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9 October 2021 @ 10:00 - 14 November 2021 @ 19:00
The Pirra Gallery is pleased to present a wide selection of works (drawings, watercolors, pastels, gouaches) by over twenty artists of different origins and periods. The exhibition project sees three large “groups”, within each of which there are authors who have points of contact with the others. A separate chapter for the importance of the name is Balthus (1908-2001), of whom we exhibit a study in pencil on squared paper, published in the general catalog, for the work Lena with crossed arms (1954). In the first group we find artists attributable to abstractionism and surrealism: Léopold Survage (1879-1968), whose pictorial world prefigures the surrealist universe, with two watercolor figurative landscapes dated 1910 and 1911, Alberto Magnelli (1888-1971), pioneer of abstract art in Italy, with pencil studies of figures in motion of the 1910s, Ivan Puni (1892-1956), promoter of the Russian avant-garde of the early twentieth century, with a colorful sketch for landscape with figure dated 1912, André Masson (1896-1987), whose creativity is linked to the exploration of the irrational world, Piero Dorazio (1927-2005) with the iconic chromatic lattices and the watercolors by Andrea Pescio (1972), with intense dreamlike suggestions.
Survage and Puni, who both have Russian origins and artistic training, are the “link” with the second group, the one represented by two other Soviet artists: Konstantin Vialov (1900-1976) and Viktor Konovalov (1912-1995). Both painters and graphic artists, of the former, supporter of the Constructivism, are displayed some exemplary geometric abstractions of symbolic workers, of the latter, author of numerous celebratory works, there are two big preparatory works for the decoration of the “Kievskaya” subway station of Moscow, a tribute to the industrious Ukrainian people.
The other “link” is Magnelli, because, although he has never been part of it, he was close to the group of Futurists, which is the third largest “section” of the exhibition. In fact, several works of the second Futurism are exhibited, including an aeropainting dated 1932 by Alessandro Bruschetti (1910-1980), a stylized dancer by Ugo Pozzo (1900-1981), an elaborated geometric composition by Giovanni Acquaviva (1900- 1971), a futurist dancer and a geometric landscape of 1926 by Fillia (1904-1936), a study for a geometric face by Tullio Crali (1910-2000), motorcyclists in motion and aerial views by Uberto Bonetti (1909-1993), a winged train by the graphic designer Paolo Garretto (1903-1989) and two little animals by Aligi Sassu’s (1912-2000) Futurist period.