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MUSIC AND ART


Cristina Ariagno, artist and concert performer from Turin, graduated in piano and direction of choral music. After studying with Clara Fumagalli, in turn a student of Benedetti Michelangeli, during the course of her 30 years’ career as a pianist, she explored the cultural movement of the early French twentieth century, thus becoming a benchmark for the performance of this repertoire. She recorded the complete piano works of Germaine Tailleferre, Louis Aubert, Erik Satie, pieces by Lili Boulanger and Ravel ... and also the complete work of chamber piano music by Claude Debussy, with the “Art Nouveau Ensemble”.
In 2013, after several years of research, the piano work by Reynaldo Hahn is published: many previously unpublished works are now engraved in premiere recording, and published by Heugel. The box “Works for Piano Solo” published by “Concerto Classics” includes 4 CDs and a DVD with an original documentary created in cooperation with Jean-Christophe Etienne, president of the “Association Reynaldo Hahn” in Paris.

She also recorded for the historic brand “New Era”, with “Arts”, “Timpani”, and a large portion of her performances have been published by “Brilliant Classics”.
Amongst the many artistic collaborators we like to cite Massimo Marin, Christian Bellisario, Gabriella Bosio, Claire Gouton, Pierluigi Puglisi, Manuel Zigante, but we also recall the suggestions by Riccardo Risaliti and Gian Andrea Lodovici.

In parallel, in the last 15 years Ariagno also intensifies her work of art and public exhibitions, following a path which goes from informal contemporary art to a conceptual one. Her paintings are characterized by sewn cuts which represent reflections on man. The seams, initially performed with thread and needle, are now mostly remade using titanium wires directly welded on the canvas. Artistic creation with titanium wire is an integral part of the work, and emphasizes the idea of eternal evolution.
The wire, made by titanium, but also by iron, aluminum, copper, silk and electric wire ... becomes a leitmotif. The colors, more and more concentrated and defined, shall be read as "in movement", and from the canvas the artist goes to the realization of sculptures and installations.

“Vexations”, for example, is a multimedia work in homage of Erik Satie, where tens of woven panels with a cut sewn in a way slightly different from each other, are meant as the interpretation of a pattern design, and form kind of an upholstery in a room where the viewer is surrounded by the sound effect when sitting in front of a video screen.
“Metamorphosis” is an oil triptych on canvas and titanium provided with a chair which allows listening to the sounds composed in accordance with the theme, and was presented at the Innsbruck’s Ferdinandeum for the exhibition Schmetterling in 2007.
The project "E’ solo questione di tempo” (It's only a matter of time), from which an extensive search in the use of matter is originated, is seen as an aesthetic response to the notion of time. Steel, wood, glass, electrical wires, synthetic means, paper, leaves, ceramics are just some of the materials employed, with the use of techniques apparently distant, but wisely integrated between them. For example an old litter for silkworms is transformed into a sort of frame with a mesh of aluminum and silk wiring. Under the litter box the memory of mulberry leaves can be read, chalcographied on several sheets of paper. The fabric of life itself is evident in the time compression, decontextualised in the work of art.

Among the many exhibitions, we will mention a few: Civic Gallery of Modern Art in Spoleto Italy (2005), Palace of the Senate of Milan Italy, Faculty of Art History in Innsbruck, National Library of Turin Italy, San Francesco Cloister in Sorrento Italy, Leonardo da Vinci Centre in Montreal Canada, Ziino Palace in Palermo Italy (2009 ), Palazzo Albertini in Forlì Italy (2011), Renzo Piano building in Novara Italy (2012).





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