alab'Arte Catalogue - alabaster in Volterra

There are many world-renowned artists who turn to alab’Arte workshop for the realization of their works from designs.

Anish Kapoor, a name of high international prestige, has created some important works by relying on the skill and experience of Roberto Chiti and Giorgio Finazzo. The Indian artist has also exhibited in Volterra during the Arte all’Arte exhibition in 2007, organized by the Arte Continua Gallery of San Gimignano. The works in alabaster conceived by Kapoor are monolithic and incredibly enhance “the soul of alabaster”.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

Another very famous name is the artist Chen Zhen, who died in 2000 after having left works of the highest importance. One of his last works was Zen  Garden, for which he requested the collaboration of alab’Arte for the creation of the central luminous objects in the work. This work symbolizes organs pierced by surgical instruments, suspended over a typical Zen garden with raked sand: a vision that commixtures traditional and western medicine.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

Alab'Arte has proven to be able to restore a valuable tabernacle to its former glory, found inside the Cathedral of St. Gerard of Potenza, which had suffered from the theft of all the sculptures that adorned this important sixteenth-century work of art, by reproducing the numerous figures representing the Saints and the Blessed. In the images at the side, one can see the working stages with the transition from the creation of clay figures to the successive sculptural reproduction.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

A Tequesta Indian blows into an alabaster sea shell: this is one of the last works of the Cuban artist Manuel Carbonell, commissioned to  Chiti and Finazzo in 1999. Named “El Centinela del Rio”, it’s more than 8 meters in height and has been placed in Brickell Kay, Miami, Florida. The enormous luminous shell has been created by alab’Arte by assembling alabaster pieces onto a bronze structure, successively refined by applying special insulating varnish.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

As in antiquity (ex. byzantine age), when choosing the material to be used for the windows of the new church, the parish priest of the Kirche der Christergemeinschaft of Koeln-Ost (Germany) thought of the slabs of alabaster. Commissioned and prepared in the alab’Arte laboratory, alabaster veined slabs have returned to filter the light in a place of worship. The modern architectural setting provides a great scenic impact.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

The Turkish artist Ayse Erkmen, on the occasion of the artistic exhibition Arte all’Arte of 1998 held by Casole d’Elsa and Mensano (Siena), commissioned a series of three works in alabaster to the artistic laboratory of alab’Arte. Three armchairs were thus reproduced in 1:1 scale: Donna, Sacco, and Elogio, popular forms of interior design. The alabaster was coloured with natural tints to meet the artist’s needs, and treated with special devices.

Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra
Giorgio Finazzo & Roberto Chiti - alab'Arte, alabastro a Volterra

Other artists have requested or still require the active cooperation of the laboratory alab'Arte. These include:

  • Giulio Paolini
  • Tania Bruguera
  • Sislej Xhafa
  • Nari Ward
  • Tacita Dean
  • Ettore Spalletti
  • Mona Hatoum