Baran Ciagà. Architect. Communion between arts

The exhibition traces the architect’s career (Istanbul 1934) and the main collaborations with artists. On display are two drawings by Somaini, a design drawing that reproduces the work of Somaini Big broken stele on the theme of life and death (1985-1988), photographic documentation of [Great bas-relief] The storm, (1991-1992), resin, 204x360x35,5 cm, and of Multiple Stele on the birth of the landscape of Lecco, Competition of ideas of 1992.

Bergamo, former University of Città Alta

13 – 29 December

Flashback 2019 – Art is all contemporary

Pala Alpitour, Turin

Galleria Open Art, Prato – Booth 31

31 october – 3 november

On show the sculpture: Obliqua. Il gesto, 1959, coated bronze with highlights on a rotating iron base in two elements painted in black, 18,5x40x23 cm, base 5,5x28x28 cm

I segni del sacro, le impronte del reale

From 29 November 2019 to 29 February 2020 there will be at the Vatican Museums (Braccio di Carlo Magno) the exhibition I segni del sacro, le impronte del reale. La grafica del Novecento nella Collezione d’Arte Contemporanea dei Musei Vaticani, curated by Francesca Boschetti

Somaini will be present with two works of the Vatican collection: Bozzetto per croce absidale bifronte, 1964, bronze and  Studio di croce, 1965, ink on paper.

Document the ephemeral. Images and materials from Campo Urbano

The project, curated by Luca Cerizza and Zasha Colah, reconstructs the events of Campo Urbano through original materials from the archives of the artists, catalogs and efemera designed by Bruno Munari along with a rich documentation of videos and video-interviews (Archivio Mulas). Together with the capital role played by Ugo Mulas’ photographs, the exhibition presents partly unpublished images of Gianni Berengo Gardin and Gabriele Basilico, taken on the same day 50 years ago. The exhibition, organized by the Antonio Ratti Foundation, is part of the CAMPO UMANO project – Public Art 50 years later.
Exhibited original photographic documentation of the Contenitoriumani, made in 1968 by Francesco Somaini and Ico Parisi.

Opening: 21 September 2019, 6.30pm
22 September – 26 October 2019
borgovico33 (via Borgo Vico 33, Como)
Hours: 10 am-6pm (Saturday and Sunday)
by appointment (Monday-Friday)
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Enrico Cattaneo (1933-2019)

The Archive Francesco Somaini wishes its farewell with affection, esteem and gratitude to the photographer Enrico Cattaneo, a friend of the artist and author of numerous photographs of his works.

From left: Enrico Cattaneo, Enrico Crispolti, Francesco Somaini and Alik Cavaliere (photo by Volker Martens)

Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts – Carandente Museum

On the occasion of the Festival of the Two Worlds, the director Marco Tonelli inaugurates the new layout of the contemporary art collection of “Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts – Carandente Museum”, including the new acquisitions and donations. Starting point of the collection will be the strong presence of modern art in the city of Spoleto.  Thematic rooms have been dedicated to this topic, starting from the exhibition of 1962 “Sculptures in the City”, going through the various editions of the “Premio Spoleto” (1953-1968), with works by Pascali, Ceroli, Uncini, Moreni, Turcato, Morlotti, Vacchi, together with the Group of 6. Among the acquisitions, there is a work by Somaini, granted on deposit by the artist’s heirs: Proposal for a monument (II series), 1961, bronze in a silver bath. This is the scale model of the great iron sculpture exhibited in Spoleto in 1962, today in the Mumok collection (Museum Moderner Kunst Foundation Ludwig) in Vienna.

Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts – Carandente Museum, piazza Collicola 1, 06049 Spoleto (PG)
Vernissage: 29 June 2019, 11.00 am

Unforgettable Umbria – Art at center, between vocation and commissioning

The exhibition, organized by the CariPerugia Arte Foundation, retraces art history of the second half of the 20th century in Umbria through the works of great artists who have chosen to live and work in this territory for the space of a season or for their entire life. Curated by Alessandro Migliorati, Paola Nardon and Stefania Petrillo, it presents works by Boetti, Burri, Calder, Capogrossi, Dorazio, Yves Klein, Leoncillo, LeWitt, Pepper, Theimer, Uncini. Somaini is present with two works: Obliqua. The gesture (horizontal) of 1959, first prize purchase at the Biennial of Art of Metal of Gubbio of 1961 (photo), and with a sketch of the Stele spaccata of the Campo del Sole of Tuoro, the spectacular sculpture park set up on the shore of Lake Trasimeno, with the coordination of the art critic Enrico Crispolti. In fact, the exhibition presents all the original sketches made by 27 artists.

Palazzo Baldeschi, Corso Vannucci 66, Perugia, 13 April-3 November 2019

An exhibition in two stages. Modern Italy 1945-1975. From the Post-war Reconstruction to the Political protests – April 17-November 2019

The exhibition, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, features one hundred and forty works selected from the collections of Intesa San Paolo, including a sculpture by Francesco Somaini: Obliqua, 1960, lead worked with blowtorch, exhibited in the sculptor’s personal hall at the 1960 Venice Biennale .

The exhibition will be open from April 17th.

Pistoia, Palazzo Buontalenti
Via de Rossi 26

Communication and Press Office
Francesca Vannucci

ENRICO CRISPOLTI. Testimonies of a shared experience

A day dedicated to the figure of the historian and art critic

April 4th 2019
MILAN, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera – Sala Napoleonica
hours: 10.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.00
free admission

Together with Archivio Crispolti Arte Contemporanea, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera is
organizing a day dedicated to the historian and art critic Enrico Crispolti (Rome, 1933-2018),
theorist of the discipline, conservator of documents and books, founder of the homonymous
archive in Rome, as well as a lecturer who, through the School of Advanced Studies (Scuola di
specializzazione) of the Università degli Studi di Siena, trained generations of scholars.
The day, introduced by the President of the Accademia Livia Pomodoro and Director Giovanni
Iovane, is chaired by Luisa Somaini, with the collaboration of Ignazio Gadaleta and Livia Crispolti.
It includes testimonies by artists, historians of art, architecture, and design; curators and directors
of museums and archives; gallerists; art publishers; restorers and former students, mostly active
in Milan. The testimonies will focus on work experiences shared with Crispolti and on their
mutual professional and human repercussions.
The aims to analyze the method with which, over more than sixty years of militant commitment,
Enrico Crispolti advanced knowledge of contemporary artistic languages and new media by
situating the work of the artists in the respective cultural context. Exemplary, in this regard, is the
work carried out in the region of Milan with, among others, Lucio Fontana, Francesco Somaini,
Mauro Staccioli, Enrico Baj, Emilio Scanavino and Bepi Romagnoni.
Since the second half of the 1950s, Crispolti—one of the leading experts of Futurism, Informal,
Pop Art and artists such as Lucio Fontana, Renato Guttuso, Mattia Moreni and Valeriano
Trubbiani, developed one of the most comprehensive Italian archives on contemporary art, that
allowed him to carry out seminal projects such as Nuovi Archivi del Futurismo (promoted by La
Quadriennale di Roma and published by De Luca), the monumental work L’Informale. Storia e
poetica, published by Beniamino Carucci (Assisi-Rome) in 1971 and partly republished in 2018
by De Luca.
The day will start with a short documentary presenting some of Enrico Crispolti’s reflections on
the role of the historian and critic of art. The clip is taken from the documentary Arte a Critica
created by Angelo Casciello and realized by Gennaro Visciano in the studio of via di Ripetta 132
in Rome on the occasion of Crispolti’s eightieth birthday, thus starting Project 80 (Progetto 80).
The event in Milan, as envisioned by Archivio Crispolti Arte Contemporanea, will be followed by
similar events on May 27th, 2019 in Rome at the Department of History of Art of the Università
La Sapienza (curators Ilaria Schiaffini and Claudio Zambianchi); in autumn, in Siena, at the Department
of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage of the University of Siena (curator Luca
Quattrocchi); in Florence at Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea (curator Valentina Gensini);
and, in Baronissi (curator Massimo Bignardi) at the Regional Museum of Contemporary Art Frac
(Museo Fondo Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea) located in the province of Salerno, the city
where Enrico Crispolti worked and taught.
These five events aim to kickstart an in-depth review of the multifaceted activity of the scholar
Enrico Crispolti and of his eclectic personality, composing a mosaic of voices based on the testimonies
of people who worked and studied with him.

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Enrico Crispolti is no longer among us

The Archivio Francesco Somaini greets with great affection, esteem and gratitude the professor Enrico Crispolti, a friend of the artist since 1956. Since then, the collaborations of the art historian and the sculptor, which have resulted in numerous exhibitions and monographs, are countless. The last monumental work of Crispolti is the catalog raisonné of Somaini’s sculpture, soon to be published by Skira, Milan. The Archive is also working on the publication of the correspondence between the art critic and the artist, counting over 240 letters, in collaboration with Luca Pietro Nicoletti.

On the left, Enrico Crispolti at work in the Francesco Somaini Archive.