Mazzoleni at Masterpiece, London
29 June – 5 July 2017
Returning to Masterpiece for the third year running, Mazzoleni will bring together a selection of works by some of the most significant Italian artists of the Post-War period including Alberto Burri (1915–1995), Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) and Lucio Fontana (1899–1968). As a particular highlight Mazzoleni will present an extremely rare example from Burri’s Gobbi (hunchback) series. Gobbo Bianco e Nero (1968) is one of only four black and white works in this six-work series made between 1968 and 1969.
There will also be an emphasis on sculptural works with examples by Agostino Bonalumi (1935–2013) and Fausto Melotti (1901–1986) on display. A pivotal figure in Post-War Italian art, Agostino Bonalumi first experimented with the picture plane in his Picture-Objects before bringing his work fully into three dimensions. The presentation will feature two examples of Bonalumi’s bronze sculptures shown alongside the more delicate compositions of Fausto Melotti. Melotti, who studied under Italy’s leading Symbolist sculptor Adolfo Wildt at the Accademia di Brera in Milan alongside Lucio Fontana, experimented with both abstract and figurative approaches to sculpture in his practice. His later output consists almost entirely of freestanding sculptures, made from thin strands of metal, where he delicately balances abstract form with whimsical figurative elements. On display will be La Cometa (1978), meaning ‘The Comet’, where tightly spun threads of metal are balanced with heavy geometric shapes creating a dramatic interplay of light and shadow.
The presentation will also include a work by the Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely (1906–1997), which was once owned by the American film director, Francis Ford Coppola. Vasarely gained an international reputation after exhibiting in the seminal 1965 exhibition ‘The Responsive Eye’ at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has since been credited with having founded the Op Art movement.