Un Ciego "La rosa Profunda" (Borges), 1997, indian ink and braille print on cotton paper, 47×37 cm
 
 
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Leon Ferrari, Untitled, 2007, pastel and pencil on paper, 34×24 cm
 
 
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Leon Ferrari, Untitled, 2007, ink on paper, 35,5×25 cm
 
 
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Marcia Hafif, February 16, 1972 I, 1972, pencil on paper, 60×45,5 cm
 
 
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Marcia Hafif, February 18, 1972, 1972, pencil on paper, 60×45,5 cm
 
 
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Anna Maria Maiolino, Untitled (from Codificações Matéricas Series), 1995, ink on paper, 44×31,5 cm
 
 
 
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Anna Maria Maiolino, Untitled (from Codificações Matéricas Series), 1995, ink on paper, 65,5×48,5 cm
 
 
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Edda Renouf, Miniature, two-5, 1975, incised lines and charcoal on paper, 22×17 cm
 
 
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Edda Renouf, Miniature, two-2, 1975, incised lines and charcoal on paper, 22×17 cm
 
 
 
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Edda Renouf, Message-33 (eau), 1992, incised lines and pastel on paper, 25,5×25,5 cm
 
 
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Edda Renouf, Message-38 (air), 1992, incised lines and pastel on paper, 25,5×25,5 cm
 
 
 
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Edda Renouf, Message-26 (feu), 1992, incised lines and pastel on paper, 25,5×25,5 cm
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, dattilografia, 1970, type-written on paper on board, 29×30 cm
 
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, dattilografia, 1970, type-written on paper on board, 29×30 cm
 
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, cm.1/2, 1978, acrilic on paper, 24,3×23,3 cm
 
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, cm.3/2, 1978, acrilic on paper, 24×24 cm,
 
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, cm.1/2, 1978, acrilic on paper, 24,3×23,3 cm
 
 
 
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi, 3 assente, 1979, acrilic on canvas on board, 30×29,8 cm
 
 
 
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Jan Schoonoven, Drawing # 62 – 44, 1962, pencil on paper, 50×32,5 cm
 
 
 
 Reviews
ARTRIBUNE - Lettere d'autore: scrivere per pensare - by CLAUDIO MUSSIO
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LA REPUBBLICA - Gli alfabeti illeggibili del concettuale - by CHIARA PILATI
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CORRIERE DELLA SERA di Bologna - Gli alfabeti della mente - by VALERIO DEHO'
 
Alfabeti della mente - by FLAMINIO GUALDONI
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GIORNALE DELL'ARTE - Cari amici vi scrivo - by STEFANO LUPPI
 
 
 
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