The Museo dei Bozzetti, participates in the “Italia-Francia” exhibition which opens officially Saturday, the 20th of July at 7pm. The Museum – which owns a remarkable collection of artists’ models, (most are plaster models, though one can find terracotta and wood models) will exhibit a selection of models tracing the relationship between French and Italian artists, since World War II.
French artists played an important role in the Biennali Internazionali di Scultura, in Carrara, in the 50s and in the 60s in the various initiatives promoted by the Società Henreaux in Querceta. The flux of Italian artists to France started in the middle of the last century and saw the migration of ideas and new expressive forms, with great success, to Paris.
There are 30 artist’s models on display tracing the lively rapport between some of the major artists of the respective countries. Among the French are: Adam, Avoscan, Bertoux, Bloc, Boyer, Cesar, Daniel, De Saint Phalle, Dumas, Fourniau, Gilioli, Ipousteguy, Kawiak, Lalanne, Lebigre, Philippe, Sosno, and among the Italians we find: Adami, Cortina, Dal Porto, Grassi, Papa, Pera, Signori, Tarabella, Tommasi.
In the photo above, you can see several of the plaster models in the Museum’s collection; in the foreground is Shelley Robsen’s “Paesaggio” to the right you can see Novello Finotti’s “Donna Tartaruga” (the monumental marble version of that is located by the Pier in Marina di Pietrasanta.
For those of you who cannot make it to the Museo dei Bozzetti for the exhibition, we suggest you take a “Virtual Tour” of the Museum – albeit the navigation is a bit skittish. We link to the “Virtual Tour” here, and to the Museo dei Bozzetti’s main page – for hours, and more information on the collection, here.