Thirty years after his death, the Ex Fornace in Milan is hosting “Light, Matter, Color” (Oct. 11-Nov. 1) a major anthological exhibition dedicated to painter, ceramist and sculptor Guerrino Tramonti (Faenza 1915 – 1992).
On display are a selection of works representing the four fundamental periods of the Faenza master’s artistic career, with sculptures made of terracotta, ceramics, and oil paintings on canvas or faesite.
Alongside works in the round, glazed and painted terracotta sculptures dating from the 1930s and 1940s made in the twentieth-century climate of the archaeologizing revival, especially of Etruscan imprint, there are thus lustrous coatings and thick-glazed majolica tiles with decorations and forms of “primitive” taste following the example of master Guido Gambone dating from after World War II. The exhibition continues with the large decorative glazed discs with “craquelure” from the 1950s, including geometric still lifes, with new figuration along the lines from the iconographies of Neo Cubism, Abstractionism and Primitivism, to the refined ceramics that recall the oriental art of China, Korea and Japan, experienced with the formal purism of design very much in vogue between the 1960s and 1970s in Europe: an essentiality that led Tramonti to choose stoneware, an oriental material whose results depend not only on high-temperature firing, but also on impasto.
Light, Matter and Color is the first in a series of initiatives to be turned in Milan, Italy and abroad focused on the figure of Guerrino Tramonti and his rich and exceptional artistic production. A tribute to a master who lived the great artistic season of the twentieth century fully and through a personal and highly original imprint.
The exhibition is curated by Elena Amodeo and Vittorio Schieroni realized under the Patronage of Lombardy Region, Emilia-Romagna Region, Municipality of Milan – Municipality 6, Municipality of Faenza, AiCC – Italian Association of Ceramic Cities, MIC International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza and in collaboration with MADE4ART – Communication and Services for Art and Culture.
Opening October 17, 6 p.m.
Ex Fornace, via Alzaia Naviglio Pavese 16, Milan.
Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.