Curated by: Lucia Peruzzi e Luciano Rivi
A selection of the important core of the Italian-Belgian artist Jules Van Biesbroeck (Portici 1873 - Brussels 1965), already from the collection of the Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara, donated in 1982 by the architect Silvio Gabbrielli of Codigoro, is presented in the Gallery which he received directly from the artist in 1938.
The research, which lasted almost a year, brought to light the scattered works in branches and offices of the Cassa di Risparmio di Ferrara, reconstructing the core of Van Biesbroeck and thus giving the Peruzzi and Rivi curators the opportunity to deepen the studies related to the artist , published in the catalog accompanying the exhibition.
The works presented on this occasion, divided into three thematic sections - myth, body and landscape - tell the public the art of Van Biesbroeck, a complex artist who took part in seven Venice Art Biennials between 1903 and 1926, thanks to the art critic Vittorio Pica, admirer of French and "Nordic" art, and Antonio Fradeletto, secretary general of the Biennale.
In 1920 and 1924 Van Biesbroeck was also a member of the Jury of Acceptance of the same International Exhibition. The expression "soul of things", very much in vogue between the 19th and 20th centuries, is what "guided the artist in his work of observation and set of investigations on an emotional level", as the curators Peruzzi and Rivi write, combining Van Biesbroeck to symbolist culture.
With this exhibition, the first two years of activity of "La Galleria" are completed, which from 2017 proposes exhibitions, presentations of works and events related to the artistic collection of the BPER group and, for the first time, contemporary works are exhibited, which interact with the ancient paintings of the Gallery. More than 8 thousand visitors passed through the Gallery in the first two years, thus witnessing an appreciation of the Institute's initiative, which aims to bring the city and the public closer to culture.
Enhancement, conservation, protection and usability are the objectives that BPER Banca pursues with its cultural project, supporting the Institute's social responsibility activities.