Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and The Guggenheim, 1949-1960 - Guggenheim Museum, New York 2012Guggenheim Museum
8 giugno - 12 settembre 2012
March 8 - May 12, 2012
Curated by Elena Geuna
Peggy Guggenheim Museum - Venice
dal 12 ottobre 2012
La Collezione Peggy Guggenheim accoglie 83 preziosissime opere d’arte italiana, europea e americana del secondo dopoguerra, lascito della collezionista americana, e proprio per volontà della Sig.ra Schulhof le opere donate alla Fondazione Solomon R. Guggenheim di New York sono destinate a rimanere esposte in maniera permanente a Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, accanto ai grandi capolavori collezionati da Peggy Guggenheim
Hannelore e Rudolph Schulhof hanno condiviso con Peggy, conosciuta nel 1954 alla Biennale di Venezia e di cui ammiravano lo spirito affine al loro, la convinzione che dovessero collezionare le opere del loro tempo e riuscirono in questo con la stessa passione, dedizione e lungimiranza che avevano animato Peggy. Afro, Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Mark Rothko, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Sol Lewitt, Anish Kapoor sono alcuni degli artisti che grazie al lascito Schulhof arricchiscono la collezione della mecenate americana.
In 1948, the thirty-six-year-old painter Afro Libio Basaldella from Udine – whose identity as an artist was developing rapidly – was introduced to the gallery owner Catherine Viviano, who was about to open an exhibition space devoted entirely to Italian contemporary art in East 57th Street in New York.
Afro was experimenting with his own personal take on Cubism, Surrealism and metaphysics and was only too keen to escape from an Italian art scene he found stiflingly conservative. His abstract painting refused to be pigeonholed as an example of one of the trendsetting groups in Italy and needed to measure up to an international context.
The results were not long in coming: Afro’s best years covered the two decades between 1948 and 1968, when the painter worked with galleries and institutions in America. Indeed, he lived in the United States for many years and enjoyed prolonged success, ensuring a lasting international reputation
Mart has organised an exhibition of documents and works from this “American period” to mark the centenary of Afro’s birth. These works all illustrate an important period in the artist’s development, but have been rarely or even never shown in this country before, since they nearly all come from museums in the United States.
"Afro. The American Period", organised by Gabriella Belli with Margherita de Pilati and Fondazione Archivio Afro at Mart in Rovereto from 17 March to 18 July 2012. The exhibition will display 39 works from American, Canadian and Brazilian public collections. The catalogue is published by Electa and includes essays by Raffaele Bedarida, Gabriella Belli, Adrian R. Duran and Rosemary Stewart Ramsey, entries edited by Davide Colombo and Ana Gonçalves Magalhães, and critical apparatus by Archivio Afro.
Sabato 4 ottobre 2014