In Rome a tribute to Fabrizio Clerici with the exhibition ‘Surrealism and fantastic painting in Italy’

Until 31 October 2022 in Rome Laocoonte Gallery and W. Apolloni Antiquarian Gallery promote a tribute to the art of Fabrizio Clerici, of which in 2023 falls the thirtieth anniversary of his death

Clerici’s art expressed in his eighty years of existence and his personality has aroused the enthusiasm of great writers, from Leonardo Sciascia, Alberto Savinio, Dino Buzzati to Jean Cocteau. The exhibition is divided into five places to celebrate an artist of great importance not only for Rome, who knew how to celebrate and glorify for his part, but also and above all for the very elegant way in which he managed to weave his Italian spirit into the chain of cosmopolitan greatness taste from the immediate post-war period on.

The large painting by Fabrizio Clerici – W. APOLLONI GALLERY – Via Margutta 53 / B

In the context of the ancient gallery W. Apolloni among furniture and antiques it will be possible to admire various works. Among all, the enormous diptych “Pro-Maenad” (1973) stands out, where the bronze horse from Artemision – a Hellenistic masterpiece recovered from the sea, now in the Athens National Museum – breaks hot into the metaphysical loneliness of an empty space, reaching a power with a supernatural image, as if the horse demon in Füssli’s “Nightmare” had been repainted by Magritte.

… On the Cinque da Savinio – TECHNIQUE – Via Margutta 53b

The 39 original drawings that brought to life the masterpiece of Fabrizio Clerici’s cultural entertainment, which is “… at five from Savinio”, are on display in the drawing cabinet next to W. Apolloni Gallery. The drawings, drawn by hand, almost always with a fine red ink, come from a single preparatory notebook for the famous publication, which in 1983 was handed over to the edition of Franca May. These are drawings that revive the old friendship between Savinio and Fabrizio Clerici, who was the author of the tables and the client of the illustrated volume. When Clerici printed the volume of illustrations “Alle Cinque da Savinio” with a foreword by Leonardo Sciascia, everyone in the ornithological repertoire saw in 48 plates, where – birds of all races interpreted the scenes of daily life as in “tableaux vivants” “the ceremonies of a vanished bourgeois humanity – an extreme exercise in the genre of self-portrait: not in representing oneself, but everyone else as oneself.

The Graphics by Fabrizio Clerici – ANTIK / COONTEMPORARY LAOCOONTE SPACE – Via Margutta 81

In space Old / Contemporary Laocoon A valuable selection of drawings and lithographs by Fabrizio Clerici is on display. The oldest exhibited work is an ironic “Self-Portrait as a Martinican General” (1932), in which Clerici presents himself in the bizarre uniform of an operetta caudillo. Among the other works presented here are a number of lithographs from 1942 with a bold sign reminiscent of the depiction of Savinio, among which is the gripping “End of the Omenoni”, which depicts the ruin of the stone giants , which supports the facade of the Milanese palace that belonged to the sculptor Leone Leoni.

Eugene Berman and fantastic painting in Italy – LAOCOONTE GALLERY – Via Monterone 13

The first room of the Galleria del Laocoonte is exclusively dedicated to the art of Eugene Berman, of whom about forty works are collected, including black and red ink drawings, watercolors, tempera and pencil sketches. They range from “Capricci”, which has imaginary fountains as a motif, to archeological landscapes created during the artist’s travels in Italy and the Middle East, to female figures, dreamy notions of their own wife transformed into a mythological figure, sketches for scenographies and opera costumes.

In addition to the space dedicated to Berman, another is dedicated to the artists who, together with Berman and Clerici, belong to the same mental “koinè”, that is, artists who have inhabited the same universe of dreams, imagination and visionary imagination, as this exhibition is intended. dedicated. It begins, among other things, with the indisputable ancestor and initiator of all surrealism, the great designer Alberto Martini (1876-1954), already the subject of monographic exhibitions at the Laocoonte Gallery in Rome and London. Then there are Stanislao Lepri (1905-1980) and Leonor Fini (1907-1996), who together with Clerici have formed an ideal artistic constellation for taste, affection and peculiarities. Andrea Spadini (1912-1983), son of the painter Armando, sculptor and potter with great skill and happy imagination.

The Fantastic Karel Thole – LAOCOONTE GALLERY – Vicolo Sinibaldi 5

Dutch Carolus Adrianus Maria Thole is educated at the art school at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Graphic designer, illustrator, poster designer, frescoes and stained glass designer after World War II, he left the Netherlands to move to Milan in 1958, in the midst of the Italian economic boom.

Exhibited about fifty of Thole-tempera in the exhibition dedicated to Clerici with the desire to show close to the extraordinary pictorial technique with which the Dutch artist has been able to master a “medium” such as tempera, which few have been able to in our time. The avant-garde tricks, cubism, surrealism, optical, pop, are grounded in Karel Thole’s extraordinary eclecticism to achieve a unique incomparable and always cohesive style that is able to amaze and amaze the viewer.

An exhibition promoted by Laocoonte Gallery in collaboration with W. Apolloni Gallery

Five places in Rome:
W. Apolloni Gallery – Via Margutta 53b
Drawing cabinet – Via Margutta 53b
Laocoonte Ancient / Contemporary Space – Via Margutta 81
Galleria Del Laocoonte – Via Monterone 13
Galleria Del Laocoonte – Vicolo Sinibaldi 5

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