The masters of sculpture

 In OltrE il Pozzoli

Not only the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, but also Famiglia Artistica Seregnese celebrates the 60th anniversary of the foundation this year. Here, therefore, how much significant to make to cross these two recurrences, inserting in the billboard of the events of OltrE il Pozzoli an important sculpture exhibition that celebrates Famiglia Artistica Seregnese through one of the most important initiatives of its history: the Città di Seregno National Sculpture Award, of which four editions took place between 1965 and 1971. The exhibition, which will be inaugurated on Saturday 14 September at 5 pm in the Ezio Mariani Civic Hall, brings together the works awarded by the National Sculpture Award, property owned by the Municipality of Seregno ordinarily placed in the municipal offices. 

The Città di Seregno National Sculpture Award was an important cultural event that involved high-profile artists who made the history of Italian sculpture, won numerous national and international awards and obtained essays in catalogs and articles in the specialized press and on important newspapers in Italy and abroad, by the best Italian and foreign critics. In the various juries of the Award all the protagonists of the history of Famiglia Artistica Seregnese have been involved: Carlo Travaglini, Camillo Fari, Nino Malerba, Manlio Biancorosso, Pier Giorgio Medana, Luciano Silva as well as artists of great curriculum such as Enotrio Mastrolonardo, Guido Ballo, Sandro Cherchi, Carmelo Cappello, Luciano Minguzzi, Garibaldo Marussi, Marco Valsecchi, Dino Campana, Renzo Cortina, Roberto Crippa, Andrè Verdet, Mario Crepaldi, Agnoldomenico Pica and Gino Traversi.

The project and the layout of the exhibition were entrusted to Pasqualino Colacitti, who had already followed the National Award on behalf of FAS, focusing in particular on writing texts and articles published in the local and specialized press, and which later also served as president of the Famiglia Artistica Seregnese. In the exhibition there will be the winning works in the various editions of the Award, first of all the bronze “Figure” with which Edmondo Cirillo, a Neapolitan artist born and Milanese by training, won the 1965 edition. The following year Umberto Milani was awarded for the bronze “Battaglia n ° 5”, while in 1968 the victory was Lorenzo Pepe’s prerogative, with the work “La Maga”. In the same year a special acknowledgment was given to a foreign artist: the Japanese Kengiro Azuma got it with the bronze “MU116”. The last edition of the Award, that of 1971, saw Nino Cassani dominate with “La pietra viva”. In the same year, the Famiglia Artistica Seregnese gave the youngest participant, Sergio Alberti, from Pavia, a gold medal. 

Of this artist, still working, “Il grande insetto”, the work awarded in 1971 (a wooden sculpture that marks the overcoming of every figuration linked to reality in each of its variables for a conscious conceptual abstraction of the Kandinsky revolution) cannot be exhibited,  but a rich personal exhibition will be set up. Francesco Messina’s pupil, graduated from the Academy of Brera in Milan in 1967 as the best of all the sculpture students of the Academy, in his artistic development Sergio Alberti canceled the figuration for an original research of abstract-conceptual but not pure formalism, but emotional, leafing through the pages of a book like the stratifications of the earth for a particular and vital archeology of the earth with vitalistic germinations of a planet in continuous evolution and full of ferments, creating dynamic fragments of materials and bronzes of extraordinary beauty between polished and opaque.

In the catalog of the exhibition, coordinated by Fas2018 president Pierluigi Cocchi and by Gianni Corrado, there is also a history of the National Prize and the Famiglia Artistica Seregnese, written by Pasqualino Colacitti, and a presentation of the works written by Dorian Cara.

The exhibition, set up in the Ezio Mariani Civic Gallery and in the Circolo Culturale San Giuseppe, can be visited until 1 October, on weekdays from 4 pm to 7 pm, holidays 10 am-12 am and 4 pm to 7 pm.

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