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2RC: Masters of the art print

By Margaret Failoni

In 1959, three young graduates from the Milan Academy of Art, Walter Rossi and Eleonora Romero and their cousin, Franco Cioppi,   believing that graphic art was an actual artistic genre and not just an offshoot, opened a small print shop in Rome, 2RC Stamperia d’Arte,  and thus changed art print history in Europe. Walter and Eleonora joined forces also in their personal life and after a few years they remained the sole master printers of the 2RC workshop.

Art, Ongoing exhibit of 2RC, Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Allende 14 Sur, Centro Histórico

Their philosophy has always been to invent a way to execute the printing needs of each individual artist and this very successful effort is what put them on the map. Before long the Who’s Who of Contemporary Art was knocking at their door, from the Italian masters of the period, to the Cobra group, to the American Abstract Expressionists to the Pop Art artists, from the Italian Trans Avant-garde to the British super stars to today’s upcoming Chinese artists. The list of artists is daunting. These prints created over a 40-year period are in major museum collections throughout the world and are totally unlike anything seen previously in the art of printmaking.

To watch George Segal etch the plates with the human body for the Blue Jeans series was an unrepeatable experience, or to see Sam Francis balance over a two-meter plate placed on the floor and with sweeping brush strokes apply the necessary strokes to the plate’s surface. A month wouldn’t go by without an art celebrity walking through the workshop’s door: Nancy Graves with her infectious laugh, Beverly Pepper, who kept a home in nearby Todi, would arrive with a few bottles of Grappa from Dorazio’s nearby vineyard, Alexander Lieberman would steal some time from his New York Conde Nast chores and his upstate sculpture studio to create small and exquisite aquatint etchings. Calder’s over-the-top personality created some very colorful and exuberant prints, as did Victor Vasarely and Josef Albers.

Danny Berger, who was later to become the director of the Metropolitan Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, was living in Rome during the ’70’s and brought many major American artists to visit the workshop. It wasn’t long before Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis and George Segal became regulars. After 2000 the first 2RC itinerant exhibition opened in Milan at the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation spaces. The show was then exhibited in museums in China, Russia and Singapore and in the fall of 2011 it opened in the Museo de la Estampa, in Mexico City.

The next stop would have been in San Miguel’s El Nigromante (Bellas Artes) but due to lengthy restoration, the director of Bellas Artes, Ernesto de la Peña, arranged for the exhibition to go to the Museo de Arte de Querétaro under the direction of Marcela Herbert, but still sponsored by San Miguel’s Bellas Artes. The original exhibition was enriched by 300 linear meters of works of art, but due to the smaller Querétaro space, only one third of the original exhibition will be displayed. The Queretaro museum will exhibit major mixed media prints by Afro Basaldella, Pierre Alechinsky, Francis Bacon, Alberto Burri, Francisco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Sam Francis, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Giacomo Manzu, Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Tan Ping, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Julian Schnabel, George Segal, Walasse Ting, Liu Ye. A limited number of bilingual catalogs of the entire exhibition will be available for purchase.

The 2RC exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the world’s most accomplished original and unique art prints.

Bellas Artes San Miguel presenta exposición de grabado en Querétaro

Por Atención Staff

Como resultado de un proyecto colectivo entre el Museo Nacional de la Estampa (MUNAE)  y el Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez El Nigromante (CCIREN) se  inaugura el próximo 19 de enero y hasta el 19 de febrero, la exposición de grabado “Doble sueño del  arte. 2RC – entre el artista y el artífice”,  teniendo como sede para esta gran exhibición las bellísimas instalaciones del Museo de Arte de Querétaro (MAQ), informó el Director del CCIREN, Ernesto de la Peña, al tiempo que realizó una extensa invitación para que los sanmiguelenses asistan  y sean testigos de las magnificas obras pertenecientes a 40 diferentes artistas internacionales de primer nivel.

Esta muestra rinde un homenaje a una de las principales estamperías de arte italianas e internacionales, el taller 2RC: recorriendo la actividad de producción desde 1962 hasta el día de hoy, cuenta con una gran selección de obras gráficas de artistas italianos e internacionales de la segunda mitad del siglo XX, fruto de la fecunda colaboración de estos artistas Valter y Eleonara Rossi, fundadores de la 2RC, destacó Ernesto de la Peña.

La exposición incluye  trabajos de notables artistas de la escena internacional como: Alenchinsky, Miró, Calder, Burri, Bacon, Moore, Cucchi, Schnabel, Fontana, Segal, por mencionar  sólo algunos. Cabe destacar que la curaduría para dicha exposición estuvo a cargo de  Achille Bonito Oliva.

La técnica de grabado puede ser considerada, por la identidad artesanal que la caracteriza y por la cercanía directa con el artista. El grabado es, necesariamente, un proyecto colectivo. A diferencia de otras disciplinas artísticas donde la creación  puede realizarse aisladamente, exige la colaboración; trabajo de enriquecimiento mutuo en el que ambos desempeñan un papel igualmente relevante. Para llevar a cabo el proceso  de estampación el artista requiere de las manos diestras y la resolución técnica del maestro impresor. El grabado entonces, es el resultado exitoso de una estrecha y efectiva colaboración; trabajo de enriquecimiento mutuo en el que ambos desempeñan un papel igualmente relevante.

Han contribuido en este proyecto la Embajada de Italia, Instituto Italiano de Cultura de Ciudad de México; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Museo de Arte de Querétaro, a Achille Bonito Oliva, Valter, Elenonara y Simona Rossi. Con ellos hecho posible el sueño compartido de traer a México y a San Miguel esta extraordinaria muestra.

 

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