Marisa Mori between Figurative and Futurist art

Marisa Mori, between Figurative and Futurist art

Curated by Monica Cardarelli

 

Having already dedicated exhibitions in Rome and Turin to this great female artist, and with a monographic study covering the entire corpus of her activity also currently in publication, Laocoon Gallery is proud to present in London.

Marisa Mori, a Florentine Futurist and descendant of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. She is a perfect example of the inexplicable oblivion into which supremely skilled female artists would often fall. A precocious talent, almost entirely self-taught until her arrival, in 1925, at the school of Felice Casorati in Turin.

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She quickly refined her innate artistic skills, and was invited to take part in exhibitions alongside her master from the outset, with art critics of the time immediately taking note, commenting on the quality of stroke, the composition and the colour, evident in works such as Via Lanfranchi, The still life Grapefruit and eggs, Marina di Massa, Study for two masks and her many self-portraits in both pastel and charcoal.

Mori’s independent spirit alongside a desire to experiment and learn led her around 1930 to approach the futurist movement. An old black and white photo portrays her proudly dressed as an aviator – in overalls, cap and glasses – sitting in the cockpit of a two-seater aerobatic plane – a flight which would inspire Mori to the creation of her bright and almost “sensual” futurist works: best represented by Mechanical Deconstruction of a crowd – she continued in this vein until the enactment of the Racial Laws, at which point she decided to distance herself from the futurist movement in protest, beginning a fourth phase of her artistic production – during which she portrayed subjects such as Florence immediately after its bombing, English soldiers whom she hosted in her large Florentine house, as well as returning to some of the subjects which had always been dear to her, creating some remarkable depictions of masks, still lifes and female portraits

Artworks

Mechanical deconstruction of the crowd

Marisa Mori, c.1933

Oil on cardboard, 81 x 110 cm
P.O.A

Via Lanfranchi

Marisa Mori, 1926

Oil on panel, 46 x 50 cm
P.O.A

verso Via Lanfranchi

Marisa Mori, 1926

Oil on panel, 46 x 50 cm
P.O.A

Reading woman

Marisa Mori, 1929-30

Oil on cardboard, 35 x 33 cm
P.O.A

Grapefruit and eggs

Marisa Mori, c.1935-40

Oil on panel, 45 x 49 cm
P.O.A

Study for two masks

Marisa Mori, 1931

Oil on panel, 58 x 44 cm
P.O.A

Marina di Massa

Marisa Mori, 1930

Oil on panel, 52 x 52 cm
P.O.A

Self portrait

Marisa Mori, 1930

Oil on panel, 44 x 51 cm
P.O.A

Luciferian self portrait

Marisa Mori, c.1926

Charcoal on pape, 50 x 33 cm
P.O.A

Luciferian self portrait

Marisa Mori, c.1926

Charcoal on pape, 50 x 36,5 cm
P.O.A

Self-portrait in a circle

Marisa Mori, 1929-30

Charcoal and pastel on paper, 48,3×34,4 cm
P.O.A

Self portrait

Marisa Mori, 1925

Charcoal on paper, 43×30,3 cm
P.O.A

Self portrait

Marisa Mori, c.1928

Charcoal on pape, 48 x 33 cm
P.O.A

Female portrait with a necklace

Marisa Mori, c.1928

48,5 x 34 cm
P.O.A

Fishermen’s nets

Marisa Mori, 1950-55

Oil on panel, 60 x 50 cm
P.O.A

Masks and guitar

Marisa Mori, 1928-29

Oil on panel, 51 x 54 cm
P.O.A

English soldier

Marisa Mori, c.1944-45

Thick pencil on paper, 35,5 x 24 cm
P.O.A

Preparatory drawing for Soldier with a helmet

Marisa Mori, c.1944-45

Pencil on paper, 33 x 24 cm
P.O.A

 Soldier with helmet

Marisa Mori, 1945

Charcoal on paper, 32.5 x 25 cm

P.O.A

Ruins of Florence

Marisa Mori, 1945

Oil on panel, 49 x 35 cm
P.O.A

Ancient and Modern Classicism in Italy – Online Exhibition

Ancient and Modern Classicism in Italy

Online Exhibition

 

For the Summer of 2020 Galleria del Laocoonte and W. Apolloni of Rome have prepared a monumental exhibition centred around the inspiration that Italian Twentieth Century art drew from the ancient Graeco-Roman figurative civilisation. Among the many works presented, the wide painted panel by master of fresco Achille Funi (1890-1972), representing Parnassus, towers over every other. Pompeian in inspiration, it used to decorate the classroom in Brera where the painter himself taught fresco technique until his death.

Another exceptional piece, for both size and force of expression, is the coloured cartoon by Alberto Ziveri (1908-1990) depicting the goddess Minerva with the attributes of Rome, employed to make the colossal mosaic for the firefighter’s school near Rome. A small, exquisite bronze by Duilio Cambellotti (1876-1960) entitled Armour, celebrates the ancient roman rural labourer that would take arms if his Country were in peril, combining the dynamic simplicity of modernity with the memory of archaic pre-classical bronzes. In a similar way the sculptor Libero Andreotti (1875-1933) cast his Venere-Fortuna as if it were an early renaissance bronze. In addition to this, La Vigne, a rare sculpture by Andreotti in Candoglia’s marble – the stone used at Milan’s Duomo – portrays a seductive Bacchante, with a drunken little Bacchus lying on her back, the teeth marks of the chisel recalling Michelangelo’s non-finito working practise.

Beauty and struggle are what we prize in art, as shown by our adoption of Laocoön as the symbol for our galleries in both Rome and London. The life-size Laocoön marble group by Vincenzo de’ Rossi, a two tonne mannerist masterpiece that stands at the centre of our roman exhibiting space is both a symbol and an aesthetic paragon for us, and can be viewed alongside Patrick Alò’s contemporary interpretation of the same subject thanks to London Art Week’s new online platform.

Artworks

ACHILLE FUNI

The Parnassus, 1948-53

Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 212×476 cm
£100,000.00

Alberto Ziveri

Minerva, c.1940,

Pencil, charcoal and pastel on paper, 377×200 cm
P.O.A.

Andrea Spadini

Leda and the swan, 1958

Glazed ceramic, 80x52x27 cm
£ 42,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Dancing monkeys, 1956

Glazed ceramic, 28x9x12 cm
(Set of 4) £ 24,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Dancing monkeys, 1956

Glazed ceramic, 28x9x12 cm
(Set of 4) £ 24,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Dancing monkeys, 1956

Glazed ceramic, 28x9x12 cm
(Set of 4) £ 24,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Dancing monkeys, 1956

Glazed ceramic, 28x9x12 cm
(Set of 4) £ 24,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Sailing monkeys, 1954-55,

Glazed ceramic, 21.5×31.5 cm
(Set of 4) £ 28,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Sailing monkeys, 1954-55,

Glazed ceramic, 21.5×31.5 cm
(Set of 4) £ 28,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Sailing monkeys, 1954-55,

Glazed ceramic, 21.5×31.5 cm
(Set of 4) £ 28,000.00

Andrea Spadini

Sailing monkeys, 1954-55,

Glazed ceramic, 21.5×31.5 cm
(Set of 4) £ 28,000.00

Andrea Spadini

The river Tiber, 1959-60

Silver, 26x40x11 cm
£ 62,000.00

Antonio Canova

Joachim Murat & Caroline Bonaparte, 1813

Plaster, 66 & 58.5 cm respectively
P.O.A.

Corrado Cagli

Laocoon, 1938,

Monotype, 325×250 mm
£ 15,000.00

Corrado Cagli

St. John’s Eve, 1934

Encaustic on panel, 40×59.7 cm
£ 75,000.00

Duilio Cambellotti

Armour, 1918-19

Bronze, h 43 cm, base 20 cm
£ 60,000.00

Duilio Cambellotti

The Eumenides, 1948

Tempera on paper, 70.3×74 cm
£ 25,000.00

Duilio Cambellotti

The Prefect of Rome’s Punishement, 1948-50

Tempera on paper, 360×996 mm
£ 18,000.00

Gino Severini

Flora, 1939

Tempera and Indian ink on paper, 60×48 cm
£ 20,000.00

Gino Severini

Silvano

Indian ink on paper, 60×48 cm
£ 20,000.00

Libero Andreotti

The Vine, 1909

Marble, 68.5x36x30 cm
£ 180,000.00

Libero Andreotti

Venus Fortune, 1928-31

Bronze, 78x25x15 cm
£ 120,000.00

Maria Savinio

Centaurina, 1950

Embroideery on canvas, 41.5×31 cm
£ 12,000.00

Maria Savinio

Orpheus the widower, 1952-54

Embroidery on canvas, 48×39 cm
£ 12,000.00

Maria Savinio

The return of the goddess to the temple, 1944

Embroidery on canvas, 52×38 cm
£ 12,000.00

Mario Sironi

Fighting soldiers, 1935

Pencil and watercolour Indian ink, 56×54 cm
£ 21,000.00

Patrick Alò

Chimera, 2009

Scrap iron, 140x100x90 cm
£ 40,000.00

Patrick Alò

 Laocoon, 2013

Scrap iron,180x100x100 cm
£ 60,000.00

Patrick Alò

Wolf, 2015

Scrap iron, 110x90x40 cm
£ 35,000.00

Publio Morbiducci

Horses, c.1941

Plaster, 44.5x49x14.5cm
£ 18,000.00 (each)

Publio Morbiducci

Horses, c.1941

Plaster, 44.5x49x14.5cm
£ 18,000.00 (each)

Vincenzo de’ Rossi

Laocoon and his two sons, c.1580

Marble, 197x147x68 cm

P.O.A

Vittorio Grassi

Remembrance festival of the proclamation of Italy, 1910

200×69 cm

P.O.A.

XX The Female Gender in Twentieth Century Art – Online Exhibition

XX THE FEMALE GENDER IN XXth CENTURY ART

Online Exhibition

 

XX: THE FEMALE GENDER IN XXth CENTURY ITALIAN ART is the latest in a series of meaningful exhibitions by curator Monica Cardarelli, and is the first exhibition to be made available online by Laocoon Gallery following its successful inauguration in Florence and subsequent displays in Rome, Milan and London.

The complete exhibition comprised around one hundred works, with techniques ranging between paintings, drawings, pastels, bronzes, terracotta and ceramics, of Italian artists from the 20th Century who represented as many female figures. Wives or lovers, virgins or prostitutes, holy mothers like the Madonna or man-eating she-devils. Chaste teenagers or mature Magdalenes, but also goddesses, nymphs, legendary personifications of Spring or Italy, imposing and shapely figures wearing crowns of turreted walls.

The title of the exhibition uses “XX” as both chromosomes and Roman numerals in order to represent not only the genes that determine a woman’s sex but also the 20th Century, an era which saw unprecedented change in the role, status, appearance and condition of women.

Exhibition curator, gallery director and strong advocate of women’s rights Monica Cardarelli, who has researched and brought together this astonishing selection of art portraying the female gender in its many representations and transfigurations, says of the exhibition, “In a single image we can find a myriad of stories and destinies that intertwine and overlap, and this is also the case for each of the other images that make up this exhibition. Each contains stories that oscillate between past and present, leading to a series of reflections, to which are added those generated by their being together, by the dialogue that inevitably they entertain while standing side by side.”

Artworks

ACHILLE FUNI

Lucrezia Romana, c.1940

Oil on canvas, 60 x50 cm
£30,000.00

ACHILLE FUNI

Ugo and Parisina, 1934

Pastel on mounted paper, 93 x 72 cm
P.O.A

ALBERTO MARTINI

Aurelia, the actress Jenny Colon, 1934

Watercolour on paper, 30 x 21.1 cm
£15,000.00

ALBERTO SAVINIO

Portrait of Marcella Giulini, 1949

Oil on panel, 30.3 x 40.5 cm
P.O.A

ALBERTO ZIVERI

Postribolo, 1945

Oil on canvas, 23 x 26 cm
£18,000.00

ALBERTO ZIVERI

Female nude with a fan, 1958

Oil on canvas, 170 x 90 cm
P.O.A

ANDREA SPADINI

Amaca Zanardo, 1954

Terracotta, 35 x 12 x 33 cm
£10,000.00

ANDREA SPADINI

Girl with a bird, 1939

Tuff, 46 x 48 x 27 cm
£16,000.00

ANDREA SPADINI

Leda and the swan, 1959

Glazed ceramic, 80 x 52 x 27 cm
P.O.A

ANTONIO CANOVA

Joachim Murat & Caroline Bonaparte, 1813

Plaster, 66 x 26 x27 – 58.5 x 26 x 27 cm
P.O.A

ANTONIO MANCINI

Female figure, c.1915

Charcoal and pastel on paper, 41 x 27 cm
£8,500.00

ANTONIO SCORDIA

Portrait of Valentina, 1951

Oil on canvas, 150 x 100 cm
£28,000.00

ARMANDO SPADINI

Study for the finding of Moses

Oil on canvas, 70 x 57.5 cm
£26,000.00

DINO BUZZATI

The Harem, 1958

Pastel on paper, 29.2 x 39.5 cm
£20,000.00

EDITA WALTEROWNA BROGLIO

Study for Terrace by the sea, 1949

Pencil on paper, 96 x 123 cm
£25,000.00

ENRICO PRAMPOLINI

Female nude, c.1945

Indian ink on paper, 27 x 21 cm
£6,000.00

ENRICO PRAMPOLINI

Female nude, c.1945

Indian ink on paper, 27 x 21 cm
£6,000.00

ENRICO SACCHETTI

Fashion and women, 1913

Tempera pouchoir, 32.5 x 24 cm
£5,000.00

ENRICO SACCHETTI

Fashion and women

Tempera pouchoir, 32.4 x 24 cm
£5,000.00

ENRICO SACCHETTI

Portrait of Eleonora Duse, c.1910

Tempera pouchoir, 35 x 26 cm
£7,000.00

FERRUCCIO FERRAZZI

Figure of the Merry go round, 1936

Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 cm
£16,000.00

FERRUCCIO FERRAZZI

Naked girl, 1936

Oil on canvas, 74 x 52 cm
£40,000.00

GIULIO ARISTIDE SARTORIO

Reading woman, 1891

Pastel on paper, 85 x 48 cm
£40,000.00

LEA MONETTI

Laocoon Mother, 2015

Bronze, 79 x 66 x 27.5 cm
£40,000.00

LIBERO ANDREOTTI

Venus Fortune, 1928-31

Bronze, 78 x 25 x 15 cm
P.O.A

LILA DE NOBILI

Sketch for the costume of Maria Callas in La Traviata, 1955

Indian ink and watercolour on grey paper, 24.5 x 18 cm
£10,000.00

MARGHERITA VANARELLI

Female figure with a child in a high chair, 1963

Mix media on paper, 27.5 x 21.5 cm
£7,000.00

PIETRO GAUDENZI

Bread bearers (from Il Grano triptych), 1940

Pastel on mounted paper, 230 x 140 cm
P.O.A

PIETRO GAUDENZI

Farmers of Anticoli Corrado (from Il Grano triptych), 1940

Pastel on mounted paper, 230 x 140 cm
P.O.A

RENATO GUTTUSO

Medusa, 1985

Indian ink and watercolour on paper, 40.5 x 41.5 cm
£16,000.00

ROBERTO MELLI

Portrait of Anna Maria Passarella, 1954

Oil on canvas, 150 x 90 cm
£35,000.00

THAYAHT

Manekinos, 1922

Pencil and tempera on paper, 20 x 13 cm
£8,000.00

UBALDO OPPI

Portrait of his wife Adele Leone, 1923-24

Pencil on paper, 70 x 58 cm
£25,000.00

UMBERTO BRUNELLESCHI

America goddess of war, c.1935

Tempera and pencil on paper, 33 x 25 cm
£7,000.00

UMBERTO BRUNELLESCHI

United States Army Red Cross nurse, c.1935

Tempera and pencil on paper, 35 x 25 cm
£7,000.00