Berlin is the European capital of contemporary art, and right here in Berlin exactly 110 years ago German Expressionism developed. The reunion with the fathers of Expressionism was a necessary moment in the evolution of Hyperexpressionist artists. Time to get back to basics. The Retramp Gallery showed immediately a great enthusiasm in embracing our project, so much so that since March has given us the availability to accommodate our major exhibition in its spaces. The exhibition “Die Zeit des Hyperexpressionismus” opened July 12, 2016, with a large participation of the public and critics. There were two critics of Staatlich Museen zu Berlin, who were impressed by the setting up and the strength of the exhibit.
This is time for Hyperexpressionism, of exaggerations and contradictions: the “post ergo sum”. We chose Berlin, symbolically the cradle of modernity and of all its paradoxes, to mark the passing of the baton to a possible future of art characterized by originality and authenticity. The Retramp Gallery is located in Neukolln, a central district full of sociological and cultural influences. The term gentrification was born here, the appearence of the neighborhood is completely altered compared to a few years ago. The Hyperexpressionism in Berlin, represented by Fosco Sileoni and Iacopo Maria Fiorani, took the road of internationalization, thanks to the participation and contribution of two artists, Daniel Nagengast from Dusseldorf, and Olga Raciborwska from Warsaw. Hyperexpressionist wave is unstoppable and inexorable as time is passing by, feeding itself from history and memory.
Imaginary described by Hyperexpressionism lives in the prehistoric caves of Lascaux and Chaveux, where men, through rock carvings, exorcised mystery and fears, beginning to create their own conscience. Life without art is not life, art and man are one, they can not live without each other. When this magic thread gets broken, humanity is in crisis.
Starting from Paleolithic art (cave painting at Chaveut, Lascaux, Altamira…), the path to Hyperxpressionism moves through artists such as Cimabue and Giotto, Velázquez and El Greco, from Géricault to Courbet, Gauguin and Van Gogh, Ensor and Munch, Die Brücke Kirchner and Expressionist Manifesto (Dresden 1905).
Path continues with Matisse (Fauves), Dubuffet (Art brut), Basquiat (Street art) and meets Fosco Sileoni (Hyperexpressionism).
Among milestones: Kandinsky (Der BlaueReiter), Pollock / Rotchko(Abstract Expressionism), Kiefer (Literary Expressionism), Iacopo Maria Fiorani (Hyperexpressionism).
Tevere Art Gallery (TAG) is one of the most interesting contemporary art galleries of the Roman scene. In 20 years of activity it has always stood for the authenticity of research, for the uncanny ability to sniff out the most promising artists of the last decades, highlighting in each step, from the selection of artists to their staging, an anti-academic autonomy and freedom from the prevailing taste of the art system. This has made it a real laboratory of ideas and experiments that continues to challenge contemporary age. A long talk about our project together with TAG responsible was enough to understand that this was the most suitable space for Hyperexpressionist Movement baptism. The exhibit was conceived quite naturally, from the dialogue between the artworks of Fiorani and Sileoni and those long white walls of the gallery.
In tune with the famous statement by Paul Klee “to look at a painting you need a chair” and pondering upon the exhibit space (that recalls an old disused railway station), seven benches were placed before Hyperexpressionist artworks, so as to invite the viewer to take all the time required to weave a relationship with the artworks.
“To look at a painting you need a chair” – Paul Klee
The inner experience is always unresolved and conflictual, the only option is to transcend the subject, symbol or sign, scan into the research for a color balancing of light and shadow, traît d’union between the conscious and unconscious, normality and diversity, physical and metaphysical, suggestion and shock.
The Hyperexpressionism is a new art movement originating in Italy in 2015, the starting point of an evolutionary process born from the inspiration of an Italian art critic, David Miliozzi. The movement encompasses painting, sculpture and video art to highlight the emphasis on the increased loneliness and suffering of human being, through a return to the roots of expressiveness. The art turns into instrument to overexpress our daily schizophrenic contradiction, focusing on the artwork, on artists, on their inner experience.