The collaboration between the Municipality of Monfalcone and the Civic Museums of Venice – MUVE, signed in 2019, has resulted in their first joint exhibition entirely dedicated to the works of the collection at the Ca ‘Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art.
Point, line and plane. Kandinsky and the avant-gardes is curated by Elisabetta Barisoni and tells the fascinating journey of Abstract art from its birth to the contemporary period.
The exhibition is featuring outstanding works from the 1920s and 1930s by Wassily Kandinsky, father of Abstract art. Starting from Point and line to plane, the title of the celebrated book written by Kandinsky in 1926, which soon became one of the major texts of modern art theory, the exhibition describes the path of Abstraction through the works and thoughts of the Russian Master.
Since the early 1900s Kandinsky progressively unbound his painting from any reference to reality, giving life to a lyrical abstractionism based on solid philosophical foundations and deep affinities with the language of music. In his non-figurative production the continuous correspondences among colors, shapes and sounds come together. Kandinsky founded the artistic movement Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) together with Franz Marc and Paul Klee: the group proposed a renewal of art starting from its origins. The exhibition displays seven works by Paul Klee covering his entire creative history. Pablo Picasso and other authors were also involved in the Blue Rider expos, including Jean Arp: the exhibition shows a beautiful sculpture that entered the Ca ‘Pesaro collections when the artist won the prize for best sculptor at the 1954 Venice Biennale.
After the first part dedicated to the birth of abstraction, the exhibition presents, again through the masterpieces of the Ca’ Pesaro Gallery, The abstract and surrealist avant-garde. In the 1920s, several artists developed their works following the paths set by Klee and Kandinsky: the experiments of Surrealism by Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Antoni Tàpies, the abstract sculpture by Arp and Alexander Calder, the cosmic analogies of Enrico Prampolini and the musical forms of Luigi Veronesi.
The third part of the exhibition explores the persistence of Abstraction in the post-world war II era. In the 1940s, Kandinsky’s lesson was expressed in the English world through the experience of Ben Nicholson, in the international researches of Abstract Expressionism and in Italy through the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti and the Abstraction of the sign. From Emilio Vedova to Mario Deluigi and Tancredi, from Karel Appel to Mark Tobey, the forms of abstraction in the second half of the 1900s are halfway between Informalism, lyrical and gestural suggestion.
The exhibition ends with a precious selection of sculpture, Sculpture towards minimalism, which completes the itinerary with masterpieces by Mirko Basaldella, Eduardo Chillida, Luciano Minguzzi and Bruno De Toffoli, to testify the persistence of the dialogue between abstraction and biomorphism over the 1950s. Eventually, the resumption of a radical, almost ascetic abstraction, makes its way with the minimal experiences of Richard Nonas and Julia Mangold, introducing the visitor into the thought of the Seventies, to the revitalization of a new life of abstract art and forms.
In general, colour is a power which directly influences the soul.
Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings.
The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposely, to cause vibrations in the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, 1912
Point, line and plane. Kandinsky and the avant-gardes
Curated by Elisabetta Barisoni
Cover price: Euro 20,00 I.C.
On sale at the Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art in Monfalcone
Printed in December 2021
With “Point, line and plane. Kandinsky and the avant-gardes”, the Municipality of Monfalcone has intended to complete the 2021 and early 2022 exhibition season. We think this is the best way to highlight the requalification of the Municipal Gallery that went on over the last five years. We want to thank institutions, organizers and experts who have worked for the success of this great event, which proves that Monfalcone and its Municipal Gallery can be listed among the most important national and international exhibition locations. Such an important achievement was made possible not least by a cultural policy aimed at relaunching and developing this special aspect of our city.
Anna Maria Cisint, Mayor of Monfalcone
I am very pleased to take part in the opening ceremony of such an important event, made possible by a cooperation agreement signed at the end of 2019 between the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the Municipality of Monfalcone, represented by Mayor Anna Maria Cisint, with the purpose of promoting activities involving their respective museum collections. In cooperation with the Foundation, we have pushed forward along this way and involved the Municipalities of Pordenone and Portogruaro too. Today, this exhibition proves the effectiveness of our strategy, which has enabled the Foundation to reach far beyond its geographical borders and has proven that our land is capable of a very high-quality response. We are happy to share the common goal of promoting the development of local communities and the return of national and international visitors to our country.
Mariacristina Gribaudi, President of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
An exhibition like this does not come by chance, but it comes out of love for your own place, for art and for the opportunities that such a combined arrangement can create in the local communities. The agreement with the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia started form the idea that there was a common denominator between Venice and Monfalcone, a sort of link that connected two of their landmarks, the arsenal and the shipyard, which are a source of work, wealth, local identity and relationship with the sea they share.
Luca Fasan, City Councillor for Culture, Municipality of Monfalcone
This exhibition showcases masterpieces from the collections of the International Gallery of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro – one of our eleven extraordinary museums – with the aim of tracing back the fascinating journey of abstract art from its birth to the present. Many of these works have been purchased by the Municipality of Venice in several editions of the Biennale, while others were given to the Gallery by the artists themselves, as a token of a long-lasting relationship of respect and gratitude between the Museums and the city, its cultural institutions, collectors, patrons and artists. As a guardian for the art of our times, Ca’ Pesaro well deserves to act as a main player in this very important cultural event.
Gabriella Belli, Director of Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
The exhibition Point, line and plane. Kandinsky and the avant-gardes at the Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art in Monfalcone is promoted by the Municipality of Monfalcone in cooperation with Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, with the contribution of Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia and with the support of several important local institutions, such as Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Gorizia, PromoTurismoFVG, Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Staranzano e Villesse (main sponsor), Il Piccolo and Messaggero Veneto (media partner), Nord Composites Italia and Pragotecna (sponsor).
Mayor Anna Maria Cisint
City Councillor for Culture Luca Fasan
Cultural Activities Service, Municipality of Monfalcone
Tourism, Events, Museums and Exhibition Gallery Office
Service Director Paola Tessaris
Federica Ghirardo, Gioia Paruta, Fabio Comand
Visitor services, educational activities
Mira | VE
Communication and promotion
Federica Ghirardo, Gioia Paruta, Giovanna Volpe, Angela Del Prete
APS Comunicazione | TS
Graphic design of catalogue
and coordinated image of the exhibition
Headline, Rovereto | TN
Poligrafiche San Marco Cormons | GO
Board of Directors
President Mariacristina Gribaudi
Vice President Luigi Brugnaro
Board Members Bruno Bernardi, Lorenza Lain, Roberto Zuccato
Director Gabriella Belli
Organization Secretary Mattia Agnetti
Museum Area Manager Chiara Squarcina
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art Elisabetta Barisoni
Exhibition, catalogue and critical texts by Elisabetta Barisoni
Matteo Piccolo, Cristiano Sant, Annalisa Tonicello
(Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art)
Coordination of relations
with universities, research institutes and local institutions
Sofia Rinaldi with the assistance of Marta Ruffatto
Communication, press and commercial development
Mara Vittori con Andrea Marin, Chiara Marusso, Silvia Negretti, Alessandro Paolinelli, Giulia Sabattini, Valentina Avon (press agent)
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
Conservation, restoration and maintenance
Co. New Tech
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Alessandro Zambianchi – Simply.it Milano (pp. 111-113-115)
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
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