Curated by Andrea Busto
With the exhibition "Ettore Fico. Works of large format" the MEF, more than four years after its opening, dedicates a permanent space to the master in the rooms on the first floor.
The project is to create a space dedicated to the artist with works exhibited in rotation to be able to show the public the vast collection of works available. We recall that the museum came to life thanks to the great foresight and determination of the artist's wife, Ines Sacco Fico , who passed away last year, who with the creation, fifteen years ago, of the homonymous foundation and then, in 2014, of the museum, he wanted to leave an indelible mark of the artist's work on the city.
A hundred works will be exhibited, including oils and tempera, made from the early 1930s to 2004, the year of his death. The most significant production of Ettore Fico is therefore collected in this exhibition that runs throughout his career. The exhibition is a tribute to the artist and his lively artistic and existential path: the fifties and sixties in Italy , nature , Liguria and the Côte d'Azur , the countryside of Castiglione Torinese , a much loved refuge and protagonist in many of the his works.
An art that has its roots in a dimension linked to the extraordinary experiences of international painting and to an interpretation of objects and landscapes permeated by a sense of poetry. In many of his works you can feel the intimate and mysterious charm of his garden in Castiglione, a meeting place but also a refuge and a magical place of silence, a reference point and a story of the changing seasons with its lights and colors.
Present in important exhibitions from the first post-war period onwards, he has participated in numerous exhibition events such as the Quadrennial of Turin and the VII National Quadrennial of Art in Rome in 1955.
The exhibition offers the most unpublished and research aspects of Ettore Fico's artistic career, from abstract to more geometric experiences, from impressions outlined by subtle touches of pure color to material and informal brushstrokes.