DUE OPERE DI ALBERTO BURRI DA UNA COLLEZIONE PRIVATA ROMANA
L'opera è accompagnata da certificato su fotografia rilasciato dalla Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini, Collezione Burri, Città di Castello
Sportello represents one of Alberto Burri's most eclectic works. This composition was originally conceived as a central element in a large piece of furniture created by the sculptor Rocco Genovese directly for his clients. The piece of furniture housed Burri's work at its centre, set like a precious stone.
Rocco Genovese, who died prematurely aged 55 in 1981, was originally from Sicily but soon went to Rome where he frequented Burri and the 'Gruppo Origine'. In the 1960s he had won the admiration of Rome's most celebrated art critic. Recent exhibitions dedicated to him have highlighted his life's work, albeit cut short, in the name of creativity. Genovese, like Burri, used different materials in his works: mahogany, coloured polymethacrylate and multi-layer poplar amongst others. These affinities were reflected in the perfect union created of their works. This is an idiosyncrasy that makes Burri's framework even more unique.
Giulio Carlo Argan words on the occasion of the exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in April 1959 were as follows: "The subject that Burri composes with his strange materials is neither representation nor representation, it is no longer a model of cubism or of surrealism: it is a painting, or if you like, the fiction of a painting, a sort of tromp-l'oeil, in which painting simulates reality but the reality that it simulates painting no longer exists."
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