Since 1970, each year in Summer, the Comune di Acqui Terme hosts an anthological exhibition dedicated to one of the main artists of Twentieth Century painting. Following a long series of important artists, Morandi, Casorati, De Pisis, Licini, Soffici, the edition of 2014 is consecrated to Ugo Nespolo.

Since 1970, each year in Summer, the Comune di Acqui Terme hosts an anthological exhibition dedicated to one of the main artists of Twentieth Century painting. Following a long series of important artists, Morandi, Casorati, De Pisis, Licini, Soffici, the edition of 2014 is consecrated to Ugo Nespolo. Curated by the architect Adolfo Francesco Carozzi, the exhibition will open on Sunday the 19th of July 2014 in the historical location of Palazzo del Liceo Saracco, where it will be possible to visit the exhibition with a panoramic choice of Italian artists artworks until the 24th August 2014.
Operating since the Sixties, at first influenced by Pop Art, during a period in New York, Nespolo used to associate himself with conceptual and Arte Povera Italian milieu. According to Michelangelo Pistoletto’s experience, the Arte Povera’s influence is linked to the concept of an art embracing every aspect of daily life. Nespolo deals with this presence in a funny and ironic way, mainly playing with forms, but also with colors, materials and supports: artworks displayed in the exhibition show the artist’s versatility in using various mediums, his amusement in trying different methods and materials (in addition to paintings also small sculptures, photography and mixed media artworks).
The object, heart of his artistic research, is released from his common context to create an artistic image. The architect Adolfo Carozzi, curator of the last three Acqui Terme exhibitions: “the title Le stanze dell’immagine (The images’ rooms) has been chosen because Ugo Nespolo has always put the image at the center of his artistic activity. It is an image he put in “traditional” artworks, as paintings, but also in a lot of other different activities he undertook, as design, photography and advertisement”.

Recording device (1989), 65x50x35 x Ancora

Recording device (1989), 65x50x35 x Ancora

Since the beginning of his career, Nespolo started to make use of another important medium, to which this exhibition wants to consecrate a main role: cinema. Between the three “images’ rooms”, one will be set up to watch movies, realized by the artist since 1966. As Carozzi underlines, the 22 films directed by Nespolo, show the artist engaged as coordinator, director of photography and, sometimes, also as main character. More often the main subjects of his movies were his friends, artists as Pistoletto, Baj, Boetti or Lucio Fontana, represented in their creative moments or in relation with their artworks. This exhibition’s innovative section will help visitors to discover a parallel and less know branch of the artist’s artistic path, that is still perfectly integrated in his production, giving a complete view of his eccentric artist career, all the way from the Sixties to his recent experimentations.

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