26 September 2018

A great retrospective at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

Let sheer folly sweep me away
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
22 September 2018 – 14 January 2019


In June 1958, at the 29th Venice Biennale, Osvaldo Licini was awarded the International Grand Prize for painting. On 11 October of that same year, the artist died in Monte Vidon Corrado.
Sixty years later, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is devoting a major retrospective to Licini, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, with works from between 1913 and 1958.


Through the exhibition, visitors may, among other things, perceive the sense of coherence in Licini’s work that links even pieces that seem very different from one another.
It is thus possible, for example, to note the coherence between the figure in Paesaggio con uomo of 1926 and those in Angeli primo amore of 1955; between the touching triangle points in Il Bilico of 1932 and Ritmo of 1958; between the star that emerges from behind a mountain in Arcangelo Gabriele of 1919 (later reworked) and Crepuscolo della sera of 1951 (the moon, for that matter, is also the face in his works on the theme of Amalassunta)


Lorenzo Licini