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Traveling Exhibition by Carlo Battaglia



Traveling Exhibition by Carlo Battaglia

The exhibition will be hosted by the IIC of San Francisco (March 22-April 30) and Vancouver (May 17-June 30)

"Il Grande Sale" and "Orimonti" will be part of the exhibition

The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles will host an exhibition of paintings and watercolors by Carlo Battaglia (1933-2005), the renowned Italian artist whose love of painting evolved from American abstract expressionists and Matisse. Born in La Maddalena, Sardinia, Carlo Battaglia spent his childhood in Genoa until 1943. He studied stage design at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, graduating in 1957 with a final thesis on Jackson Pollock. In 1962, thanks to a grant, he moved to Paris. In 1967, he lived for several months in New York, where he established friendships with Reinhart, Motherwell and, in particular Rothko. It is at this time that Battaglia started to investigate the ambiguity and illusion of the phenomenal world. Misterioso, Vertiginoso and Visionario are the resulting works, in which Battaglia examines the relation between the volume and the void of the skyscrapers and the play of the reflection on the crystalline walls of buildings in Manhattan. In 1970, he was invited to the 35th Venice Biennale, exhibiting the Maree for the first time, which introduced a theme that preoccupied him throughout his life. Carlo Battaglia’s most important exhibitions include retrospectives at the Palazzo Grassi, in Venice in 1967, the Palazzo di Diamanti in Ferrara in 1976 and the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf in 1978. He also participated in a number of group shows of Italian contemporary art including the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington in 1974, the Boymans Museum in Rotterdam in 1977 and the Howard Gallery in London. In 1978 and 1980, he participated in the 40th and the 43rd Venice Biennale. From 1980 on, he increasingly isolated himself and painted in total solitude. During this period, his favorite themes were the sea, rain and clouds. For Battaglia, painting was a metaphor of landscape and landscape a metaphor of painting, thus expressing the secret sense of objects, the depth of space, and the constant illusion of light and shadow. The exhibition, accompanied by a bilingual catalogue and poster, is organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles, in collaboration with the Istituti Italiani di Cultura in San Francisco and Vancouver.


Date: Monday, January 30, 2006