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Flying Dreams



Flying Dreams

Italian Contemporary Art Exhibition

The exhibition presents 14 extraordinary graphic works in limited edition, created using copperplate engraving technique (etching, aquatint, drypoint, sugarlift, carborundum), of some among the most representative Italian artists, who have obtained important acknowledgements both at national and international level: Carla Accardi, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Giovanni Frangi, Luca Pignatelli, Matteo Massagrande, Giuseppe Santomaso, Emilio Vedova and Giuseppe Zigaina. The works have been realized by the Stamperia d’arte Albicocco, one of the last art print houses still in existence.

Operating since the beginning of the 70s in Udine under a different name, the print house was established by Corrado Albicocco who, together with his son Gianluca, turned it into a reference point for both national and international copperplate engravings. Thanks to his talent, passion and sensitivity, Albicocco managed to conquer the trust of some of the greatest contemporary artists, who in the artisan from Friuli saw the ideal “ferryman” of their works on paper, where each print is the masterful result of an ancient and timeless skill.

corrado albicoccoCorrado Albicocco was born in 1947 in Urbino, where he spent his childhood and youth, attending the primary school and subsequently, at higher level, the prestigious Book School. In 1972, together with his compatriot Federico Santini, he opened the “Stamperia AS“ in via Volontari della Libertà, Udine, which was subsequently moved to Via Gemona 100. He then obtained a position as teacher of Graphic Design for Advertising at the Art School in Udine, and at the same time started his activity as a printer. The “Stamperia AS“ worked with great commitment and printed works by Giuseppe Santomaso, Emilio Vedova, Armando Pizzinato, Emilio Greco, Nunzio Gulino, Albert Merz, Giuseppe Zigaina, Leonardo Castellani, Walter Piacesi, Walter Valentini, Pericle Fazzini, Alberto Sughi, Piero Dorazio, Jiří Kolář, Vladimir Veličković, to mention only some of the artists whose names give an idea of the breadth and the quality of the collaborations. In 1994 Corrado Albicocco left AS to open the “Stamperia d’Arte Albicocco” in Via Ermes di Colloredo, characterized in those years by the contribution of artists of a new generation who will bring to the graphic arts new lymph and vitality. Artists from Milanese and Roman workshops approach the print house from Udine, as well as a new generation from diverse backgrounds, school and poetic vision: Albicocco collaborates with artists such as Giovanni Frangi, Marco Petrus, Luca Pignatelli, Velasco, Alex Corno, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Marco Tirelli, Bruno Ceccobelli, Nunzio Di Stefano, Stefano Di Stasio, Giovanni La Cognata, Paola Gandolfi, Klaus Karl Mehrkens, Matteo Massagrande, Franz Schwarzinger, Omar Galliani, Graziella Da Gioz. Faithful to its mission to spread graphic culture, since its inception the Stamperia Albicocco opens the door to exhibitions of engraving art. For its cultural activity the Stamperia Albicocco is granted in 2013 an official recognition by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. In 2015 the Stamperia finalizes an important project with “Arte Povera“ master Jannis Kounellis. In 2016 the Pordenone City Council, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Zanussi Electolux Industries, held an exhibition at the Armando Pizzinato Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery centred on the collaboration between the Stamperia and the Zanussi Electolux Industries called “Filando i remi“.

Private opening.

It is possible to visit the exhibition between the 15th of September and the 31st of October during the Institute’s opening hours:

9.30 am-18.00 pm (Mon.-Thu.) – 9.30 am-1.30 pm (Fri.)


Date: From Friday, September 15, 2017 to Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time: From 9:30 am To 7:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Stamperia d'Arte Albicocco

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura