Promoted byFondazione Archivio Antonio Ligabue di Parma, Fondazione Cavallini Sgarbi, The State Centrale Museum of Contemporary Russian History, Italian Institute of Culture directed by Dr. Olga Strada and Centre of Film Festivals and International Programs directed by Dr. Tatjana Shumova.
Curated byMarzio Dall'Acqua and Vittorio Sgarbi
Artworks selection and organization byAugusto Agosta Tota
Sponsored by: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Senate of the Italian Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy-Russia Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, Cultural Association Russia Emilia Romagna and Embassy of Switzerland.
State Centrale Museum of Contemporary Russian History
MOSCA, TVERSKAYA STR., 21
January 25 - March 11 2018
The genius of Antonio Ligabue is celebrated for the first time ever in Russia. The work of one of the protagonists of twentieth-century Italian art is presented through a wide selection of famous oils and some of his best sculptures. This intense exhibition showcases the art of a visionary genius whose work evolved continuously, the passionate research which he was capable of inventing and renewing, characterized by dazzling colours but at the same time harmonious ones, arousing emotions in the viewer and representing iconographies that were both popular and refined.
The set-up of the exhibition—with more than 110 works among paintings, drawings and sculptures—has followed a chronological as well as thematic criterion as representative as possible of the Fiume large and varied production. We started from a group of “historical” drawings of the 1940s that attracted the enthusiasm of Raffaele Carrieri and Alberto Savinio, together with drawings of the 1960s on subjects such as the Fighting Bulls, the Centaurs, the Anthropotaurus, and the Nymph and Faun.
Sponsored by Provincia di Mantova e Fondazione Archivio Antonio Ligabue Parma
Curated by Marzio Dall'Acqua, Renzo Margonari, Vittorio Sgarbi
with the collaboration of Marco Scansani
organized by Augusto Agosta Tota
MANTOVA, CASA DEL MANTEGNA
Via Acerbi, 47
19 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
Since his earliest childhood, Carlo Baruffaldi, born in Correggioverde, province of Mantua, has shown a profound need to express himself through images. Over the years, he has been able to hone this innate talent, also thanks to the periods of his life spent in the academies. The artist builds the painting inside an inner vision, and this imagination is materialized on the canvas through visual, not photographic, memory. It is memory of an ancestral kind. Baruffaldi’s sources are not hidden, yet he has the ability to create something never seen before and highly personal, managing to execute an in-depth self-examination, capable of translating his thoughts into visible forms in the best possible way.
With the work of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746–1828), the idea of madness became an art theme. Existential behaviour, the opposition to the world, to what was considered to be normal, almost explicitly became a call to be acknowledged. Until then, the solitary and meditative space of melancholia was considered to be the personality trait of so many artists. However, madness was a romantic reversal, it meantshouting out, rebelling; it entailed a journey into an unknown human dimension. The splendid and modern MuSa, the city museum of Salò, has recently inaugurated a new stop on the journey of the “Museo della Follia” curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. The event begins with Goya himself, and the remarkable works on display take visitors all the way to the art of the Irish painter Francis Bacon (1909–1992). The exhibition will open on 11 March and close on 19 November 2017.
Curated by Vittorio Sgarbi Spazio Eataly, Milan 2 May – 31 October 2015
Opening Friday 1 May at 6:30 p.m.
On display in the group exhibition curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, which focuses on various artists for each of the regions, is a painting by Antonio Ligabue for Emilia-Romagna and another work by Pietro Ghizzardi for Lombardy.
Those who wish to visit the famous and internationally acclaimed Labyrinth conceived by Franco Maria Ricci, and built at La Masone, Fontanellato, province of Parma, will have to wait until the spring of 2015. The labyrinth complex will host cultural spaces for over 5,000 square metres to be filled with Franco Maria Ricci’s art collection (about 500 works from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries) and a library dedicated to the most illustrious examples of printing and graphic art, including many works by Giambattista Bodoni and the entire production of Alberto Tallone.
Mantua, 18 May 2015. The Museo della Follia is an initiative of the Lombardy Region curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Ambassador to “Expo Belle Arti 2015”. It is a far-reaching project conceived for the purpose of promoting the culture, art, architecture and landscape of Lombardy via the collaboration with public entities and cultural institutes active in the region. The exhibition involves the collaboration of the City of Mantua, and it is also sponsored by the: Senate of the Republic, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, MIBACT, Province of Mantua, Mantua Expo 2015. The organization of the event is curated by the Centro Studi e Archivio Antonio Ligabue in Parma chaired by Augusto Agosta Tota.
From 22 April to 23 October 2016 Castello Ursino in Catania will host the Museo della Follia. The exhibition brings together oil paintings, sculptures and drawings by Antonio Ligabue, paintings by Pietro Ghizzardi, sculptures by Cesare Inzerillo, and hundreds of works on the subject of madness created from the seventeenth century to the present time. Also on display are many documents: the history of Italian Law no. 180, a sort of Wunderkammer on a state of alienation, including straightjackets, electroshock machines, mouth-openers, drugs, portraits of psychiatric patients, the Senate inquiry on criminal psychiatric institutes and RAI TV documentaries.
Curated by Vittorio Sgarbi Organized by Augusto Agosta Tota with the scientific consulting of the Centro Studi e Archivio Antonio Ligabue in Parma
General coordination Catia Monacelli
Promoted by Town of Gualdo Tadino, the Museums of Gualdo Tadino, Umbria Region, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia
Gualdo Tadino, Perugia 17 April - 30October 2016 • Monumental Church of San Francesco
After the great success of the exhibitions in Mantua and Franco Maria Ricci’s Labyrinth in Fontanellato, as part of the events of the Milan Expo, the artists Ligabue and Ghizzardi are together once again in Arte e Follia, Antonio Ligabue e Pietro Ghizzardi, opening on Sunday 17 April in Gualdo Tadino near Perugia, in the Monumental Church of San Francesco. A splendid example of the worship of the Franciscan Order, the church was built in the late 13th century, and inside visitors can admire the frescoes by Matteo da Gualdo and other 14th- and 15th-century works.