Plaster for work in bronze
The three preparatory plaster sculptures in the museum are part of the bronze complex of the Seven of Gottingen, now located in the Square of the Seven of Gottingen in Hanover (once the Parliament square of Lower Saxony).
Bodini's work, put into operation in 1998, was the winner among 26 international proposals presented in the competition organized by the city. The monument is the result of a careful and accurate research that led the artist to investigate the historical details of an event that took place in 1837 at the University of Gottingen: seven professors rebelled against the imposition by King Ernst August Hannover to modify the constitution without any popular consultation. In portraying the professors within the sculpture Bodini is inspired by people close to him: for example the Brothers Grimm, among the seven professors, are personified by Floriano himself and his brother Arturo, or the witness student who attends the event presents the traits of the young artist student Renato Galbusera.
The monument, which consists of a large half-open door crossed by the seven professors, the king on horseback and a university student, has even greater dimensions than the natural one. The protagonists are in dialogue with passers-by and the door itself which, half open, invites people to perform the same gesture as the sculptures and somehow take part in national history.