The 66th edition of the International Art Exhibition / Prize "G.B. Salvi ", scheduled from 1 October to 13 November 2016 in Sassoferrato, confirms itself as an event of absolute importance in the vast national panorama of the visual arts, for the presence of great Masters, authors of consolidated experience and young emerging talents, both Italians and foreigners. The prestigious exhibition hosts, as usual, works of painting, sculpture, illustration, graphics, photography and other forms of expression.
Curated by the art historians Nunzio Giustozzi and Daniela Simoni, the exhibition is entitled "MATERIA E SEGNO - The depth of lightness" with a particularly careful look at the research conducted in the modern and contemporary age between humanism and abstraction, between nature and idea, between purism and experimentation, especially in the sculptural field.
This edition is divided into five sections located in four exhibition locations: the historical exhibition "Great sculptors of the '900: Pericle Fazzini and Edgardo Mannucci" in the Palazzo degli Scalzi; the personal of the homage artist, the Ascoli sculptor Giuliano Giuliani in the suggestive church of San Michele Arcangelo; "Grafismi", the exhibition tribute to the photographer Eriberto Guidi in the church of San Giuseppe; the artists in competition, out of competition and those invited in the "Trends of the Contemporary" section at the Palazzo della Pretura.
In the spirit and tradition of the Salvi Prize, the art of the Marche region is investigated in a perspective of internationality, reflecting particularly on the value that the roots have for the great artists that this region expresses today as in the past.
In this sense, Paradigmatic is the example of two spearheads of twentieth century sculpture Pericle Fazzini and Edgardo Mannucci: their path winds between the Marches and Rome where they met in the thirties. Both will remain tied to their land, so much so that Fazzini, referring to his Grottammare, said "I thought of sculpture with the Adriatic on him", while Mannucci, a native of Fabriano, after living long in Rome, back in recent years in his Arcevia house. If Fazzini will never give up figuration by renewing the plastic language through a new concept of energy, vitality, projection of the figure in space to radically rethink the concept of monumentality, Mannucci, while moving from Novecentist solutions will arrive at an original informal sculpture first sign and then material-gestural, dominated by the study of color, light and energy.
The exhibition proposes a dialogue between the works of the two Masters, an aspect not so far investigated by critics. Thanks to the generous availability of the heirs it will be possible to retrace a synthesis of the two creative processes through less known works and some unpublished works and masterpieces including the Self-portrait (1931), Giovane declama (1937-38), Sibilla (1947) and the sketch for the Risen Christ of the Sala Nervi (1970-75), some matrices and drawings ever exhibited with regard to Fazzini; of the vast and varied production of Mannucci some beautiful young portraits, the bronze bust of Altea (1946), the almost contemporary polychrome head of post-Cubist flavor, and then a diachronic choice of spirals, plates, circles, ideas up to transparent Idea n. 46 realized in 1986, the year of the artist's death, this exhibition wants to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary.