CHRIS FREMANTLE

What art have I seen? Last To Win

Posted in Uncategorized by chrisfremantle on August 1, 2014

Went to Laboratorio on West Nile Street for coffee and art. So appropriate for the Commonwealth, Last To Win brings some memorabilia from Italy to Scotland relevant to this specific moment. Apparently in the late forties the Italians had a special black jersey for the rider who came last in each stage of the national cycle race. Just to further explore the good humoured stereotype I can imagine that Chris Biddlecombe must have spent quite a long evening drinking grappa in the bar in Genoa where these treasures normally reside. I can see the owner behind the bar grizzled and smiling, wide as he is tall, telling Chris about the various objects on the walls, and then slowly being charmed into the into the idea of lending them to Scotland as a reminder of trans European connections and the joy of losing.

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