April 10 will see the opening of the exhibition “Angiolo D’Andrea. Rediscovering a maestro of symbolism and the 20th century”, an important event hosted from April 10 to September 21, 2014 in Pordenone, in the “Armando Pizzinato” Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Monographic exhibition of the painter Angiolo D’Andrea
The important exhibition “Angiolo D’Andrea. Rediscovering a maestro of symbolism and the 20th century”, moves to Pordenone for its second edition, promoted by the Bracco Foundation in collaboration with the Municipality of Pordenone, with important updates and about a dozen new works not included in the first exhibition in Milan in 2012.
The exhibition, curator Luciano Caramel, pays homage to the painting of Angiolo d’Andrea, with more than 120 works, and reconstructs the figure of this unjustly forgotten Friulian artist who was active in Milan in the first decades of the 20th century.
An important exhibition in Pordenone, from April 10 to September 21, 2014, to bring back to light the work and personality of Angiolo d’Andrea (1880 – 1942), a painter born in Rauscedo, a small farming village in the Municipality of San Giorgio della Richinvelda in the province of Pordenone. He was a shy and introverted leading player in the artistic period of the first decades of the 20th century, in the styles of symbolism and the 20th century.
Elio Bracco, founder of the pharmaceutical company that bears his name, decided, shortly before the death of the artist who was already seriously ill, to purchase the entire collection of paintings housed in the artist’s Milanese studio, to avoid the collection being broken up. In line with a long-held wish of Elio, Bracco Foundation, and in particular its President Diana Bracco, decided to bring back the spotlight onto this Friulian artist, promoting an important monographic exhibition in Milan in 2012 and now in his territory of origin, Pordenone.
The exhibition follows the evolution of the artist in chronological sequence, with space for in-depth exploration of the themes that most interested and occupied Angiolo d’Andrea and led him to a style of painting that was evocative, sentimental, full of poetry and symbolism and which, despite the oblivion that followed his death, was much appreciated by his contemporaries.
About 120 works, paintings and drawings (about 90 of them owned by the Bracco Foundation and family, others by the heirs of Angiolo D’Andrea or from private or public collections) will be exhibited in Pordenone, in collaboration with the Municipality of Pordenone at the “Armando Pizzinato” Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
12 new works not included in the Milanese exhibition, which however displayed works most of which had not been seen before, will throw new light on developments in the studies and awareness of Angiolo D'Andrea: an excellent colourist who carried out a complex and wide-ranging stylistic research, influenced also by the evolution of the Italian and middle European cultural and other contexts. There seems always to be present a feeling of great spirituality, both in his paintings of nature and landscape, religion and the sacred, the drama of war or the female eros and maternity.
Angiolo D'Andrea showed in the main exhibitions of his time and won flattering recognition from critics and the market: his first show was the “Spring exhibition” of the Permanent in 1907, he showed at the National Exhibitions in Brera and at the Venice Biennale in 1922, where he showed his large canvas Gratia plena.
The catalogue, published by Skira, has been updated and integrated with new texts, with the historical and critical contributions and the previously unshown works in the Pordenone exhibition. The layout, designed by Luca Rolla and Alberto Bertini, accompanies the visitor in rediscovering the works of the artist.
The exhibition is under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, with the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Resources and Activities and Tourism and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Enriching this tribute from the artist’s territory, the Municipality of San Giorgio della Richinvelda will inaugurate a few days later, on April 12, 2014, the exhibition Angiolo D'Andrea the Illustrator, curator Stefano Aloisi, a real treat. The initiative is dedicated to D’Andrea’s graphic work for the leading Italian publishers of the early 20th century, which has never yet been exhibited in an organic manner.
The exhibition will be housed, from Saturday, April 12, in the Council Room of the Municipality of San Giorgio della Richinvelda (PN).