Galleria Anna Marra (Italy) and Gallery Nosco (UK - France) announce their partnership as the joint venture: MARRA\NOSCO Gallery.
The newly Brussels based gallery will run an exhibition space in addition to those already managed abroad by the two founding partners. The partnership will enhance and expand the focus of the two galleries, which already demonstrates a highly complementary and multidisciplinary artistic program, and will create dialogues between artists from different generations and continents, as well as sign on promising emerging artists on the international scene.
It’s not the first collaboration of these two galleries in Brussels. In March 2021, in a moment when the art world had come to a standstill, prioritizing digital viewing rooms and virtual shows, both galleries teamed up with a third one to open a joint curatorial physical venue in Brussels called Bubble’n’Squeak. Hosted with the incentive of supporting global younger and mid career artists achieve visibility through exhibitions and selected art fairs, the temporary curatorial project has now closed after showing 40 international artists and 4 exhibitions.
MARRA\NOSCO Brussels venue is located in the central neighbourhood of St Catherine, on the first floor of a charming historic building.
The opening group show that will inaugurate the new space will bring together represented and newly signed artists, and constitutes a first testimony of what’s to come. Titled The Little Thing That Counts, the show will present work by Andreea Albani, Norbert Filep, Carlos Martiel, José Carlos Martinat, José Luis Martinat, Nunzio, Radu Oreian, Andrew Orloski, Perino & Vele and Túlio Pinto.
The Little Thing That Counts
15 December 2021 - 19 February 2022
With: Andreea Albani, Norbert Filep, Carlos Martiel, José Carlos Martinat, José Luis Martinat, Nunzio, Radu Oreian, Andrew Orloski, Perino & Vele, Túlio Pinto
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday, January 15th, 11am - 7pm
41 rue Locquenghein 1000 Brussels
Open from Wednesday to Friday from 2pm to 6.30pm / Saturday from 11am to 7pm
- Andreea Albani (1988, Bucharest, Romania), abstract drawer and painter, whose conceptual body of work resembles a memory archive of psychological events, in her own words – “a visual alphabet”.
- Norbert Filep (1990, Romania), conceptual drawing practician with his figuratively evocative monochromatic graphite on paper work, seemingly engaging with the apparent death of the painting. By using well controlled geometries, repetitions, different layers of colour or graphite, or even materials like glass, Norbert Filep creates abstract compositions which are questioning the role of contemporary imagery inside of a well digitalized society.
- Carlos Martiel (1989, Havana, Cuba). Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel uses his body to address the restrictions and limitations within the lived experience of the black male body.
- José Carlos Martinat (1974, Lima, Peru) whose approach about appropriation involves the extraction of elements from the streets peeling-off pintas políticas, the collection of gypsum molds from the foundries where heroes of the 19th century were molten in bronze, which is re-contextualized afterwards.
- José Luis Martinat (1974, Lima, Peru), by appropriating, manipulating and distorting pre-existing materials, it changes the original meaning and generates the possibility of new associations and interpretations.
- Nunzio (1954, Cagnano Amiterno, Italy) deals in his sculptural work with the formal possibilities of different materials such as wood, plaster and lead, and explores their material and immaterial effect as related to light. One of his most typical aspects is his burning of wood, creating an intense blackness which is intrinsic to the material.
- Radu Oreian (1984, Tarnaveni, Romania), is a graduate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest and of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, he uses drawing, painting and installation in his practice. The concept of ‘collective portraits’ that constitute the main body of Oreian’s work is placed at the intersection of art, philosophy, language, history and the ever-evolving form of complexity that society generates today.
- Andrew Orloski’s (1986, USA) work explores notions of monumentalism and banality with an inquisitive look at mundane, often overlooked objects we surround ourselves with daily. His process utilizes a variety of traditional and contemporary mold making techniques, which aid in the transformation of objects through materiality.
- Perino & Vele (Emiliano Perino, New York 1973 - Luca Vele, Rotondi 1975) work favoring the use of papier- mâché. Grinding newspapers of various colors they recycle the pages in a mixture of words and images, a media mix that, once formed, returns to communicate. A game between the irony of the meanings and the ambiguity of the materials, in a sort of communicative antagonism.
- Túlio Pinto (1974, Brasilia, Brazil) is interested in the tension created by the relationship of forces. His sculptures often juxtapose two “opposing” materials such as metal and blown glass, balancing them with the help of gravity.
Galleria Anna Marra, active since 2013, has become an increasingly important presence in the contemporary art sector. Located in Rome’s ancient Jewish Ghetto, the space’s minimalist architecture is its main characteristic. This impression is mirrored in the choice of exhibitions it hosts, only those which are the most essential and rigorous in their artistic research.
The Gallery focuses on valorising international emerging and middle career talents, it promotes by organising exhibitions both in its own exhibition spaces and in public institutions.
Gallery Nosco was founded in London in 2007 by Cyril Moumen. The gallery ethos is about cultural exchanges, running residency programs to further dialogue and enrich the difference between conceptualism, practices, political environments and cultural history in a contemporary art society.
Gallery Nosco has been focusing its program on on emerging contemporary artists from Latin America over the last 10 years but also working with artists from the US, Europe and Africa.
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