6 new books including restoration, novels, catalogs and photography

In the first week of April, the usual six books range from Cesar Brandi’s “Theory of Restoration” in an all-new edition, to a Russian conceptual novel by political refugee Julia Kisina.

The weekly review of the recently released volumes in the library begins with the reissue of the legendary edition recovery theory (1963) by Cesar Brandi and continues with the photographic article by Francesco Farracci edited by “Our” Desirée Maida; There is the fictional biography of Bernardino Drovetti, to whom we owe the Egyptian Museum in Turin, and the way of the cross by Maria Lai in excellent catalog; There is the novel by political refugee Julia Kisina, the name of the Russian avant-garde to be explored, and a fascinating account of a 2019 art residency in Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, where the same city is called Sulaymaniyah.

Marco Enrico Giacomelli

1. Cesar Brandi, Restoration and Effect

Cesare Brandi – Theory of Restoration (The Theseus Ship, Milan 2022)

Vittorio Sagarbi writes in the language an introduction To this brand new re-released of classics like recovery theory (1963) by Caesar brandy: “Before brandy, artwork was an idea painted or sculpted, after brandy a bodily identity, like the body of a man whose time and illness caused changes and changes. From here we must start so that the treatments can restore it, without stopping the time that gives works more than it lacks, compared to what happens to the human body.It is useless to summarize here the basic theses developed by Brandi. It suffices to recall how, even sixty years after its publication, this is a milestone in the field of international restoration. For those who have not yet done so, the appropriate advice is to read it at last, Especially if you belong to that miserable parish.”Where was it and how was itFor those already familiar with Brandi’s writings, it is certainly worth reading the long introductory article signed by Massimo Carboni, classic returnwho puts profitably Theses of Brand in Dialogue with Hermeneutics Illustrated by Hans-Georg Gadamer.

Cesar Brandi – recovery theory
Theseus ship, Milan 2022
304 pages, 18 euros
ISBN 9788834608937

2. Francesco Farracci: for the photography of the Bedouin and the poor

Francesco Varracci – Bedouin Soul (Mimisis, Milan 2022)

writes and pictures, Francis make itborn in Palermo in 1983. To his credit is truly a 360-degree collaboration in the world of culture, from Alessandro Cattelan to Achille Lauro, from guardian to Release. In this book (which you’ll find in the library starting May 5), however, he’s not losing his compass, he’s actually losing it, but knowingly, and between words and pictures An eloquent nomadic path is outlined, a guide to understanding the world from one’s point of view. “Persian photography“volume editor Desirée Maida writes,”He has a poor soul because through Essence man can have a conception of the Universal; He’s a Bedouin because he’s a nòstos which has already been restarted. A reminder that reminds us of how life in its sweetness and roughness is a miracle and a revolution as well.“.

Francesco Varracci – Bedouin spirit
Mimises, Milan 2022
Pages 112, 12 Euro
ISBN 9788857588995

3. Egypt Bernardino Drovetti

Giorgio Caponetti – Egypt’s Drovetti (Oti, Turin 2022)

The base of the Egyptian Museum in Turin, as well as the Egyptian rooms of the Louvre in Paris, owe to one person: Bernardino Droviti. Canaviz is the son of a notary, whose career was diplomatic: he was initially framed in the Napoleonic army during the Egyptian campaign, and was Consul General for nearly thirty years, with a brief hiatus. The activity to which he devoted himself most actively was that of an explorer and collector, carrying out important and long-term excavations in the Thebes. Thus, thousands of pieces left Egypt, from the archaeological to the most accurate – Needless to say, the very major issue of refunding will be addressed sooner or later. Meanwhile, the adventurous life of Drovetti is told and portrayed in this book by Giorgio Caponetti. Fun and informative, to be moderated with just the right amount of antidote to the saints walk.

Giorgio Caponetti – Egyptian Droviti
Ooty, Turin 2022
Pages 278, 18 euros
ISBN 9788851199890

4. Cross Maria Lai

Micol Forte – Maria Lai. Fixing Pain, Weaving Hope (5 Continents, Milan 2022)

The catalog of the exhibition held last summer in Cantina Antiche Podere de Jerzo – in collaboration with the Maria Lai Foundation and the Archives – the volume enriches the package of publications dedicated to editions of 5 continents Maria Lay (1919-2013): a journey that began in 2019 with Hold the sun in the hand (issued on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition at Maxxi in Rome) and continued in 2021 with Tie yourself to the mountain (enriched with the wonderful images of Piero Beringo Jardin) and with places of art (Four decks of cards designed by the same 21st century Sardinian artist.) The exhibition and catalog in question are about the way of the cross Created by Maria Lai in 1981 For the church of Sant’Antioco di Ulassai and allows you to deepen the details Link For the religious artist, which is characterized by secularization, however, indicates not the direction of enlightenment, but the extension of the religious mystery to life as a whole. “Through all his workMikol Forte writes in his extensive and profound essay,Maria Lai has demonstrated that art, which arises from comparison with sacred tradition and which sprouts from observing reality, has among its highest and most sought-after tasks to reveal the meaning of existence, to unravel the mysteries of birth and of death, to become the horizon of ‘our wandering’ and to welcome the journey towards a goal. We can only guess at it“.

Micol Forte – Maria Lay. Repairing pain and weaving hope
5 Continents, Milan 2022
96 pages, 25 euros
ISBN 9791254600016

5. Julia Kisina: A Novel from How to Moscow to Monaco

Julia Kisina – Madame la Dostoevskaya (Scritturapura, Asti 2020)

There is no point in denying it: we often choose books on the basis of semi-textual data. It could be the name of the author (who is not yet dead, with all due respect by Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault), the artwork on the cover, the title, and the publisher. Let’s take this book: the author is not a well-known name, the cover is not the most successful, the title is not captivating, the publisher is known only to fans and is moderately distributed. This is why there are reviewers, at least those who go through catalogs and press releases, trying to extract gems where none are supposed to exist. Starting at the end: Scritturapura will also be a junior publisher of Asti, but the book translated here was released in 2016 in contemporary Ukrainian, Russian and German editions; And the German publisher who published it is Suhrkamp – we might say, Einaudi. And the author? Julia Kisina Born in 1966 in Kyiv, to a Jewish family, he studied between Moscow and Munich – and remained in Germany, with frequent visits to New York, as a political refugee. Photographer, artist, performer, but above all a literary woman attached to her Russian mythological concepts. Go find this Madame La Dostoyevskaya.

Julia Kisina – Madame La Dostoyevskaya
Secreturapura, Asti 2020
180 pages, 18 euros
ISBN 9788897924371

6. Artist residency in Kurdistan

Carlo Gabriel Tribioli (Editor) – Season in Sulaimani (Humboldt Books, Milan 2021)

The Barocello Foundation is located in Rome. It is named after Gianfranco Barocello, an artist born in Livorno in 1924, with more unclassifiable work than many others commissioned as such (if you’re starting out these days, you’ll see one of his ’80s masterpieces at Erica Ravenna’s booth). The establishment of such an atypical artist could not have, for the sake of consistency, the classic exhibition program of its peers. To give an example: I recently started a cycle of lessons, which take place in the audience and on Zoom, on Seventeenth Symposium by Jacques Lacan, dedicated to The opposite of psychoanalysis Held in pairs by Felice Simati and Alex Pagliardini. The book in question is nothing short of that: it tells of an artist’s sojourn sponsored by Carlo Gabriel Tribioli (The artist himself, also very atypical, who signs most of the pictures in the book) which took place from March to June 2019 in that Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi KurdistanWhere the same city is called Sulaymaniyah. Not exactly in a loft in Brooklyn. To reach Tripoli in the Kurdish city was, in order of arrival and departure, Gabriel Celle, Giacomo Sponzelli, Giulio Squilaciotti and Manuel Scanno Larzabal. To close the circle, p Suleimani chapter fromland exchange project by Baruchello himself, with five kilograms of land landed in Rome from Kurdistan and vice versa.

Carlo Gabriel Tribioli (Editor) – season in Sulaymaniyah
Humboldt Books, Milan 2021
Pages 190, 20 euros
ISBN 9791280336040

Marco Enrico Giacomelli

Professional journalist and doctorate in aesthetics, he studied philosophy at the universities of Turin, Paris 8 and Bologna. He collaborated on “Abécédaire de Michel Foucault” (Mons-Paris 2004) and “Abécédaire de Jacques Derrida” (Mons-Paris 2007). Among his publications are: “Ascendances et filiations foucaldiennes en Italie: the operaïsme en perspective” (Paris 2004; trad. Sp., Buenos Aires 2006; trad. It., Rome 2010), “Other Italian Anomaly? On Embedded Critics” (Trieste 2005), “La Nuovelle École Romaine” (Paris 2006), “a philosopher between Batphysics and Surrealism. René Dumal from Grand Jeu to Hinduism” (Rome 2011), “All-pop music. A path between art and writing in action Mike Kelley “( Milan 2014), “Uniation sur dell’arte contemporain italien du XXIe siècle” (Paris 2016, with Arianna Testino). As a translator, he has published texts by Auger, Bouriod, Deleuze, Gruyz and Reville. In 2014 he curated the exhibition (at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan) and the book (published by Marsilio) “Achille Compagnoni. Beyond the K2”. In 2018, he coordinated the tenth edition of Via del Sal in ten cities in Alta Langa and Val Bormida. He has held seminars and lectures at many institutions and universities, including Cattolica, IULM, University of Milano-Bicocca and Brera Academy of Milan, Free University of Bolzano, Alma Mater of Bologna, LUISS of Rome, IUAV and Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Academy Albertina in Turin. He writes (together with Massimiliano Tonelli) the Contemporary Art section of the Simbula Foundation’s annual report I Am Culture. He teaches critical writing at the NABA in Milan. He is Deputy Managing Editor of Artribune and Managing Director of Artribune Magazine.

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