Franco Lastraioli cm.40x50

A.Corazzi e E.Scatarzi, "Infezioni urbane"
Photographic manipulations on acetate paper cm 20x25

Walter Bellini's project includes a direct social partecipation in the territory in which he lives. This is not only finalized in regular didactic itineraries for students at all levels to help them discover more about the world of art but also in interpreting real problems and attempting to provide some sort of answer to them - in fact it was only natural that Walter Bellini should trust in the international world of art after the tragic bomb explosion in Florence that damaged Via Lambertesca (where a Rainer Maria Rilke style angel, one of the exhibits in a one man show by Austrian sculptor Florl, miraculously escaped destruction), by immediately reopening Ken's Art Gallery, doubling the size of the exhibition space. He has symbolically won recognition from the Florentines, Italians and Europeans alike, among them the City Council of Florence, as well as having mobilized personalities of culture and art from all over the world. Prof. H. Rainer and Hubert Florl came to Florence from Austria, Dr. P. Hurlimann from Switzerland, Dr. B. Barrow from the U.S.A. and an intercontinental flight was even chartered from Rhode Island by D. Pignataro, a collector of contemporary art, to bring people over for the meeting between the Ken's Art Gallery and the Uffizi. In fact, Bellini created the "Art Donations" exhibition in September 27th 1993, out of solidarity with the Uffizi, to contribute towards the restoration of one of the Uffizi art works damaged by the explosion. All Ken's artists took part in it: Falzoni, Nincheri, Conti, DuprË, Alinari, Bandinelli, Birga and Bonciani, as well as other artists like Doni, Fallani, Gennari, Loffredo, Smythe and Vignozzi.

The resulting international solidarity confirmed the interactive role of Ken's Gallery as a place that is open to young and unknown artists from all over the world and where art knows no bounds. Bellini's statement to the press during the commemorative ceremony for the bomb in Florence is symbolic. "There were over 30.000 of us in Piazza Signoria to commemorate the tragedy and the candles burned our hands in the absolute and utter silence. That was when I realised how important Florence actually is to Italy and the world. Therefore it is only natural the Ken's Art Gallery should want to launch its "Project 2000" in Florence. It is hardly surprising therefore that Ken's Art Gallery is already getting ready for the year 2000 by opening a site on INTERNET and, because it is based in an important European capital of art like Florence, will link up artists, cultural centres, museums and galleries from all over the world, allowing them to communicate their artistic developments. This will make it possible to encourage the important exchanges that keep a real artistic and dialectic relationship alive, it is a chance to discover the most recent trends in art, little known and new styles, as well as all the latest types of multimedial and multicultural communication being developed thoughout the world. We will now be able to see more art than ever before in an environment that is being dominated more and more, and only too often levelled out, by the radio and television media, for it will always be a form of research, perspective, an individual and collective reflection on the past and an introduction to the future. This is why we are really thrilled to be activating this worldwide artistic and multicultural link-up from the city of Florence with living contemporary artists.

Roberto Altmann - "Ritmo"
Mixed techniques on canvas - height 78cm

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