At the Cardi Gallery - the “Little Gems” of Agostino Bonalumi

At the Cardi Gallery - the “Little Gems” of Agostino Bonalumi
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Among the most original protagonists of the second half of the 1900s, Agostino Bonalumi is best known for his shaped canvases, capable of fooling the eye with their remarkable illusions. But his work is made up of “little gems” that offer an intimate experience, condensing the most audacious conquests in reduced forms. Shut up in his Milan studio - his paradise, where he felt more at home than any other place - Bonalumi never stopping working on these parallel creations. There were his small works, created on canvas or with bronze or ceramics which were in no way models for large installations which only came later, like the important synthesis of a lengthy study. At the Milanese headquarters of the Cardi Gallery, we can admire a wonderful selection from the archive of the artist. It is a unique opportunity to see works that are rarely on display and to rediscover, in a new light, this important painter and sculptor who, in the 1960s, made the canvas a playground for new and surprising possibilities. “This exhibition represents a very particular aspect of the artist, never seen before in such an analytic form,” explains Fabrizio Bonalumi, President of the Bonalumi Archive. After the large exhibitions at the Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento, this is a new addition to the understanding of the inventor of “painting-object”.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano