MONDINO IN COLOUR. The painting from the beginnings to the linoleum
La Spezia – From 30 March to 22 September 2019 the CAMeC Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art presents “Mondino in colour. The painting from the beginnings to the linoleum”, a retrospective which covers the whole of Aldo Mondino’s painting production. The exhibition is promoted by the Municipality of La Spezia and produced by the CAMeC Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art from a scientific project of the Aldo Mondino Archive. Inauguration will be on Friday 29 March at 6 p.m. This exhibition can be seen as a counterpart to the exhibition “Aldo Mondino the sculptor” (Pietrasanta, 2010), concentrating this time on painting, a natural, special medium for the town of la Spezia which has hosted the Premio del Golfo, one of the most important 20th-century painting awards. The CAMeC presents forty or so works on canvas, paper and linoleum, done from 1961 to 2000 and all coming from the Aldo Mondino Archive and a selected group of lenders. From his early paintings, passing through the “Squared paper pictures” and the fake etchings, we arrive at the linoleum works which made the artist popular also with the public at large. The appearance of this support in the 1980s derived from an obsession with graphics, linked to the idea of colour and the pictorial sign. Linoleum, a very important material for etching techniques, was used by Mondino as a support for some famous series of paintings such as the “Dervishes” or the “Jews”. Apart from the play on words implicit in the etymology of the term “linoleum” (linseed oil/oil on linen), the artist was also fascinated by the large variety of colours and textures in a simple, industrial material, as was also the case for Eraclit , the “poor” wood of the workshops on which he painted his equally famous “Carpets”.
Exhibition promoted by: Municipality of La Spezia Mayor and Councillor for Culture
Aldo Mondino Archive scientific project
«MONDINO IN COLOUR The painting from the beginnings to the linoleum»
CAMeC | La Spezia
inauguration: 29 March 2019, 6 p.m.
open to the public: 30 March – 22 September 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays, open at Easter, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August.
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