CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium and Jizaino present

Art of Freedom 2

Group exhibition

► Introductory texts
► Best Art of Freedom - Recognition presentation
► Exhibited artworks and photo gallery
► Excerpts of the video artworks
► Catalogue
► Directions

Art of Freedom 2
18 March - 7 April 2024
CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium
Corso Buenos Aires 42 11
Lavagna, Italy

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Aran • Lynn Bianchi • Guido Devadder • Masha Eretnova • Zizi Liu • Katarzyna Łukasiewicz • Marcantonio Lunardi • Tom Lundquist • Chris May • Laura Migliorino • Ruth Schmidt • Lex Turnbull

Introductory texts


This second edition of the Art of Freedom exhibition comes after more than two years. The first edition was held in a time of intense protests on a global level for the inhuman repression of individual freedom. Today, the scenario has changed, sadly with new and very serious events that still menace freedom: wars where thousands people are killed, millions are harassed or oppressed, while some unprecedented protests rise against the groups of power that impose merciless norms to governments asking more and more privations to the populace.

Today as always, freedom, whether spiritual or material, is a fundamental right that needs a big collective commitment to be preserved, defended from the reiterate menaces and attempts to oppress it.

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Art of Freedom 2

We may ask ourselves what is the point of having a main theme in group exhibitions, so the artists are called by a curator to deal with a specific subject.
The reasons are several. In first stance, this consolidated practice is the result of the analysis of our contemporaneity made by the curator, who tries to identify among the flows of the artistic expression those trends, similarities or aggregations that may have a weight in shaping the near future of culture. That is, as it happened in 18th century with the birth of big art movements and manifestos, the attempt to identify some common lines to comprehend the explosive fragmentation of styles and thoughts in contemporary art. In second stance, the curator, which role is that of creating an art exhibition that could put into contact artists and public, is engaged also in understanding which are the expectations, the passions and the existential conditions of the latter, on a global or local level, keeping in mind a specific or ubiquitarian social target.

For these reasons, all our group exhibitions are thematic.

Art of Freedom represents instead an exception, featuring artists selected depending on their most personal expression, not necessarily responding to a specific theme, not even that of freedom, or maybe yes, but always keeping in consideration their merits for an artistic or conceptual practice that is free from prerequisites and conventions. After all, art IS freedom.

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Best Art of Freedom

Recognition presentation

At each edition of the Art of Freedom exhibition cycle, the “Best Art of Freedom” recognition is bestowed to one of the exhibiting artists.

The criterion to choose the winner is rigorously set by assigning a score, determined in answer to several parameters.

All the exhibiting artists are already winners, as they are selected among hundreds, chosen for the high value of their artistic expression and of the admitted artworks, with possible references to freedom.
Our compliments to everyone.

The 2nd edition of
Best Art of Freedom 2024
has been assigned to

Lex Turnbull

with the following comment:

«Personifying the emancipation from virtuosity and corresponding to the ideal of a complete and interdisciplinary artist, Lex Turnbull stands out for an artistic expression that is personal and oblivious of conformism. With imagination, Turnbull creates artefacts and provides topics characterised by an enlightening diversity that can intrigue and involve the public, with a marked inventiveness yet keeping that measure of a more modest normality, thus proving the own ability to reread the appearance of society and get rid of preconceptions and stereotypes.»

Lex Turnbull, BITUSA (we live in a box in a box in another box), 2021
Installation, variable dimensions, 00:03:30
Video performance, glass, bricks, marker, sound


Exhibited artworks and photo gallery

Excerpts of the video artworks


Click here to ask for the catalogue on paper.

Catalogue of Art of Freedom 2 - Group exhibition, Italian | English, 64 pages A4 (21 × 29.7 cm)


The CON-TEMPORARY Art Observatorium exhibition room is located in the centre of Lavagna, in the midst of Riviera Ligure di Levante, northern Italy. The location is well serviced, a few steps from bus and railway stations, the touristic jetty, free 2h parking and near the highway exit. Access for impaired people and lift.

By foot, by train or bus: exiting the train station of Lavagna towards the city side, go to the left going along the main street until the Poste Italiane post office, here turn right toward Via Cristoforo Colombo street, as soon as you arrive at the roundabout of Piazza Cordeviola square turn left in Corso Buenos Aires boulevard. The building n. 42 is at the start of the boulevard.
Bus stop "Lavagna - Cordeviola/Edicola" linee 704, 705, 731, 798, 846 and 934.

By boat: on the maritime line fares Portofino / Lavagna / Cinque Terre disembark at the touristic harbour of Lavagna. Exiting the harbour, turn left in Via dei Devoto street and go beyond the railway by the underpass that takes you to the Poste Italiane post office, then follow the directions above.

By car: toll road A12 E80 Genova-Livorno, exit at Lavagna, go toward the town centre. At the roundabout of Piazza Cordeviola turn right in Corso Buenos Aires and stop at the start of the boulevard, number 42 .

By airplane: the nearest airport is the Cristoforo Colombo in Genoa, the shuttle bus VOLABUS will take you to the train station of Genova Brignole, from there you can reach Lavagna in 40-60 minutes.