Oversize. Large-format works from its collections on display at CAMeC.

La Spezia's CAMeC presents to the public large-format works from its collections on the occasion of the exhibition Oversize.

On the occasion of the 15th Day of the Contemporary promoted by AMACI, CAMeC in La Spezia will open on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. the exhibition Oversize. Great Masterpieces from the CAMeC Collections, open to the public until September 20, 2020.

Following Small Size. Small Masterpieces from the CAMeC Collections, an exhibition that brought together about two hundred small works, this time around forty large-format works will be presented to visitors, some of which have never been exhibited.

The historical core, the collection of paintings acquired as part of the National Painting Prize named after the Gulf of La Spezia, which attracted internationally renowned artists from 1949 to 1965, will be well represented.

"The incipit of the exhibition is entrusted to Renato Guttuso’s Ragazzi che cercano granchi, a canvas dedicated to the representation of seafaring work, to which went the highest recognition at the debut of the event, in 1949 precisely, a work inscribed in the interesting pre-realist phase of the Sicilian author. Among the other great paintings - by well-known artists - present at CAMeC thanks to the Gulf Prize and brought together here, there is also a specimen belonging to Giuseppe Santomaso ’s famous Finestre series from 1952, a successful essay of the ’abstract-concrete’ period; a valuable digression in painting by architect Ettore Sottsass Jr, Seaport of 1952, dating from the time of his adherence to the assumptions of MAC, Movimento Arte Concreta, much frequented by architects; Vie del Mondo by Emilio Vedova, a very important work of 1953, a singular essay of his incipient adherence to the informal temperament; Mattia Moreni’s The Sweet Hills of Brisighella, a majestic informal landscape that won top recognition in 1954; Emilio Scanavino’s Without Eyes, from 1963, a highly successful example of his abstract pronouncement charged with emotional tension," says curator Eleonora Acerbi.

Internationally significant is the Giorgio and Ilda Cozzani collection with works by Helmut Sturm, Joseph Kosuth, Kenneth Noland, Thomas Schütte, and Raymond Hains.

Also on display are several prizes awarded as part of the Gulf Prize, European Biennial of Visual Arts (2000-2006). These include a 2000 Untitled by Cristiano Pintaldi, the platinum Commander Ed Straker from the Ufo series, Jerusalem by Jason Martin.

For info: camec.museilaspezia.it.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Tickets: Full 5 euros, reduced 4 euros, special reduced 3.50 euros.

Image: Renato Guttuso, Ragazzi che cercano crabs (1949; oil on canvas paper, 147 x 176 cm; CAMeC, La Spezia, Premio del Golfo collection) Ph. Enrico Amici

Oversize. Large-format works from its collections on display at CAMeC.
Oversize. Large-format works from its collections on display at CAMeC.

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