Ascoli Piceno, Forte Malatesta March 15th - January 8th 2015
edited by Stefano Papetti
The city of Ascoli Piceno makes an important tribute to Giuliano Giuliani, a sculptor who was able to transform travertine into works full of poetry, strength and beauty. To host a wide selection of his works is the Forte Malatesta of Ascoli which, with its rough power, offers an ideal setting to welcome the stones that the artist has bent to their new nature.
The first landscape of Giuliani, where he formed his image lab in the seventies, was certainly that of the family quarry, in the Marche hinterland. It may be said that the dawn of his doing has remained in his mind for a long time: to it he has been and is faithfully bound, jealously guarding the ideal and factual values: from which the peculiarity of his work derives in the first instance. Since then - and then always - his material of choice has been travertine, with its deep gorges and its sudden revelations; only rarely did Giuliani feel the urgency of adding to the stone that he dug some foreign element: different plasters or materials, always drawn from nature.
Giuliani Malatesta's manifestoThe work of Giuliani has not been an experience all in itself collected and tetragonal to the suggestions of contemporary plastic research: in reality his doing is the son of a vast scrutiny of the top of international sculpture of the twentieth century, starting from his first love for Brancusi. After that distant suggestion, he reconsidered the results of Henri Moore's research at the time of the fruitful encounter with surrealism; then it is the search of the forties and fifties of Arp to seduce him: that will, in particular, so often declared by the Alsatian artist to give life with his sculpture to shapes that, next to a new birth, retain the scent of the womb , without repeating any existing form. Finally, through Arp, Giuliani directed the work of Alberto Viani, above all in certain passages of the Nineties.
From different sources, therefore, oscillating between research of abstract order and humanistic suggestions, Giuliani moves. Of which perhaps too often, on the contrary, only the vocation to a separateness has been emphasized, in the hermitage of the Marches mountains, which if it is certainly a real condition of existence, and reflects a deep vocation of the soul, has not prevented a wide and conscious look given beyond, and well beyond, those boundaries.
The Ascoli exhibition is organized by the Municipality of Ascoli Piceno, in collaboration with the Associazione Mario Giuliani Onlus, and is curated by Stefano Papetti, scientific director of the Ascoli Piceno museum collections. The setting up of the exhibition is designed and edited by the set designer Graziano Gregori. The exhibition collects a wide selection of works, some of considerable size, from the nineties to its last production.
Poster MalatestaIn the exhibition will also present the black and white photographs made by Mario Dondero, which document the artist at work and some of his works in the evocative environments of the quarry where Giuliani has always worked.
An extensive monograph on the artist, curated by Fabrizio D'Amico and Paola Bonani, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. The volume will collect the testimonies of Giuseppe Appella, Mario Botta, Eugenio De Signoribus, Antonio Gnoli, Franco Marcoaldi, Paolo Mauri, Tullio Pericoli, Davide Rondoni; the critical essays by Mariano Apa, Paola Bonani, Fabrizio D'Amico; the photographs of Mario Dondero, as well as the images of all the sculptures on display at the Forte Malatesta. The volume is published by Lubrina Editore, Bergamo.