It all started with a postcard, unearthed in bookshoop a museum, many years ago. Then it happened, that design so loved ended mosaic, and I liked it, and that was followed by another, then a third and so on …
Venus, Ladislav Sutnar, mosaico in pasta vitrea 20x20 cm - WOW Collection
Iniziò tutto con una cartolina, scovata nel bookshop di un museo, molti anni fa. Poi il caso volle che quel disegno tanto amato finì a mosaico, e mi piacque, e a quello ne seguì un altro, poi un terzo e così via. Tutte scelte fortuite, pensavo, legate all'istinto e al gusto personale. Il fil rouge: le donne. Per accorgermi poi che le stesse donne, sempre loro, si chiamavano l'un l'altra, quasi a riconoscersi, nonostante fossero state rappresentate da diversi artisti in epoche e con stili differenti. Come fossero una sola, unica donna. Ciò che cambia è lo sguardo di chi le racconta mantenendo però la medesima immutata emozione. Così, non tanto casualmente come avevo creduto in principio, questa celebrazione del femminino mi ha condotto ai grandi grafici moderni e contemporanei e alle loro essenziali e immediate forme di espressione e comunicazione visiva. #giornatainternazionaledelladonna#8marzo#mosaicoinstagram#mnmvenezia#ladislavsutnar#venus
The designer Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976) emigrated from Czechoslovakia to the USA in 1940. He rented a room in New York in a 3rd-floor apartment on 52nd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. On his very first night, he was submerged by the world of the New York streets, so different from what he was used to. His eyes saw for the first time all the shady forms of entertainment: liquor stores, rude slang and physical vulgarity: the human being laid bare by his search for temptations. This new society unfurled in front of him to the rhythm of the nightclubs and the red and purple neon lights against the night sky, a sight that fascinated him and influenced his art from then on. In the early Sixties he publishes the Strip Street series, a daring collection of 12 erotic stencil paintings also known as “posters without words” or “Venus” and “Joy Art” that are soon forgotten, together with the street in which they appeared that was quickly transformed by the construction boom. His words that accompany his works refer to that: "In these disturbed times of cool and alienated society," he wrote, "if the paintings can inject the feeling, the mission is accomplished." 2) Sudnar understood the courage of Tom Wesselmann, but also the figures of Matisse and the direct message of the colors of Saul Bass, and became a pioneer of artistic design, in an explosion of style, color, hedonism and fertility dance that electrify the spectator. And he called it “Joy Art”.
Venus, Ladislav Sutnar, 20x20 cm mosaic - WOW Collection
It all began with a postcard that I found in a museum shop many years ago. I happened to make a mosaic of it, and I quite liked it, and then I made another and another and so on. They were all based on casual choices, or so I believed, based on my instinct and my personal taste. The common thread: women. Then I realized that each of these women called the next one to my attention as if they were acquainted, although different artists had painted them in different periods and in different styles. As if they were all the same, unique woman. What differs is the gaze of the artist, but the emotion is the same every time.❤ Therefore, it was not merely by chance, as I believed in the beginning, that the celebration of the female being brought me in contact with the great modern and contemporary artists and their essential and direct means of expression and visual communication.