Antonio Calderara (1903 – 1978)
February 11th till April 30th, 2017
«Vorrei dipingere il niente chi sia tutto, il silenzio, la luce. Vorrei dipingere l’infinito.» This is how the
painter from northern Italy described his goal at the beginning of the 1960s. Antonio Calderara was not
interested in a comparison of representation and abstraction, but rather a representation of essentials in
an abstract pictorial space.
Antonio Calderara translates the representational world into strict compositions, into harmonious
geometric surfaces. Surfaces that contain a glow which, be means of fine glazes, seems to penetrate the
surface and unfold in the eye of the observer. Spazio luce colore: on the one hand, it is light that strongly
influences his work; on the other one space and colour that, carefully applied in individual layers, evoke
harmony. The substance of this unity of colours is like a restrained, evenly compressed movement.
Actually, the artist used the formal characteristics of colour, light, and space already in his figurative
pictures. The light and landscape on Lake Oarta, Calderara’s central place of work, are also reflected in his
The exhibition is based on donations to Kunstmuseum Winterthur and includes two paintings, a
watercolour, and an extensive collection of prints. It follows the slightly different exhibition shown at the
Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. Paintings from all the years of his work are shown, with
special attention being paid to the important period around 1960, in the course of which Calderara
gradually, consistently, and informally carried out the transition from a figurative to a new and abstract
order. In addition, an entire hall is devoted to his watercolours. Calderara had his breakthrough thanks to
galleries and collectors in Germany and the German-speaking part of Switzerland after 1960, and that’s
why the exhibition mainly shows works of collections from these countries.
For a tour of the exhibition with its curator, Simona Ciuccio, please contact Chantal Wartenweiler, Head
of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. +41 52 267 51 77.
A catalogue of the exhibition will be published by the end of March, edited and with and introduction by
Simona Ciuccio plus texts by Erich Franz and Antonio Calderara. Gate-fold brochure, 160 pages, 80 colour
illustrations, Scheidegger and Spiess, Zurich | CHF 40.– / CHF 32.– for members of Kunstverein Winterthur
The catalogue will be presented as part of a book vernissage on Saturday, April 1st, at 3 p.m.
The exhibition will open on Friday, February 10th, at 7 p.m. Welcome address by Dr. Tobias Guldimann,
President of Kunstverein Winterthur. Presentation by Curator Simona Ciuccio.