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One of the first Italian examples of land art among the vineyards, the Art Park la Court gathers together the work and sculptures of internationally renowned artists, organised in an immersive and fairytale, artistic path, in the background of breathtaking landscapes.
Know above all as a set designer and illustrator, Emanuele Luzzati was a master in every field of applied arts.
Born in Genoa, in 1921, over the course of his career he realised more than five hundred sets for Prose, Opera and Dance in the principal theatres of Italy and abroad.
Luzzati was an interpreter of a skilled and educated figurative culture, capable of the masterful use of any type of material: from terracotta to enamel, from the weaving of wool for tapestries to the engraving of various media, to paper and fabric collages composed for the construction of sketches of scenes, costumes, and the outfitting of ships.
The richness of his fantastic world, the immediacy and expressiveness of his personal style made him one of the most loved and admired artists of the twentieth century.
Ugo Nespolo was born in 1941, in Mosso (BI), graduated from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin and earned his degree in modern literature.
He debuted on the Italian art scene in the 1960s with contamination of Pop Art and with close activism with conceptualists and ‘poveristi’.
His passion for cinema was significant, and would give rise to important retrospectives in major foreign museums dedicated to him (Philadelphia, New York, Londra, Parigi, Colonia, Pechino, Shanghai). He founded the Cinema of the artists with Mario Schifano and between 1967 and 1968, he realised numerous films which featured friends and colleagues such as Enrico Baj, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Lucio Fontana.
He was heavily influenced by Fortunato Depero, from whom Nespolo drew the concept of playful art which pervade every aspect of daily life. The concept of art and life is the basis of his expressiveness and Nespoli is the legacy of the Futurist movement.
Hence his interest in design, the applied arts and creative experimentation in disparate fields such as graphic design, illustration, clothing, set design and costumes for operatic works. His research also gives space to the point of view of materials. He works with multiple mediums and different techniques: wood, metal, glass, ceramic, fabric, precious stone.
Chris Bangle was born in an American town in Ohio called Ravenna, in the autumn of 1956. He attended the University of Wisconsin and continued his studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He began working in the automotive sector in 1981, going on to establish himself on an international level with Fiat, Alfa Romeo and BMW.
After leaving the automotive sector in 2009, he moved to Italy, specifically Clavesana in Langhe, where he founded the nonprofit project ‘Big Bench Community’ to support local communities, tourism and craftsmanship in the towns where these out-of-scale installations are located.
The first Big Bench was constructed in 2010 by Chris Bangle on the Borgata grounds in Clavesana, his residence and studio, as an installation looking out onto the panorama and is accessible to visitors.
The idea of giant benches is not new, but the context is. The change in perspective due to the size of the bench makes the person sitting feel like a child, able to be amazed by the beauty of the landscape seen through new eyes. The bench, in little less then a year became an attraction for visitors to the area.
Over recent years more official benches have been built in the surrounding area, without public funding, solely thanks to private sponsors.
The Big Benches are not private installations, instead they are a collective experience which everyone can share and experience when they come to these areas.
Balthasar Brennenstuhl was born in Zurich in 1956. After attending the Schools of Applied Arts in Strasbourg and Zurich, he moved to Paris where he studied painting, sculpture and engraving techniques in the studio of Argentine master Lucio Loubet.
Various materials are encountered in is works: metal, pieces of agricultural equipment, resins which make it possible to enrich his sculptures with accents of colour.
Born in 1948, he graduated with a degree in surgical medicine in 1975. Passionate about sculpture, which he practised since adolescence, working with sandstone, wood, raku ceramics, iron and lost wax casting.
Influenced by Pop Art and enthusiastic supporter of the reuse of materials, his works are the result of assembling stones, shells and glass. Suspended between art and design, they range from excessive, almost Arabist decorativism to an ever-increasing quest to minimise the luminescence of the elements. In fact, the purpose of his works is not to illuminate, rather it is to evoke the sea, the sky, the sunrise and sunset.
The pictorial style of Giancarlo Ferraris recalls the metaphysical atmospheres which envelop the celebrated «piazzas» of De Chirico or the post-futurist, geometric peripheries of Sironi, up to the sense of solitude communicated by the works of Hopper. Among his favoured subjects, however, is living nature, made up of hills and plains, where the presence of man is displayed through lush vineyards and cottages which have withstood over time. Ferraris is also the Director of Art Park La Court and his collaboration with Michele Chiarlo has endured more than twenty years. In fact, Ferraris is not only a painter. He is also the creator and author of the labels for Chiarlo wines.
Born in 1976, in Nizza Monferrato, he has been heavily influenced by Pop Art. His works are an expression of an “artistic artisan” where the creation is not just conceptualisation, it is something tangible: a concrete and manual action.
The recovery of materials and scrap metals, the contaminations between cement, glass and iron characterise his sculptures and lamps.
Beginning in the mid nineteen sixties, he worked as a potter at the ceramics manufacture “Fabbrica Casa Museo G. Mazzotti 1903”, in Albisola.
In 1982, he founded the ceramics manufacturer Il Tondo in Celle Ligure (SV). Here he worked with artists such as Rosanna La Spesa, Oscar Saccorotti, Umberto Piombino, Emanuele Luzzati, Guglielmo Bozzano, Alfredo Sosabravo and Giovannino Servettaz. The production of Il Tondo gives space to modern and bucchero vases to numerous monotype sculptures.