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8/10/2012

Giuseppe Capogrossi, the invention of a symbol

The Guggenheim Collection in Venice hosts a retrospective dedicated to the artistic career of the Roman painter, from his first figurative attempts to his “Surfaces” series and the development of a characteristic style

Giuseppe Capogrossi, Surface 137, 1955, oil on canvas, 195x160 cm, private collection, courtesy of Galleria Tega, Milan, copyright Giuseppe Capogrossi, by SIAE 2012
Giuseppe Capogrossi, Surface 137, 1955, oil on canvas, 195x160 cm, private collection, courtesy of Galleria Tega, Milan, copyright Giuseppe Capogrossi, by SIAE 2012

Over seventy works make up the major retrospective that Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection is dedicating to Giuseppe Capogrossi ,with works from private collections and major international museums– the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, the MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, the Turin Gallery of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York Coty  – on display at the Venetian museum from 29 September to 10 February 2013.
 
Staged in collaboration with the Archivio Capogrossi Foundation in Rome and under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic and the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, “Capogrossi. A retrospective”, curated by Luca Barbero, traces the evolution of the Roman artist, who died in 1972, through his paintings and other works on paper, starting in the 1930s. During this initial phase, his output was mostly figurative, including The rowers (1933), The thunderstorm (1933), and The Tiber in flood(1933); the exhibition then continues with his large canvases from the 1960s, including fascinating masterpieces such as Surface 399 (1961) and Surface 449 (1962), dominated by Capogrossi’s trademark symbol, the archetype of all his art, a characteristic glyph variously described as a fork, a trident, or a comb.
 
Together with the exhibition, which enjoys the support of the Veneto Region, various side activities will be organized by the Araldi Guinetti Vaduz Foundation. A bilingual catalogue published by Marsilio in collaboration with the Enrico Capogrossi Foundation draws together eleven essay’s on the painter’s artistic career.





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