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GIOVANNINO MONTANARI

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Canvas painting International painter

BIOGRAPHIE

Giovannino Montanari wird nicht, wie es sein Vater für ihn vorgesehen hat, Arzt. Stattdessen liebt er schon als kleiner Junge alles, was mit Schönheit, Kunst und Farben zu tun hat. Das Stoffgeschäft seiner Großmutter „Adelina“ mit all den edlen und farbenfrohen Seiden-, Satin- und Damaststoffen wird für ihn zur Kulisse seiner Kindheitsspiele.

Montanari beginnt zu malen. Zunächst versucht er, seine Träume und seinen rebellischen Teenagergeist auf die Leinwand zu übertragen. Obwohl Autodidakt, beginnt er sich selbst schon als Künstler zu begreifen. Ein Zitat von Botero wird ihm in seiner Jugendphase zum Leitspruch: Man muss die Welt mit einem kritischen Auge betrachten, wenn man wirklich kreativ sein will. Wenn man die Welt übernimmt, wie sie ist, ist man passiv. Je kritischer und rebellischer, desto kreativer.
Seine Neigung und Liebe zum Reisen macht er zu seinem Beruf. Er arbeitet als Steward bei der Fluglinie Alitalia und entwickelt sich so zum Weltbürger, denn Montanari entschließt sich zu langen Auslandsaufenthalten u.a. in Indien, China, Australien und Lateinamerika. In den neugierigen Blicken des Reisenden vermischen sich Sprachen, Düfte und Farben der Welt. Geleitet von seinen Eindrücken fährt mit dem Malen fort. Mit seinen Farben möchte er Freude schenken und sieht dies gleichzeitig als wichtige Aufgabe der Kunst an. Auch die Meister der Vergangenheit wussten das!
Seine persönlichen Reflexionen über die Welt führten ihn zu einem Engagement innerhalb humanitärer Organisationen, wodurch er auch mit führenden Persönlichkeiten der politischen Szene Italiens zusammenarbeitete. Nach all den Reisen ist er nun zurück in seiner Heimatstadt. Montanari zieht nach Cesi, ein mittelalterliches Dorf nicht weit von Terni und wohnt dort umgeben von seiner Familie in einem Landhaus. Auch lernt er hier die Galeristin und Kuratorin von »Zoe« und »Artekné« Josephine Travaglio kennen. Sie sieht eines seiner Bilder und ermutigt den Künstler, die Anonymität zu verlassen. Travaglio schreibt über Montanari:
Ein unerwartetes Treffen, doch die Kunst wollte einen weiteren aufstrebenden Künstler... Ganz zufällig wurde ich aufmerksam auf dieses Werk, sehr materiell, aber doch leicht durch ein paar kühne Striche, von einem kleinen Jungen gemacht und in eine Ecke als Erinnerung an die Jugend gelegt.
Nach einigen regionalen Ausstellungen eröffnen sich durch das Kunstnetzwerk für Giovannino Montanari neue Möglichkeiten.
Er wird bekannt durch die renommierte Vereinigung »Italia Arte« von Guido Folco und Elisa Bergamino mit Sitz in Turin. Seine jetzigen Reisen führen ihn und seine Gemälde auf bedeutende Ausstellungen in Italien und im internationalen Ausland.

BIOGRAPHY

Giovannino Montanari was born in Terni (Umbria-Italy) in 1954. He does not follow his family's steps, especially his father's, a physician, who dreamed for his son the same job. He only loved anything that had to do with beauty, art and color.

It was in his maternal grandmother Adelina's fabric store where he received the imprinting: the translucent silks, the satins, the damasks, the drawings with the brightest colors were the background of his pastime as a child, that, being a creative, turned them into games.

He began painting, working the raw material since he was a teenager, moving on the canvas his dreams and his rebellious mood.

He was already a self-taught artist and the artist, as Botero says, must look at the world with a critical eye, if you want to be really creative, if you agree with the world the way it is, you remain still, the more you criticize, the more you rebel, the more you create.

He created stylized figures that open to the world happy to be there, totally free with open arms like the wings of seagulls.

Thanks to these inclinations, his love for traveling and for visiting distant countries he was able to make a profession from this: he was an Alitalia steward, thereby he became a world citizen. India, Australia, South America became like a second homeland because he accepted to move there for long periods of time.

And then different languages were mixed up with the colors, the scents of the lands he saw and observed with the curious look of the traveler enriching , day by day, his knowledge and his attitudes.
 He continues to paint driven by imagination, following the
language of colors and the color that he uses is a way of giving and receiving joy at the same time, but this is one of the tasks of art. The Masters of the past knew it well! His personal thoughts on the world then led him to participate in important humanitarian actions beside prominent personalities of the Italian political scene.

He returned to his hometown and moved to Cesi, a medieval village near Terni, where he lives in the country house owned by his family.

He was accidentally noticed by Giuseppina Travaglio, art gallerist from the cultural association “Zoe” and “Artekné”, who saw one of his paintings and pushed him to exit the anonymity. She writes about him: "an occasional and unexpected encounter, art wanted another leading actor ... in a completely fortuitous way, I was struck by this very material work, but made lighter by a few still strokes, made by a young boy and held in a corner as a souvenir of his youth. Anonymity will not last long because Giuseppina Travaglio pushed him to start painting again, organizing for him important exhibitions.

The art network then opens other doors and Montanari is known and appreciated by the prestigious Association “Italia Arte“ managed by Guido Folco and Elisa Bergamino, head- quartered in Turin, Italy. He begins to travel again, but this time he is accompanied by his canvas and important exhibitions will take place in Italy and abroad. 

NEWS

Giovannino Montanari im Katalog zur Ausstellung •  Catalogue of the art exhibition 

BORDERS & BRIDGES 2016

MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art (Beijing) 

Dieses Buch ist das Ergebnis der internationalen Ausstellung zeitgenössischer Kunst "Borders & Bridges" im Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Beijing vom 6. August bis 16. September 2016. Es handelt sich um eine umfangreiche Dokumentation über die beteiligten Künstler und ihre Werke. Es gibt auch einen Einblick in das Museum-Ausstellungskonzept der Pashmin Art Gallery. 

This book is the outcome of the international contemporary art exhibition "Borders and Bridges" at Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing from August 06 to September 16, 2016. It is an extensive documentation about the participating artists and their works. It also provides an insight into the museum exhibition concept of Pashmin Art Gallery.

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Kulturhauptstadt European Capital of Culture Matera Giovannino Montanari

Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2019  MATERA 

Ein Jahr mit zahlreichen Veranstaltungen, die die Stadt mit Kunst und Kultur lebendig werden lässt. Unter diesen kulturellen Veranstaltungen dürfen Sie "Comitò", das künstlerische Meisterwerk von Giovannino Montanari, das im ehemaligen Krankenhaus von San Rocco (Matera) ausgestellt ist, nicht verpassen.

European Capital of Culture 2019 MATERA

In the year 2019 there are a lot of events in the Matera and the city become alive with art and culture. Among these cultural events, you should not miss "Comitò", the artistic masterpiece of Giovannino Montanari, which is displayed at the former Hospital of San Rocco (Matera)

Künstlervorstellung

Handgefertigte zeitgenössische moderne abstrakte Malerei. Hochwertige Acrylfarben in Kombination unterschiedlicher Materialien. In den dreidimensionalen Bildern kommen häufig verschiedenste Werkstoffe wie pastöse Materialien und Agglomerate aus Holz und Glas zum Einsatz, wodurch Realität und Fantasie zusammenkommen und so fiktive Universen voller Licht, Farben, Form und Volumen kreiert. Verkauf der Kunstwerke direkt aus Künstlerhand in der Online Galerie 

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Handmade contemporary modern abstract paintings. High-quality acrylic colurs in combination of different materials. In the three-dimensional paintings often created through the use of different paste-like materials and agglomerates such as wood, glass and waste materials come the reality and fantasy together and creating fictional universes, full of light, colors, shape and volume. Sale of the artworks directly from artist's hand in the online gallery


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Kunstausstellung Exhibitions modern art Giovannino Montanari

AUSSTELLUNGEN

Die Bilder von Giovannino Montanari sind seit 2010 regelmäßig in nationalen und internationalen Ausstellungen und Kunstmessen für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst. Inzwischen waren die Arbeiten in temporären Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen in neun verschiedenen Ländern (ITALIEN, DEUTSCHLAND, CHINA, GROßBRITANNIEN, U.S.A., BELGIEN, BULGARIEN, ÖSTERREICH und TSCHECHIEN) sowie in musealen Dauerausstellungen (TURIN - MUSEUM REGIONALE DELLE SCIENZE) ausgestellt. Nachfolgend eine detaillierte Zusammenstellung der Ausstellungen: 

ART EXHIBITIONS 

The artworks by Giovannino Montanari have been regular in national and international exhibitions and art fairs for modern and contemporary art since 2010. In the meantime, the works are part in temporary solo and group exhibitions in nine different countries (ITALY, GERMANY, CHINA, GREAT BRITAIN, U.S.A., BELGIUM, BULGARIA, AUSTRIA and CZECH REPUBLIC) as well as in permanent museum exhibitions (TURIN-MUSEUM REGIONALE DELLE SCIENZE). 
Below is a detailed compilation of the past exhibitions:

Ausgewählte AUSSTELLUNG   •   selected EXHIBITIONS

Giovannino Montanari Ausstellung exhibition Shanghai

SHANGHAI 2018

Pashmin art Gallery Shanghai
Yin / Yang: An east-west dialogue of Art (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

Giovannino Montanari Ausstellung exhibition Hamburg

HAMBURG 2017

Pashmin art Gallery Hamburg
Harmony (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

Giovannino Montanari Ausstellung exhibition Museum of Contemporary Art

BEIJING 2016

MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art
Borders & Bridges (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

Giovannino Montanari Ausstellung exhibition Rom

ROME 2016

Istituto Storcoo Italino per il Medio Eva
Pagine di Storia, le cupole d'oro di Montanari. La Nuova Roma: da Costantinopolis a Istambul (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)

Giovannino Montanari Ausstellung exhibition Turin

TURIN 2015

Museum MIIT
Luci e Lune sul Bosforo (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)

2019 

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  • TERNI * Museo Diocesano e Capitolare di Terni - Liberta‘ Creativa: Forma – Concetto – Immagine (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • ULM * International art fair "Kunst Schimmer 7" (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • MATERA * Unesco Europäische Kulturstadt 2019 Matera, Unesco European Capital of Culture 2019 - Matera  - Skulpturenausstellung im Stadtzentrum (im ehemaligen Krankenhaus von San Rocco), sculptures exhibition in the center of the city (former Hospital of San Rocco) (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2018 

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  • SHANGHAI * Pashmin art Gallery Shanghai - Yin / Yang: An east-west dialogue of Art (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • BEIJING * Art Fair Beijing 2018 ausgestellt durch (exposed by) Pashmin art Gallery (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2017

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  • HAMBURG * Pashmin art Gallery - Harmony (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • SHANGHAI * Art Fair Shanghai 2017 ausgestellt durch (exposed by) Pashmin art Gallery
    (Gruppenausstellung)
  • BEIJING * Art Fair Beijing 2017 ausgestellt durch (exposed by) Pashmin art Gallery (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2016

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  • BEIJING * MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing - Borders & Bridges (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • ROM / ROME * Istituto Storcoo Italino per il Medio Eva - Pagine di Storia, le cupole d'oro di Montanari. La Nuova Roma: da Costantinopolis a Istambul (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)

2015

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  • BRÜGGE / BRUGES  * Centre of Modern Art Sint Jan Museum - From Picasso to Contemporary Artists (Gruppenaustellung / group exhibition)
  • MAILAND / MILAN * Expo Ausstellung 2015, Expo exhibition 2015 - Fondazione AEM Museo Dell'Energia (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Museum MIIT - Luci e Lune sul Bosforo (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • BERLIN * Museum Salvador Dal - Dream Art (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • CESI * Auditorium S. Michele Arcangel (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • TERNI * Museo Diocesan Concorso Nazionale D'Arte Contemporanea - San Valentino (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2014

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  • ALBENGA * Fonazione Palazzo Oddi Biennale Della Liguria - Arte 2014 (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TERNI * Palazzo Primavera - ...Fame D'Amore... (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • LONDON * Royal Opera Arcade Gallery - Royal Art in the World (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • WIEN / VIENNA * Institute of Italian culture - Sentieri di Pensieri (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • STUTTGART * Kunstmesse Kreativ, art fair Kreativ - Kongresscenter (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Muesum MIIT - F.A.R.C. Festival Dell'Arte Contemporanea (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Museum MIIT - Family and Friend (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2013

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  • BADEN-BADEN * Kunstmesse Luxury Art, art fair Luxury Art (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • PERUGIA * Ipso Art Gallery - La Sapienza e la Luce Aghia Santa Sofia (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • BONN * International Artist Forum (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • FLORENZ / FLORENCE * Circolo degli Artisti, Casa di Dante Firenze Contemporanea (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • CHICAGO * Ibca International Biennale Contemporary Art 2013 (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • ROM  / ROME * Museo della Pigna Vatican Citz  - Ad Aeternum In Eterno Arte Immortale (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TERNI * Palazzo Gazzoli - Segni di Montanari (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • TURIN * Museum MIIT - Faces (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Museum MIIT - NCC New Contemporary Collection (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TODI * Palazzo del Popolo sala delle Pietre - Le cupole di Bisanzio „Il pittore che sogna“ (Einzelausstellung / sigle exhibition)
  • ASSISI * Biblioteca comunale Biennale - Assisi Arte 2013 (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TERNI * Palzzo Gazzoli - Let people love (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)


2012

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  • MAILAND / MILAN * Foundation AEM - „Casa dell'Energia“ Art Energy (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • KÖLN / COLOGNE * Institute of Italian Culture - Network: Torino-Köln (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Museum MIIT Art Energy Future Network - From Turin to Chicago and Vice-Versa (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • MAILAND / MILAN * Zonak di Milano - Flussi Contemporanei (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • MIAMI * Miami Art River (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • POLVESE * (Trasimeno See) - I colori del lago (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • SOFIA * Institute of Italian culture - L'arte contemporanea die territory d'Italia: Uno sguardo al futuro (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TERNI * Museo Dioccesano e Capitolare Piazza Duomo - Premio Butterfly Ill Edizione (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • CESI * Auditorium S. Michele Arcangelo - Compendio (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • MATERA * Artkné Palazzo Gattini (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2011

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  • CHICAGO * 33 Contemporany Gallery - Art Energy Future Network - From Turin to Chicago And Vice-Versa (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • PRAG  / PRAGUE * Brehova Gallery - Immagine (a new art nature future ecology) (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • ROM / ROME * Torretta Valadier - Giovannino Montanari dal 1973 ai giorni nostri IL MATERICO (Einzelausstellung / single exhibition)
  • TRIEST / TRIESTE * Bottega dell'Immagine (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • ROM / ROME * Sala Mostre del Complesso die Dioscuri del Quirinale - Arte Contemporanea: Unità d'Italia Segni Contemporanei del mutamento (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)
  • TURIN * Sala delle Colonne Castello - Reale del Valentino Torino 2011 - 150 Anni dell'Unità d'Italia (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

2010

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  • MARATEA * Artekné - Mostra Mercato Internazionale Arti Contemporanee (Gruppenausstellung / group exhibition)

PRESSE & KRITIKEN

Auszug aus einem Vortrag von PROF. MIMMO COLETTI:
Die Kunstwerke von Giovannino Montanari sind wie ein Tor zur östlichen Welt. Byzantinisches Gold wird als heilige Farbe verwendet...
Das wiederkehrende Symbol der goldenen Kuppeln ist wie ein Tagtraum, der zwischen Fantasie und Wirklichkeit schwebt, zwischen einer veränderten Sichtweise und dem geistigen Weg dorthin. Jedes von Montanaris Kunstwerken ist einzigartig. Der Künstler verarbeitet unterschiedliche Materialien, verknüpft dabei seine künstlerischen Erfahrungen mit neuen Ideen. Ich denke, seine Arbeiten sind wirklich grandios...

Dieses Gemälde ist schwierig einzuordnen. Es ist ein großartiges Kunstwerk, weil die Schattierungen und die Farbauswahl wie ein geistiger Hauch des Künstlers wirken. Sie sind ein Spiegel seiner Seele. Montanari versteht, verkörpert und überliefert voll und ganz eine Zivilisation, die niemals vergehen wird. Byzanz, Konstantinopel, Venedig. Und nun sage ich nichts mehr, andernfalls werde ich zu ausschweifend.

Über PROF. MIMMO COLETTI

Schriftsteller, Journalist, Kunstkritiker und ehemaliger Professor für historische Kunst an der Akademie der Schönen Künste in Perugia (Italien)

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PROF. SALVATORE SANSONE  says:
From Eyüp hill you can discover the town under the domes and the minarets: Constantinople.  The new Rome. The second Rome. A bridge between Europe and Asia. The crystalline light draws curvy profiles, dazzling and shining. Like gold. Royal mirror. Showing the faces of the empire. In the mosaic panels of Saint Vital’s apse. In the architecture along the Adriatic Sea. On the sea. Only from the sea you can reach the borough of Giudecca. There is no land route. The sea is soft, sinuous and languid. It changes and confuses. It carries valuable objects and fabrics. It carries human beings, stories, ideas. Sometimes death.

In Montanari’s artworks there is this mixture of cultures. Melting souls. Mixtures of techniques. Shades of blue, red, yellow and green. Dense or mild colors. Pink melts gold. Creative liquefaction. Domes immersed in that deep water that retains the colors. Montanari’s canvas represents Modern golden shovels. Legitimate daughters of the Mediterranean Sea. Union of different languages and races.

Gateway of happiness.

About PROF. SALVATORE SANSONE

This review about Giovannino Montanari is of Salvatore Sansone, historian specialist of medieval art, is chief editor at the Italian Historical Institute for the Middle Ages. He achieved his PhD in Medieval Art History at the University of Salento. He is a collaborator of an important research dedicated to cataloging the manuscripts of the Vatican Library. He worked as professor of Medieval Art History at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Tuscia. He has worked as lecturer at several international conferences, with dissertations related to the iconographic aspects and iconographic artworks. Contact him: redazone@isime.it

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GUIDO FOLCO in ITALIA ARTE (Juni 2012, Nr. 6) schreibt:

 …Giovannino Montanari arbeitet mit der treibenden und bildhaften Energie des Mythos vom sakralen Byzanz, er beobachtet das Gesicht der Menschheit durch deren Schönheit und Geschichte. Auf der Suche nach symbolischen Materialien für Himmel und Erde, wie Holz und Kristall, stellt der Künstler den ewigen Dualismus zwischen dem Irdischen und dem Göttlichen, zwischen Körperlichkeit und Spiritualität dar.

Giovannino Montanari ist Rohstoff, aber auch Geste, Instinkt, Leidenschaft: Er ist die Essenz einer innovativen Sprache, dynamisch, aber doch sorgfältig in der kompositorischen Struktur.

Instinktives Gefühl steht dem Verstand gegenüber, der das Bild verleugnet, die rationale und geometrische Struktur steht zwischen Sein und Nichtsein, zwischen Realität und Vorstellung, der Fantasiegebilde und der Grundidee …

GUIDO FOLCO schreibt:

Der internationale Künstler Giovannino Montanari aus Italien (Internationale Italia Arte 2013) gilt mit seinem Kunstwerk "LUNA SUL BOSFORO" als einer der wichtigsten Künstler der aktuellen zeitgenössischen Kunst auf internationaler Ebene.

Er hat seit den letzten 15 Jahren daran gearbeitet, die urbildlichen Symbologien, die Heiligkeit und die Spiritualität in seinen Werken durch den Einsatz von Acryl und Öl zu repräsentieren. Er porträtiert "Basiliken", christliche und byzantinischen Kirchen, Ansichten aus Byzanz, Ravenna und Venedig mit seiner visionären und mystischen Wertschätzung und dem Einsatz von Farbe, die in seine Werke einfließen. Mit "Dem Osten" und "Dem Westen".


Über GUIDO FOLCO:

Herausgeber der Zeitschrift ITALIA ARTE, Direktor des Museum MIIT in Turin, Journalist und Kunstkurator

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MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONI schreibt im

Magazin "EOS" (Januar 2013 Ausgabe Nr. 33):

GIOVANNINO MONTANARI Pittore

Pracht und KATASTROPHE von Byzanz

Aus dem Text des edlen Nicetas kommt der Schlüssel, um seine verträumten Gemälde zu verstehen.

Über MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONIO:

Kunsthistorikerin, Gründerin und Präsidentin mehrerer Kunst- und Kulturorganisationen sowie Schriftstellerin

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RITA MOSCATELLI (Malerin und Schriftstellerin) schreibt:
Die erste Begegnung mit der Kunst hatte Giovannino Montanari vor vielen Jahren als junger Student. Damals verwendete er kleinformatige Leinwände für seine Kunstwerke, mit denen er schon zu jener Zeit die begehrteste Auszeichnung der Schule gewann.

Ein leidenschaftlicher Künstler, der niemals aufhört sich zu entwickeln, da er nie mit seinen Leistungen zufrieden ist. Seine Kunstwerke sind Leidenschaft, aber das ist nicht genug, denn das wahre Ziel ist die Einfachheit voller Beharrlichkeit und Eigensinnigkeit, die aus seinen Werken hervorgeht.

Eine obsessive Suche nach Perfektion, Jahre der versteckten Emotionen, die schließlich explodierten und des Betrachters Blick füllten; viele Schattierungen in den Rissen und unzählige Schattierungen, die den Rillen Tiefe geben.

Heute ist Montanari ein Künstler, der weiterhin von den Farben fasziniert bleibt, die er bereits als Kind im Stoffgeschäft seiner Großmutter bewunderte. Jene Farben, die er durch das Clairobscur in den Falten der Kleider erhaschen konnte.

Er verwendet eine Farbskala, die in seiner Seele voller Geschmack und Raffinesse geboren wurde und ihn Kunstwerke voller Menschlichkeit schaffen lässt.

Die Gefühle von Tod und Angst werden durch die hellen Farben und den melancholischen Reichtum der Erotik beseitigt. Alles was man in seinen Werke erblickt, erfüllt den Betrachter mit Freude.

PRESS & REVIEWS

Extract by the lecture of PROF. MIMMO COLETTI:
Giovannino Montanari's artworks are like open windows to the East world. Byzantine gold is the colour of the sacred…This recurring symbol, the golden domes, is really like a daydream, swinging between reality and fantasy, between the transposition of opinions and an itinerary of the mind, every painting is different from the others. The artist handles different materials, working on an endless improper artistic research, with formal inventions. I think his work is really terrific...This painting is hard to be classified, this is great painting, great painting because the shades, the colours palette chosen by the painter are like a breath of the spirit.
They are mirrors of the soul of an artist who fully understood, represented and transmitted a civilization that will never end. Byzantium, Constantinople, Venice.

I say no more; otherwise I would be too tedious, boring.


About PROF. MIMMO COLETTI

Writer, Journalist, Art critic and former Professor of art history at the academy of fine art of Perugia (Italy)

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Marco Grilli (Historian and  Art Critic) writes:

>> It stood written on my page in the Book of Fate that, on the evening of 28th of September, by 5 o' clock, German time,I should see Venice for the first time, as I passed from the Brenta into the lagunes, and that, soon afterwards, I should actually enter: and visit this strange island-city, this heaven-like republic….. The domes, the vaults and  the side walls of  Saint Marco's church, are all covered with pictures, with colored ornaments on a golden background; and some of these works are the good ones, the others of lesser value, depending on the greater or lesser ability of the masters who designed the patterns. All the mosaics retain their primitive character, whether they are all, both the good and the bad, formed equally with small glass cubes. <<.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey in 1786-87, 1787


Giovannino Montanari, a versatile artist of our contemporaneity, is now known in the national and international artistic scene thanks to his immense domes: three signs of pure strength and expressiveness, capable of encompassing the essence of today's artist.
Born in a medieval village near Terni, Umbria, Maestro Montanari preserves in his heart the reminiscences of a Venetian past inherent in his family, which still lives and survives in the vision of the domes that, although changing in shape and colour, do not  change into creationist essence.
Art has always been the emblem of the human soul, pure form of expression, origin of eternal vitality, capable of transporting the artist and the user in that dream world made of colours, shapes, spaces, figures, essences , presences and absences. 

Art is indeed the primordial form of expression that each of us has experienced at least once in our life, when we were young, when we approached drawing to know the world, to know colours, to feel the scents, to feel the hardness and the real existence.
 This is how Giovannino Montanari returns to be a child, or rather,  rediscovers a young boy eager to return to discover the world for the first time, the same universe that saw him live, but  did not always see him emotionally involved. Now it is time of the soul, of  emotions, of  feelings, of the desire to leave a piece of himself to the world, allowing the mind to rest and the heart to beat without restraints. Not that the art of this artist is meaningless, but rather it is charged with that reasoned and conveyed emotionality that allows everyone to understand and discover the contemporary through the window of his creation.
The paintings of Montanari are real windows open on the world, on that free and rebellious spirit that is not satisfied with the space, which involves the viewer guiding him in the swirl of details, made to be themselves works of art in the work art. Observing, rather living a picture of Montanari means being ready for a long journey made of mysteries, twists, unexpected events and feelings: here is the beauty of art, here is the purity of the gesture, here is the unconditional  Montanari's whirl that captures you and  "imprison" you to sensory exhaustion.
Actually, the paintings of Maestro Giovannino Montanari put into operation all the senses of the human beings: the eyes that observe the shapes and the colours capturing their chromatic and expressive power; the hands that can touch and appreciate the three-dimensionality of a projecting work, not enclosed in its own space and not limited in its flatness; the ears that can hear the gesture and the stroke of the creative hands that move in an irrepressible way on the canvas; the taste buds that can taste the sweetness and bitterness of a scene that is not always idyllic but equally vibrant with expressiveness.
This is the world of artistic creation by Giovannino Montanari, which can be appreciated in each of his personal exhibitions, in all his collective exhibitions as well as on the pages of each of his individual catalogues. It is not the painting that the Master does but it is the Master who makes the painting and who can make it a tangible and indelible sign of his passage on earth, made of experiences experienced transuding emotions and feelings. Being enchanted by his works of art is really easy as well as getting lost in the meanders of his immense chromatic depth, capable of turning from the dazzling gold of the domes to the deepest black of his stuccoes.
Of course if today Marie-Henri Beyle, better known as Stendhal, was still alive,  could take the works of Montanari like a vivid example of his "syndrome", as capable of provoking tachycardia, dizziness, vertigo, confusion and hallucinations to those who observe these extremely beautiful works of art.
 

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PROF. SALVATORE SANSONE  says:
From Eyüp hill you can discover the town under the domes and the minarets: Constantinople.  The new Rome. The second Rome. A bridge between Europe and Asia. The crystalline light draws curvy profiles, dazzling and shining. Like gold. Royal mirror. Showing the faces of the empire. In the mosaic panels of Saint Vital’s apse. In the architecture along the Adriatic Sea. On the sea. Only from the sea you can reach the borough of Giudecca. There is no land route. The sea is soft, sinuous and languid. It changes and confuses. It carries valuable objects and fabrics. It carries human beings, stories, ideas. Sometimes death.

In Montanari’s artworks there is this mixture of cultures. Melting souls. Mixtures of techniques. Shades of blue, red, yellow and green. Dense or mild colors. Pink melts gold. Creative liquefaction. Domes immersed in that deep water that retains the colors. Montanari’s canvas represents Modern golden shovels. Legitimate daughters of the Mediterranean Sea. Union of different languages and races.

Gateway of happiness.

About PROF. SALVATORE SANSONE

This review about Giovannino Montanari is of Salvatore Sansone, historian specialist of medieval art, is chief editor at the Italian Historical Institute for the Middle Ages. He achieved his PhD in Medieval Art History at the University of Salento. He is a collaborator of an important research dedicated to cataloging the manuscripts of the Vatican Library. He worked as professor of Medieval Art History at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Tuscia. He has worked as lecturer at several international conferences, with dissertations related to the iconographic aspects and iconographic artworks. Contact him: redazone@isime.it

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GUIDO FOLCO in ITALIA ARTE (June 2012, No. 6) writes:

…in the floating and iconic energy of the myth of a Sacral Byzantium, observes the man's face through the beauty and history. In the search of symbolic materials of earth and heaven, such as wood and crystal, the artist compares the eternal dualism between the material and the divine world, between corporeality and spirituality...

Giovannino Montanari is raw material, but also the gesture, the instinct, the passion: it is the essence of an innovative language, dynamic yet carefully measured in the compositional structure.

Instinct versus intellect, to the denial of the image, the rational and geometric structure that stands between being and not being, between the reality and imagination, the fantasy and the idea...

 

GUIDO FOLCO writes:

The international artist from Italy (International Italia Arte 2013) Giovannino Montanari with his "LUNA SUL BOSFORO" is considered one of the principal artists of present contemporary art on the international scene.

He has worked for the Last 15 years representing archetype symbologies, sacredness and spirituality in his works, through the use of acrylic and oil: He has portrayed "basilicas", Christian and Byzantine churches, views from Byzantium, Ravenna and Venice using his visionary and mystical appreciation and use of colour to infuse his works. With both "The East" and "The West".


About GUIDO FOLCO:

Editor of the Magazine ITALIA ARTE, Museum director MIIT Turin, Journalist, Art Curator


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MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONI writes in the Magazine "EOS" (January 2013 Issue No. 33):


GIOVANNINO MONTANARI Pittore

MAGNIFICENCE AND CATASTROPHE OF BYZANTIUM

From the text of the noble Nicetas the key to understand his dreamed paintings.
When in 1204 the Crusaders, or more exactly the Venetians, attacked and plundered Byzantium, a city collapsed and together a civilization ended: the refined, cultured, holy and dissolute capital of the Eastern Roman Empire still had more than two centuries of life , but its artistic masterpieces and its beauty were now blurred or lost. 
The city had been violated, its sacredness had disappeared forever. Byzantium, the second Rome, Byzantium, the new Jerusalem, Byzantium, the tabernacle-town, ceded to the West, which took possession of it with greed. 

Its relics, its statues of porphyry, its bronze horses, its marbles and the inlaid stones went to make another city beautiful, the mighty Venice, born under its aegis, now become the master of the sea on which its new treasures were reflecting. 

 The tragedy of Byzantium is described by Niceta Coniata, cultured official of the imperial court, who sees in the end of the Empire (because this is, despite the long agony of the centuries) the inevitable crowning of an historical path, the divine punishment for the faults and the cruelties perpetrated by a people who believed to be the elite of humanity. There is in him, as in many other writers and even men of arms, the awareness that everything was about to end. 

From an immense country that based its strength on the concept of imperial power as a divine gift, the guidance of a new world passes to the city-state that, instead, believes in the strength of its men, sailors, soldiers, merchants and craftsmen.
 And Venice consecrates itself with the possession of the symbols and wealth that come from the largest city in the world of which it feels designated heir. 

All this background appears on the canvases of  Giovannino Montanari, both from Terni and from the Venetian Giudecca. Almost like in a dream, or in a trance, in his paintings appear golden domes, mosaics, reflections of water, flights of birds, which evoke the distant and lost charm of Byzantium and the force of attraction and the glamour of Venice. A small exhibition, realized during the last summer in the enchantment of Isola Polvese in Lake Trasimeno, highlighted the creative path of the artist who insistently returns buildings with a view of interiors or sky backgrounds, in which all the magic and enchantment of Byzantium and Venice appear to stun us with their dreamed beauty.
The dominant dreamlike atmosphere of Giovannino Montanari's paintings is testimony to his love for a lost world of which he seems to have been a part, and his belonging to the world of Byzantium-Venice is also accentuated by the gallery of female figures, Theodora, Teofano, Byzantine princesses , swamped in silky pink, violet and gold dresses, which were the colours of the imperial court, or shadowed with fluctuating draperies on which the melted gold of oriental domes fell upon the crimson-red background dotted with gems. 

This is what Montanari paints but also what he can show us. 

The pictorial rendering of a beloved and dreamed world is obtained by the full-bodied brushstrokes that spread the matter by clinging to the evanescent and together real architectural structures. The material reality of the pictorial layer is condensed into details like mosaic or gold foils that define, making them almost recognizable, interior spaces of great beauty.
Giovannino Montanari feels the call of art from the earliest youth; the colour, the painting and the material rendering of the objects become part of his everyday experiences, living immersed in a colourful and rustling world in contact with the fabrics in the family shop. He has the good fortune of living the same experience as Matisse who borrowed in his "ville drapante " the love for colours and the tactile rendering of shapes.
But the journey of Montanari was not immediately directed towards art and painting, life and work led him to do something else, and in this other there were many journeys that meant for him knowledge of new places and people, living experiences and inner enrichment also sought in humanitarian missions.
When he was younger, he had done some sketches or paintings that someone noticed, then he began to paint again, choosing an enchanted place on the ancient sacred mountain above Terni, and his canvases were coloured with the ancient dream of Byzantium and Venice.
Giovannino Montanari has exhibited in many exhibitions, both personal and collective; his paintings, rich in gold and oriental visions, are now known to a wide audience and attract those who, like him, try to live in a dimension where reality, dreams, imagination and memory dictate actions in everyday life .

About MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONIO:

Graduated in Art Historie, President of the Italian Committee of the Association Internationale de l'histoire du verre. She organizes exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, writes press releases, essays, and promotes cultural events


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MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONI writes in the Magazine "EOS" (January 2013 Issue No. 33):

GIOVANNINO MONTANARI Pittore

MAGNIFICENCE AND CATASTROPHE OF BYZANTIUM

From the text of the noble Nicetas the key to understand his dreamed paintings.


About MARIA GIUSEPPINA MALFATTI ANGELANTONIO:

Graduated in Art Historie, President of the Italian Committee of the Association Internationale de l'histoire du verre. She organizes exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, writes press releases, essays, and promotes cultural events

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RITA MOSCATELLI (Painter and writer) writes:

The first encounter of Giovannino Montanari with the Arts world was many years ago, when as a young student, he painted small canvases which even at that time made him win the most coveted award of the school.

A complete artist who is never tired of moving forward because never satisfied with his achievements, his study is passion but it is not enough, the real objective is his own simplicity that emerges from his works, full of tenacity and stubbornness.

An obsessive search of perfection, years of hidden emotions that finally explode and fill the viewer's gaze, many shades in the cracks and countless shades given by the depth of the grooves. Giovannino is nowadays an artist who realizes what he admired as a child while playing in the studio of his mother and remained fascinated by the colours, by the chiaroscuro he could glimpse in the folds of clothes.

A colour scale that gave birth in his soul to the taste and sophistication that made him produce works so full of humanity. The sense of death and fear are removed from bright colours, from a melancholy wealth of eroticism, everything you see in his work fulfills you with delight.