Franco Farina collection in Ferrara
Contemporary Art Pavilion - Palazzo Massari from 21 December 2019 to 15 March 2020The work of Franco Farina, a memorable director of the Civic Gallery of Modern Art, has given birth to a season dotted with international events and personalities and has left tangible evidence in his collection of works of art.
This collection is certainly testimony to the ferment of that time (from 1963 to 1993, thirty years of his direction). Following his will, Lola Bonora, his heir and historical director of the Video Art Center, has donated to the Municipality of Ferrara and to the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries a large nucleus of works that enrich the civic collections.
From 21 December 2019 to 15 March 2020, a large selection of the donation is presented to the public. The dual purpose of the exhibition is to return an organic cross-section of the cultural landscape and the city's creative ferment of those years and, in parallel, to tell the private collection in relation to Farina's artistic promotion activity.
The Ferrara Arte Foundation dedicates to Franco Farina, the man (the "master") who, for thirty years, from 1963 to 1993, governed the Ferrara museum system by creating a leading reality in the panorama of Italian art which is the Palazzo dei Diamanti.
It is a rich exhibition layout that, from the studies and works on paper by masters of the twentieth century such as Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico and Filippo de Pisis, moves towards the spatialism of Lucio Fontana, the informal one of Emilio Vedova, the New Dada by Robert Rauschenberg, the Nouveau Réalisme and pop art by Mimmo Rotella and Mario Schifano up to the kinetic experiments of Getulio Alviani and Gianni Colombo.
Exemplary cases are the historic exhibition The Italian painters after the twentieth century, which brings together the protagonists of the debate between figurative and abstract art of the fifties, or the memorable premiere of Andy Warhol's Ladies and gentlemen.
The works that make up the collection (about 200) are often gifts. Tributes that the masters left to Franco Farina on the occasion of the exhibitions or their meetings. That sanctioned a deep and fruitful relationship. To enrich the narrative there will be posters, videos and photographic documentation of the exhibitions, as well as correspondence between the director and artists, intellectuals - including Franco Solmi, Maurizio Calvesi, Janus or Arturo Carlo Quintavalle - and important cultural realities, such as Sonnabend Gallery of New York, the Cavallino of Venice and the Schwarz gallery of Milan.
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