Rudi Ninov

Teteven (1992)

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Rudi Ninov, Colour Notes in Epilogue, Portico e San Benedetto (FC), Emilia-Romagna. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua. Ph. Gionata Possenti e Alessandro Rinaldi.

The artist who will carry out a site-specific work in the village of Portico e San Benedetto, in Emilia-Romagna. Rudi’s interest in early animated films and their cinematic mechanism is fundamental to his work. In contrast to the weightlessness and graphic power of the two-dimensional work of his canvases, his sculptures present a tactility and a material multiplicity of tensions, surface textures and colors, which like crazy codes refer to different semantic spheres. Graduated from Goldsmith College in London, he continues his studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Winner of the Cultural Perspectives Foundation Scholarship, Bulgaria in 2019, and The Neville Burston Award for Painting, UK in 2015, among his most recent exhibitions are: ‘Pretty sure it’s just the wind’, Goethe Institute and ‘SWIMMING POOL’, Sofia in 2021, and ‘ORBIT’, Messeturm, Frankfurt, in 2020. His Elpis collaborator is Elisabetta Negroni.

«As we approached Ponte della Maestà, Quinto [Cappelli] stopped and noted the stone protrusions along the bridge, where the horses can wedge their hooves and climb the steep angle… naturally I took the same steps. At the top of the bridge, before saying goodbye he told me: ” […] because you’re a painter, maybe you should know that water flow was important for Dante”. Then I looked back at Portico».

the exhibition

Colour Notes in Epilogue

curated by Elisabetta Negroni

Portico e San Benedetto is a series of inclusions starting from its name. The last bastion of Romagna to the south, where the pronunciation of the S is still a point of pride, the town was for a long time also the land of the Florentine Portinari family of Dante’s Beatrice. One municipality, but three villages; it only just reaches 700 inhabitants, but is also home to an Italian school for foreigners since 1989. The widespread intervention by Rudi Ninov develops precisely on the curious contrasts of a city that seems to have made an identity trait out of diversity and hospitality.
Inside the small Oratorio by the bridge, a first ceramic installation is in dialogue with the reproduction of the Visitation of Carmignano by Pontormo, taking up the sculptural impetus of the drapes, as excessive as the color palette, elements of intensity and dynamism which can be found in Ninov’s work. The library in via Roma hosts a second ceramic installation: two sculptures which are both an invitation and a gift, will involve visitors firsthand. Finally, at the Portinari Tower, a series of canvases on the bare walls of the ancient donjon of the fort, accompanies the ascent to the panoramic view up to the Ponte della Maestà, thus closing the circuit of the visit.

Free access to Oratorio and Library.
To book your visit at Torre Portinari: +39 0543 967047, Sat and Sun free access, 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 7pm.

the village

Portico e San Benedetto, Emilia-Romagna

44°01’32.6″N 11°46’52.2″E

Una Boccata d’Arte 2021, Rudi Ninov, Colour Notes in Epilogue. Panoramic view of Portico e San Benedetto (FC), Emilia-Romagna. Courtesy: Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua. Ph. Gionata Possenti e Alessandro Rinaldi.

Portico e San Benedetto is an Emilia-Romagna town of 732 residents in the province of Forlì-Cesena, whose namesake cities are 34 and 53km away, respectively. It is made up of three hamlets: Portico di Romagna, a medieval village and the hometown of Folco Portinari, father of Beatrice, where you can visit the Ponte della Maestà, Portinari Tower and garden and the Pieve S. Maria in Girone; Bocconi, a smaller hamlet and home to the bridge and waterfall of Brusia; and San Benedetto in Alpe, where in the upper part (Poggio) you can admire the Benedictine Abbey and the waterfall of Acquacheta, which Dante mentioned in the XVI canto of Inferno.

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Acknowledgments:
the Mayor Maurizio Monti, Councilor Caterina Mordenti, Claudia Cappelli, Quinto Cappelli, Federico Pace, Dario Valli and the team at “Al Vecchio Contento” hotel and restaurant.

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