Italian art takes over NYC this weekend: Morandi & Burri exhibitions open on October 9, 2015

Morandi @ CIMA

GIORGIO MORANDI

October 9, 2015 – June 25, 2016

Center for Italian Modern Art – New York

The Center for Italian Modern Art presents its third season, dedicated to Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), one of the best known Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s rarely seen works from the 1930s—the decade when Morandi reached full artistic maturity and developed his distinctive pictorial language. These works until now have remained relatively little known or exhibited outside of Italy. Featuring circa 40 paintings, etchings, and drawings by the acclaimed Italian modernist, the installation marks the first time in decades that many of these works have been on view in the US.

CIMA’s show draws from major international public and private collections, including those of the MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; the MAMBo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The installation also presents select works from the very beginning of Giorgio Morandi’s career in the 1910s and from the very end of his life in the 1960s, so as to illustrate the thematic and pictorial continuities in the artist’s research. It also includes a selection of contemporary works inspired by Giorgio Morandi’s practice by artists Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Laib, Joel Meyerowitz, and Matthias Schaller.

CIMA

Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10013
T 646 370 3596
info@italianmodernart.org
www.italianmodernart.org

The Center for Italian Modern Art is located on the south side of Broome Street between Crosby and Lafayette, just east of Broadway. The nearest subways are the 6 at Spring Street, the N/R at Prince Street, and the B/D/F/M at Broadway/Lafayette.

TICKETS and INFO

Adults $10,  free for Students (with a valid ID) and Members. Reservations required. Tickets can be booked in advance via their website or reserved by phone (646) 370-3596.

Alberto Burri, ‘Ferro SP’ (Iron SP), 1961, welded iron sheet metal, oil, and nails on wood framework, 130 x 200 cm
. Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome 
© Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello/2015 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. 
Photo: Antonio Idini, Soprintendenza alla Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, courtesy Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Alberto Burri, ‘Ferro SP’ (Iron SP), 1961, welded iron sheet metal, oil, and nails on wood framework, 130 x 200 cm
. Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome 
© Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello/2015 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. 
Photo: Antonio Idini, Soprintendenza alla Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, courtesy Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting

Guggenheim Museum, New York

This major retrospective exhibition—the first in the United States in more than 35 years and the most comprehensive ever mounted—showcases the pioneering work of Italian artist Alberto Burri (1915–1995). Exploring the beauty and complexity of Burri’s process-based works, the exhibition positions the artist as a central and singular protagonist of post–World War II art. Burri is best known for his series of Sacchi (sacks) made of stitched and patched remnants of torn burlap bags, often combined with fragments of discarded clothing. Far less familiar to American audiences are his other series, which this exhibition represents in depth: Catrami (tars), Muffe (molds), Gobbi (hunchbacks), Bianchi(whites), Legni (woods), Ferri (irons), Combustioni plastiche (plastic combustions), Cretti, and Cellotex works.

Burri’s work both demolished and reconfigured the Western pictorial tradition, while reconceptualizing modernist collage. Using unconventional materials, he moved beyond the painted surfaces and mark making of American Abstract Expressionism and European Art Informel. Burri’s unprecedented approaches to manipulating humble substances—and his abject picture-objects—also profoundly influenced Arte Povera, Neo-Dada, and Process art.

For info from the Burri Foundation, see: www.fondazioneburri.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
www.guggenheim.org

TICKETS & HOURS

Adults $25
Students and Seniors (65 years +) with valid ID $18
Children under 12 Free
Members Free

PAY WHAT YOU WISH – Every Saturday, from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm, visitors can pay what they wish for admission. Suggested admission is $10 and the last ticket is issued at 7:15 pm.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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