curated by Riccardo Buzzanca
The exhibition is a tribute to Master Gianni Gianese, a talent from the Italian 1900s who has just passed away, with a selection of sculptures and sketches created for the motion picture industry and the theater.
Gianese´s artistic story unfolds along the fragile borderline that divides an artist from an artisan; in the case of the Master, this borderline made him lose control of his very existence.
For more than sixty years he shaped the "dreams" of the greatest film and theater directors and scenographers, both Italian and international, giving shape to the sculptures that have become a shared heritage of all those who love cinema, dream, and the lifelike. From Fellini to Pasolini, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Luchino Visconti, Elio Petri, Lina Wertmüller and Franco Zeffirelli.
In the theater he collaborated, among others, with Luca Ronconi, Carmelo Bene, Mauro Bolognini, Gabriele Lavia, Liliana Cavani, Giorgio Ferrara, Robert Carsen and Grahm Vik.
His collaboration with the Italian scenographer Dante Ferretti was also intense.
He created sculptures for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salzburg Festival, the Opéra in Paris, Nanterre, Zurich and the major Italian theaters. Today some of his maquettes in the Opéra Garnier section of Paris are permanently exhibited at the Orsay Museum, others at the Louvre.
Gianese began working for the legendary Cinecittà studios (the so called Hollywood-on-the-Tiber) in the period of great American productions, when they constructed the colossal films which have remained impressed upon the imagination of many. He created his works using the techniques of the best traditional Italian craftsmanship with models in clay, plaster, sometimes paper mache, yet always with surprising results.
He then discovered polystyrene on a Fellini film set, "this new, unknown material was worked in a room protected from our indiscreet, curious eyes that tried to understand who these people from outside were, and above all, what they were modeling, but I had found a crack where it was possible to observe the working techniques of this new material ... ".
And in the art of moulding polystyrene, he became an indisputable master to the point that his models possess a dramatic beauty, equal to the strength and consistency of marble.
The exhibition celebrates Master Gianni Gianese across the display of various work sketches and autograph drawings created during his long career.
opening July 4 at 17:00
from Tuesday to Sunday
from 10:30 to 13:30
and from 15:30 to 20:30