Italo Valenti "Forms"

Italo Valenti "Forms"

ITALO VALENTI FORMS 19th February – 30th April 2017

"Forms" is the title of the temporary exhibition devoted to the painter Italo Valenti, which will take place at the Gipsoteca Gianluigi Giudici from 19th February to 30th April 2017. Curated by Artrust, an art company based in Melano (Ticino), the exhibition will present to the public a selection of around forty works by the artist, which one part belongs to Artrust’s collection and the others significant loan are supplemented from the Archivio Italo Valenti.

Italo Valenti, 1983 |Foto: Peter Friedl |© Archivio Italo Valenti, Mendrisio

Italo Valenti (1912-1995)

Milanese by birth, he spent his formative years in Venice and Milan. He enriches his artistic background with journeys to Paris and Belgium to discover Cézanne and Impressionist as well as Post-Impressionist paintings. He adhered, together with important artists and intellectuals, to the movement Corrente, characterized by civil and social commitment by expressionist art to overcome the rhetoric of Italian art. In the years of the movement, the distinctive feature of his figurative painting - already stretched to the stylization of the figure in the direction of abstract art - lies in a kind of dreamy lyricism populated by persons of great primitivism as the sorcerers, the series of kites, the moons, the theaters, the stations and the boats. Valenti moved to Ticino, in Ascona, coming into contact with Jean Arp, Ben Nicholson, Remo Rossi and Julius Bissier; the association with this group of artists leads to a gradual rethinking of his painting in the direction of research on color and spatial effects that led him to a phase of "informal lyrical abstraction". His subjects float in space of the canvas and break up in triangles, trapezius, and rhombus, primordial and enigmatic symbols: thus, abstract collages are being created in his last artistic production.