‘Finalmente‘, an exhibition of works by Jean Blanchaert, will open on Thursday 16 February 2018 at the Bagni Misteriosi on via Carlo Botta.
This is a location that many readers will be familiar with and it has previously featured on Flawless Milano. It’s a place of distinct uniqueness, a trait shared by this particular artist. A noted philanthropist, Blachaert has organized a fundraising endeavor for the redevelopment of the Palazzina dei Bagni.
More than 400 of his works will be displayed, including illustrations, drawings and glass products by the noted artist from different points during his frenetic and storied career. Born into a family of gallery owners, Blanchaert brings decades of passion and knowledge to this exhibition and combines his curatorial activities (executed alongside Philippe Daverio) with artistic production.
Influenced by Dadaism, Surrealism, the artist’s process involves envisioning the shape of figures that are then broken up, thereby creating unique symbolic images. Each sign becomes a symbol, and the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred. Blanchaert’s natural talent for glass-making (perhaps his greatest passion) is influenced by constant contact with the art world.
One of the best known works are the icons of saints which was published by Rizzoli. These works show off Blanchaert’s skill as a calligrapher and illustrator. For years, Blanchaert dedicated himself to working in ink, creating decorative covers, children’s books, and newspaper illustrations for publications such as ‘Verve’, ‘Artedossier’ and ‘Linkiesta’.
Like the bold lines of ink on a white page, this exhibition and its incredible setting, will leave an indelible mark on you.