Curated by: Alessandra Tiddia
In collaboration with Mart, Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto. The temporary exhibition Segantini e la Brianza, hosted in the exhibition spaces of the Galleria Civica G.Segantini in Arco, offers a focus on Giovanni Segantini's Briantei years thanks to a selection of works generously made available by some private collections. The opportunity for this in-depth study is provided primarily by the acquisition by the Municipality of Arco de La Pompeiana, a wonderful painting by Segantini that became part of the collection of the Municipality of Arco in 2020 and exhibited today for the first time at the Galleria Civica G .Segantini of Arco. The Brianza period was a decisive experience for the artist, who in those quiet places was able to fully experience the sacred feeling of communion in the nature of humanity and the animal world, a concept that is expressed in masterpieces such as the paintings Le due mothers or Ave Maria transshipment, and which will also become an aesthetic figure for subsequent production. On show we have a unique opportunity, that is to establish a comparison between two similar but not equal editions of the Album Brianza 1884, a real artist's book, of which only four copies are currently known, created by Segantini and Grubicy to collect a series of photographic reproductions of the paintings made by Segantini during his stay in Brianza. This sequence was built together with Vittore Grubicy de Dragon, his gallery owner, and the famous Pagliano e Ricordi photographic studio, as a portfolio of the artist's activity and a vehicle for promoting his pictorial production. The upper plate of the Album has a complex decoration in burnished stucco, imitating bronze: in the center, within a circular field, is the Segantinian work Mezzogiorno (or La pastora) translated into bas-relief. At the top, in the center, the inscription “Segantini Brianza 1884” is visible.