Professor Accademia di Belle Arti di Ravenna
Rolando Giovannini is a Knight of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic). He studied in Faenza in the Technological Section of the "Ballardini" Art Institute. He obtained a degree in Geology and a diploma in Decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (he passed his examination with full marks, with a thesis in mineralogy on "Mixed chlorite-saponite interlayer" - Prof. Noris Morandi - and on the subject of "Textures" -Prof. Adriano Baccilieri). He was a pupil of Paolo Monti, with whom he took the exam of Photography at the DAMS (University of Bologna). In 1975 he qualified as a researcher for the CNR (Italian Research Council). He was a member of the Ministerial Committee in Rome which oversaw the creation of the "Michelangelo" project for art schools and is currently a member of the Working Group for the reform of Italian secondary schools specialising in art, commissioned by MIUR. He was a teacher at the ISIA in Faenza (Institute for Higher Education for the Artistic Industries – where he was also appointed Director of the Institute for two consecutive academic years) in Decorative Techniques, Pattern Design and Surface Design, then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna (Marketing) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (Chemical-Physical methodologies). He is today the principal of the IIS "Stoppa Compagnoni" in Lugo and principal regent of the ISA "Gaetano Ballardini" Secondary Art School in Faenza.
He was one of the artists involved in the "Nose" movement with Cesare Reggiani (1976-78) and "A Tempo e a Fuoco", a movement organised by Vittorio Fagone (1982-1985); here he made researches on ceramic and neon materials. He has worked with Bruno Munari ("Giocare con l'Arte", M.I.C., the International Ceramic Museum in Faenza 1979-82), Paola Navone (1984), Sottsass Associati (1986), Alessandro Guerriero (1992), Marta Sansoni and Marco Zanini (1995), Alessandra Alberici and Giorgio Montanari (1997-2007), Tullio Mazzotti (1999-2008), Giovanni Levanti (2000-07), Franco Laera and Vanni Pasca (2003), Dante Donegani (2004), Massimo Iosa Ghini (2005), Sergio Calatroni, Ilaria De Palma (2007), Mario Pisani (2008), Maria Rita Bentini, Alessandro Castiglioni, Veronica Dal Buono, Luigi Sansone (2009), Muky, Mara De Fanti (2010), Bertozzi & Casoni, Laura Silvagni, Fulvio Irace (2011).
A theorist of design, he has published several articles, as well as three books on the subject of design and decoration of ceramics especially aimed at schools and academies.
He founded the NeoCeramica Movement (2007) and arranged the collection of tiles from the second half of the 20 th century at the MIC in Faenza (since 1978); he organised a scientific project at the Documentation Centre and Museum (Confindustria Ceramica, Sassuolo), the Contemporary Section at the Museum of the Castello di Spezzano of Fiorano and the Design Section of MuST (Sacmi, Imola). In 2008, in Faenza, he was instrumental in establishing the MISA (the Museum of the State Art Institute). More recently he presented the work by Gillo Dorfles (the author was also present, with Claudio Cerritelli and Luigi Sansone, Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2009) and that by Enzo Mari in "Teoria ed etica del design" (Design theory and ethics) during a lecture to the students from art schools in Bologna (Cersaie 2010). He was coordinator for the attendance and participation of art schools at the event "Lezione alla rovescia" by Alessandro Mendini (Bologna, Cersaie 2011).
He has designed objects which have been manufactured in Italy and Japan. His public works include the ceramic wall decoration inside the Shin-Kobe underground railway station, Shinkansen station in Kobe, Japan.
Some of his design works are kept at the Alessi and Richard Ginori archives, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Foshan Creative Industry Park Investment & Management Ltd, Foshan, China (2009). He was invited to the second China (Shanghai) International Modern Pot Art Biennial Exhibition, Shanghai, China (2010) and to the ICMEA Symposium in Fuping, China (November 2010). He travelled to India in November 2011, to produced three objects for the Sanskriti Museum of New Delhi. He was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi and Giorgio Grasso to take part at the PADIGLIONE ITALIA within the framework of the 54th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION OF THE BIENNALE OF VENICE, for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy (Turin, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sala Nervi, December 17 th, 2011) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
He created the didactic museum "Museo didattico Stoppa-Compagnoni", at the IIS Stoppa-Compagnoni in Lugo di Romagna, where calculators, writing machines, computers and scientific instruments that were used in the past by land surveyors, are collected. The museum was inaugurated on December 23rd, 2011. A brochure is available with a description of the various works and machines on show, illustrating the use referred to the history of Design.
He was Art Director of the magazine "Tile Fashion" from 1993 to 2000 and responsible for the Art, Fashion and Design columns of the monthly magazine C.I., a Il Sole 24 ore S.p.A. publication.
He writes articles for the D’A magazine, distributed to newsstands since January 2011, and for Art and Perception (a U.S. periodical).