Buzzi, Mendeni, Kalinka: Icon

Theca Gallery Lugano organizes an exhibition on the theme of the icon in contemporary art, curated by Andrea Carlo Alpini.

Three artists are involved in the show: Carlo Buzzi, which will exhibit his latest operations of public art (Savon), Marco Mendeni, which will show his first artworks realized in Berlin as a hybrid between videogame programming and concrete on the theme of Avatar, and finally the artist Marc Vincent Kalinka presenting contemporary icons. These artworks will be exhibited for the first time in Switzerland and each artist will show a small group of artworks among the significant of ‘Icon’ in contemporary iconography focusing on loss of sacredness and aurea image in the age of media.

The focus is then placed on what today becomes a recognizable image through public exposure, urban or digital space. Carlo Buzzi at the 55th Venice Biennale has created the side project of public art Dowser, consisting of a public posting of 150 posters for the historic center of Venice represented a water prospector, Marc Vincent Kalinka will exhibit his project Balconism at Manifesta10 in Saint Petersburg, Marco Mendeni has finally recently exhibited his video FOV at the Galleria Civica of Trento/MART in an exhibition curated by Giorgio Verzotti.

Different media are used in this show, public billposting, rips and photography are used by Carlo Buzzi, video programming and cement are the media selected by Marco Mendeni and hand serigraphs on paper and elaborations on lambda aluminium are the materials chosen by Kalinka to represent the concept of icon in contemporary art.


Opening May 22, 5:30pm

  • Artists:
    Carlo Buzzi
    Marco MendeniMarc Vincent Kalinka
  • Open:
    Friday, 23 May 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 20 July 2014
  • Address:
    Theca Gallery, Via Pessina 13 (second floor), Lugano, 6901 Switzerland
  • Mail:
  • Phone:
    +41 91 922 7072
  • Web:
    Theca Gallery
  • Opening hour:
    Mon – Fri | 10am – 7pm (by appointment); Sat | 11am – 6pm (by appointment)
  • Closing day:
  • Photo credits:
    1. Marc Vincent Kalinka: Bulgakov, The fatal eggs; 2. Marco Mendeni: Avatar; 3. Carlo Buzzi: Savon. Courtesy Theca Gallery Lugano

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