Caro Danilo, fa freddo, molto freddo qui a Bologna
Opening September 11, 2021 - 4pm / 9pm
Critical text by Eugenio Viola
LABS Contemporary art is pleased to present Caro Danilo, fa freddo, molto freddo qui a Bologna, an exhibition dedicated to the artist's editions of the publishing house Danilo Montanari. Giulia Marchi and Giuseppe De Mattia investigate, through a wide selection of Danilo Montanari's work, the use of the "blank page" as an exhibition space in which words partially lose their semantic value and become image.
The exhibition includes a selection of artists' books, catalogs, posters and multiples created by Danilo Montanari over the years for some of the most significant artists on the international scene, including Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini and Luigi Ghirri. There will also be recent productions as evidence of the continuous research carried out by the publisher in the contemporary field.
Danilo Montanari was born in Marina di Ravenna in 1953.
He began his editorial activity in 1979 with the SUPERGRUPPO cooperative.
He founded the ESSEGI publishing agency which he directed until 1993. Since 1994 he has been publishing with his own brand.
The publishing house has been active since 1980 and has published about 800 titles in the field of contemporary art (until 1994 also using the Essegi brand), photography and architecture. In the catalog, besides historical authors (from Alighiero Boetti to Maurizio Cattelan, Giulio Paolini, Sol Lewitt), there are also new proposals (Flavio De Marco, Riccardo Benassi, Giuseppe De Mattia, Giulia Marchi) present on the international art scene.
Significant are the titles dedicated to photography, from Luigi Ghirri to Olivo Barbieri, Paolo Ventura.
The publishing house is particularly attentive to limited edition artist's books. It has participated in some of the most important fairs (Artissima Turin, Artefiera Bologna, MIART Milan, Offprint Paris, NewYork Art Book Fair, Fotofever Brussels, Vienna Photofestival, Unseen Amsterdam, Kassel, Arts Libris Barcelona, Arco Madrid, Los Angeles Art Book Fair).