Jules Maidoff

From 11-18-2010 To 12-18-2010

Jules Maidoff



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Recent Works by Jules Maidoff. An artist long before he founded SACI in 1975, Maidoff has presented his work in over 100 international solo exhibitions. www.julesmaidoff.com

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Inauguration Event: 18 November 2010, 3:30 to 9:30 pm (see program below)

JULES MAIDOFF PALAZZO FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
Via Sant’Egidio 14, FIRENZE

Painting is not reality. A good painting is the physical presence of a new idea.” Jules Maidoff

Maidoff arrived in Italy for the first time, in Florence, in 1956 thanks to a Fulbright grant. From that moment, his life would never be the same: “I sensed that Italy was a place I already knew”. Maidoff is a tireless “visionary” who has had more than 200 one-person exhibitions around the world. He is the founder of one of the most important international schools of art in Europe, SACI (Studio Art Centers International). For 35 years, SACI in Florence has helped form thousands of young artists from many nations.

An example for the city, SACI presents a model to follow when speaking of urban renewal and the commitment to preserving the artistic heritage of Florence. The idea of the active participation of residents of the City of Florence with its recent initiative for safeguarding and protecting “100 places” has not yet been forgotten, as SACI, an American art school in Florence since 1975, inaugurates the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts.

The Renaissance building, located in Via Sant’Egidio 14, previously occupied by the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, has been transformed into the ideal place where American (and not only American) students can study and learn studio art techniques and principles of architecture and design while studying at SACI.

The Palazzo, which hosts the school’s second studio building (many of SACI’s courses will continue to be taught at SACI’s main building, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni, in Via Sant’Antonino 11) has been named after Jules Maidoff, founder and director emeritus of SACI and an internationally famous artist who first arrived in Italy in the 1950s, after winning a Fulbright scholarship.

The official opening of the building will take place on Thursday, 18 November, from 3:30 pm, and will feature personalities from the worlds of art, politics, and the universities.

The program features presentations by the Honorable Valdo Spini on the relationships between “Florence and American Universities”; art historian, conservator, and SACI conservation area head Dr. Roberta Lapucci on “Caravaggio’s Technical and Optical Innovations”; and Jules Maidoff on the “35 Years of Activity in SACI.”

Additional speakers include David Mees, Cultural Attaché of the US Embassy in Rome; Maria Grazia Quieti, Executive Director of the US-Italy Fulbright Commission; and Cristina Giachi, Councilor for University and Research of the City of Florence. Cristina Acidini, Superintendent of the Polo Museale di Firenze, will be an honored guest.

Inauguration events will also include the opening in the palazzo's gallery of an exhibition of recent works by Jules Maidoff; a concert of Baroque music performed by the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini ensemble, directed by maestro Gian Luca Lastraioli; and a performance presented by the Associazione Multimedia, Myth and Contamination - Homage to photographer Joel-Peter Witkin by the theater group "Ceremonie Crudeli" with Liliana Ugolini, Giada Primavera, Giusi Merli, directed by Alessandra Borsetti Venier, a member of SACI's President's Council, who will be presenting  a book of the theatrical text published by Morgana Edizioni.

All of these events are open to the public, who will be welcome to visit the Palazzo's Renaissance courtyard, as well as its garden, classrooms, and studios.

Press office: Cecilia Morandi - cecilia.morandi@saci-florence.edu

November 18, 2010

PROGRAM

3:30-4:30 pm ~ Lecture by SACI Conservation Area Head Roberta Lapucci on “Caravaggio’s Technical and Optical Innovations.”

4:30-5:30 pm ~ Lecture by the Honorable Valdo Spini on “Florence and US University Programs.”

5:30-6:15 pm ~ Lecture by SACI founder and director emeritus Jules Maidoff on “35 Years of Activity at SACI.”

6:30 pm ~ Official Opening Ceremony of the SACI Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts with inaugural speeches by honored guests representing Italian and US authorities, with the participation of: David Mees, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the United States of America in Rome; Cristina Giachi, Assessore Università e Ricera, Politiche Giovanili del Comune di Firenze; Maria Grazia Quieti, Executive Director of the US-Italy Fulbright Commission; and guest of honor Cristina Acidini, Soprintendente per il Polo Museale di Firenze.

7:15 pm ~ Concert of Baroque Music by the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini ensemble conducted by SACI faculty member Gian Luca Lastraioli (concert funded by the International Music and Art Foundation).

8:15 pm ~ Aperitivo

9:00 pm ~ Myth and Contamination - Homage to Photograper Joel-Peter Witkin, Action-writing with Liliana Ugolini, Giada Primavera, Giusi Merli, directed by Alessandra Borsetti Venier.



La pittura non è la realità. Un buon dipinto è la presenza fisica di un’idea.” Jules Maidoff

Il 18 Novembre, la SACI inaugura il nuovo Palazzo Jules Maidoff for the Visual Arts in Via Sant'Egidio 14, Firenze. L’inaugurazione del Palazzo sarà l’occasione per l’opening della mostra delle opere recenti di Jules Maidoff.

Americano di profonde radici a Firenze, e in sostanza artistica del mondo, Maidoff arriva per la prima volta in Italia, a Firenze, nel 1956 grazie ad una borsa di studio. Da quel momento la sua vita non sarebbe stata più la stessa: “Sentii che l’Italia mi apparteneva”. Maidoff, instancabile “visionario”, che ha realizzato fino ad oggi più di 200 personali in tutto il mondo. Fondatore di una delle più importanti scuole internazionali di arte in Europa, la SACI (Studio Art Centers International) che a Firenze in 35 anni di attività ha formato migliaia di giovani artisti.

L’evento sarà accompagnato inoltre dal Concerto di musica barocca del complesso Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini, alle 19.15, diretto dal maestro Gian Luca Lastraioli, e dallo spettacolo di scrittura-azione Mito e Contago - Omaggio al fotografo Joel‐Peter Witkin, alle 21.00, del gruppo teatrale Cerimonie crudeli con Liliana Ugolini, Giada Primavera, Giusi Merli. La regia è di Alessandra Borsetti Venier, membro del Consiglio della SACI, che presenterà il libro con il testo teatrale e immagine edito da Morgana Edizioni.

L’incontro è aperto al pubblico che potrà visitare il cortile rinascimentale, il giardino, le aule e i laboratori del Palazzo.
JULES MAIDOFF PALAZZO FOR THE VISUAL ARTS
Via Sant’Egidio 14
FIRENZE

Open Monday - Friday,
9am - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday
1pm-7pm

Admission is free

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