Between figurative painting and designer furniture opens in Perugia “La casa di Massimo Caggiano”

The Perugia Foundation has inaugurated the new exhibition space that enriches the collections on display at Palazzo Baldeschi

(UNWEB) Perugia, – “Going into this house excites me because this house will speak for me also to future generations”.

These words, which visitors can hear directly from Massimo Caggiano by framing one of the QR codes placed in Palazzo Baldeschi’s rooms dedicated to him, contain the meaning of a thirty-year commitment to the art world that culminates in a life mission. A life dedicated to collection and design, which testified to “There Massimo Caggiano’s house ” inaugurated today, June 24, 2022 by Perugia Foundation.

For the 30th anniversary year, the foundation has therefore added an additional cultural treasure chest that enriches the collections on display at the Palazzo Baldeschi Museum.

The project was born out of the donation, by Massimo Caggiano, of over a hundred works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and author photos belonging to his collection, an eclectic and at the same time harmonious whole, characterized by the importance of painting and painting. figurative sculpture, starting from two pictorial movements that began in the eighties – Anachronism, theorized by Professor Maurizio Calvesi and cultural painting theorized by Italo Mussa – up to the latest realities of figural expression.

Moved by a great passion for beauty and the desire to share the values ​​of love and brotherhood with the humanity that surrounds him, Massimo Caggiano has collected hundreds of works, often commissioned for artists known personally, with many of whom he has close relationships with . friendship. A collection in the name of the quality and experimentation of the talent of the younger generations, of Italian painters who have revisited, each with their own style, the great tradition of figurative painting, with special attention to faces and for human gaze an expression of the gaze towards the world and at the same time for the inner gaze towards the soul.


Part of this collection has found a place in his Roman home, a place carefully chosen and renovated on the basis of a project by Massimo Caggiano himself, who designed and built rooms characterized by color and light play, where about 180 pieces are placed, including paintings and drawings, as well as about twenty sculptures that interact harmoniously with furniture and interior accessories, unique pieces designed by him that stand out by the careful geometric play.

As a unicum that moves in continuity with the Roman environments, “La casa di Massimo Caggiano” set up at the Palazzo Baldeschi replicates these environments. The exhibition is developed in four rooms, where about 100 works and various interior elements such as furniture, tables and lamps are located.

Among the main works exhibited in the first room is the painting Spring by John Kirby and the Great Polyticon Psychostasis by Dino Valls consisting of 15 pcs. There are also paintings by Carlo Bertocci made in the eighties, in the period of cultural painting, and as furniture, mobile sculpture To listen and sing, designed by Caggiano to contain music CDs and created in collaboration with sculptor Alberto Mingotti. In one of the walls, a picture gallery dedicated to human faces and glances was created by artists such as Paolo dell’Aquila with the painting titled Mindeord, Stefania Fabrizi with the three works Francis, The Inspirers And As in a dream e Carlo Maria Mariani med Image, a large face in watercolor and pencil.

The second room is dedicated to works that highlight watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal and mixed techniques, among which the great diptych by Carlo Bertocci stands out. Players of light from 1984 and next to it, on the same wall and by the same author, the pencil portrait of Italo Mussa, the art critic who theorized the pictorial movement of cultural painting in the early eighties.

In the third room, the large painting by Hermann Alber with the title dominates Minotauo and woman placed on top of the cabinet Orion, a chest of drawers belonging to the “Astri” collection designed by Caggiano, which is characterized by the presence of objects with several balls inside, placed in a geometric play that provides light and movement to the creations.

In this space there are works by most of the artists from the two pictorial movements Anachronism and Cultural Painting.

In a red wall there are also some portraits of family loves: Mother Nataliacreated by Angela Volpi, Head of the family by Stefania Fabrizi and one of the portraits of Massimo Caggiano made by Stefano Di Stasio with the title Maximum Secret “.

The fourth room represents the site of Massimo Caggiano’s ideas and projects, a real study of his projects and his ideas as a collector, exhibition curator and designer, where there are also some of his photographic portraits.

To enrich the experience of the visit, some QR codes are placed along the route, which frame as it will be possible to hear the description of the house from the same voice of Massimo Caggiano.

“We thought that the concept of museumisation of the works – said the chairman of the foundation, Cristina Colaiacovo was too far removed from the passion with which Massimo Caggiano lived, and over the years continued his desire to share art in all its manifestations. A will in which the act of donation is a concrete manifestation. Hence the choice, shared with our members of the Arts Commission, to reproduce a warm, inviting and colorful environment at Palazzo Baldeschi, like Massimo Caggiano’s home in Rome, a place that expresses art and life that wants to remember what it has become published in some prestigious furniture and design magazines. With this new layout, Palazzo Baldeschi is becoming more and more a museum reference point in the city “.

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