Mendrisio Museum of Art recounts Piero Guccione's love of the sea

The Mendrisio Museum of Art welcomes from April 7, 2019 the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to Piero Guccione since his recent death.

Piero Guccione. Painting as the Sea: The Mendrisio Museum of Art hosts from April 7 to June 30, 2019 the first retrospective dedicated to Piero Guccione (Scicli, 1935 - Modica, 2018) after his death last year. An exhibition that traces through 56 works, including oils and pastels, made since 1970 the journey around the theme of the sea, the subject to which the artist was most dedicated.
For more than 40 years, he has looked at the sea every morning, trying to grasp its variations and to find within it thesoul of man. “I am attracted by the absolute stillness of the sea, which is, however, constantly in motion,” Guccione himself had declared.

His works go to the edge ofabstraction, but he nevertheless remains firmly grounded in reality. Even in his latest works, where rarefaction is taken to the extreme and the sense of emptiness is central, the artist desires and is able to remain a painter of an ancient tradition rooted in the figurative.

In painting the sea and the sky, he was drawn to the strength and color of thatimperceptible line that divides the sky from the sea in his paintings. He has always tried to depict that imperceptibility on canvas.
“My painting today goes toward an idea of flatness that contains the absolute, between the sea and the sky, where almost color is abolished, space as well. In short, a kind of flatness, which, however, somehow contains a datum of absoluteness, of a thing that looks like nothing and that looks like everything,” he had said.

Besides oil, his favorite technique was pastel, which he discovered between 1973 and 1974 as a fast technique.

The works in the exhibition were chosen by the Mendrisio Museum of Art in collaboration with thePiero Guccione Archive.

For info:

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets: Full 10 euros, reduced 8 euros.

Image: Piero Guccione, Sky and Clouds at Punta Corvo.

Mendrisio Museum of Art recounts Piero Guccione's love of the sea
Mendrisio Museum of Art recounts Piero Guccione's love of the sea

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