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United Kingdom – London to launch second part of Consagra’s exhibition

The Italian Cultural Institute in London launched ‘Ties – Legami II”, the second part in a series of exhibitions on Pietro Consagra, the famous Italian post-World War II sculptor. The ongoing exhibit includes works by French artist Marine Hugonnier in order to engage in a dialogue with Consagra’s historic pieces. The show explores how, through sculpture and collage, Consagra and Hugonnier question cultural cornerstones from their deepest roots to establish a new relationship between observer and environment. Hugonnier’s works, which include new collages of her series ‘Art For Modern Architecture’, are showcased next to Conagra’s sculptures created in the 60s and the 80s, encouraging modes of representation and points of view of modern times. One of the major Italian post-World War II sculptors, Consagra rejected the tradition of tridimensional sculpture and adopted a more direct interaction between art and the public. Consagra worked with bronze and iron to create almost two-dimensional sculptures for the environment. The artist rejected the canons of an authoritative centre in favour of a “frontal” perspective, which was to become a pillar of his artistic beliefs. Consagra earned international renown, with his works having been exhibited all over the world, including eleven editions of the Biennale di Venezia, as well as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, The Centre Pompidou in Paris, London’s Tate Gallery and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage.

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