Thursday 11 June, 17.30 the inauguration live on the Lercaro Collection YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSQ8j_lHrb5kpAUoOov_DXw
The Giuliano Gresleri exhibition. Drawing and Painting – opened at the Lercaro Collection from 12 June 31 July 2020 and created thanks to the contribution of the Carisbo Foundation – wants to be a tribute to Giuliano Gresleri, a well-known architect and professor of history of modern architecture, a leading figure on the Bolognese cultural scene of the second half of the twentieth century, linked to the construction program of the new churches in the outskirts of the city during the episcopate of Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro.
The aim of the exhibition is not to trace the role of Gresleri within that experimental season, but to reveal his graphic and figurative work: less known intimate dimension, a cradle for understanding his recognized and renowned intellectual and professional contribution in architecture .
The language of the visual arts, in fact, emerges strongly in many of his public works and unequivocally intertwines with the expressive methods adopted in private to give voice to intimate and personal needs. Hence, next to the decorations for churches and places open to devotion, there is a vast production of painting created for pure pleasure, for expressive urgency or for the need for experimentation, as well as numerous and very pleasant “travel notebooks” traced with the rapid sign and sure of the hand of architect-artist.
The exhibition opens with a reference to the most well-known public works, such as the cement high relief depicting Veronica – the face of Christ engraved in linen – created for the church of the Blessed Virgin Immaculate of Bologna designed by his brother Glauco of which, on display , the wooden matrix or the stained glass windows designed for the Church of Christ the King are exhibited, documented by the large sketches on real tissue paper.
It then continues with the presentation of a selection of paintings made in the 1950s and 1960s, also using poor materials (such as jute and sand bodies), under the influence of informal trends.
Finally, a sequence of colorful works of the last few years, in which the bright chromatism is combined with the geometry of the shapes to return a very personal neo-purist interpretation in which echoes of the painting by Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant and Le Corbusier’s still lifes merge .
Gresleri presents itself today in an unprecedented role: that of the artist eager to translate his “interior architecture” from time to time into graphics or canvas.
In the intimacy of his study, he remedied and refined the lesson of the Masters, measuring himself with the physical finds that surround him, the loved ones and the memories of the places, thus obtaining original figurative and compositional combinations that play on the contours of the forms, freeing their deeper essence through color. In a historical moment in which individual and collective identities are in deep crisis, Gresleri teaches us to recover the value of spontaneous creativity, the courage to dare, to observe one’s “inside” by translating it into concrete forms with the language of art. Not for a mere exercise of freedom, but as a profound moment of self-knowledge.
Until July 31, 2020
Monday to Wednesday, 9-13 / without reservation
Thursday, 14-18 / Friday, 10-18
With reservation or telephone notice at least 15 minutes before arrival at the facility
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Via Riva di Reno 57 – Bologna
Tel. 051 6566210-211
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