Monday, November 13, 2023

Milano - PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea - A Tribute to Pasquale Leccese

"Se' si e irrequieti si puo'
stare tranquilli"
Pas Normal

PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea
 A Tribute to Pasquale Leccese

At the PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea - the City of Milan - remembered the late Pasquale Leccese - visionary gallery owner - activist - and - "gardener" - of - Contemporary Art with a special evening dedicated to him. Founder of Le Case d'Arte in 1986, he conceived the gallery as a meeting place between artists, a hotbed of ideas, changing locations and offices around the world. He lived and worked in Milan.

Friends and family celebrated Pasquale Leccese's life and work - an evening with a special exhibition of art and personal memorabilia - with talks, videos, dances, drinks and cotillions organised by Giulia Currà, Paolina Leccese, Vito Leccese, Monika Sprüth, Mariuccia Casadio, Marta dell'Angelo, llaria Villa and Diego Sileo curator of the PAC.

Paolina Leccese and Vito Leccese

Giulia Currà

Tommaso Sacchi - Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Milan

Pasquale Leccese - Personal Memorabilia

Mariuccia Casadio

Chiara dal Canto Stefano Boeri and Maddalena Bergani

Barnaba Fornasetti and Valeria Manzi

Monika Sprüth

Allegra Ravizza and Federico Luger

Nicola Pellegrini

Chiara Guidi

  Jean Blanchaert and Micaela Moro

Franco Toselli

Nicola Guiducci

Arthur Arbesser and Sasha Brosamer

Gentucca Bini

Giorgio Vigna and Sabrina Damassa

Margaux Bricler 

Pino Pipoli

Marco Maccapani and Francesco Maccapani Missoni

Alvise Norfo

Terry Pecora and Uberta Zambeletti

Giovanna Giannattasio

Ciao Pas

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Sunday, November 05, 2023

Feltre - Museo d'Arte Moderna Carlo Rizzarda - Valerio Bellati - Alchimie Cromatiche - Opening

Feltre - Museo d'Arte Moderna - Carlo Rizzarda  
Valerio Bellati - Alchimie Cromatiche

In Feltre at the Museo d'Arte Moderna - Carlo Rizzarda - the exhibition - Valerio Bellati: Alchimie Cromatiche - until January 14 -  curated by Francesco Michielin. This exhibition is particularly significate as it celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the artist's birth whose family has Feltre origins. Valerio Bellati's refined and lyrical paintings are characterized by precious mixtures, modulated on subtle contrasts of tones and colours, abstract paintings of a very personal expression and as such profoundly biographical.  The exhibition features around fifty works including drawings, paintings and sculptures, offering the visitor the opportunity to get to know a highly original interpreter of the lively Venetian artistic climate of the second half of the twentieth century.

Valerio Bellati - 1923-1996 - attended the Accademia di Belli Arti in Venice. The first season of his artistic career was dedicated to sculpture, progressively approaching painting as the privileged medium of his poetics which found the main expressive figure in abstract expressionism as his main style. He was a friend of Tancredi Parmeggiani who introduced him to Peggy Guggenheim's entourage, and was also close to the Spatialists group and frequented the major artists of his time living in Venice.  Always open to innovations, he was able to experience the Parisian environment during this time. He looked up to great Venetian masters, but also to El Greco, as regards to bursts of light, and to the movies of the 1930s, from which he borrowed strong contrasts of black and white. Upon invitation of Mario De Luigi, he attended the 31st Venice Biennale in 1962, where he exposed a large panel decorated in engobe. 
Self- Portrait - 1948

Francesco Michielin - curator

"When standing in front of a work of 
Valerio Bellati 
you have to wait for the painting to meet you".
Erza Pound

Bellati’s art is characterised by large canvases, blue, grey and rust paintings, mixtures of colour on rough paper, use of sacks, black “markings” with “dustings” of ash. While commenting one of his paintings, Ezra Pound stated: «When standing in front of a work of Valerio Bellati, you have to wait for the painting to meet you».
Untitled - 1988 - Untitled - 1988 - Untitled - 1990

The artist's son, Massimiliano Bellati and nephew, Manfredi Bellati

The opaque blue of the skies painted in the Cappella degli Scrovegni, in Padova, the town of his birth, were the model for his search of blue, as the light of Venice, a precious, Byzantine light, also had great influence on his work.

"...His autobiographical paintings, soaked in cultured references, 
will be able to fascinate contemporary art experts, but will 
also captivate those who are simply in search of 
visual inspiration, with their elegance and refined 
chromatic alchemy". 
Mayor of Feltre - Viviana Fusaro and Flavia Colle - Councilor for Culture

"...the City Administration desires to offer an exhibition dedicated to Valerio Bellati. He has been a solitary yet original artist, whose family was originally from Feltre, and who was strongly inspired by Tancredi during the 1950s and hung out with Riccardo Licata and Gianni Palminteri, as well as with Hiao Chin, the pioneer of Chinese abstractionism... His autobiographical paintings, soaked in cultured references, will be able to fascinate contemporary art experts, but will also captivate those who are simply in search of visual inspiration, with their elegance and refined chromatic alchemy. In addition to this, there is the bond with Andrea Zanzotto, one of the greatest poets of the second half of the 20th Century, with whom, shortly before his passing, Bellati brought to life Versi e dipinti.

Art Conservator, Tiziana Casagrande and the Councilor for Culture, Flavia Colle

Luciana Cortina, Annalisa e Libero Zugni, Milla Villabruna and Giuseppe Tirone

Paolo, Eleonora and Guglielmo Ticco'

"The painter does not like bright colours, but rather discreet assonances, the wonder of sudden flashes, of optical jumps brought by intense elaborations  ... His marks and colours are discreet yet vibrant at first glance, revealing then a particular vibrancy; they are paintings where colour is intrinsically bonded to the mark".
Letizia Tedeschi 

Untitled 1992 - Untitled - 1994

Bellati sometimes relied on “found” colours, as in La lamiera del Piave. In each case a great richness of colours can be observed, from natural pigment to the liquid colour of Pollock’s “dripping”, to acrylics squeezed directly onto the canvas. Some of these works denote a powerful incidence of gesture. He also created works defined as “primitive”, in which he would intervene on plastically modelled canvas with a “dusting of ash”. In fact, paintings of opaque material coexist with extremely bright ones.
Untitled - 1994

Letizia and Titta Paccanoni

Marco Zucco, Tiziana Casagrande, Renato Cappellin 
Francesco and Mariolina Michielin

Sonia Noal and Daniele Bortoluz

Untitled - 1990

Despite his illness, before his death in 1996, Bellati was able to complete his latest work Versi e Dipinti together with the poet Andrea Zanzotto, one of the greatest Italian poets of the second half of the 20th Century.
Valerio Bellati and Andrea Zanzotto - Versi e Dipinti - Tipoteca Italiana - 1996

Sonia and Roberto Scardala

“...mixtures found almost accidentally, yet after hours of research, 
as if he was an alchemist”.
Hsiao Chin

The last period of his life, was characterised by intense experimentalism, which led Bellati to rediscover his love for the sack, used in a very different way from Burri - to use burnished papers - and to try to replicate the fresco effect. The frequent occasional nature of the medium, such as coarse, wrinkled paper, is matched by an always strongly pondered choice of colours, resulting, as Hsiao Chin pointed out in 1992, from “mixtures found almost accidentally, yet after hours of research, as if he was an alchemist”.
Untitled - 1991

Valerio Bellati
’s artistic career started with sculpture, gradually approaching
 painting as the privileged medium of his poetics, which used abstract expressionism as its main expressive style.
Figuretta - 1961

Young Lady - Jug with Bellati Family Crest
- 1960s

Massimiliano and Nicoletta Bellati

Leo Paccanoni and Francesca Bellati

Lucia Paoletti, Patrizia Faoro and Eugenia Della Lucia

Titti Da Broi

Piazza Maggiore 

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